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Gideon Falls, Vol. 1: The Black Barn

(Gideon Falls #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  688 ratings  ·  114 reviews
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
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Image Comics (first published October 17th 2018)
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Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paidkindle, graphics
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
Sam Quixote
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
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.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018, edelweiss
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 ...more
L. McCoy
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of horror and weird books.
Recommended to L. by: Devon Munn
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
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, image
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
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, image-comics
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 ...more
James DeSantis
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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.

Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent -- 4.5 stars rounded up to 5. One of the creepiest, most original horror comics I've read in a long time.
Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
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 | #6

Total review score: 2.67
David Schaafsma
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lemire, gn-horror
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 ...more
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stripovi
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
Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it
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.
Jakub Kvíz
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Chaunceton Bird
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-gn-s, horror
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
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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!
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: digital, image
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.
Chris Lemmerman
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
[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
Aldo Haegemans
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
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.
Lucas Chance
Excellent Weirdness

Lemire does it again with a Twin Peaks-flavored story that has striking originality and psychedelic visuals.

It is really more of a comic you get for the play it does with layouts and form than its story, but it’s very much worthwhile.
Jamie Connolly
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Outstanding! 5 stars!
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Freaky. I'm hooked.
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received a free ecopy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Let me start out by saying that I am a big fan of Jeff Lemire. So it's no surprise that I loved the first volume of this series. There are two storylines. The first follows disgraced priest that is an alcoholic and is assigned to the church in Gideon Falls against his will. It's clear that there is something in his past that has gotten him into trouble, but it doesn't really come out in this part of the story. The
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
[single issues] Creepy and atmospheric story with amazing art. [full disclosure: I adore everything by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino.]
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A combination of genuinely surprising twists and insanely intricate and beautiful artwork make the somewhat slim story more than worth it as you dip into the demented world of Gideon Falls, a small village that houses as much evil as (i'm sorry, i have to say it) Twin Peaks.
Billy Jepma
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, comics
I've been a fan of Lemire and Sorrentino since their run on "Green Arrow" together back in the New 52 days, so when I happened across the first issue of "Gideon Falls" in my LCS one day, I picked it up faster than I knew possible. Lemire's storytelling capabilities, his eye for intimate and often painful truths, and Sorrentino's cinematic artwork work incredibly well together, and I was very excited to see what they would cook up together in the context of a horror series.

While I read each of th
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Jeff Lemire is an award-winning Canadian cartoonist, and the author of the Essex County Trilogy, Sweet Tooth and The Nobody. Lemire is known for a his moody, humanistic stories and sketchy, cinematic, black-and-white art.

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