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The first book of the Eisner award winning horror series from writer Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, Black Hammer) and artist Andrea Sorrentino (Old Man Logan, Joker: Killer Smile) collected in a deluxe edition hardcover! 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 The first book of the Eisner award winning horror series from writer Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, Black Hammer) and artist Andrea Sorrentino (Old Man Logan, Joker: Killer Smile) collected in a deluxe edition hardcover! 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 have appeared in both the city and the small town throughout history, bringing death and mad-ness in its wake. Rural mystery and urban horror collide in this character-driven meditation on obsession, mental illness, and faith from the creators that writer Brian Michael Bendis said "will go down as one of the greatest comic teams of all time!" Also featuring plenty of "extras" including a variant cover gallery from some of comics' best artists, like Cliff Chiang, Jock, Tula Lotay, Skot-tie Young, and many more! Collects issues #1-16


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The first book of the Eisner award winning horror series from writer Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, Black Hammer) and artist Andrea Sorrentino (Old Man Logan, Joker: Killer Smile) collected in a deluxe edition hardcover! 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 The first book of the Eisner award winning horror series from writer Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, Black Hammer) and artist Andrea Sorrentino (Old Man Logan, Joker: Killer Smile) collected in a deluxe edition hardcover! 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 have appeared in both the city and the small town throughout history, bringing death and mad-ness in its wake. Rural mystery and urban horror collide in this character-driven meditation on obsession, mental illness, and faith from the creators that writer Brian Michael Bendis said "will go down as one of the greatest comic teams of all time!" Also featuring plenty of "extras" including a variant cover gallery from some of comics' best artists, like Cliff Chiang, Jock, Tula Lotay, Skot-tie Young, and many more! Collects issues #1-16

30 review for Gideon Falls Deluxe Edition Book 1: The Legend of the Black Barn

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Two stories told in parallel. One of a man combing through a city's garbage for specific pieces of debris. The other, a priest, newly arrived at the small town of Gideon Falls where mysterious and horrific murders have occurred over its history. Both are connected by a black barn seen in their visions and dreams. Andrea Sorrentino creates some of his best artwork in this series. The panelling leaps off the page in inventive oft-kilter ways as the characters trip through time and space in their v Two stories told in parallel. One of a man combing through a city's garbage for specific pieces of debris. The other, a priest, newly arrived at the small town of Gideon Falls where mysterious and horrific murders have occurred over its history. Both are connected by a black barn seen in their visions and dreams. Andrea Sorrentino creates some of his best artwork in this series. The panelling leaps off the page in inventive oft-kilter ways as the characters trip through time and space in their visions. It just works tremendously for telling this story. I tried reading this in the original, smaller trades and couldn't get into it. This starts off as the slowest of slow burns. It works so much better when being able to read it straight through instead of once or twice a year.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    An impressive series and one of the most effective horror comics I’ve read! Astutely-written, wicked, and maddeningly nuts, it really stands out for its creative, gorgeous art by Andrea Sorrentino and Dave Stewart. The design, texture, realistic facial expressions, inventive issue cover art, and mind-blowing panel layouts that perfectly complement the mind-bending plot make this a must-read in an oversized deluxe format on one hand, and absolutely maddening to read in that format on the other du An impressive series and one of the most effective horror comics I’ve read! Astutely-written, wicked, and maddeningly nuts, it really stands out for its creative, gorgeous art by Andrea Sorrentino and Dave Stewart. The design, texture, realistic facial expressions, inventive issue cover art, and mind-blowing panel layouts that perfectly complement the mind-bending plot make this a must-read in an oversized deluxe format on one hand, and absolutely maddening to read in that format on the other due to gutter loss taking away from the experience a bit! The story starts as a moody mystery about a troubled young big city trash collector and a small-town priest both experiencing visions of a scary black barn, but then it slowly turns into something much more complex, terrifying, and sprawling than you ever thought possible. It might take a bit of patience before you really grasp what’s happening but it’s really rewarding. And if you think this book is crazy, wait until the final half of this story! This collects the first three trade paperbacks, reviewed separately on Goodreads here: Gideon Falls, Vol. 1: The Black Barn ★★★★ Gideon Falls, Vol. 2: Original Sins ★★★★★ Gideon Falls, Vol. 3: Stations of the Cross ★★★★

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lukasz

    A disturbing but immersive read with stunning art.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brian Dickerson

    Wow... Sorrentino‘s artwork is amazing and some of the panel layouts remind me of an intoxicated JH Williams III. The mood is beautifully painted. It’s a spooky page turning read. I can’t wait until the second hardcover volume is released.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karl

    It's great... It + Twin Peaks It's great... It + Twin Peaks

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    This is so much better when read in a bigger trade. I'm always a fan of Jeff Lemire, the illustrations by Sorrentino just happen to add to the surrealism of this situation. All by building off of a concept from Lemire in regards to obsessions. Because really, when hasn't anybody heard that everything in a person's life built up to a specific moment. Hence the focus on the original main character "Norton Sinclair" a man driven by an otherworldly obsession after a life of abuse and institutionaliza This is so much better when read in a bigger trade. I'm always a fan of Jeff Lemire, the illustrations by Sorrentino just happen to add to the surrealism of this situation. All by building off of a concept from Lemire in regards to obsessions. Because really, when hasn't anybody heard that everything in a person's life built up to a specific moment. Hence the focus on the original main character "Norton Sinclair" a man driven by an otherworldly obsession after a life of abuse and institutionalization. As someone who had (maybe still is dealing with) a hoarding problem, the obsessions felt close to home. Even the graphs and plans out to keep everything together felt a little disconcerting, sure it makes what's happening a little easier to deal with, but it was disheartening to acknowledge something evil behind everything Norton's doing but still does it. This series captures the real kind of obsessions, the idea that even when there is meaning it's for the wrong reasons. On that note, the story structure is written really well especially on how the different casts of characters interact. At first glance I thought that the setting of Gideon Falls was kind of like most cities, a rural area and a more urban side. Plus I had a good time thinking up of a little game on trying to find where in the world Gideon Falls is on the world map. But then there comes the big twists and why news doesn't seem to travel as fast. A lot of things just fell into place; some things didn't get answered mind you, but I have a funny feeling they come up in Book 2. There's nothing like a setup that leaves you clamoring for more.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    A welcome three-in-one, making up just over half one of my favourite graphic novels of recent years. In reading this I think it was my third time round with the opening six issues, setting up the fact that Gideon Falls is plagued by a demonic black barn, that seems to arrive, dropping off a mass murderer and absorbing his victims before bamfing away again. Sounds horridly silly, I know, when put in such terms, but add in a fetching psychotherapist, a fetching female detective, a new pastor for t A welcome three-in-one, making up just over half one of my favourite graphic novels of recent years. In reading this I think it was my third time round with the opening six issues, setting up the fact that Gideon Falls is plagued by a demonic black barn, that seems to arrive, dropping off a mass murderer and absorbing his victims before bamfing away again. Sounds horridly silly, I know, when put in such terms, but add in a fetching psychotherapist, a fetching female detective, a new pastor for the village with more baggage than British Airways, and you have the makings of a real, meaty parallel worlds dark mystery kind of thing. The second volume flows smoothly on from there, with people getting involved with each other and with the case. Here, the matching up of the two worlds to tie everything together is still great fun. And that was as far as the reviewing gods allowed me to get, only a third of the way through this mind-boggling drama. Original review for Volume 1 - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show.... Original review for Volume 2 - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show.... Luckily this is potentially the start of me seeing the rest, as it contains all of the above and the third batch of five single issues, bringing the reader beyond the halfway point. (We also get an essay about how the story was gestated for years, with a brand new look at the long-impossible-to-find first iteration.) And I have to come clean and say the third chunk rankled with me – being too stuck in upping the scope of the mythology, allowing us to forget it was originally about a select few murder victims, and characters we could care about, as opposed to cyphers in some weird, multi-timeline, demonic conspiracy thing. New, stand-alone review for Volume 3 - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show.... There's no sign quite as yes of the second de luxe edition, that will wrap the whole thing up so it fits into two large hardbacks. That will contain the five-parter Books Four and Five, and the 80-pp large one-shot that concluded the whole shebang, back at the close of 2020. And however irritating some of this has become, it will still be an effort to hold me back in my quest for the answer to the key question. Did this get bonkers, or could it redeem itself?

  8. 5 out of 5

    April Gray

    This was.....wow. A slow burn, tension filled, creepy af wonder of a graphic novel. Pretty sure the man with the big smile is gonna show up in my nightmares. I really don't want to talk about the story, because I don't want to spoil anything, and I'm afraid I would by accident. I went in blind (other than the publisher's blurb), and let the story wash over me, and it gets confusing, not gonna lie. That confusion fits the story well; the characters are confused too. When things start to click, wh This was.....wow. A slow burn, tension filled, creepy af wonder of a graphic novel. Pretty sure the man with the big smile is gonna show up in my nightmares. I really don't want to talk about the story, because I don't want to spoil anything, and I'm afraid I would by accident. I went in blind (other than the publisher's blurb), and let the story wash over me, and it gets confusing, not gonna lie. That confusion fits the story well; the characters are confused too. When things start to click, when the obsessions and conspiracy theories and crazy ramblings of certain characters start making sense, well, by that time, you're hooked, you've gotta know how it all plays out. Speaking of which, I really, really need the second volume now. So, yeah, the story is good, but let's talk about the art now. It's glorious. It sets such a mood, you can feel it. You feel the havoc being wreaked on characters' minds, the moments when they question their sanity. You feel the menace of the black barn, the feelings of someone or something else being there with you. You experience the interconnectedness of everything. There's a feeling of dread in the illustrations that's palpable. Together with the story, this is one of the most perfect graphic novels I've seen- the words and art are one. The issue covers throughout are freakin' gorgeous too. Definitely one of my top reads of the year!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rumi Bossche

    Gideon Falls,  or The Legend of the Black Barn, is easily one of my favorite reads of the year. Sorrentino and Lemire was already a deadly combo, but knock it out of the park with this one. If i have to compare it with something it would have to be Twin Peaks, but it really stands on its own. It doesn't have the weirdness of Peaks but it has some of the mystery and full on horror of it. Its about Norton Sinclair and Father Fred. Norton is  a man struggling with his mental health and compulsions, Gideon Falls,  or The Legend of the Black Barn, is easily one of my favorite reads of the year. Sorrentino and Lemire was already a deadly combo, but knock it out of the park with this one. If i have to compare it with something it would have to be Twin Peaks, but it really stands on its own. It doesn't have the weirdness of Peaks but it has some of the mystery and full on horror of it. Its about Norton Sinclair and Father Fred. Norton is  a man struggling with his mental health and compulsions, and goes to the trash every day to find clues of the magical Black Barn he keeps seeing. Father Fred is a pastor with a troubled past and somehow their story mixes. Its Part murder mystery, in a  small town, but also sciencefiction,  gotic and paranoia infused. Every chapter more and more gets clear. And it gets scarier by the page. Andrea Sorrentino work never looked better and he really goes all the way with use of panels and different angles to give this title such a creepy feel. This book is seriously haunting and one of the best i have read all year. 4.5 stars

  10. 4 out of 5

    Andrija

    I have mixed feelings about this editon. The graphic novel itself is excellent, but the binding of the hardcover version of the Deluxe Edition is terrible. The rigidity of the binding results in gutter loss in two-page spreads. Since Sorrentino uses spreads to great narrative effect, the gutter loss reduces the impact of his art and diminishes the overall reading experience. One would expect more from a 'deluxe edition'. I have mixed feelings about this editon. The graphic novel itself is excellent, but the binding of the hardcover version of the Deluxe Edition is terrible. The rigidity of the binding results in gutter loss in two-page spreads. Since Sorrentino uses spreads to great narrative effect, the gutter loss reduces the impact of his art and diminishes the overall reading experience. One would expect more from a 'deluxe edition'.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chaunceton Bird

    I'm hooked. Great art, excellent story, with enough originality to keep it interesting, but enough tried-and-true themes to make it familiar. I will definitely be back for the next installment. I'm hooked. Great art, excellent story, with enough originality to keep it interesting, but enough tried-and-true themes to make it familiar. I will definitely be back for the next installment.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jens Deprez

    Really like the vibe, very eerie. Hope the second volume will be here soon.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Hawpe

    Prolific comics writer Jeff Lemire (space opera Descender, post-apoc fable Sweet Tooth, superhero noir Black Hammer) may have found his strongest suit in the horror genre with Gideon Falls. The inventive, meticulous and aggressive visuals by Andrea Sorrentino perfectly realize a gritty and mind bending cross-pollination of religious/demonic/haunting stories a la The Haunting Of Hill House, The Exorcist, or The Conjuring with inter-dimensional/time travel/multiverse conspiracy in the vein of TVs Prolific comics writer Jeff Lemire (space opera Descender, post-apoc fable Sweet Tooth, superhero noir Black Hammer) may have found his strongest suit in the horror genre with Gideon Falls. The inventive, meticulous and aggressive visuals by Andrea Sorrentino perfectly realize a gritty and mind bending cross-pollination of religious/demonic/haunting stories a la The Haunting Of Hill House, The Exorcist, or The Conjuring with inter-dimensional/time travel/multiverse conspiracy in the vein of TVs Lost, Fringe, or The Leftovers.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Yagiz Erkan

    I loved this story. Gripping, dark horror. Not a huge fan of the illustration style, but I must admit it contributes to the mood of the book. Looking forward to reading the second volume.

  15. 4 out of 5

    David Edmonds

    Creepy reading continues! GIDEON FALLS from @jefflemire & @andreasorrentinoart is an excellent, twisty-turny, timey-whimey, multiverse-y horror graphic novel. Told from alternating POVs and alternating timelines, we are introduced to the mysterious Black Barn and the people trying to find it, either for good or for bad. Full of creepy visuals and plentiful in murder, this first deluxe edition, The Legend of the Black Barn, collects the first 16 issues of this fantastic @imagecomics series. Thanks Creepy reading continues! GIDEON FALLS from @jefflemire & @andreasorrentinoart is an excellent, twisty-turny, timey-whimey, multiverse-y horror graphic novel. Told from alternating POVs and alternating timelines, we are introduced to the mysterious Black Barn and the people trying to find it, either for good or for bad. Full of creepy visuals and plentiful in murder, this first deluxe edition, The Legend of the Black Barn, collects the first 16 issues of this fantastic @imagecomics series. Thanks to @imagecomics & @this_is_edelweiss for a free digital review copy in exchange for a review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    John Dupuy

  17. 5 out of 5

    Robert Gotschall

  18. 4 out of 5

    JC

  19. 5 out of 5

    Adriana

  20. 5 out of 5

    James Brennan

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jason Wilson

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pierre

  23. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Vickers

  24. 4 out of 5

    Arinna Bijou

  25. 5 out of 5

    Knuckles

  26. 4 out of 5

    Randy Lander

  27. 4 out of 5

    Veronica RB

  28. 5 out of 5

    Samuel D-L

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

  30. 5 out of 5

    Arya

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