FROM THE PUBLISHER: STATIONS OF THE CROSS,” Part Two Father Burke’s hunt for The Laughing Man killer goes from the Old West to a steampunk version of Gideon Falls (complete with an otherworldly version of The Black Barn) where “The Bishop” is a new piece added to the cosmic chess board.
You know that feeling when you wake up in the middle of the night to get a glass of water? You walk down to your kitchen, it’s pitch-black outside, you’re half awake, still a little groggy.
You get your water, nice and refreshing, you turn the kitchen light off, and all of sudden you see a shadow move from the corner of your eye.
You turn the light back on…nothing.
Then you hear the floor creak. The cat? House shifting? It’s probably nothing you tell yourself, as sweat drips from your brow. Next thing you know, you feel the temperature drop. Quickly time seems to stand still as you feel Deaths cold dead hands on your shoulder. It’s probably nothing, just a window left open, just the wind you tell yourself. You walk-run calmingly back to your room, hopeful that your cotton sheets will protect you from the impending doom of what lies in the shadows. So maybe its just me, but when I read Gideon Falls from creator Jeff Lemire and art by Andrea Sorrentino, I get that uneasy feeling of impending doom. That around the next corner something terrible will happen. And as horror enthusiast, I will take that all day and every day, inject that right into my veins.
Gideon Falls is so so so very good. I’ll try not to gush over Jeff Lemire too much (for that you can read my review for Ascender #1) What he has done with Gideon Falls is outstanding, Scary, thought-provoking, funny (yes even funny at times), and all out crazy. Sorrentino’s art is jaw dropping. I love how the pages are laid out. The splash pages are not like any that I have seen before. I enjoy when you have to turn the book sideways or upside down to see the right way up. Makes you feel engaged. The panels are out of order, and laid out in a way that makes you follow the story a little closer than usual. The series deals with mental health on a level that I have not seen in comics before. It is refreshing to see it taken so seriously. Comics are fun yes, but also can be used to represent a message. Mental health is a serious issue in our world today, and I really liked seeing and reading it in one of favorite mediums. As well, the word of God, and the church are written in a way that is engaging, mysterious and at times scary. All things that make for an interesting read.
Father Burke is seemingly on the heels of Norton Sinclair. Burke a man of God, thinks at the beginning of this issue that Sinclair can still be saved. He doesn’t yet see The Laughing Man. Being in over his head is an understatement. Ever since the last issue and the start of “Stations of the Cross”, Burke has been to places and times he does not recognize. He’s drawing maps, trying to put the pieces together. But its not adding up. What’s even more confusing for The Priest is that Sinclair wants him along for the ride. This issue doesn’t forget what came before it. By the time we get to end of this issue, we see something that brings us all the way back to issue #1 and the other other Norton Sinclair. I love where this issue and the one that came before is going. I love that we start a “new” story, with some new characters. It’s refreshing after the first eleven issues, to get a change of pace and setting. I’m invested very quickly. Seeing The Laughing Man drawn by Sorrentino, makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. That smile, yamma hamma it’s fright night!!
Burke is on a mission; we are along for the ride. This issue has that horror feeling as well as some futuristic big brother mixed into the steampunk version. Seeing the different Gideon Falls is intriguing. It becomes very quickly, where else can Burke go? What other versions will we see? It adds just that extra secrecy. This book is a must read. You could pick it up and read from issue #11 and on, but I would highly recommend going back and starting from the beginning. No way you would be disappointed. The Black Barn will be something you will be looking for in the garbage soon enough.
RATING: GOTTA GO!