Review: It’s All Falling Apart In ‘Gideon Falls’ #27

by Brendan M. Allen

‘THE END. The mind-bending conclusion to the Eisner Award-winning series by Jeff Lemire and artist Andrea Sorrentino, with the talents of Eisner Award-winning colorist Dave Stewart!

An oversized (80 page!) giant of a story where all the universes of “Gideon Falls” finally converge. Can the combined forces of this rag-tag band of adventurers be enough to stop the Laughing Man and his limitless legions of evil?!’

There have been times over the last twenty six chapter reviews of Gideon Falls that I’ve sounded as if I have no idea what the hell is going on. That is, one hundred percent, where we’re at here. I’m not even going to pretend. 

The Black Barn has been destroyed. That may not have actually been the best course of action, but we’re learning. All those crazy alternate versions of Gideon Falls are converging. The zombies are closing in. Norton is the key to everything. Did I mention those zombies? 

For the last two and a half years, Jeff Lemire has dragged us all over the Gideon Falls multiverse. He let out just enough line to let readers think they had a handle on the situation, then jerked the rod, set the hook, and yanked them in another direction. Until now. Sort of. This is the blowoff. All the characters are being pulled into the center, and the walls between dimensions are crumbling.

Andrea Sorrentino and Dave Stewart established a unique visual signature way back in the first chapter that evolved in lockstep with Lemire’s script over the last couple years. This is some of the most aggressively beautiful art in comics, period. 

Sorrentino has an amazingly unconventional style, with his torqued gutters, panels within panels, unique angles, and perspectives. Stewart’s palette dials up the discomfort even further. These dudes deliberately create a nerve-racking, disquieting, and stressful experience for your enjoyment. 

Final chapters are as complicated as number ones. You want to wrap things up, sure, but not so well that there’s no mystery left, no question exactly how things will pan out for the characters. Pay the readers, do the story justice, but leave a little meat on the bone. 

I have to say, this ending was amazingly satisfying, and I am still confused as hell. It’s like getting hit by a car that came out of nowhere, flying through the air and landing on your feet, unharmed, yards away before anything registers. Woo! That was fun and exhilarating, but holy hell, freaking WHAT?!? Where are my shoes?

Gideon Falls #27, Image Comics, 23 December 2020. Created by Jeff Lemire (script) and Andrea Sorrentino (art), letters/design by Steve Wands.

Summary

An oversized (80 page!) giant of a story where all the universes of “Gideon Falls” finally converge. Can the combined forces of this rag-tag band of adventurers be enough to stop the Laughing Man and his limitless legions of evil?!

Overall
9.5/10
9.5/10
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