“The Sum of its Parts”
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Andrea Sorrentino
Cover: Andrea Sorrentino and Dave Stewart
Variant Cover: Tula Lotay
What You Need to Know: Since coming to Gideon Falls as the new Priest, Father Fred has had a lot to deal with. Murders, ghosts, disappearances, and all originating from a mysterious “Black Barn”. But after actually entering it to save the town’s Sheriff, Father Fred as seen first-hand the terrors inside and is more determined to find out what exactly is going on. Elsewhere, a boy named Norton and now his therapist is on the hunt for answers about the Barn as well, if not find the Barn itself.
In This Issue: A flashback starts us off in the Second “Season” of this Horror story when a small boy runs in fear from an unknown voice. The boy, now the man we know as Norton, makes the decision with his therapist, Angela that they must rebuild the barn from the pieces he has been collecting from his years, Garbage Picking. Back in Gideon Falls, Clara, the town Sherriff is out of the hospital and not taking her recovery very healthy judging from the trash can filled with empty liquor bottles. When Father Fred comes to visit to check on her, the two try to remember what happened to them in the Barn. While Fred is ready to find answers, Clara is more interested in finding her lost brother whose Teddy Bear came back with her through the Barn. But a distant memory is triggered, and Clara is on the hunt for her missing brother. But it’s back with Norton and Angela that the problems only get bigger and deadly.
Now, I don’t know about you guys, but I was on the edge of my seat when the last issue ended, and I was still there for this one. And that’s what makes a good horror story is when even after the fear is over, you’re still afraid. And there is a lot to be afraid of with mysteries still trying to be solved and all the revelations in the flashbacks of Clara and Norton. We definitely see different sides to both characters as well as Norton’s actual face! Of course, the scary red is always ready to make an appearance as well as an interesting change in linework and coloring when flashbacks happen. It’s definitely a nice way to differentiate in art between what’s happening now and what happened then.