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Gideon Falls Volume 1: The Black Barn Paperback – Illustrated, October 23, 2018
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VERDICT Moody metaphysical horror with echoes of Twin Peaks-style strangeness establishes this mysterious world created by Lemire (Essex County; Roughneck), Sorrentino (Old Man Logan), and Stewart (Hellboy), presented in this first volume of a popular ongoing series. Collects single issues 1-6.
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1534308520
- ISBN-13 : 978-1534308527
- Product Dimensions : 6.4 x 0.1 x 10 inches
- Publisher : Image Comics; Illustrated Edition (October 23, 2018)
- Reading level : 16 and up
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #29,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Big Jeff Lemire fan here (Royal City, Essex County, Sweet Tooth, Descender, Black Hammer, a couple of the Old Man Logan books). He passed on doing the artwork here - and it works out beautifully as the artistic team does an excellent job with facial expressions and creating a strong noir feeling/setting.
The first two issues start slowly. Plow through them. Read this all at once. The characters are interesting (the priest, the sheriff and the doctor - sounds like a bad bar joke). The story is entertaining, though it feels a little similar to Kirkman's Outcast (small town, priests, super natural goings on, involvement with law enforcement, dark shading).
I expect when future volumes come out, I will give this five stars instead of four-point-five. I just need to see where it goes.
Sorrentino's artwork is appropriately stylized for the material, but will remind one of lots of other horror comics. Furthermore, Sorrentino often uses to color and expressionistic line art but the faces aren't always clearly expressive.
The story creates a strong mystery and explores the realm of believability. The pacing does well in building tension, and the characters are interesting.
The art and paneling is mostly good. As an artistic choice, the inking and shadows are loosely defined and are not solid. The shading looks like vertical hatching giving the art a slightly unsettling appearance. A few panels have a few too many words, but it isn’t common. Also some of the paneling is a little too strange for me.
The story has great build-up, but the impact of the climax is a little blunted by the unusual delivery. It gets a little too strange towards the end. I would have preferred if the author leaned more heavily into horror than strangeness.
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.
The art and story are perfect. Some page layouts deserve to be poured over. I'm buying volume 2 immediately.
i read both volumes 1 & 2.
it is nice but after those 2 volumes there is nothing that makes me want to read volume 3.
the art is nice, but sometimes it just feels like a camera effect which i don't like.
the text sometimes feel like going no where
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Have just finished volume 3 (you will have to keep going) and hasn’t disappointed yet.