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Gideon Falls, Vol. 1: Il fienile nero

(Gideon Falls #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  2,719 ratings  ·  362 reviews
La leggenda del fienile nero narra di un edificio spettrale che compare e scompare in vari periodi storici, portando con sé morte e follia. Adesso, questo mistero minaccia e intreccia le vite di due uomini molto diversi tra loro: un giovane solitario, ossessionato dagli indizi nascosti nella spazzatura cittadina, e un prete cattolico redento, alla ricerca del suo posto in ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published December 2018 by BAO Publishing (first published October 17th 2018)
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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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss, 2018
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 ...more
L. McCoy
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
David Schaafsma
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gn-horror, lemire
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 ...more
James DeSantis
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark and intense story. Wonderful art work.
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.

Matthew Quann
[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
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I wasn’t expecting that.

This’ll be giving me nightmares tonight. A really chilling horror.
Stewart Tame
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every time I turn around, it seems, there's a new Jeff Lemire series. Nothing wrong with that. He seems to be the hot writer of the moment, and, so far, he’s doing a good job of keeping the momentum going.

Which brings us to Gideon Falls. There appear to be two main characters. Father Wilfred is newly appointed to the local Catholic Church. It's implied that his predecessor died, or at least disappeared, but we're never told the exact circumstances, and it eventually becomes clear that the
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Excellent -- 4.5 stars rounded up to 5. One of the creepiest, most original horror comics I've read in a long time.
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
Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whahhh! That was something! Again Lemire! This was dark, psychedelic and a good thriller vibes to it. Different from most Lemire work's I've read so far but amazing work and a really great chemistry between the story/action and the illustrations, everything just perfectly fit together. Awesome!! Now I need to buy vol. 2!
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-indies
Art is new, fresh with a really personal style and Sorrentino has some tricks up his sleeve concerning narration and panel distrubition in his pages that surely will be used by many creators in the future. It stands out from the latest titles of Image, it has premise but the scenario needs some tuning. I hope this happens at the second tpb.
A. B. Neilly
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terror, graphic-novel
Im surprised at the quality of this comic. It is certainly disquieting and intriguing. A man with a mental illness and a priest with alcohol problems get intertwined around a black barn, a nightmare building that appears to unlock all the fears of humanity. ...more
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
Chaunceton Bird
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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...
Benji Glaab
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a decent start with a really good hook at the end. The panel art combined with a look that borders on the gritty side is original looking and compliments this horror story very well. I was a huge fan with Lemire and Sarrantinos work on the old man Logan run so I was highly anticipating this one. If I had to compare it to another current series I'd say it is close to Outcast by Robert Kirkman

Vol. 2 Original Sin -4.5
Adam M
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hoopla-app, ircb-botm
There was a lot to enjoy about this one. Andrea Sorrentino has some really impressive art that gives this book a very distinctive, grounded feel. Jeff Lemire isn't a stranger to oddly esoteric stories, but this feels dark for him. It was weird in all the right ways and while it was a slower trip it was easy to keep going. I kind of liked that it wasn't a break neck speed, it let the tension build in a way that worked for me. I don't read a lot of comics like this, but (probably thanks to my ...more
Christina Pilkington
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!
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!
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, fantasy
Oppressing atmosphere, flawed characters- though not impressively imaginative-paranormal(and probably evil)activity looming over Gideon Falls... Ok I'm in.

The plot goes quite fast, totally anti-Kirkman. Lots of questions of course but at least it's moving forward. I'm not totally hooked, the characters are a bit by-the-book and the plot would rate a mere 3* for now, but Sorrentino's art really shines here, setting up the creepy atmosphere with lots of good and inventive narrative devices
Chris Lemmerman
[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…

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Jeff Lemire is a New York Times bestselling and award winning author, and creator of the acclaimed graphic novels Sweet Tooth, Essex County, The Underwater Welder, Trillium, Plutona, Black Hammer, Descender, Royal City, and Gideon Falls. His upcoming projects include a host of series and original graphic novels, including the fantasy series Ascender with Dustin Nguyen.

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Gideon Falls (4 books)
  • Gideon Falls, Vol. 2: Original Sins
  • Gideon Falls, Vol. 3: Stations of the Cross
  • Gideon Falls, Vol. 4: The Pentoculus