Review: The Multiverse Crumbles In ‘Gideon Falls’ #26

by Brendan M. Allen

“Wicked Worlds,” Part Five.

Arc Finale! As the Gideon Falls multiverse is beset by even greater peril, Molly and Fred meet a familiar face with a malevolent new expression.

In Gideon Falls #26, everything is starting to make sense. Not really. More sense? For the first time in this wild series, there’s a real impression that everything will converge. Probably. 

Jeff Lemire has dragged us all over the Gideon Falls multiverse, and this is the first chapter in a while that has featured the whole ensemble cast. Little seeds that were sown in each character’s individual thread are showing fruit. As the characters are all being drawn to the center, lines between dimensions are starting to blur and crumble.

 

 

The art of Gideon Falls is completely unique to this series. Andrea Sorrentino and Dave Stewart have nailed this thing to the wall from the very first frame of the very first chapter. There is a palpable visual tension that has crossed dimensions and storylines, tying the whole thing together in a terrifying and dynamic way. 

Sorrentino torques his layouts, panels, and gutters in unique and inventive ways, adding layers to already disturbing content. Stewart’s palette dials up the discomfort even further. These dudes have deliberately created a deeply unsettling experience for your enjoyment. It really is a beautiful disturbed system. 

Gideon Falls has been a maddening slow burn for the better part of the last three years. It is finally (FINALLY) all coming together. The final chapter, releasing December 23, promises to bring this whole thing to its insane blowoff with four issues worth of story pages.

Gideon Falls #26, Image Comics, 21 October 2020. Created by Jeff Lemire (script) and Andrea Sorrentino (art), color by Dave Stewart, lettering/design by Steve Wands, variant cover by Patric Reynolds.

Summary

Arc Finale! As the Gideon Falls multiverse is beset by even greater peril, Molly and Fred meet a familiar face with a malevolent new expression.

Overall
9/10
9/10

Brendan M. Allen

Brendan Allen has probably had more jobs than you would reasonably believe. Dog trainer? He’s done it. Flooring contractor? You bet! EMT? Army NBC specialist? Road dog for a Celtic rock band? Yes, yes, and och aye! Now he reads comics and writes about them. It's a rough gig. You can follow Brendan on Twitter @SaintAmish where he tweets about comic books and cystic fibrosis awareness.

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