Gideon Falls #1

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Andrea Sorrentino Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: March 7, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 34 User Reviews: 70
8.9Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

A brand-new ongoing series from the acclaimed bestselling creative team of Old Man Logan and Green Arrow! 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 that is alleged to have appeared in both the city and the small town, throughout history, bringing death and madness in its wake.

Rural mystery and urban horror collide in this character-driven meditation on obsession, mental illness, and faith.

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Jennifer DeRoss Mar 8, 2018

    This duo is firing on all cylinders. Jeffery Lemireexplains that the number of issues will depend on fan reaction, if you like what you are reading and you haven't picked it up yet, you might just do so. Given the fact that entire story is already planned out, it is a safe bet that the excellence here will continue. I know I am looking forward to seeing what horrors might be inside that dark old barn. Filled with creepy, religion, and the potential for literal evil, this is a must read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Aaron Kessel Feb 23, 2018

    Gideon Falls creepy is an understatement. I really don't remember the last time I was so uncomfortable reading a comic this good, and I can't wait to see what comes next. Lemire and Sorrentino have cooked up something truly disturbing and wonderful. HIGHLY recommended! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 7, 2018

    Gideon Falls is definitely going to be on my must read list going forward. It's got a very compelling hook and looks like it could be one of Image's best books in 2018. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Jan 16, 2018

    GIDEON FALLS, like so many of Lemire's work, haunts you after you are done with it. Paired with Andrea Sorrentino's moody art and intricate sense of design, Dave Stewart's atmospheric colors, and Steve Wands minimal yet impacting lettering, the comic creates one of the best pieces of sequential art storytelling you will see all year. You do not want to miss this book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Mar 6, 2018

    Fans of all of these creators will be well-pleased by Gideon Falls #1, as will fans of conspiracy fiction and horror. It is unclear just what kind of story we may be in for with this series, but it is clear that story will prove interesting and well-told, both textually and visually. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Impulse Gamer - Dana Folkard Feb 14, 2018

    Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed this first issue of Gideon Falls, finding it to be a mysterious and menacing introduction. I'm incredibly intrigued and puzzled " in a good way " with both the characters and the direction the story is taking. Fuelled by a deep feeling of unease and apprehension, this surreal horror ventures into sinister territory, as it tackles mental illness and the concept of evil. Read Full Review

  • 10
    PopCultHQ - Joshua Winchester Feb 14, 2018

    Welcome to Gideon Falls. It may seem like any other small town, but there's something wrong with it. And it will take Father Wilfred and a man named Norton to uncover what dark secrets lie behind the seemingly pleasant exterior, and give way to the dark interior. Come along for a new and frightening ride. Come and visit Gideon Falls. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Keith Callbeck Mar 7, 2018

    Gideon Falls is one of the finest examples of craftsmanship I've seen in comics in recent years. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Outright Geekery - John Hooser Feb 4, 2018

    You are in for something really good with this book. Lemire can take us anywhere here, so strap in and lets go for a ride! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Jason Dincauze Mar 7, 2018

    Its hard to know now if this will be another classic for Image, but the first issue certainly keeps that door open, with a bold and experimental narrative that, while mostly in the horror genre, also feels neo-noir-ish and surreal. This blending is complementary, and carves a unique place for this book in Images line-up. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Mar 11, 2018

    Lemire crafts an introduction to a world dripping with evil. Wilfred and Norton, two people that have zero in common, are about to be thrust into a fight against the supernatural, and theres already been a casualty. Sorrentinos artwork is a great fit for such a book, as it evokes fear and horror when needed. There are scenes here that will send a chill down your spine, including the shocking last page. I loved this debut issue, and cannot wait to see what lies inside Gideon Falls. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jan 16, 2018

    Gideon Falls #1 is a perplexing read, but it draws you in with interesting characters and jaw-dropping artwork from Sorrentino and Stewart. It poses mysteries that you want to see solved as soon as possible. Jeff Lemire really knocks it out of the park with this comic. I highly recommend this one. Give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    We The Nerdy - Chad Waller Mar 6, 2018

    Jeff Lemire is a goddamned comic book treasure and we should be real happy he's alive and writing. Gideon Falls #1 is off to a great start, or for Lemire, just another Wednesday in a bibliography filled with amazing Wednesdays. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Connor Willesden Feb 26, 2018

    A slow starting issue with intriguing writing and fantastic art by the great team of Lemire and Sorrentino. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Jan 16, 2018

    There are creative teams that just seem to click, generating a special chemistry that always results in something special. Writer Jeff Lemire and artist Andrea Sorrentino are one of those teams, and if Gideon Falls #1 is any indication, we might be getting their boldest, richest and most enjoyable collaboration yet. There's no doubt this issue feels more dense and rich than the duo's earlier collaborations, and to some the focus on the atmospheric and esoteric may come across as a bit perplexing, but although you do have to read Gideon Falls #1 more closely than your average super-hero slugfest, the issue is no way baffling. Rather, it shows how you can retain ambiguity and mystery and hook a reader by revealing character through atmosphere and dialogue as opposed to exposition.  Read Full Review

  • 9.3 - John McCubbin Mar 6, 2018

    Gideon Falls #1 is a wonderful example of how to debut a new series. Giving us a tantalising narrative that mixes faith, mental health and the supernatural, the creative team leave us with plenty of reasons to return for more. The character driven nature of this unique mystery also allows for a much more engaging product, with there being plenty still to explore from both Norton and Father Wilfred. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Courtney Ryan Feb 6, 2018

    Given the history of this creative team, there is a lot of hype surroundingGideon Falls, especially since this is a completely original output. What makes this issue such a positive debut, though, isn't that Lemire and Sorrentino measure up to previous works"though they certainly do. It's simply that the final panel comes too quickly and the next issue feels too far away. Lemire and Sorrentino succeed in building instant and improbable anticipation for the next issue ofGideon Falls despite the greatness of prior works hanging over their heads. That's the mark of a truly promising series " and an incredible team. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Pierre Arnette Mar 7, 2018

    It feels so good to see Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino working together again. When these two creators come together something special happens, and that trend will continue on Giedon Falls. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gustavo S Lodi Mar 8, 2018

    One of those inaugural issues that deliver on every note, introducing complex characters in mysterious situations and settings, all told with a sharp script that understands the importance of visual storytelling, "Gideon Falls" is one of the best introductions to a new world 2018 has yet to offer. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Andrew McAvoy Mar 10, 2018

    Lemire spins an impressive tale and at the end of the book we get a pretty decent nod to the fact that Norton and Wilfred's journeys are conjoined. Sorrentino's art blends well with Lemire's writing and their past work together really allows this book to get off to a flyer. Special mention to Stewart on colors and Wands on Lettering, both of whose work serves to augment the beauty of this first issue. This is a stunning book and if this opener is anything to go by we are in for a pretty special work. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Mar 8, 2018

    'Gideons Falls' is a siren song of a thriller that is both alluring and unnerving. Lemire's script is a sharply pointed scalpel that gingerly scrapes against your senses with deliberate intent until the bloodletting begins. Sorrentino and Stewart build an atmosphere that is cold and sullen with plenty of room for the madness of evil men to spread their wings. This latest collaboration between Lemire and Sorrentino is a harmonious duet built on menace and anxiety.  Just another must-buy Jeff Lemire book to add to your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Mar 6, 2018

    It’s difficult to box Gideon Falls into a single genre at this early stage, but it begins with a frantic search and ends in blood. It’s a thriller, it’s horror, it’s literary, and it’s also something truly unique. With this new creator-owned series, we see two exemplary artists who share an unspoken symbiosis articulating that bond through sequential storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Jan 21, 2018

    I highly, wholeheartedly recommend you check this series out when it hits stores on March 7. The art is unlike anything Sorrentino has done before, and Lemire crafts a solid mystery with just the right amount of severely creepy bubbling underneath. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Jan 30, 2018

    At the end of the day, Gideon Falls is a mesmerizing read, offering up question after question without even hinting at any answers at least not for the time being and drawing us deeper and deeper into the secrets of this seemingly ordinary small town. For some this may be incredibly frustrating, and there definitely isnt a huge amount of substance in this first issue., but with Lemire at the helm, theres absolutely no doubt in my mind that the series will end up delivering on its potential, and Im more than happy to let this slow-burning horror crawl under my skin and linger there for as long as its creators see fit. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Mar 7, 2018

    Lemire and Sorrentino have struck gold. While this story won't appeal to everyone, those who like dark speculative fiction will quickly find home within the brilliantly dark tale of faith and you'll definitely want to be caught up when #2 drops in April. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Comicsverse - Nick Gambone Jan 28, 2018

    Despite its understated tone and methodical pace, GIDEON FALLS #1 is a surprisingly tense and exhilarating read. Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino expertly craft a slow-burning horror through thoughtful dialogue and exquisitely detailed art. This issue makes for an intriguing introduction to this world and the eccentric characters who inhabit it. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - D. Ivester Jan 12, 2018

    Gideon Falls is great opening as I am gripped by our characters situations and anticipate what will happen next. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Mar 7, 2018

    Gideon Falls #1 is the kind of comic that avid readers hope to find each and every time that they begin reading a new series that promises to be unlike anything they've ever read; Gideon Falls is unique and the first issue feels fresh and exciting despite the apparent darkness that's lingering just beneath the book's surface. Gideon Falls #1 is a strong debut issue that piques interest and generates serious curiosity. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Feb 24, 2018

    Gideon Falls takes its time to get going. It doesn't rush into the scares. Instead, it slowly builds tension over time, building to a great cliffhanger that will definitely have you coming back for more. The comic has an unshakable feeling of dread, like untold terrors are awaiting Norton and Wilfred in the coming issues and they're the only ones that can possibly put a stop to whatever's coming. One thing is for sure, if this is writer Jeff Lemire's first foray into horror, he's off to a great start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jan 31, 2018

    Gideon Falls is off to a wonderful start, but that doesn't mean much in comics anymore. Over the past few years, more and more comics have failed or bombed on the second issue making it extremely difficult to buy into a story with only one sampling available. Especially with what's being built up in this story, we're going to need more issues to read. But hey, at least there's a strong desire to read more. It's unlikely that anyone that picks up Gideon Falls is going to be disappointed by it, in fact, it'll probably start a lot of conversations when it hits shelves in March. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - Tony Thornley Jan 25, 2018

    Overall though, its a very interesting first issue, with a hook thatll bring me back for more. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Mar 13, 2018

    Gideon Falls presents us with that creeping unease about what's going to happen. We get two character introductions of note from very different places and dealing with very different things that leaves you wondering at the connection and how it will all come together. It's more about mood here than details, though there's a lot of dialogue that works very well to flesh out certain aspects of Wilfred that was surprisingly welcome. But in terms of story I'm just in that state of unease and uncertainty as to what it's about and whether I should come back for more. Lemire has certainly earned a lot of trust with his original works and Andrea Sorrentino has put together a fantastic looking book. But things just feel unevenly weighted right now and that has me feeling more cautious about it than I might be otherwise. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    On Comics Ground - Joanna Robinson Mar 11, 2018

    This is definitely creepy in the way that it is written and the sketchy art style. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Brandon Davis Mar 7, 2018

    Introducing a new supernatural mystery to the comic world, Gideon Falls does little to introduce interesting and compelling characters in its first issue. Read Full Review

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