Gideon Falls Vol. 1 – The Barn Black J. Lemire & A. Sorrentino | Review


Published on Jan 24, 2019


Jeff Lemire is a train. A train of those fast and direct, but above all, it is an exception in the panorama of the current production of comics in the independent north american, yes, because it is one of the few authors – if not the only one – capable of churning out with regularity series creator owned graphic novel, working on the comic serial superhero for the two majors without missing a beat and making out with the regular amount of albi overwhelming and carrying to term in the time and in the mode most proper to the series – see the Descender, or Royal City, of which you will read our review of the final volume tomorrow.

Luckily this train has found in Italy a secure location in BAO Publishing, precisely, brings in Italy the last effort of the author canadian, or Gideon Falls series by Image that engaged the Italian designer, Andrea Sorrentino (Old Man Logan, Green Arrow).

Kilometres of distance separating Norton, solitary boy plagued by problems of schizophrenia and an obsession with rummaging in the garbage in search of the mysterious “pieces”, and Father Fred, a priest from the wavering faith, just sent by his Bishop in the small town of Gideon Falls to replace the parish priest recently died.

Two stories that unfold seemingly in a separate way but soon found a left point of contact. Both are tormented by visions of a building, a ghostly barn...

While Norton continues his treatments with Dr. sa Xu, Father Fred is at the center of some inexplicable and turbulent events that follow one another in the town. Soon begin to emerge, the mystery behind the building; there is in fact a legend, that of the Barn Black or a mysterious building whose first sighting dates back to 1794 whose appearance is always the harbinger of tragedies and disasters.

Because Father Fred was sent, with a certain insistence, by his Bishop to Gideon Falls? what correlation is there between the Barn and the Black and the disappearance of the brother of the current sheriff of the town? What are the origins of Norton and his obsession?

The final, however, indicates that everything up to that point we had painstakingly rebuilt on the characters and on the Barn Black may not be absolutely as it appeared so far.

Sgombriamo is now any doubt: Gideon Falls is another center for Jeff Lemire.

This is not a proclamation triumphalistic, but a simple fact: the canadian author evolves, experiments, dig in the baggage of the themes dearest to him, and dilutes with those of the comic genre – from the thriller psicologioco the horror – in the background of a trial in terms of timing and narrative spaces that draw liberally from a certain television production that goes from Twin Peaks to Lost, but also in True Detective.

There are no references random indeed, with these coordinates it is easier to track all the referrals come to symbolize the first half of this first volume. There is the province – a factor that always been dear to Lemire, in contrast with the city, there is a hint of lysergic mysticism – the most british to the limit of the (fanta)science style's Warren Ellis – and there is the horror intended as atmosphere claustrophobic as seen for example in his seminal Animal Man, but there is also the intention of putting at the centre the two protagonists and their journey in the psycho-physical and Gideon Falls is the inner "yes", in the best tradition of the canadian author, but it is the externalisation in the Barn, the Black is the object of the obsession of Norton and the search for the Father Fred.

As already mentioned, however, is the final throw on each other a light and a new perspective that fore, perhaps, the entire setting of the series.

If Lemire is free to weave a complex plot that moves parallel between the two protagonists, Andrea Sorrentino realizes that her best work from the last few years. The designer of campania, in fact, dampens dampens his peculiar use of chiaroscuro, concentrating on a increased sharpness in your anatomies, but not for this renouncing to the aspect buff of the narrative that is the true key to the construction – or deconstruction of the tables – in a game which is never trivial, inserts, and composition, which abandoned the geometric rigidity of the frame, results in a horizontal in which the color of Dave Stewart, is an essential element to highlight the details while you look out the echoes of Moebius and Juan Giménez.

Impeccable edizione BAO Publishing. The hardback is, as always, the packaging is so luxurious as it simple, the graphic is perfect as well as much appreciated is the work of translation and adaptation. Superlative one being lettering by Vanessa Nascimbene.

Gideon Falls Vol. 1 – The Barn, the Black is a must-buy for any fan of Jeff Lemire, who will be surprised by the approach of their favorite author in the genres of horror and psychological thriller; the volume is certainly recommended to lovers of these genres where the action gives way to introspection. Added value the excellent of the graphics Andrea Sorrentino and Dave Stewart.

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