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Gideon Falls, Volume 2: Original Sins: 09/03/19

Gideon Falls, Volume 2: Original Sins

Gideon Falls, Volume 2: Original Sins by Jeff Lemire is the second volume in the comic series that features an evil black barn that appears and disappears throughout time. The priest and sheriff have teamed up in rural Gideon Falls, while young man and his therapist have done the same in urban Gideon Falls. Both couples are intent on investigating the black barn and putting a stop to its evil influence.

Chart showing the progression on the spectrum from volume 1 to volume 2

The black barn when seen from the perspective of people in Gideon Falls, is something that comes and goes at certain intervals. It arrives in the same spot of land and stays for some amount of time, during which bad things happens. People die and people disappear.

When Gideon Falls is seen from the perspective of the barn and its maker, it is an infinite plane of opportunities. Different times and different versions. Put another way, the barn is an evil TARDIS. Or it's a TARDIS controlled by an evil person.

Like the first volume (and every other comic I've read by Jeff Lemire), Original Sins sits on the road narrative spectrum.

With the two different narratives now being told by couples (33), the placement in the spectrum drops from fantasy to horror. There is more at stake for everyone now that they have pared off.

The realization that both narratives are taking place in Gideon Falls, and that time and space is variable inside the barn, the destination remains uhoria (CC), though a refocused one.

The route now moves from the cornfield to the Blue Highway (33). The barn in this volume is found not by its relationship to the fields, but more mundanely by its placement relative to the surrounding society. The barn has a parcel and it's the same parcel in every version and time of Gideon Falls.

Put all together, Original Sins is the tale of two couples going to uhoria via the Blue Highway to protect their communities and families from a time traveling black barn.

The third volume is Stations of the Cross which comes out October 22.

Five stars

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