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‘Gideon Falls #4:’ Advance Comic Book Review

I started Gideon Falls #4 worried that it would be all exposition, but about a third of the way in, it breaks your mind and puts you on edge until the final page.

In this world, a dark structure spreads madness to those who know of its existence…the Black Barn. In the countryside, a priest (Wilfred) has become entangled in a mystery involving some murders with the local sheriff. He has seen the Black Barn at a distance. Meanwhile in the city, a therapist (Dr. Xu) is being pulled into the madness of Norton, one of her patients who believes in the existence of the Black Barn. By the end of the issue, he isn’t the only one.

Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino, and Dave Stewart aren’t just telling a story, they are creating a visceral experience. The design of the book itself is meant to put you on edge; the colors chosen unnerve, and the glimpses into the Black Barn are genuinely upsetting, even though we see very little of it every time. The world of a comic book is structured - pages, panels, word bubbles - this creative team is breaking that world.

I’m the kind of guy who loves being scared or made emotionally distraught by movies I watch and stories I read, so few of them actually do. Everyone is out there right now sharing their love of a certain horror movie, and I’m like, "It was fine." I need something to break me down psychologically first to get there. The end of the first Twin Peaks series sent me into a full-fledged panic attack. Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining utterly terrifies me. This story is starting to punch those same buttons. Punch away!

Creative Team: Jeff Lemire (story), Andrea Sorrentino (art), Dave Stewart (colors), Steve Wands (letters)
Publisher: Image Comics
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