‘Gideon Falls #20:’ Advance Comic Book Review

To try and describe all of the intricacies, twists, and turns of one of the best comic book series currently running would be to destroy the experience of living with it as I have. Gideon Falls is about an ancient, evil entity that has breached our world (from where I will not say, and the four characters that have gotten sucked up into the fight against it. That’s the most straight forward way to put it, but it hardly does justice to the deep-seated lore at the center of this psychological horror story, and the discoveries the reader makes on both a world-building and emotional level along with these characters.

Danny and his therapist Angela Xu from a city called Gideon Falls are on one side of this proverbial coin, and Father Tom and Sheriff Clara from a small town called Gideon Falls are on the other. Now, in the midst of this is a group who calls themselves The Ploughmen, a secret group that has sworn to destroy this evil. In a small town like Gideon Falls, though, they are rather normal people who from the outside appear to be really in over their heads. And now, another group of mysterious figures have been introduced: The Village.

Yes, this comic book series is bonkers and terrifying, but writer Jeff Lemire isn’t simply going for weird here. He’s using these incredibly textured events to throw our main characters into situations well beyond their understanding, and, in doing so, their personalities, their flaws, and their struggles to deal with those issues become the center of the story. This isn’t just a series about fighting a great evil, but about identity, who these characters are, and who they have to become to fight that evil.


Creative Team: Jeff Lemire (writer), Andrea Sorrentino (artist), Dave Stewart (colors), Steve Wand (letters), Will Dennis (editor)
Publisher: Image Comics
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