Gideon Falls #1Title: Gideon Falls #1
Publisher: Image
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Andrea Sorrentino
Publication Date: January 31st, 2018

Publisher’s Summary: A brand-new ongoing series from the acclaimed bestselling 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 that is 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.

Review:

And now for something completely different…A small town full of dark secrets, a young man obsessed with a conspiracy in the city’s trash, a washed up priest and the mysterious legend of The Black Barn…what more could one want in a series? If this book’s description doesn’t get you interested then I don’t know what wil; Gideon Falls is the series that you’ve been looking for.

While exactly what’s going on in Gideon Falls #1 isn’t clear, it is apparent that this story’s roots run deep and that with writer Jeff Lemire slinging ink readers are in for one hell of a wicked ride. Obsession and mental illness, or at least a perceived mental illness of some sort, is at the center of this tale, as is mystery and, perhaps, evil. I especially appreciate how Lemire manages to emphasize the words that he puts down on the page by surrounding them with silence and negative space; this allows for the reader to take in each word and exchange of dialogue more intimately and ultimately gather more meaning from the book’s text.

A well-crafted combination of sharp writing and powerful imagery makes for a dark and haunting reading experience that is sure to leave readers eager to re-visit the issue. I’ve already re-read the issue several times and each time I return to the book I find something new to appreciate. Thus, I cannot recommend Gideon Falls #1 enough.

The Bottom Line:

Gideon Falls #1 is the kind of comic that avid readers hope to find each and every time that they begin reading a new series that promises to be unlike anything they’ve ever read; Gideon Falls is unique and the first issue feels fresh and exciting despite the apparent darkness that’s lingering just beneath the book’s surface. Gideon Falls #1 is a strong debut issue that piques interest and generates serious curiosity.