Written by: Jeff Lemire
Art by: Andrea Sorrentino
Colors by: Dave Stewart
Letters by: Steve Wands
Release date: 4/11/18
Norton finally gives in and tells his psychiatrist about the Black Barn from his dreams While, Father Quinn is a person of interest for a murder.
Gideon Falls is that special kind of horror comic book that knows exactly how much information to give you to keep you interested, without revealing too much. I really enjoyed the back and forth between storylines in this issue. For a series that is so mysterious, it’s pretty straight forward and because of that it sucks you in. Norton’s story could have got frustrating real quick but that ending was unexpected and a great twist. Even with Father Quinn in custody being questioned, the plot moved along at a steady pace. I haven’t a clue what’s going on with the Black Barn but I’m totally invested. Andrea Sorrentino has such a visceral style that is perfect for the series. You can just feel the stress the characters went through thanks to the art.
I was surprised at how short the issue felt, which is a shame because what we get is so good. It felt like it took only five minutes to finish. The plot went back and forth twice, and then the twist at the end. I’m not sure what to make of the Black Barn being seen as a doodle. I think the few images of the actual barn looked terrifying. The rest of the artwork hits the perfect tone of paranoia and creepy.
It’s hard to talk about this issue without giving away everything. I wish it was longer but the story does seem to be moving at a perfect pace. Again, I did not see that ending coming and I’m excited to see what happens next. I think this series benefits from having two creators who have worked together in the past teaming up again. Everything is clicking for Lemire and Sorrentino from the start, and they’ve made such a fresh and exciting new horror story. I don’t think I’ve been this excited for a new series in a long time.