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After the mind-bending destruction of the Black Barn, our heroes find themselves spread across the multiverse of Gideon Falls that it contained within! While Angie struggles to survive in a 1984 version, Clara is alone in an old west version and Father Fred is a man out of place in the cyberpunk Gideon Falls. And where Norton landed is anyone's guess... And while these wor After the mind-bending destruction of the Black Barn, our heroes find themselves spread across the multiverse of Gideon Falls that it contained within! While Angie struggles to survive in a 1984 version, Clara is alone in an old west version and Father Fred is a man out of place in the cyberpunk Gideon Falls. And where Norton landed is anyone's guess... And while these worlds all seem far apart, the Laughing Man is always closer than you think! Collects GIDEON FALLS #22-26


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After the mind-bending destruction of the Black Barn, our heroes find themselves spread across the multiverse of Gideon Falls that it contained within! While Angie struggles to survive in a 1984 version, Clara is alone in an old west version and Father Fred is a man out of place in the cyberpunk Gideon Falls. And where Norton landed is anyone's guess... And while these wor After the mind-bending destruction of the Black Barn, our heroes find themselves spread across the multiverse of Gideon Falls that it contained within! While Angie struggles to survive in a 1984 version, Clara is alone in an old west version and Father Fred is a man out of place in the cyberpunk Gideon Falls. And where Norton landed is anyone's guess... And while these worlds all seem far apart, the Laughing Man is always closer than you think! Collects GIDEON FALLS #22-26

30 review for Gideon Falls, Vol. 5: Wicked Worlds

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    “This is the end. . . this is the end. . .” The Bishop: “In the end there is only the center.” Angela: “Uh, what the hell does that mean?!” (Me: Good question!) “This can’t be Gideon Falls.” “It is. Just not the one you came from,” “What in the hell is that supposed to mean?!” “Honestly, Molly, I barely understand any of this myself. . .”. (Me: Exactly.) So, yeah, post barn burning down in Volume 4, volume 5 now features multiple storylines in multiple Gideon Falls! One is like 1984, one is in the wester “This is the end. . . this is the end. . .” The Bishop: “In the end there is only the center.” Angela: “Uh, what the hell does that mean?!” (Me: Good question!) “This can’t be Gideon Falls.” “It is. Just not the one you came from,” “What in the hell is that supposed to mean?!” “Honestly, Molly, I barely understand any of this myself. . .”. (Me: Exactly.) So, yeah, post barn burning down in Volume 4, volume 5 now features multiple storylines in multiple Gideon Falls! One is like 1984, one is in the western US, one is sort of s cyberpunk site. But why??!! So a very controlled slow burn story we were curious about, drawn in exquisite fashion and colored amazingly. is now going crazy, narratively and visually. Yes, the wheels are coming off around this curve, Jeff, and even your characters are flying through the air, thrown to the wind. Things are falling apart, the center cannot hold, going all Chicken Little on us, as the world is going to end: “. . . the multiverse is collapsing in on itself now:” Angela: “What does all this mean? I’m so confused!” (Me: I feel ya, Angela!) But apparently not quite yet, we have to stretch things out a bit, find The Five Travelers, stop Norton Sinclair from becoming The Permanent Host for the evil darkside, and something else to stop The Madness, led by The Smiling Man. So I'm confused and a little annoyed, not liking this as much as the last volume, nor the first four volumes, but I have to admit it's still got possibilities for greatness. Maybe. In this once again visually arresting volume of Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino’s Gideon Falls comics horror series, we get a little more of a glimpse into the dark nature of the place, where the barn was portal at what appears to be the thinnest membrane in the world between the dark and the light, between the world we live in and their version of Stranger Things’s The Upside Down. And for some reason All Hell Breaks Loose. It’s dramatic horror opera, but what will it all add up to? It’s looking to me like a five-star art spectacular show about what is emerging to be an out-of-control, two-star story, but my 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars aggregate score reflects my hope that it rescues itself and ends in some satisfying way. I’m just not sure what it is all about beyond Good Versus Evil.

  2. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    This series is just so fucking weird, and I kind of love it? This time we have the priest in the future as he tries to find his answers but of course that's never easy, and leads to some actually funny situations. Then we got our gun slinging cop dealing with the crazies on the farm. Last but not least we get a LITTLE bit of what's happening with Daniel. While not AS good as the last volume this is still great. I don't know how this series will end but I'm so excited to read more. A 4 out of 5. This series is just so fucking weird, and I kind of love it? This time we have the priest in the future as he tries to find his answers but of course that's never easy, and leads to some actually funny situations. Then we got our gun slinging cop dealing with the crazies on the farm. Last but not least we get a LITTLE bit of what's happening with Daniel. While not AS good as the last volume this is still great. I don't know how this series will end but I'm so excited to read more. A 4 out of 5.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Benji Glaab

    It's like a horrific trip into the multiverse. Sarantino could make an art installation out of this volume it's unreal. I'm excited to see what's next from some of my favourite creators. It's like a horrific trip into the multiverse. Sarantino could make an art installation out of this volume it's unreal. I'm excited to see what's next from some of my favourite creators.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    The story progresses at mind-numbing speed as each key character finds themselves in a unique universe and has to find a way back to their time to try and stop the mysterious Laughing Man. The artwork in this volume continues to be phenomenal and further plays on the insane narrative and the crossover of them. Jeff Lemire is really outdoing himself with this series so far! Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/ The story progresses at mind-numbing speed as each key character finds themselves in a unique universe and has to find a way back to their time to try and stop the mysterious Laughing Man. The artwork in this volume continues to be phenomenal and further plays on the insane narrative and the crossover of them. Jeff Lemire is really outdoing himself with this series so far! Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  5. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    I still find this series a delight to look at but it's become apparent that the core idea is just 'all-consuming evil against hapless randos' and not much is really important about all the fluff Lemire puts on top. It's nice fluff, mind you, but I'm ready for that final issue to arrive. I still find this series a delight to look at but it's become apparent that the core idea is just 'all-consuming evil against hapless randos' and not much is really important about all the fluff Lemire puts on top. It's nice fluff, mind you, but I'm ready for that final issue to arrive.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Abbie

    This series just continues to get creepy! I don’t know what to expect after to this volume. The art in this one is absolutely terrifying as always!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Etienne

    Once again Jeff Lemire delivers!! No surprise, I’m a huge fan of his works and Gideons Falls is one of his great series, like Sweet Tooth or Black Hammer. Darker indeed, but still the same vibes that he brings in his work that smell like greatness every time. I love it! You should read it!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Terry Mcginnis

    Another brisk, mind-tripping chapter. Keep 'em coming! Another brisk, mind-tripping chapter. Keep 'em coming!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gregory D.

    It is impossible to carry on with perfection indefinitely. Gideon Falls has been one of the most interesting and fresh graphic novels I have read in a long time -- a 2020 equivalent to early Vertigo titles. Unfortunately, in Volume 5 feels more like the middle episodes of a Marvel cross-over (or any Marvel tv show): not much really happens besides the heroes run and the villain twirls his mustachios and cackles maniacal jibberish. Having destroyed the Black Barn, we learn why all our heroes have It is impossible to carry on with perfection indefinitely. Gideon Falls has been one of the most interesting and fresh graphic novels I have read in a long time -- a 2020 equivalent to early Vertigo titles. Unfortunately, in Volume 5 feels more like the middle episodes of a Marvel cross-over (or any Marvel tv show): not much really happens besides the heroes run and the villain twirls his mustachios and cackles maniacal jibberish. Having destroyed the Black Barn, we learn why all our heroes have done is set the Smiling Man free, causing the multiverse to begin collapsing in on itself. The art is breathtaking as always and there is nothing wrong with the story we see, but it feels that it could have been done in 2/3 the space -- we leave Vol 5 with the story hardly advanced at all, a new character introduced and one dead, but really the story no closer to resolution. On the upside, we now know why folks from the end-time all wear facemasks... Here's to sitting tight for the final installment and hoping it isn't rushed because this act ran a little too long.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Keith Jones

    So little actually happens from page to page that this book--series, really--is a very quick read, and all that seems to matter is that each page is impressively gross and edge and cruel. There's not enough story to worry about whether it makes any sense, just look at that wild thing that just happened on that page. So little actually happens from page to page that this book--series, really--is a very quick read, and all that seems to matter is that each page is impressively gross and edge and cruel. There's not enough story to worry about whether it makes any sense, just look at that wild thing that just happened on that page.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Han

    Nonstop action. I feel like I blinked and it's over. MORE PLEASE. Nonstop action. I feel like I blinked and it's over. MORE PLEASE.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    If you thought shit was crazy before this volume, get ready! I mean, I can't even! All that's left from here is for Lemire to stick the landing, and he’s given me the faith that he will. If you thought shit was crazy before this volume, get ready! I mean, I can't even! All that's left from here is for Lemire to stick the landing, and he’s given me the faith that he will.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    The insanity dial gets turned up to about fifteen in this final full arc of Gideon Falls. Our main characters are scattered to the winds across the multiverse, with multiple Gideon Fallses in play at once, and the Laughing Man on a collision course with them all. Lemire and Sorrentino are pulling out all the stops; it's a little hard to keep up with everything in monthly format, but I expect reading this as a collection will make that a lot easier, and there's definitely a sense of finality abou The insanity dial gets turned up to about fifteen in this final full arc of Gideon Falls. Our main characters are scattered to the winds across the multiverse, with multiple Gideon Fallses in play at once, and the Laughing Man on a collision course with them all. Lemire and Sorrentino are pulling out all the stops; it's a little hard to keep up with everything in monthly format, but I expect reading this as a collection will make that a lot easier, and there's definitely a sense of finality about this arc. When Image announced that Gideon Falls was due to end in December I was surprised, but having read this arc, I can understand why now. Stick the landing, guys. You can do it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Paul Allard

    Still mystifying fifth volume of this horror comic series. Somehow or rather I missed reading Volume 4 of this horror comic series but I gather that it was about the destruction of the Black Barn. This volume, the penultimate one, deals with the aftermath, with our main characters all ending up in different versions/worlds of Gideon Falls. It's how these characters deal with this situation that dominates this volume as well as on a few new characters that they encounter. It's interesting enough a Still mystifying fifth volume of this horror comic series. Somehow or rather I missed reading Volume 4 of this horror comic series but I gather that it was about the destruction of the Black Barn. This volume, the penultimate one, deals with the aftermath, with our main characters all ending up in different versions/worlds of Gideon Falls. It's how these characters deal with this situation that dominates this volume as well as on a few new characters that they encounter. It's interesting enough and still not always clear, partly because of the vague artwork. I received a copy of this volume in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    John Funderburg

    While not as compelling as the first couple of volumes, GIDEON FALLS continues to be an enjoyable ride. Looking forward to the final issue in December!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Billy Jepma

    I think the hooks that Gideon Falls had in me are losing their edge. I loved the first two volumes, enjoyed the mind-bending nonsense of the next two volumes, but this one is...nearly incoherent. At the very least, the series' general lack of tangible, meaningful characters no longer outweighs the inherent appeal of its interdimensional horror. After the big plot moments of the previous volume, Gideon Falls picks up with each of the core characters in a whole new multiverse-dimension for...reaso I think the hooks that Gideon Falls had in me are losing their edge. I loved the first two volumes, enjoyed the mind-bending nonsense of the next two volumes, but this one is...nearly incoherent. At the very least, the series' general lack of tangible, meaningful characters no longer outweighs the inherent appeal of its interdimensional horror. After the big plot moments of the previous volume, Gideon Falls picks up with each of the core characters in a whole new multiverse-dimension for...reasons that are loosely explained. While these new worlds provide Sorrentino with plenty of opportunities to flex his artistic muscles––his work is still terrific and the biggest selling point of the series--it loses the horror that made me enjoy the series. By isolating the characters in various fantastical environments with little ties to reality, the horror elements become dull and stumble into something that almost comes off as generic. Gideon Falls has worked for me for so long because it finds its horror in an unraveling "otherness" that brings to mind the best bits of Stephen King and Lovecraftian horror. But with this volume, that "otherness" is lacking, leading to a series of issues that accomplish very little. The finale is right around the corner, but it doesn't feel that way at all. This volume should've put all the pieces on the board in one final move that left me breathless, but it didn't. If anything, I was on the verge of being bored by the time the volume ended. If it wasn't for Sorrentino's art still firing on all cylinders––some of the series' best visuals are in this volume, truly––and Steve Wands' lettering somehow getting even more inventive and creative, I'd score this even lower. Here's hoping the finale wraps things up in a more exciting way.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Dinges

    I'm just playing out the string on this one. I know this is well liked by critics and fans, but it's just never done it for me. I'm a huge fan of Lemire and this isn't anywhere near his best work. I like when he pairs with Sorrentino, but they've done better. Mostly, nothing that happens in this series, and this volume in particular, strikes me as impactful or revelatory. There are a lot of moments that I recognize as supposing to be big plot reveals and I find myself either apathetic or unsure w I'm just playing out the string on this one. I know this is well liked by critics and fans, but it's just never done it for me. I'm a huge fan of Lemire and this isn't anywhere near his best work. I like when he pairs with Sorrentino, but they've done better. Mostly, nothing that happens in this series, and this volume in particular, strikes me as impactful or revelatory. There are a lot of moments that I recognize as supposing to be big plot reveals and I find myself either apathetic or unsure what's happening. In this volume especially, it feels like things are happening just to happen with no real point other than to make the story feel complex and sophisticated and give Sorrentino cool stuff to draw (which he does well). Maybe I missed the boat at the start and haven't paid close enough attention to see the strings Lemire is bringing together, but I'm just not caring about them. That's generally not my reaction to Jeff Lemire books. I'll read the finale so that I can say I did and hope Lemire and Sorrentino move on to a project that's a little more up my alley.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Luke Shea

    After I mistook the end of the last trade for an insanely audacious series finale rather than a fun cliffhanger, I have to say I kind of wish I loved this more. At this point, it's kinda fun and has a lot of enjoyable elements mixed together in it, but it sort of feels like Horror The Lego Movie. It's kinda just everything, to such an extent that the melange of elements don't have enough room to evolve beyond tropes. It's a big pile of fun tropes. But it's lost the hook and mystery that got me i After I mistook the end of the last trade for an insanely audacious series finale rather than a fun cliffhanger, I have to say I kind of wish I loved this more. At this point, it's kinda fun and has a lot of enjoyable elements mixed together in it, but it sort of feels like Horror The Lego Movie. It's kinda just everything, to such an extent that the melange of elements don't have enough room to evolve beyond tropes. It's a big pile of fun tropes. But it's lost the hook and mystery that got me involved. I could see someone pairing this series down to a really fun movie, though. Not bad, but struggling under the weight of its own ambitions.

  19. 4 out of 5

    George

    The penultimate arc of Gideon Falls is a little all over the place with most of the characters scattered, but Lemire and Sorrentino still manage to pump out a lot of consistent setup and some interesting twists leading up to the upcoming final issue extravaganza. There is one issue in this batch that is also among my favourite of the year, so look out for that. I don't know how this will end, and I'm kinda sad that it is, because I think they've got something good with these characters and this The penultimate arc of Gideon Falls is a little all over the place with most of the characters scattered, but Lemire and Sorrentino still manage to pump out a lot of consistent setup and some interesting twists leading up to the upcoming final issue extravaganza. There is one issue in this batch that is also among my favourite of the year, so look out for that. I don't know how this will end, and I'm kinda sad that it is, because I think they've got something good with these characters and this premise, but I'm glad they're ending it on their own terms and I'm really excited to see how they pull it off.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Martha

    Okay this is only getting 4 stars not because the art has declined (it's still amazing) or the story (it's still trippy and creepy) but because dang it Image, I happen to know form your website that the last "chapter" is an 80 page chunk, but that's not long enough for a complete book, would it absolutely have killed you to make this an extra-long volume released early next year? Unlike most other volumes for this series, it doesn't feel like a complete arc at only 5 chapters, with a very abrupt Okay this is only getting 4 stars not because the art has declined (it's still amazing) or the story (it's still trippy and creepy) but because dang it Image, I happen to know form your website that the last "chapter" is an 80 page chunk, but that's not long enough for a complete book, would it absolutely have killed you to make this an extra-long volume released early next year? Unlike most other volumes for this series, it doesn't feel like a complete arc at only 5 chapters, with a very abrupt ending without much revealed or expanded on.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    I can hardly wait for the last book. Sorrentino is a genius, and he and Lemire make a great team. This volume continues the wild ride that is Gideon Falls, and reminded me, at times, of their run of Green Lantern, and there were some Transmetropolitan vibes too. Family Tree has gotten pretty dull by now, Ascender is great but not as good as Descender, the Sweet Tooth reboot seems like it might be a flop, and I haven’t yet spent much time in the broader Black Hammer universe. Lemire is prolific, I can hardly wait for the last book. Sorrentino is a genius, and he and Lemire make a great team. This volume continues the wild ride that is Gideon Falls, and reminded me, at times, of their run of Green Lantern, and there were some Transmetropolitan vibes too. Family Tree has gotten pretty dull by now, Ascender is great but not as good as Descender, the Sweet Tooth reboot seems like it might be a flop, and I haven’t yet spent much time in the broader Black Hammer universe. Lemire is prolific, and this is definitely my favorite book of his at the moment.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Connolly

    Finally some crumbs! I have been reading this book all along with no clue what was going on. I feel differently now even though I know I'm still clueless. There are a lot of reasons one could have for disliking this story so far. But I love Jeff lemires writing and I can't help but be intrigued. I want to know where this is going so I keep reading. I hope it pans out well in the end. 5 volumes is a lot to read on faith alone. But it is a fun story if you don't mind being in the dark the entire w Finally some crumbs! I have been reading this book all along with no clue what was going on. I feel differently now even though I know I'm still clueless. There are a lot of reasons one could have for disliking this story so far. But I love Jeff lemires writing and I can't help but be intrigued. I want to know where this is going so I keep reading. I hope it pans out well in the end. 5 volumes is a lot to read on faith alone. But it is a fun story if you don't mind being in the dark the entire way through. 4 stars.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Ducote

    (view spoiler)[ Great artwork. Interesting premise, but the storytelling and writing lost itself along the way. I was just a little dissatisfied with how everything was so confusing and never really explained very well. Later volumes had pacing issues. I like the idea of creating a rift and attracting the notice of a creepy being... but the creepy being was a bit of a let down. He talks far too much, and is a pretty inept villain. I think the color palette and page framing does a great job telling (view spoiler)[ Great artwork. Interesting premise, but the storytelling and writing lost itself along the way. I was just a little dissatisfied with how everything was so confusing and never really explained very well. Later volumes had pacing issues. I like the idea of creating a rift and attracting the notice of a creepy being... but the creepy being was a bit of a let down. He talks far too much, and is a pretty inept villain. I think the color palette and page framing does a great job telling a disorienting horror story... but the actual dialogue and writing let me down (hide spoiler)]

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chris Thompson

    Just when I thought Jeff Lemire was hitting his stride, this bizarre, genre-busting volume comes out. The main characters have been scattered, one to an Orwellian future, another to the Wild West - but it is all Gideon Falls. With its parallel worlds, this is starting to remind me of Brian K Vaughan’s Paper Girls. This volume is fast-paced, filled with action scene after action scene as the Laughing Man chases after the heroes and turns people into smiling zombies. Creepy and fun, but growing in Just when I thought Jeff Lemire was hitting his stride, this bizarre, genre-busting volume comes out. The main characters have been scattered, one to an Orwellian future, another to the Wild West - but it is all Gideon Falls. With its parallel worlds, this is starting to remind me of Brian K Vaughan’s Paper Girls. This volume is fast-paced, filled with action scene after action scene as the Laughing Man chases after the heroes and turns people into smiling zombies. Creepy and fun, but growing increasingly nonsensical.

  25. 4 out of 5

    David Pain

    Ok, so this volume pretty much makes no sense but still has that great page-turning pace, finger-twitching tension, stomach-churning horror, amazing artwork and I really enjoyed it. Will be interesting to see if Lemire can pull the plot back together for a satisfying ending. I have faith. Come on, Jeff!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Molly Lazer

    This was a fascinating look at some of the alternate Gideon Falls, in addition to getting most of the gang back together. The artwork continues to be innovative, like nothing I've ever seen before in graphic storytelling. And though most of the volume was the characters running from the smiling "zombies," it didn't feel like too much of the same thing. This was a fascinating look at some of the alternate Gideon Falls, in addition to getting most of the gang back together. The artwork continues to be innovative, like nothing I've ever seen before in graphic storytelling. And though most of the volume was the characters running from the smiling "zombies," it didn't feel like too much of the same thing.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marek Michalak

    I do love me some Lemire, but this part of Gideon Falls was somewhat disappointing - instead of setting things up for a big finale it seemed like a filler bottle episode focused on characters just being lost somewhere and fleeing. The art by Sorrentino is, like always, great. Though the storytelling I was excited for took a day off. Shame. Still Can't wait for the final issues. I do love me some Lemire, but this part of Gideon Falls was somewhat disappointing - instead of setting things up for a big finale it seemed like a filler bottle episode focused on characters just being lost somewhere and fleeing. The art by Sorrentino is, like always, great. Though the storytelling I was excited for took a day off. Shame. Still Can't wait for the final issues.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tasha

    While this comic series is still quite outstanding (the art is sublime), I found this edition a little more sprawling and hard to follow than previous ones. I'm hoping the final installment, "The End", brings everything together in a satisfying conclusion. While this comic series is still quite outstanding (the art is sublime), I found this edition a little more sprawling and hard to follow than previous ones. I'm hoping the final installment, "The End", brings everything together in a satisfying conclusion.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lukas Holmes

    It's such a strange series. Each issue and collection feels like nothing happens, and yet too much happens too quickly at times. I'm anxious to see where it goes, but this collection was a bit of a rushed mess, so we'll see. It's such a strange series. Each issue and collection feels like nothing happens, and yet too much happens too quickly at times. I'm anxious to see where it goes, but this collection was a bit of a rushed mess, so we'll see.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brendan

    Lemire’s horror masterpiece continues, in this penultimate volume, at the same astounding pace it has kept since the start, with the terror of the Smiling Man around every corner. I can’t wait to see how this concludes— and to read this all over again from start to finish.

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