Dig Deeper Into The Mysteries Of The Black Barn In Gideon Falls #7

by Brendan M. Allen

“Original Sins,” Part One. After the mind-blowing events of the first arc, secrets of Norton’s past begin to come to light. Meanwhile, Father Fred does some digging of his own and learns the hard way that some secrets should just stay buried.

Gideon Falls #7 picks right up (in both timelines) where the insane blow-off of chapter six left us a couple months ago. The connection between Norton and Father Fred’s stories is becoming clearer, but still isn’t entirely explained. This chapter dives into more detail about Sheriff Miller’s personal history and the disappearance of his kid brother Daniel. Meanwhile, Norton and Dr. Xu have found the foundation of The Black Barn and begin using Norton’s collection of fragments to reassemble the thing.

I absolutely love the way this second arc was set up. Jeff Lemire employed some slick tricks in the first six chapters to keep the parts of this dual narrative separate, while maintaining the possibility they were both inextricably connected. Now that we’ve seen the pop from the first arc, pieces are starting to fall into place, but there are still so, so many questions.

Andrea Sorrentino uses unconventional panel work, gutters and layout to bring a beautifully disturbing, cinematic feel. Sorrentino’s non-linear visual storytelling and frenetic energy is brilliantly suited to Lemire’s script.

I spent the whole first arc wondering which storyline was going to pop first, and then, in an awesome swerve, they both did, in the bottom corner of the very last page of chapter six. (Both stories take place in Gideon Falls! The Black Barn might be some kind of evil TARDIS. I sat on that for TWO MONTHS!)

I wouldn’t say Gideon Falls #7 is a great jumping on point for the series. You really should read the first six chapters first. Luckily, the good folks over at Image thought of this and have you covered. Gideon Falls Vol.1: The Black Barn TPB dropped on 17 October 2018 and includes the first six chapters.

Gideon Falls #7, Image Comics, released 17 October 2018. Created by Jeff Lemire (script) and Andrea Sorrentino (art), with color by Dave Stewart, lettering and design by Steve Wands, and variant cover by Tula Lotay.

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 mostly tweets about comic books and cystic fibrosis awareness.

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