Gideon Falls 4: The Pentoculus

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8.0 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Art: 8/10

Good horror comic that can switch up genres

Starting to want a bit more direction

Comic Info

Comic Name:  Gideon Falls

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Jeff Lemire

Artist:  Andrea Sorrentino

# of Issues:  5

Release Date:  2020

gideon falls #18 cover variant

Gideon Falls #18 Variant

Reprints Gideon Falls #17-21 (October 2019-February 2020).  Danny has returned to his world, but the Black Barn and the monster within it isn’t finished with him.  As the creature makes his way through Danny’s Gideon Falls, Father Fred and Doctor Xu discover themselves on an adventure toward the Center where Xu learns that sometimes fate cannot be avoided.

Written by Jeff Lemire, Gideon Falls Volume 4:  The Pentoculus is an Image Comics horror-fantasy thriller.  Following Gideon Falls Volume 3:  Stations of the Cross, the collection features art by Andrea Sorrentino.  Issues in the collection were also collected Gideon Falls Deluxe Edition—Volume 2.

Gideon Falls has been a fun ride thus far.  I like the combination of the gothic horror combined with blood and guts.  This entry of Gideon Falls has some real danger…and it can only get messier.

The big part in this collection is the arrival of the Black Barn and the evil within in a more physical form.  The evil begins jumping bodies.  I hate books where people are framed, and I was concerned that this is where the story was leading…but it seems less direct like that and less reliant on “the wrong man” type storytelling.

gideon falls #21 cover variant

Gideon Falls #21 Variant

The second part of the story is the adventures of Father Fred and Dr. Xu in their attempt to reach “the Center”.  While the storyline surrounding Danny is more of a horror story, the Xu and Fred storyline feels more sci-fi (minus the creatures that feel like they come from The Mist).  It creates a nice and consistent blend of sci-fi and horror that is tough to balance.

The art continues to be great.  Andrea Sorrentino feels very lined and defined but there still is a real character coming through the art.  A lot of credit has to go to Dave Stewart who does the coloring for the series.  There is a dynamic look to it that really pops.

I am honestly not sure where Gideon Falls is headed.  You have a lot of characters jumping dimensions and making deals with devils, but you don’t have a lot of answers of where it will all end up…or if everything is really “real”.  The finally of this collection once again changes the game so it will be interesting to see what path the story takes.  Gideon Falls 4:  The Pentoculus is followed by Gideon Falls 5:  Wicked Worlds.

Related Links:

Gideon Falls 1:  The Black Barn

Gideon Falls 2:  Original Sins

Gideon Falls 3:  Stations of the Cross

Gideon Falls 5:  Wicked Worlds

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