Gideon Falls, Vol. 1
A brand-new ongoing horror series from the acclaimed best-selling creative team of Old Man Logan and Green Arrow!The lives of a reclusive young man obsessed with a conspiracy in the city's trash and a washed-up Catholic priest arriving in a small town full of dark secrets become intertwined around the mysterious legend of The Black Barn--an otherworldly building alleged to have appeared in both the city and the small town throughout history, bringing death and madness in its wake.Rural mystery and urban horror collide in this character-driven meditation on obsession, mental illness, and faith that Mark Millar (Hitgirl) called his "personal pick as the best comic of 2018!" Also featuring a variant cover gallery from some of comics' best artists, including Cliff Chiang (PAPER GIRLS), Jock (WYTCHES), Skottie Young (I HATE FAIRYLAND), and more!Collects GIDEON FALLS #1-6

Gideon Falls, Vol. 1 Details

TitleGideon Falls, Vol. 1
Author
ReleaseOct 23rd, 2018
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781534308527
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Horror, Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics

Gideon Falls, Vol. 1 Review

  • HFK
    January 1, 1970
    I am a enough of a big occult horror fan to give an eye to Gideon Falls that had a promise of such: a priest, a mental illness, gruesome and suspect murders mixed with something sinister. I thought that was a great premise, typical perhaps, but enough to get me going.I guess my mind was set on satanic serial murderers, or just regular serial killers if getting it really mildly. I guess I did not get what I was looking for, or at least so far I think I did not.Without kicking around the bushes: t I am a enough of a big occult horror fan to give an eye to Gideon Falls that had a promise of such: a priest, a mental illness, gruesome and suspect murders mixed with something sinister. I thought that was a great premise, typical perhaps, but enough to get me going.I guess my mind was set on satanic serial murderers, or just regular serial killers if getting it really mildly. I guess I did not get what I was looking for, or at least so far I think I did not.Without kicking around the bushes: the art is amazing sweaty balls. Gorgeous, vivid, crowded, detailed, consistent - something you can stare for hours if having time to do so.While kicking around the bushes: I do love me some troubled priests. I do love me some troubled people who have been diagnosed with serious mental health issues - perhaps without a reason. But I absolutely hate a trope where the story goes through multiple stages of characters not believing anything, being pain in the asses, refusing to see what is in front of them. It annoys the shit out of me when it drags from page to page. That is such a damn real life, ain't it.Kicking up and down on the bushes but not really kicking the bush either: A good start to a series that has supernatural ingredients, or should I maybe call them scifi ingredients to be more accurate, that takes turn into worse when reaching the final issue of the first collection.There was so many details I enjoyed, details that brought me to the ending - I just did not like the ending and am unsure am I enough interested to see where the story goes in the next volume. So much horror tropes I love and hate in one single volume. But the art, it is so painfully lovely.
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  • Sam Quixote
    January 1, 1970
    A ritual killer’s doin’ his thang in the small town of Gideon Falls. A Catholic priest is dispatched to replace the previous Father who recently died in strange circumstances. A mental patient with a face mask wanders the city collecting “special” pieces of garbage. Both priest and nutbar have visions of a black barn. *Yawns* Oh, what does it all mean? The creative team behind Old Man Logan, Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino, reunite for their first Image series, Gideon Falls. And it’s not very A ritual killer’s doin’ his thang in the small town of Gideon Falls. A Catholic priest is dispatched to replace the previous Father who recently died in strange circumstances. A mental patient with a face mask wanders the city collecting “special” pieces of garbage. Both priest and nutbar have visions of a black barn. *Yawns* Oh, what does it all mean? The creative team behind Old Man Logan, Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino, reunite for their first Image series, Gideon Falls. And it’s not very good! I feel like Lemire watched two of the crappiest, most overrated, yet absurdly popular, TV shows of recent years, Mr Robot and Stranger Things, and decided to do something derivative of them. The mental patient storyline seemed similar to the main character of Mr Robot’s while the small town sheriff/supernatural goings-on was very much in the Stranger Things vein. Even without those shows’ flavourings, neither storyline is interesting. I also didn’t care about any of the characters who weren’t at all likeable or compelling. The problem is that Lemire’s writing is too obtuse and vague to latch onto. What exactly is going on – why am I meant to care? Something about a religious war between good and evil – like Robert Kirkman’s Outcast but not as good (and even that series isn’t a hill of beans) – while The Black Barn is like The Dark Tower. I found it impossible to be invested in anything that was happening. Lemire looks to do be doing something like what he did a few years ago in his Vertigo book Trillium with the parallel worlds/storylines – the priest is in one world/timeline, the mental patient is in another. I think that’s what the visual inversions mean – and that last panel. It’s just another unoriginal aspect bolted onto this patchwork of other pop culture elements. Andrea Sorrentino’s art is surprisingly underwhelming given his usual quality work, though to be fair he’s not given anything very exciting to draw – lots of mundane everyday stuff for the most part. The visual spectacles are reserved for the batshit final chapter though when Sorrentino’s allowed to cut loose, drawing some remarkable, abstract stuff as the priest and some others venture into Lemire’s cut-price Upside Down. Gideon Falls, Volume 1: The Black Barn is barnstormingly unoriginal and uninspired. Maybe Lemire’s going somewhere more engaging in the next book/s but I didn’t see enough in this first one to want to keep going and find out.
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  • Donovan
    January 1, 1970
    Damnation!—literally. Lemire surprises with this dark fantasy horror told through two parallel plots. While characterization is only moderate so far, it’s only because there’s so much going for the plot. Illustrations are sketchy but wonderfully fantastical.
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  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino reunite for their new horror comic with very little horror. This is the slowest of slow burns. If visions of old barns scare you, this may be the book for you. The story follows two separate individuals in two different environments. One, a mentally ill man who wonders through a city's garbage looking for splinters and nails. The other, a priest new to a small town who witnesses a murder. Their only connection an old barn that they see visions of. Speaking of th Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino reunite for their new horror comic with very little horror. This is the slowest of slow burns. If visions of old barns scare you, this may be the book for you. The story follows two separate individuals in two different environments. One, a mentally ill man who wonders through a city's garbage looking for splinters and nails. The other, a priest new to a small town who witnesses a murder. Their only connection an old barn that they see visions of. Speaking of this barn, Lemire borrows heavily from a TV show that used to be on SyFy, Haven, whether intentionally or not. Sorrentino's art is gritty and real, even as it gets more surreal and fantastical. It's very good. Given that this is from Jeff Lemire, I'll give it more time, but I feel this may be better read all at once after the series ends.
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  • L. McCoy
    January 1, 1970
    Alright, I’ll end my flood of reviews with this.What’s it about?One guy is the new Catholic preacher in the town of Gideon Falls.The other guy is a guy who is supposedly insane and obsessed with digging through the garbage.They both see eerie visions of a black barn that may be more than just visions.Why it gets 5 stars:The story is very interesting. I don’t want to give too much away but it is so great and strange.The art is fantastic! Sorrentino’s gritty style suits this book perfectly! It sor Alright, I’ll end my flood of reviews with this.What’s it about?One guy is the new Catholic preacher in the town of Gideon Falls.The other guy is a guy who is supposedly insane and obsessed with digging through the garbage.They both see eerie visions of a black barn that may be more than just visions.Why it gets 5 stars:The story is very interesting. I don’t want to give too much away but it is so great and strange.The art is fantastic! Sorrentino’s gritty style suits this book perfectly! It sorta reminds me of a mix of Azaceta and Sean Phillips which is something I say with the highest compliments. An amazing artist!The characters are strange and intriguing.The horror stuff in this book... holy shitsnacks! It is so good! It’s very creepy and unsettling! The creepiness is strong here and sure to please fans of horror comics!This is one of the weirdest comics I’ve read in awhile. This might actually be even weirder than The Sandman but still manages to make sense so I love it.This book is very suspenseful and full of exciting twists!The page layouts are done in various cool ways, I really enjoyed that!Overall:Awesome book with lots to love! If you’re a fan of horror and/or you like a strange story you should definitely go for this! I highly recommend this one and can’t wait for the next volume!5/5
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  • GrilledCheeseSamurai
    January 1, 1970
    Jeff Lemire & Andrea Sorrentino strike gold. Again.What else to say? Gideon Falls is a comic with 2 storylines that are apart from one another, yet connected. It is a noir feeling, dark, supernatural, thriller that fired for me on absolutely all cylinders. Lemire's prose is gritty and mysterious and adds a creepy voice to Sorrentino's experimental feeling artwork. And I don't mean experimental in a bad way. Its just nice to see pages that don't follow the run-of-the-mill panel layouts for a Jeff Lemire & Andrea Sorrentino strike gold. Again.What else to say? Gideon Falls is a comic with 2 storylines that are apart from one another, yet connected. It is a noir feeling, dark, supernatural, thriller that fired for me on absolutely all cylinders. Lemire's prose is gritty and mysterious and adds a creepy voice to Sorrentino's experimental feeling artwork. And I don't mean experimental in a bad way. Its just nice to see pages that don't follow the run-of-the-mill panel layouts for a change. This very well, and probably is my favorite comic of 2018.**I read this as single issues, which is fine because I am greedy and impatient, but I think this story will read better as a whole in a TPB or premium hardcover editions.
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  • Artemy
    January 1, 1970
    Jeff Lemire's new horror/thriller/mystical series starts veeeery slow. It's five long and tedious issues of buildup and one final issue that tries to turn everything on its head (and kind of fails by being too ambiguous), it doesn't feel very original or exciting enough to sustain its length, and the characters are all just... meh. Andrea Sorrentino's artwork is absolutely gorgeous though, better than I've ever seen it in other books. It does much more for building the tone and atmosphere of the Jeff Lemire's new horror/thriller/mystical series starts veeeery slow. It's five long and tedious issues of buildup and one final issue that tries to turn everything on its head (and kind of fails by being too ambiguous), it doesn't feel very original or exciting enough to sustain its length, and the characters are all just... meh. Andrea Sorrentino's artwork is absolutely gorgeous though, better than I've ever seen it in other books. It does much more for building the tone and atmosphere of the book than Lemire did with his writing. Gideon Falls may have potential in the future, but for now I can't say I'm hooked.
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  • James DeSantis
    January 1, 1970
    When Lemire writes a good story it's really hard to not want more.This is telling a story of two very different people trying to solve the same mystery. This Red Barn is a source of evil. Something, or someone, is forcing innocent people to go crazy and murder others. Through this story we focus on a priest coming to a village and trying to fit in after priest goes missing but we soon find out he might not be. Then we have a story of a crazy guy picking up trash and learning the secrets of the r When Lemire writes a good story it's really hard to not want more.This is telling a story of two very different people trying to solve the same mystery. This Red Barn is a source of evil. Something, or someone, is forcing innocent people to go crazy and murder others. Through this story we focus on a priest coming to a village and trying to fit in after priest goes missing but we soon find out he might not be. Then we have a story of a crazy guy picking up trash and learning the secrets of the red barn. Good: love the hell out of the pacing. Really quick paced and never boring. Characters are all really well done and intriguing. I also enjoyed the twist and turns. Bad: the art kind have reminded of outcast. Which I like but took me out of it for a bit. Overall really enjoyable. Not alot is told and probably have more questions than answers by the end but I'm in it for the ride! 4 out of 5.
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  • Matthew Quann
    January 1, 1970
    [4.5 Stars]A wonderfully creepy and beautifully drawn new horror comic from Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino that sets up a new series with a lot of potential. We've got two parallel stories, one in a rural setting and the other urban, both unsettling. Sorrentino's a great choice of artist as he's able to add a level grit and grime that really helps sell the weird and horrific Black Barn. The only thing I'm not crazy about is the "I'm schizophrenic, but I actually am the only one who sees the w [4.5 Stars]A wonderfully creepy and beautifully drawn new horror comic from Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino that sets up a new series with a lot of potential. We've got two parallel stories, one in a rural setting and the other urban, both unsettling. Sorrentino's a great choice of artist as he's able to add a level grit and grime that really helps sell the weird and horrific Black Barn. The only thing I'm not crazy about is the "I'm schizophrenic, but I actually am the only one who sees the world for what it is" trope. Hopefully this gets a bit more fleshed out in subsequent volumes. I like the sci-fi suggestions at the end of this first collection and I'm eagerly anticipating the next volume. It's great to have a quality horror comic to follow!
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  • Richard
    January 1, 1970
    A well-written and creatively illustrated first chapter in a new horror mystery series that tells parallel stories about a reclusive mental patient obsessed with a mystery in the city's trash and a troubled Catholic priest assigned to preach in the small town of Gideon Falls. I love the slow, creeping build-up in the Gideon Falls scenes and I wish the city sections matched it. This series definitely shows promise though.
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  • Walome
    January 1, 1970
    Ten poslední sešit to skoro zabil, ale jinak fajn náladovka. Časem to sklouzne do LOST, ale s tím jsem počítal od prvního sešitu. Tenhle book mě bavil a klidně někdy zkusím druhej. #NaLumíraDobrý
  • Cheese
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, I wasn’t expecting that. This’ll be giving me nightmares tonight. A really chilling horror.
  • Roy
    January 1, 1970
    This is Lemire doing strange horror things. The plot is a slow build. I dont mind the occasional slow burn and in this case it works. The plot does eventually work but there are a few questions I have after finishing #6. The characters are your typical washed up country characters. Although I do prefer the Norton/Dr interaction. The worldbuilding is quite unique although why do small country towns always have these horror elements. A good first outing although probably not Lemires best work. At This is Lemire doing strange horror things. The plot is a slow build. I dont mind the occasional slow burn and in this case it works. The plot does eventually work but there are a few questions I have after finishing #6. The characters are your typical washed up country characters. Although I do prefer the Norton/Dr interaction. The worldbuilding is quite unique although why do small country towns always have these horror elements. A good first outing although probably not Lemires best work. At times it can get wacky and out there, especially some of the art in #6.
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  • James
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent -- 4.5 stars rounded up to 5. One of the creepiest, most original horror comics I've read in a long time.
  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    I keep waiting for another Lemire title to grab me like Descender did.And I'm still waiting.😕Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 | #6Total review score: 2.67
  • David Schaafsma
    January 1, 1970
    We are in Harrow County, Rachel Rising and Outcast territory with Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino and Dave Stewarts's entry into the comics horror world. And like those other series (and many more we could name), we have a fight going for the soul of the town, an epic battle between Heaven and Hell. The central feature that distinguishes this from the others is not great art, because all of the above series are exemplary in that category, but Sorrentino is amazingly inventive with paneling and la We are in Harrow County, Rachel Rising and Outcast territory with Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino and Dave Stewarts's entry into the comics horror world. And like those other series (and many more we could name), we have a fight going for the soul of the town, an epic battle between Heaven and Hell. The central feature that distinguishes this from the others is not great art, because all of the above series are exemplary in that category, but Sorrentino is amazingly inventive with paneling and layouts. We are trying to capture a sense of madness, of evil, and Sorrentino does that through some of the most amazing visuals you will see out there.A Bad Priest comes to Gideon Falls, with a history of alcohol abuse and domestic battery. His predecessor Father Tom seems to be dead. There are other people dead; the Sheriff lost a brother to mysterious circumstances, and her father believes it has something to do with a sometimes here, sometimes not Black Barn. The Bad Priest actually thinks he sees Father Tom AND the Black Barn, but you know, this could be the booze.Another guy, clearly crazy, is going through the garbage around town, finding artifacts he thinks are linked to said Barn. His therapist thinks he needs to be hospitalized about this fantasy, this madness. Until the doc also thinks she sees that darned barn!I don't think the story quite measures up to 5 stars yet, but there is some very good writing here from Lemire that is not SO far out of his wheelhouse. Ghosts from the past, crazy sci fi monsters such as in Sweet Tooth. Paranormality isn't abnormal for Lemire. But the bright and shining star here is Sorrentino, who creates mad fragmentation when things get most fearful. I can't wait to see if it is going to be great, but knowing him, it will be.
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  • Ron
    January 1, 1970
    The highly acclaimed Gideon Falls doesn't contain any original ideas that I can see. It's largely well-drawn, though there are consistency problems with some characters (a common problem when the artist's reliance on photo reference includes some gaps in said reference). I like the paneling a lot, and the texture effects. The story jumping read smoothly, and I was about equally interested in both stories - the connections between the stories have some satisfying payoffs, and one of them is even The highly acclaimed Gideon Falls doesn't contain any original ideas that I can see. It's largely well-drawn, though there are consistency problems with some characters (a common problem when the artist's reliance on photo reference includes some gaps in said reference). I like the paneling a lot, and the texture effects. The story jumping read smoothly, and I was about equally interested in both stories - the connections between the stories have some satisfying payoffs, and one of them is even surprising (the one based on location identity, not character identity). I wish that volume one could have had some conclusions in it, because comics are a serious financial investment compared to any other reading - and most other entertainment in general. Can't say I was impressed enough to want to read beyond volume 1, but if my library ends up with a copy - I'll gladly read it (at the very least skim it).I didn't get any horror vibe, and some of the cliches are cringe-worthy (walls of newspaper clippings... can we retire that stupid visual already?). At its best moments, there was a Twin Peaks feel... but only in superficial ways. It's rough when there are so few characters pulling so much weight in a story, and that robs it of a lot of realism and believability.I would love for horror comics to come into their own for modern readers - but maybe film is just so accessible that talented creators go straight for that medium. There is a serious dearth of capable horror writers. It was disappointing to see Mark Millar call this his favorite comic of 2018... the comic doesn't rate that kind of praise. I wish I'd borrowed it rather than bought it.
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  • Pavle
    January 1, 1970
    Ovo je bilo po svim merilima odlično.Imam taj neki soft spot za horor sa blago religioznom konotacijom (kroz egzistencijalizam, razume se), tako da mi je ovo leglo kao budali šamar. Kao ideja, vrzmala se po Lemire-ovom mozgu nekih dvadesetak godina, i mogu da shvatim zašto. Simbolika koja se provlači sa sobom vuče jednu esencijalni karakteristiku - toliko suštu, da nam se čini kao da je oduvek bila deo naše civilizacije. Postoji razlog zbog čega su uklete kuće toliko popularne u žanru, a ovo odl Ovo je bilo po svim merilima odlično.Imam taj neki soft spot za horor sa blago religioznom konotacijom (kroz egzistencijalizam, razume se), tako da mi je ovo leglo kao budali šamar. Kao ideja, vrzmala se po Lemire-ovom mozgu nekih dvadesetak godina, i mogu da shvatim zašto. Simbolika koja se provlači sa sobom vuče jednu esencijalni karakteristiku - toliko suštu, da nam se čini kao da je oduvek bila deo naše civilizacije. Postoji razlog zbog čega su uklete kuće toliko popularne u žanru, a ovo odlazi korak dalje od toga. Vizuelno vrlo upečatljivo, sa neverovatno efikasnom upotrebom crvene boje i pravougaonih struktura, priča je tek počela, ali već sada se može videti veliki, golemi potencijal.5
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  • Craig
    January 1, 1970
    I love Sorrentino's artwork, even though it starts to look like it's raining in every panel, even when events/characters are obviously indoors. The story here needs a goose--not much really happens in this first volume, just a lot of stage-setting and mystery. Never a good idea to stretch things out this much without some sort of payoff. I'll be interested to see what happens next, but calling this the best comic of the year is a bit much.
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  • Jakub Kvíz
    January 1, 1970
    To, co se pet sesitu budovalo, v poslednim sesitu prvniho story arcu tak nejaky vysumelo.Jasne, urcite budu pokracovat a tesim se na dalsi sesity, ale #6 me tak nejak nechalo v klidu.
  • Gabriele Pallonetto
    January 1, 1970
    Primo volume introduttivo che getta le basi per una storia con parecchio potenziale. Mi ha ricordato vagamente qualcosina di Lovecraft ma non saprei dire cosa di preciso...Bella l'ambientazione, i personaggi leggermente meno ma è il primo volume quindi c'è tutto il tempo per dargli un degno spessore.Ottimi i disegni, in particolare alcune tavole sul finale dal taglio molto sperimentale.La trama al momento è molto semplice e quindi non mi ha fatto proprio impazzire ma tutto sommato mi sento di pr Primo volume introduttivo che getta le basi per una storia con parecchio potenziale. Mi ha ricordato vagamente qualcosina di Lovecraft ma non saprei dire cosa di preciso...Bella l'ambientazione, i personaggi leggermente meno ma è il primo volume quindi c'è tutto il tempo per dargli un degno spessore.Ottimi i disegni, in particolare alcune tavole sul finale dal taglio molto sperimentale.La trama al momento è molto semplice e quindi non mi ha fatto proprio impazzire ma tutto sommato mi sento di promuoverlo.Adesso mi tocca aspettare il secondo volume!
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  • Chaunceton Bird
    January 1, 1970
    This is some quality dark story telling. The premise is one I've never seen/read, and the direction of the first book is promising. Looking forward to later installments.
  • Smassing Culture
    January 1, 1970
    Κριτική στο Smassing CultureΤο καλύτερο comic θρίλερ του 2018Το συγγραφικό ταλέντο του Jeff Lemire είναι αποδεδειγμένο και για όσους έχουν διαβάσει τα έργα του δεν χρειάζονται πολλά λόγια. Μπορεί να έχει κατά καιρούς και τις κακές του στιγμές (μία απ’ αυτές ήταν σίγουρα το περσινό tie-in του στα πλαίσια του event «Metal» του Snyder), όμως πρόκειται για έναν απ’ αυτούς τους σεναριογράφους comics που το όνομά τους έχει καταφέρει από μόνο του να δημιουργεί προσδοκίες για κάθε νέο comic στο οποίο αν Κριτική στο Smassing CultureΤο καλύτερο comic θρίλερ του 2018Το συγγραφικό ταλέντο του Jeff Lemire είναι αποδεδειγμένο και για όσους έχουν διαβάσει τα έργα του δεν χρειάζονται πολλά λόγια. Μπορεί να έχει κατά καιρούς και τις κακές του στιγμές (μία απ’ αυτές ήταν σίγουρα το περσινό tie-in του στα πλαίσια του event «Metal» του Snyder), όμως πρόκειται για έναν απ’ αυτούς τους σεναριογράφους comics που το όνομά τους έχει καταφέρει από μόνο του να δημιουργεί προσδοκίες για κάθε νέο comic στο οποίο αναγράφεται. Αυτό είναι αποτέλεσμα των πολύ αξιόλογων δημιουργημάτων του, είτε πρόκειται για εντελώς πρωτότυπες ιστορίες, όπως το Descender, το Essex County και το Sweet Tooth, είτε πρόκειται για runs του σε χαρακτήρες της Marvel και της DC, όπως ο Thanos, ο Moon Knight και ο Wolverine.Σε αυτή την αξιοπρόσεκτη μέχρι στιγμής παρακαταθήκη του Lemire, το Gideon Falls φαίνεται να ξεχωρίζει ήδη από τώρα, παρ’ όλο που έχει βγάλει μόλις 10 τεύχη. Το νέο του αυτό comic είναι ένα απ’ τα πιο ώριμα έργα του, παρά το γεγονός ότι αντλεί την έμπνευσή του από μια απ’ τις πρώτες ιστορίες που προσπάθησε να αποτυπώσει στο χαρτί ο Lemire στα πρώτα του βήματα στο χώρο των comics. Όπως αφηγείται και ο ίδιος, η ιδέα για την ιστορία του Gideon Falls προέκυψε για πρώτη φορά το μακρινό 1996, όταν κατά τη διάρκεια των σπουδών του στην τέχνη του κινηματογράφου κλήθηκε να δημιουργήσει μια ταινία μικρού μήκους. Τότε, ελλείψει ιδεών, βγήκε μια βόλτα στην πόλη του Toronto, όπου και φοιτούσε, και τότε αντικρίζοντας πολλά μαζεμένα σκουπίδια στους δρόμους της πόλης γεννήθηκε η ιδέα του Norton Sinclair:«Σκέφτηκα την ιδέα ενός άντρα που φορούσε γάντια και μια περίεργη (ιατρικού τύπου) μάσκα, πεπεισμένου ότι θα έβρισκε στοιχεία μιας μυστικής συνομωσίας, που μόνο αυτός μπορούσε να αποκαλύψει.»Αφού αυτή η ιδέα έγινε πρώτα ταινία μικρού μήκους και μετά μια comic αυτοέκδοση με τον τίτλο «Ashtray», μετά από 20 χρόνια ήρθε η στιγμή για τον Lemire να επιστρέψει σε αυτήν, ώριμος πλέον, προκειμένου να την κάνει ένα απ’ τα πιο αξιόλογα θρίλερ μυστηρίου που έχουμε διαβάσει τα τελευταία χρόνια, που επάξια κέρδισε μια πολύ υψηλή θέση στις προτιμήσεις μας με τα καλύτερα comics της περασμένης χρονιάς.Το κεντρικό μυστήριο του Gideon Falls περιέχει κάτι το ανατριχιαστικό, χωρίς όμως να βασίζει τον τρόμο στο splatter ή σε ακραία μεταφυσικές σκηνές. Κυρίαρχο ρόλο έχει το ψυχολογικό στοιχείο, το οποίο παγιδεύει τον αναγνώστη σε μια συνεχώς κλιμακούμενη αγωνία για τη λύση του μυστηρίου και την τύχη των χαρακτήρων. Κάθε τεύχος είναι ένα κομμάτι ενός puzzle, το οποίο όμως ακόμα και μετά από 10 τεύχη μοιάζει να κρύβει ένα πολύ βαθύ μυστικό που μας αφήνει κάθε φορά γεμάτους με απορίες για την εξέλιξη της ιστορίας. Με αυτό τον τρόπο ο Lemire προσπαθεί να προσεγγίσει τον τρόμο μέσα απ’ τους πιο κρυφούς φόβους των ανθρώπων μιας πόλης. Οι μύθοι και η συνωμοσιολογία συνδυάζονται ανατριχιαστικά με τον θάνατο και την πραγματική ζωή βυθίζοντάς μας σε ένα απολαυστικό σκοτεινό μυστήριο.Κεντρικό στοιχείο της ιστορίας είναι η Black Barn, μια μυστηριώδης αποθήκη (εμπνευσμένη απ’ το Twin Peaks), η οποία εμφανίζεται τυχαία στο Gideon Falls κατά καιρούς. Και όποτε συμβαίνει αυτό συνοδεύεται από στυγερά εγκλήματα στην πόλη. Αυτό το μυστήριο το γνωρίζουν όμως ελάχιστοι, αλλά κανένας δεν μπορεί να το εξηγήσει. Η τοπική κοινότητα το έχει ακούσει σαν μύθο, ενώ αυτοί που προσπαθούν να καταλάβουν τι συμβαίνει μοιάζουν περιθωριακοί.Η ιστορία εκτυλίσσεται σε δύο χρόνους την ίδια περίπου περίοδο, από δύο διαφορετικές οπτικές. Απ’ τη μία είναι ο Norton Sinclair, ένας μασκοφόρος άντρας υπό ψυχιατρική παρακολούθηση, ο οποίος είναι πεπεισμένος ότι ψάχνοντας στα σκουπίδια του Gideon Falls θα ξεσκεπάσει μια αριστοτεχνικά κρυμμένη συνομωσία. Απ’ την άλλη είναι o Father Wilfred, ένας καθολικός ιερέας που αναλαμβάνει την τοπική ενορία μετά την μυστηριώδη εξαφάνιση του προκατόχου του. Πολύ σύντομα τα μυστηριώδη εγκλήματα θα πολλαπλασιαστούν στην πόλη, την ίδια ώρα που θα ξαναεμφανιστεί η Black Barn.Φυσικά, το Gideon Falls δεν θα ήταν ποτέ το ίδιο χωρίς το μαγευτικό σχέδιο του Andrea Sorrentino. Πραγματικά σκέφτεται κανείς ότι το σχέδιο του comic αυτού είναι τόσο όμορφο να το βλέπεις, που ακόμα και να μην είχε διαλόγους ίσως θα το διαβάζαμε απλά για να χαζεύουμε την εικονογράφηση. Είναι μάλιστα ιδιαίτερα αξιοπρόσεκτος ο τρόπος που ο Sorrentino αλλάζει το ύφος του σκίτσου του (ακόμα και την χρωματική παλλέτα του) ανάλογα με το αν βρίσκεται στον κόσμο του Father Wilfred ή του Norton. Αλλά επειδή «η αρχή είναι το παν», όλα ξεκινούν απ’ τα πανέμορφα εξώφυλλα δια χειρός Sorrentino, τα οποία βασίζονται στην ομοιόμορφη απεικόνιση μιας πόλης που σκιαγραφείται από σύμβολα, που κάθε φορά σχηματίζουν με διαφορετικό τρόπο ένα πρόσωπο. Έτσι το μυστήριο ξεκινά ήδη πριν καν ανοίξουμε την πρώτη σελίδα.Οι Lemire και Sorrentino είχαν ξανασυνεργαστεί στο run τους του Old Man Logan το 2015 (του comic που ξεκίνησε απ’ την κλασσική ομότιτλη ιστορία του Millar) και λίγα χρόνια νωρίτερα στο run τους του Green Arrow. Έχοντας δοκιμαστεί οι δυο τους στους δύο κορυφαίους comic εκδοτικούς, το Gideon Falls ήταν η ευκαιρία τους να ξεκινήσουν κάτι απόλυτα δικό τους στα πλαίσια της Image Comics. Είναι συχνό το φαινόμενο άλλωστε να βλέπουμε δημιουργούς της Marvel και της DC να πηγαίνουν να κάνουν πρωτότυπες ιστορίες στην Image και να είναι προφανές ότι απελευθερώνουν στο έπακρο το ταλέντο τους, κάτι το οποίο δεν είναι πάντα εφικτό όταν αναλαμβάνουν runs γνωστών superheroes, οι οποίοι έχουν συγκεκριμένες προδιαγραφές, προγραμματισμό απ’ την εταιρεία, ακόμα και κατευθύνσεις που πρέπει να ακολουθήσουν περιορίζοντας την δημιουργική πρωτοβουλία τους. Καθόλου τυχαίο δεν είναι άλλωστε ότι το επόμενο καλύτερο comic θρίλερ της προηγούμενης χρονιάς είναι το Infidel, που προέρχεται κι αυτό απ’ την Image!Σε λίγες μέρες το Gideon Falls θα ολοκληρώσει με το 11ο τεύχος του τις ιστορίες που θα συγκροτήσουν τον 2ο τόμο του και ενώ η κεντρική ιστορία έχει προχωρήσει χωρίς περιττές σελίδες, ο αναγνώστης σίγουρα μοιάζει ακόμα σαστισμένος απέναντι στο ερώτημα «πού το πάει ο Lemire». Κι αυτό είναι το πιο δυνατό χαρτί του comic! Ότι δηλαδή έχει κερδίσει επάξια την προσοχή μας και την επιστροφή μας κάθε μήνα στο μυστήριό του. Εϊναι προφανές ότι και οι ίδιοι οι δημιουργοί πιστεύουν πολύ στην ιστορία τους, όπως αποδεικνύει και το γεγονός ότι βρίσκεται ήδη είναι στα σκαριά η τηλεοπτική της μεταφορά,
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  • Periklis
    January 1, 1970
    A twin-peaks inspired, urban horror series, written and drawn in a planned, cinematic, manner. Too bad it's not finished to read it the whole story in one sitting...
  • Christina Pilkington
    January 1, 1970
    As a big Jeff Lemire fan, I was really excited to learn of his newest series- Gideon Falls, especially since it was a blend of horror and mystery. I was a bit put off by the art style- not my favorite- but the story more than made up for it. It does so many things that I adore. It mixes conspiracy theories, magical portals, explorations of mental illness, and small towns with dark secrets- just to name a few. It was an exciting first volume, and I can just imagine how good the series will get!
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  • orangerful
    January 1, 1970
    This rating might change depending on how the rest of the series goes because I don't even know WHAT this is all about. But I am definitely going to keep reading because it is dark, creepy, and mysterious and I need to know what happens next!
  • Anthony
    January 1, 1970
    After Black Hammer and Royal City, this is a bit of a come down for me. The concept didn't do much for me and the story and characters never really gripped me. Sorrentino is a bit TOO Sorrentino in parts as well and it doesn't have the same effect outside of superhero books.
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  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    [Read as single issues]The town of Gideon Falls has a secret. It is haunted by a mysterious Black Barn, whose very existence drives men mad. When a new priest arrives in town after the death of his predecessor, he finds himself trapped in a web of intrigue that may just lead to his demise as well. And across the world, a psychiatric patient finds himself compelled to collect strange pieces of wood from all over the city, and rebuild the Black Barn himself…Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino togeth [Read as single issues]The town of Gideon Falls has a secret. It is haunted by a mysterious Black Barn, whose very existence drives men mad. When a new priest arrives in town after the death of his predecessor, he finds himself trapped in a web of intrigue that may just lead to his demise as well. And across the world, a psychiatric patient finds himself compelled to collect strange pieces of wood from all over the city, and rebuild the Black Barn himself…Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino together are a one-two punch unlike any other in comics these days (Old Man Logan notwithstanding, but that’s a different review all together). Re-teaming for their first independent comic together, you know you’re in for something special from the first few pages of the first issue.Gideon Falls is a mystery story at its heart. There are supernatural elements, and it delves into the psyche of its main characters with reckless abandon, but the mystery of the Black Barn drives its core without even trying. The malevolent building only appears a handful of times, but each one rocks the series hard, and shows that Lemire isn’t going to let up at any point; even when things appear quiet, it’s not too long before it all goes wrong again.The dual narratives are well executed, with a good balance between the two throughout these first issues. It’s not readily apparent how or even if they’re going to interact until right at the last minute, and that once again throws everything you thought you knew out the window and makes you re-evaluate everything that’s been happening so far. And yet, despite that, you do feel like you’re getting somewhere. We may not have all, or even any, answers by the end of this volume, but I do feel like we’re much more informed than we were right at the beginning, even if what we know might not make total sense just yet.Of course, Andrea Sorrentino isn’t slouching either. His iconic panel layouts and insane splash pages are ever-present, but just because he does the big and bombastic so well doesn’t mean he can’t do the quieter talking heads panels just as easily. I do think having Dave Stewart on as colourist instead of Sorrentino’s usual partner in crime Marcelo Maiolo gives his art a very different feel than usual, and it’s a bit of a jarring change at first, but on reflection this grittier edge is more appropriate for this kind of story, it just takes a little getting used to.Gideon Falls isn’t easy reading – it’ll make you gasp more than once, and it’s constantly pulling the rug out from under you, tying it over your head, and hitting you with a brick. But it’s the kind of comic punishment that you’ll love to endure, because the mystery and the characters are so well done. The art is phenomenal, as all Sorrentino comics are, even if it’s a little off-kilter compared to previous experience, but that just helps make Gideon Falls stand out from the crowd even more than it would otherwise. Just don’t go into the Black Barn, people. You might not like what you find.
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  • Aldo Haegemans
    January 1, 1970
    I Feel like the first book kind off explained the story by the end of issue 6. This should be read in 1 sitting to fully understand and appreciate the story. Shame I read in issues. So Yeah I am not fully invested Yet But I like it enough to continue the series. It could end u becoming great.
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  • Lauri
    January 1, 1970
    Jeff Lemire on (minu jaoks) tuntud kui parima postapokalüptika, mida lugenud olen, Sweet Tooth'i (https://www.goodreads.com/series/5488...) autor. "Gideon Falls" on uus sari ja "The Black Barn" selle avapauk. Tegu on "intelligentse" horroriga, ehk siis mingeid infantiilseid soolikaid ja muid rupskeid ei lenda üldse, selle asemel on tugevalt nihkes setting. Asjatud pole võrdlused Twin Peaksiga, ja tegelikult jah, Black Barn'i ja Black Lodge'i vahel võib tõesti mõningaid paralleelle tõmmata, aga L Jeff Lemire on (minu jaoks) tuntud kui parima postapokalüptika, mida lugenud olen, Sweet Tooth'i (https://www.goodreads.com/series/5488...) autor. "Gideon Falls" on uus sari ja "The Black Barn" selle avapauk. Tegu on "intelligentse" horroriga, ehk siis mingeid infantiilseid soolikaid ja muid rupskeid ei lenda üldse, selle asemel on tugevalt nihkes setting. Asjatud pole võrdlused Twin Peaksiga, ja tegelikult jah, Black Barn'i ja Black Lodge'i vahel võib tõesti mõningaid paralleelle tõmmata, aga Lemire lugu on siiski midagi hoopis muud.Väga kaasahaarav, ülimalt põnev. Tervitan uut sarja kõige palavamate ootustega, seda enam et Sweet Tooth jooksis kõrgkvaliteetselt lõpuni välja, tavaliselt poole peal või lõpukolmandikus toimuv ootamatu rappaminek ja pehmenemine jäid täitsa ära. Ootaks sedasama ka "Gideon Fallsilt". Soovitan, soojalt.
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