Keep Smiling Norton (Gideon Falls #8 Comic Review)

Killer Smile

Writer: Jeff Lemire

Artist: Andrea Sorrentino

Variant Cover: Jeff Lemire

What You Need to Know: The Black Barn has come and gone, and everyone involved is trying to figure out what to do next. Father Fred is more determined than ever to figure out why he has been sent to Gideon Falls and what the Black Barn is. Sherriff Clara wants more than anything to find her brother who went missing when they were kids. Norton and Doctor Xio have decided to take the pieces of trash Norton has collected and rebuild the Barn. But when Xio’s Boss shows up to take Norton away, his motives may not be as innocent as he says.

 

In This Issue: We start with a little flashback of a young Norton in an Orphanage, trying so hard to ignore a voice only he can hear. Which leads him into trouble with one of the Nuns who punishes him by locking him in the dark basement where Norton sees a terrifying face. This same face is visiting Norton now while he is locked away and drugged in an Institution that his Doctor, Xio is trying to get him out of so they can try to create the Black Barn for themselves. Meanwhile, in Gideon Falls, during a Sermon Father Fred suddenly has a vision of a boy he doesn’t know crying for help and what could only be a flashback. Men in his church saying that a mysterious killer has struck again but this time a witness says its Norton Sinclair, the boy in Fred’s vision who we know. Perfect timing for Sheriff Clara to come in and try to calm him down with information from her childhood memories about her brother. The two decide to travel to Reddy’s farm where Fred has another moment and the two discover a hidden drawer with pictures of a particular familiar face.

 

Yeah flashbacks! Lots of them too and they are starting to intertwine together which is even better. One can only ask, “what the heck?” for so long, like “how the heck is all these character’s connected?” Well now we finally get a few answers. Although some of the visions were seeing are so creepy you can’t help but ask in a good way, which is just another great nod to artist Andrea Sorrentino. It might feel like the story is going slow, but I feel like it’s just building up since we have to get some kind of backstory. Good horror has good backstory and that’s when Lemire is building up to. We, as readers, just have to hold on for the ride.

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Joanna Robinson

Joanna Robinson

I’m 34 years old, attending school for Graphic Arts and Illustration. I started reading comics in the 90’s and have continued on till now adding Manga to the mix. I sing and work at Indy Wrestling shows, love going to Con’s and Cosplaying. Big movie buff and toy collector. Moose.
Summary
Norton is clearly the key to the Black Barn’s mysteries and things are beginning to tie together between the characters. Not to mention the appearance of the possible main villain who is so creepy you know, nothing good could be coming for our band of hero’s.
8.8
Great
Artwork - 9
Storyline - 9
Fluidity from Previous Issue - 9
Character Development - 8
Variant Cover Art - 9
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I’m 34 years old, attending school for Graphic Arts and Illustration. I started reading comics in the 90’s and have continued on till now adding Manga to the mix. I sing and work at Indy Wrestling shows, love going to Con’s and Cosplaying. Big movie buff and toy collector. Moose.

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