Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist/Cover: Andrea Sorrentino
Variant Cover: Skottie Young
What You Need to Know:
Father Fred has come to the small town of Gideon Falls thinking he is just going to be replacing the former priest, but things are not as they seem as he begins to get tangled in a supernatural conspiracy concerning a mysterious Black Barn that is haunting not just the town, but also a man named Noton who has a connection he is unsure of. After a visit to Sheriff Miller’s house about some of the things Father Fred has found, a call goes out about a disturbance that is more than what either expect.
In This Issue:
Father Fred and Sheriff Miller arrive to find her officer dead and his murderer, Joe Reddy, smiling and waiting for them. He heads to the field where he disappears, leaving only the flattened shape of where a barn could have been. Convinced Doc Sutton has something to do with this, the duo head to his place and Father Fred finds some secrets the Sheriff has been keeping to herself. Meanwhile, Norton and Xu begin to try to unlock the secrets of his childhood to see if they can find the link to his connection to the barn. Just as they begin to find something, Norton has a terrible realization that the door to the barn is opening, just as Joe Reddy kidnaps Miller with Father following behind them!
The door is open finally and that can only mean bad things! With twists and turns and secrets on every page it’s no wonder this story is hard to put down. While some reveals are less surprising then others, they are interesting to the story nonetheless. In any genre, sometimes a reveal is predictable and while there is one or two in this issue, you still move on like it was a surprise. The artwork in the scenes of Norton’s hypnosis are absolutely stunning and you get a real sense of what his mind is all about. Andrea Sorrentino does an excellent job of differentiating what we consider the “outside” world and Norton’s mind.