More Secrets Of The Black Barn Revealed In Gideon Falls #3

by Brendan M. Allen

The bestselling team of Jeff Lemire & Andrea Sorrentino (Old Man Logan, Green Arrow) unleash their most ambitious story to date with this complex and mesmerizing new supernatural mystery series.

Norton gets closer to the secrets of the Black Barn as Fred discovers a grisly new crime in Gideon Falls.

Gideon Falls chapter 3 opens in Father Fred’s modestly appointed quarters, where the embattled rector is struggling, both with his own past and the horrifying events of the past few days. A visit from the Sheriff, under pretense of apology, drives the point home that Fred is neither fully trusted, nor fully welcome in his new digs. Meanwhile, Norton is fighting his own demons. In the aftermath of a burglary, his lab is in shambles. Artifacts that he painstakingly gathered are missing. His paranoia seems like it may actually be grounded in truth after all. Even Dr. Xu is slowly coming around.

Jeff Lemire set the hook good and deep with the first couple chapters of Gideon Falls. Now, the mystery deepens as he gradually increases the insanity. The dialogue between Sheriff and padre in the opening sequence is mirrored by a scene starring Norton and Dr. Xu later in this issue. Both confrontations are brilliantly subtle, with layers of implication that will surely play out down the line. The parallel courses Lemire has sent these deeply flawed and relatable characters down will eventually intersect, but for now, we only catch glimpses of connection.

Andrea Sorrentino and Dave Stewart continue deliver some of the most dynamic artwork in modern comics. Once in a while, a book comes along where the art is so married to the script, they’re impossible to separate. Gideon Falls is one of those. There’s only so many ways I can say it. The book looks fantastic.

Gideon Falls carries its momentum through this third chapter right through the final reveal. It’s a steady, intense build, and the payoff is coming. Things are about to get really weird.

Gideon falls #3, published by Image Comics, released 16 May 2018. Written by Jeff Lemire, art and cover by Andrea Sorrentino, color by Dave Stewart, letters and design by Steve Wands, variant cover by Greg Smallwood.

Brendan M. Allen

Brendan Allen has probably had more jobs than you would reasonably believe. Dog trainer? He’s done it. Flooring contractor? You bet! EMT? Army NBC specialist? Road dog for a Celtic rock band? Yes, yes, and och aye! Now he reads comics and writes about them. It's a rough gig. You can follow Brendan on Twitter @SaintAmish where he tweets about comic books and cystic fibrosis awareness.

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