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A collection of four all-new strange stories from the sleepy town of Gravity Falls in one original graphic novel. Written by Alex Hirsch. As told by Shmebulock. Illustrated by Asaf Hanuka, Dana Terrace, Ian Worrel, Jacob Chabot, Jim Campbell, Joe Pitt, Kyle Smeallie, Meredith Gran, Mike Holmes, Priscilla Tang, Serina Hernandez, Stephanie Ramirez, and Valerie Halla.


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A collection of four all-new strange stories from the sleepy town of Gravity Falls in one original graphic novel. Written by Alex Hirsch. As told by Shmebulock. Illustrated by Asaf Hanuka, Dana Terrace, Ian Worrel, Jacob Chabot, Jim Campbell, Joe Pitt, Kyle Smeallie, Meredith Gran, Mike Holmes, Priscilla Tang, Serina Hernandez, Stephanie Ramirez, and Valerie Halla.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Poulos

    This felt like coming home to an old friend. 10/10 recommend

  2. 4 out of 5

    vee

    absolutely amazing, 10/10, it was so good i want to c r y

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mehsi

    Squee! 4 new tales from Gravity Falls featuring all our favourite characters! *fangirls* I love Gravity Falls, watched it so many times and I will keep on watching it over and over again (and wishing I could buy the bluray of it), so I was delighted that we got a new book featuring new stories. These stories are told by someone who is an even bigger fan than most of us, and he is an unexpected fan, Shmebulock! I can hear the fans already ask me, but Mehsi, Shmebulock can't talk! Indeed he can't, Squee! 4 new tales from Gravity Falls featuring all our favourite characters! *fangirls* I love Gravity Falls, watched it so many times and I will keep on watching it over and over again (and wishing I could buy the bluray of it), so I was delighted that we got a new book featuring new stories. These stories are told by someone who is an even bigger fan than most of us, and he is an unexpected fan, Shmebulock! I can hear the fans already ask me, but Mehsi, Shmebulock can't talk! Indeed he can't, but for one day in a thousand years (yeah, I don't want to know how old Shmebulock actually is) he can talk! He has taken today as the day to tell us some untold stories. There are 4 stories. The first one features Mabel, Dipper, Pacifica as mains with bonus Stan and Ford. The second one features Mabel, Dipper, Ford, Stan, Soos, and Wendy. The third is about Mabel, Stan, Ford, and oh yes a bit of Dipper. And the last? The last takes us back to the past as we see Ford and Stan together as kids. I just adored reading the stories, I am not sure which one is my favourite, I am saying all of them. The first one was fun with Pacifica, and I am definitely still shipping her with Dipper (just like Mabel is doing later on, muahahaha). I loved seeing some more of Gravity Falls, and then especially the place the weirdness disappears to at day. The monster stealing your faces was just creepy as hell (I wouldn't want to meet that guy in a dark alley, or wait, any place). The second one was also fun, especially when we saw the characters in various drawing styles (my favourite being the manga one). We also find out some more about Stan, which I loved. The third brought a whole new dimension with it, one that I wouldn't mind visiting. I loved meeting all the Mabel's and see what kinds there are. Plus I had a bit of a laugh at Ford and Stan trying to discuss who knew the kids the best. And the last one brought us back to the past, see more of Stan and Ford when they were kids. Of course this one also features weirdness, but also tons of mystery. Stan had the right idea at last, but he should think about the execution. :P The ending, or the last page. Arggghh, dang you Alex Hirsch! But this book is definitely meant for the fans, those who watched the show. There are various references to events, and not to mention the whole Stan and Ford thing. I would definitely recommend it to all who watched the show and want more in GF in their life. Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  4. 4 out of 5

    Claudio

    WOW. Really, if you like the show, this one is like having four more episodes to see. Alex himself wrote these stories so the atmosphere, all the secrets etc, it's all there. Plus, the art is exactly the same of the show so that it seems almost like their captured from an episode. Must read for people who liked the show, i would be happy to see more stories like these

  5. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    5 Stars *1 star for major ship teasing *1 star for manga style gravity falls *1 star for thousands of Mabel puns *1 star for endless mystery twin feels *and 1 last star for more gravity falls, more mysteries, and more fun

  6. 4 out of 5

    Spencer

    If you like Gravity Falls to any degree you'll love this! The tone, writing, humour and chracters are all spot on, this short return to Gravity Falls couldn't have been any more perfect.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ric

    Don’t judge, but I really love Gravity Falls, and revisiting the universe through four different stories was a lot of fun. All of them were awesome, and I especially liked the Soos story because of how meta it was. This was really entertaining, and it really makes me miss watching Gravity Falls on tv.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jade Lima

    This was so fun. It felt like I was like watching multiple episodes of Gravity Falls. Definite must for anyone who watched and loved the show.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    THAT WAS AMAZING!!! I frickin' love this franchise so much. ;v;

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

    Fun short stories. I'm not a big graphic novel fan, but it helps that I've seen the show. Witty and funny, as I'd expect from Alex Hirsch.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alex Llopis

    Habían ganas de revisitar Gravity Falls y este recopilatorio de 4 historias no falla. Un tomo lleno de misterios y homenajes tanto a la serie como a la cultura pop. A destacar las historias de los comics y del Mabelverso.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alayna

    I have adored the TV show “Gravity Falls” since it first came on Disney. Reading this comic has given me memories of watching the show and how much I loved it! Great read! (5/5) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I have adored the TV show “Gravity Falls” since it first came on Disney. Reading this comic has given me memories of watching the show and how much I loved it! Great read! (5/5) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  13. 5 out of 5

    Blair

    A fast, fun read for fans of the show. Stays true to the tone of the episodes, but it's no substitute for a new season.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elf

    I loved this so much. I need more Gravity Falls, and now I want to rewatch the whole series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    Review posted on my blog The Writer's Library. Well, this was a nice little treat.... That being said, I've never reviewed a graphic novel before, so bear with me. I feel I should also make readers aware of spoilers in this review, not just from the graphic novel, but also concerning the show the stories are based on, Gravity Falls. If you haven't watched the show, I highly recommend you leave this review, watch the show in its entirety, and then come back. It will help this review to make more s Review posted on my blog The Writer's Library. Well, this was a nice little treat.... That being said, I've never reviewed a graphic novel before, so bear with me. I feel I should also make readers aware of spoilers in this review, not just from the graphic novel, but also concerning the show the stories are based on, Gravity Falls. If you haven't watched the show, I highly recommend you leave this review, watch the show in its entirety, and then come back. It will help this review to make more sense, and I won't have spoiled anything because you'll already know what I'm talking about, or at least have a basic idea. All that said, let's get right into it. The book opens with one of the gnomes from the series, Shmebulock, giving background for what the reader is about to encounter. He speaks intelligently, unlike in the show, due to a curse that he is kind enough to tell us about, where he can only speak intelligently every thousand years on a full moon. He also lays the foreground for the stories he will tell about the Pines family, while also reminding the reader to keep a sharp eye out for clues, much like the way the show would hide codes and messages in the background to hint at its overarching storyline and have fans work to uncover the mystery. I'll get into some of the codes in a bit. The first story Shmebulock tells is a story called "Face It." When Stanford goes off to hunt the Mothman, he leaves his research in Dipper's care. Once Ford leaves, Pacifica Northwest shows up at the door, asking Dipper to help her get rid of a wrinkle on her face by using magic in time for a family photo shoot. When Dipper refuses to allow her access to the Journals, Pacifica asks to use their powder room, and sneaks up to the attic to peek in the Journals for help. She ends up summoning a monster that moves to steal her face, but Dipper and Mabel run upstairs when Dipper sees a glowing door. They distract the monster, resulting in him accidentally taking Mabel's face instead, leaving just her body. Dipper and Pacifica then leave the body and chase after the monster to get Mabel's face back, coming across an underground magic black market, where Pacifica reveals that she's not sure who she really is without her looks and that she is under tremendous pressure from her parents to maintain her image. They find the face monster at the market, who takes Dipper's face and tempts Pacifica with beauty, threatening to make her ugly if she fights him. Pacifica manages to get past him and get both Dipper and Mabel back, and they make a run for it, eventually being cornered in an outhouse. Luckily, Mabel's body manages to lead Ford to the outhouse, and he freezes the monster before the kids can be harmed. Mabel's face is put back, while Pacifica accepts that, while she may not be perfect, she's still herself. The story ends with Pacifica posing proudly, all dirtied and bruised from the adventure, for the photo shoot with her parents. I really enjoyed this story. I've had something of a soft spot for Pacifica since her family situation was revealed on the show, and I like how, underneath the supposed shallowness of her character, there is a genuinely good person who just wants to understand who she is as a person. A lot of adolescents struggle with issues involving identity and self-image and, given her background, it was nice to see Pacifica overcome her demons and learn to be herself. Not to mention that the story was really funny. I particularly enjoyed this little joke at the end where Pacifica sees Ford for the first time and, not realizing that he's not the Stan she knows, really gets a good look at him. Needless to say, I had a pretty good laugh at that one. Well played, Hirsch. Well played. The next story is called “Comix Up.” It opens with the Mystery Shack handyman, Soos Ramirez, coming to the shack to show Dipper and Mabel his comic book collection. Mabel has fun using white-out to edit the dialogue of the comics to make the story her own when Stan comes in and sees the comics. He gets angry and locks them away in a special chest in Ford’s room. The next day, Stan notices that there is a dialogue box narrating him. Annoyed and angry at the narrator of the story, Stan goes to Ford for help, only for Ford to remember that the chest his brother locked the comics in was cursed. They go in to find that the chest wants to punish Stan for “insulting the medium of the graphic novel” and pulls him into one of the graphic novels he locked in the chest. Ford gets Wendy, Soos, and the kids together to go rescue Stan, and they use magic to enter the book. They end up traveling through all different kinds of stories of different styles and plots, until finally they enter the superhero comic Mabel used the white-out on earlier. A fight breaks out, ending when one of the opposing side uses a grenade to blast the Pines out of the story. Soos ends up being blown into the margins of the comic and hears Stan crying nearby. Climbing over the margin, he finds Stan in a comic called “Lil’ Stanley,” where Stan is selling copies of the story they’re in as punishment for his earlier actions. He admits that he used to love comics and reveals that he tried to sell his “Lil’ Stanley” comic only for it to be rejected. His bad luck with comics, as well as a fistfight he had with Stan Lee in 1973, cements his animosity toward the graphic novel. That confession made, Stan yells out to the narrator that he loves comics, but the narrator won’t let him go until he calls it a “graphic novel.” Stan refuses, and the comic narrator threatens both him and Soos with a “graphic” death. Wendy rips at the paper with her axe before this can happen, though, saving them. Enraged, the narrator threatens to keep them trapped forever, only for Mabel to use her white-out to end the narration. They return to the real world where Stan sells his childhood comic, and a kid picks it up, allowing Stan to fully embrace the medium again. While not my favorite story in the book, I still found “Comix Up” really hysterical. “Gravity Falls” really only broke the fourth wall in one situation in the main series, so seeing a story like this was really fresh. I loved how the characters interacted with their setting in the first comic, such as Dipper stealing his hat from the frame below him and his character in that frame going, “Hey!” as Dipper realizes he’s holding two hats. I also found Ford’s jokes (what few there were, as he tends to be more of the straight man) to be really funny, such as how he described Stanley: “Looks like me if I gave up on life”! I also liked how, after the later fight and Soos got blown out of the margins, how he commented on the Disney logo, resulting in one of the funniest fourth wall breaks I’ve ever seen. I like how the story ends with Stan successfully selling his comic and the kid buying it is interested because it has swearing in it while being for kids. It’s such a funny jab at Stan’s character that it’s actually satisfying to see the kid buy it, helping to restore his confidence in his comics. The next story is one of my favorites in the collection. “Don’t Dimension It” opens with the Pines family walking in the forest, just after the events of Weirdmageddon, looking for dimensional rips left over from the rift to patch with adhesive. When Mabel brings her pet pig Waddles along, he escapes his carrier and she runs after him, only to be pulled into another dimension after doing so. She ends up in a dimension called Mab-3l, where there is every possible version of herself, when she meets one that she thinks is “Anti-Label Mabel” (because the double won’t let the dimensional beings name her). When the clone traps Mabel in an outhouse, however, Mabel realizes that the clone is the anti-version of herself and is therefore evil. Mabel watches as Stan and Ford come in and rescue the clone by mistake. Mabel escapes and manages to get the other Mabels to help her stop the evil twin. Back on the ship Stan and Ford are on, Ford realizes that the Mabel they took was not the real one. Before he can kill her, however, the evil clone traps them in glass tubes. Mabel breaks in with every clone from Mab-3l, and a battle breaks out. As Mabel and her evil twin square off, the Stan twins are freed from their prison by a friendly clone named Three-bel. When Mabel manages to expose the evil twin as a fake, Stan and Ford trap her in the tube, and Mabel hits the eject button. Mabel returns to Gravity Falls with her uncles and apologizes to Dipper for being selfish over the summer, and the story ends with the family walking home. Why do I feel like Hirsch wrote this story because he saw the “Mabel is Terrible” video that was posted online? Regardless of whether he did or didn’t, I still really enjoyed this story. I liked how, in the opening, Stan and Ford are arguing over who’s the more responsible caretaker. It's a really good joke, and their expressions really help to cement the comedic impact. I honestly couldn’t stop laughing at the interaction, because I thought Stan had known Dipper's name. The fact that Dipper has grown to trust Ford enough to tell him something like that, but not tell Stan, surprised me, but it also made for comedic gold. Moving on to Mab-3l, seeing all the different versions of Mabel was cute (with the exception of Stanbel, which was honestly just disturbing, but it is a Gravity Falls story, so there’s bound to be some disturbing things, I guess). I also need to give mention to the fact that, given how Stan thought his brother didn't know anything about Mabel, Ford is the one to catch on to the fact that something's not right. I particularly enjoyed that he played it cool in front of her, but you can see that he's reaching for his gun as he's talking to her! And I thought I couldn't love Ford as a character any more than I already did! There’s one more little joke I want to give mention to before I move on. It’s funny because it reveals once and for all that Ford and Stan really aren’t so different after all. They hailed a bus/ship to go after Mabel, but the driver recognizes Ford as a criminal. Stan’s reaction to this, as well as what he and the driver decide to do with him, is hysterical in every sense of the word. Ford's face throughout the whole thing completely sold it, too. The final story in the book is “Pines Bros Mystery.” This story centers around the Stan twins in their childhood. Stan and Ford are out on the beach in their hometown of Glass Shard Beach, New Jersey, playing and talking about hunting down the mysterious Jersey devil, when their father Filbrick screams out in anger from the house. When the kids go in, they learn that their father’s gold chain had been stolen, and he suspects that Stanley did it. When Ford covers for his brother, Filbrick orders that they go out and find it, and if they can’t, they’re both grounded indoors for the rest of the summer. The twins believe that the Jersey Devil got ahold of Filbrick’s chain, and they set off to find it. Just as they’re getting started, they run into “The Sibling Brothers” who are on the same case after finding Filbrick’s poster. Stan also introduces Ford to his pet “Shanklin the stab possum” (a possum with a knife tied to its back) that he thinks can help them find the devil. The kids are up against a rival set of twins to find the devil, two boys known as the Sibling Brothers, who ultimately beat them to solving the case, since they have photographers all over town who get them the answers to the cases they set out to solve. But when they find out that Stanley is the one who stole the gold chain and are chased out of the cave they’re in by the real Jersey devil, the Sibling Brothers trap it and give Ford a choice: if he hands over the proof of his brother’s guilt, they’ll let him take credit for discovering the paranormal beast – if not, the boys will frame both Stan and Ford for the theft. Ford, deciding to stand with Stanley, lets Shanklin loose, who sets the Jersey devil free, causing the Sibling Brothers to fall into a dunking pool. Stan and Ford escape to safety, ultimately being grounded for the rest of the summer after Stan confesses to taking Filbrick’s chain. The novel ends with Shmebulock hinting at a secret message in the graphic novel just before the sun rises and he returns to his prison of silence. I have to admit, this last story brought a tear to my eye. Not because it ended on an entirely sentimental note, but rather because we move on to see the Stan twins having adventures on the Stan O’ War II together. Hirsch sure knows how to wrap things up. The story itself was really rather adorable. It was so nice to see Stan and Ford as kids again and get a glimpse of their early life together, as brief as that glimpse was. I liked how, even as children, their polar-opposite personalities really shone through in the story. Hirsch was meticulous in making sure these characters acted like themselves, even though the show ended over two years ago. I think what’s so wonderful about this particular story is that it communicates a pretty simple, yet tremendously powerful, message about standing up for what you think is right, no matter what other people think of you for doing so. A touching final story to wrap up this little gem of a graphic novel. And, come on. I can't be the only one who thinks that the Stan twins were absolutely adorable as kids. Just look at those innocent little faces! Before I wrap up this review, I want to talk a little bit about some of the codes scattered throughout the book. Anyone who knows Gravity Falls knows that these codes can often be hidden in the background... or they can be right in front of you. I had to scour the pages for some of them, but it was fun doing it. There were quite a lot of them, so I'll just focus on a few that I found.... interesting, to say the least. The biggest ones concern the axolotl, which any fan of Gravity Falls knows is the creature Bill calls out to as he's dying. The first one I found translates to "WHERE'S YOUR AXOLOTL NOW?" in Bill's symbol substitution cipher. I mention it because I was fairly shocked once I had decoded it. Could Bill be mocking Dipper or Ford from the grave? Might he not actually be in a grave? Did he somehow escape his ultimate fate? What are you trying to tell us, Hirsch? It gets better. Two codes that I found on the bus Stan and Ford take in the third story translate to "I DIDN'T VOTE FOR BILL" and "THE AXOLOTL IS MY COPILOT." Could this bus driver know what really happened to Bill? And what's all this about voting? Is Hirsch making a reference to the 2016 election or something? I know the man hates the current president. Could he be comparing Bill to Donald Trump? I just want to give a quick mention to the code on the side of the "Table of Contents" page before I wrap this up. I didn't translate it, but I did find the translations online. I will say that the decoded messages are nice little Easter eggs from both the Complete Series DVD set and the graphic novel. Special thanks to the Gravity Falls community on Twitter for bringing this matter to light. All in all, I really think this book is an absolute must-have for any Gravity Falls fan who is aching for more about the Pines family. It's fun, it's creative, and it really can get you thinking over all the little hints scattered throughout the book, resulting in a really enjoyable experience trying to solve the mysteries it contains. Well done, Hirsch. I swear, no one in this family uses the front door!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Finch

    Gosh, I miss Gravity Falls so much. Luckily, Lost Legends is so perfect that I could pretend I was back in that crazy town for a while, running around with Dipper and Mabel and the rest of the crazy Pines crew. The funniest thing about these stories are that they're told by Shmebulock. Turns out the weird little gnome is under a Pokemon-esque curse, but he's chosen to use his one night free of the curse to share these lost stories. He also shares some theories, some ships, and a desperate desire Gosh, I miss Gravity Falls so much. Luckily, Lost Legends is so perfect that I could pretend I was back in that crazy town for a while, running around with Dipper and Mabel and the rest of the crazy Pines crew. The funniest thing about these stories are that they're told by Shmebulock. Turns out the weird little gnome is under a Pokemon-esque curse, but he's chosen to use his one night free of the curse to share these lost stories. He also shares some theories, some ships, and a desperate desire for more episodes. Forget Groot, We are Shmebulock. The stories themselves are just as weird and funny as you'd expect. They feel like they easily could've been storylines for episodes that didn't make the cut, and the artwork is true to that of the show while also being, like, twenty times more intricate. I particularly like the first story, which features Dipper and Pacifica together on a rescue mission; since I definitely love these two together, I loved seeing them get to really understand each other better and work together to save the day. Very weird, and very sweet. There are also plenty of ciphers and hidden messages to decode. I suggest reading this book under good lighting, as there are a lot of little things that I totally missed the first time through because I was reading at night that are important for discovering Shmebulock's big secret. Of course, there's always Reddit if you get stuck or you're too busy to work out the clues themselves, but I loved being presented with a new puzzle to solve and a fun surprise for my efforts. Any fan of Gravity Falls will want (read: need) this book in their collection.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nico D.

    A collection of four canonical side tales which (mostly) take place during S2 of Gravity Falls. There are quite a few excellent 'fill in the blank' moments from the original show, which makes this a must read for those who have finished the series. Capturing the essence of the show perfectly, Lost Legends is as whimsical as it is laugh-out-loud funny, and just like the show, the poignant moments come quick and hit hard. You honestly haven't experienced all of Gravity Falls until you've read this A collection of four canonical side tales which (mostly) take place during S2 of Gravity Falls. There are quite a few excellent 'fill in the blank' moments from the original show, which makes this a must read for those who have finished the series. Capturing the essence of the show perfectly, Lost Legends is as whimsical as it is laugh-out-loud funny, and just like the show, the poignant moments come quick and hit hard. You honestly haven't experienced all of Gravity Falls until you've read this. It's not just highly recommended-- it's mandatory for al fans.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Raúl Omar

    ¡Simply amazing! I really enjoyed this graphic novel. This bok somehow filled the emptiness in my soul after I finished watching the show. The art is great, just like in the show and the stories are great. Though I really like Dipper, I appreciate he is not the protagonist fo this book, so you have a chance to know more some of the other characters. There are some easter eggs but I was expecting more mistery, truth be told.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    "Gravity Falls: Lost Legends" is exactly what fans of the show need: Legitimately entertaining continued stories from one of the greatest animated shows ever. If you've never seen the show, stop right where you are because this book will make zero sense. If you have seen the show, why haven't you read this yet?!

  20. 5 out of 5

    evey

    hands down, the best book i've ever read thank you for my life

  21. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Bustos-Hubeny

    This was the best! I agree with Schmebulock! We need another few seasons of this show!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Opal

    Because it's a comic book, I'll start my review with the art. The overall style generally sticks pretty true to the show, but the artists have their own flare that differentiates the art from looking like it came straight out of the show. That being said, even the most "different" style still heavily resembles the show, and the differences only make it look cuter, so this is no problem at all. Now, for the stories: These all straight-up feel like episodes. If these were animated into episodes, th Because it's a comic book, I'll start my review with the art. The overall style generally sticks pretty true to the show, but the artists have their own flare that differentiates the art from looking like it came straight out of the show. That being said, even the most "different" style still heavily resembles the show, and the differences only make it look cuter, so this is no problem at all. Now, for the stories: These all straight-up feel like episodes. If these were animated into episodes, they'd fit right in. The ONLY thing that wouldn't exactly fit in are the references to bad words and almost "mature" background jokes (like a sign referencing a "peepshow" and the word "hell" being used). I got a kick out of them, but I know other people are more sticklers for that sort of thing. Plot-wise, you have two stories about Dipper and Mabel. The one with Dipper as the main character focuses on developing Pacifica more as a character (as well as her relationship to Dipper). It's very sweet. The one about Mabel is kind of what you would expect from a Mabel-centric episode (think of her Bubble in Weirdmaggedon), so it's lots of fun weirdness. Then, we have the full-cast episode about comics, and that's probably my favorite because it does style jumps as the cast moves from comic to comic (think the Fairly Odd Parents "Channel Chasers" episode, but with comics). Then, there's the story about Stan and Ford as kids, which is heart-breaking to see how close they were, and how terrible their dad was as a parent. Another important thing to note: there are all sorts of codes to decipher and fun background Easter eggs that keep you scouring over the pages LONG after you've finished reading it, if you enjoyed that in the show (which I certainly did). Overall: This is so much fun. If you loved the show, you will absolutely love this book. Luckily for me, my little brother does a SPOT ON Soos and Grunkle Stan voice, so we read this together and it was like listening to the show.

  23. 5 out of 5

    TwinFitzgeraldKirkland

    Si presenta un problema quando una serie tv ha il successo che ha avuto Gravity Falls (e se per caso non la conoscete, correte a informarvi su wikipedia e poi a visionare tutte le puntate a costo di non dormire la notte. Dopodichè tornate qui e riparliamone), ovvero che il rischio di prendere in giro il lettore con dei prodotti di merda che altro scopo non hanno se non qullo di strizzare il sangue dalle rape diventi estremamente alto. Qui nulla di tutto questo avviene, al pari dell’altro imperdib Si presenta un problema quando una serie tv ha il successo che ha avuto Gravity Falls (e se per caso non la conoscete, correte a informarvi su wikipedia e poi a visionare tutte le puntate a costo di non dormire la notte. Dopodichè tornate qui e riparliamone), ovvero che il rischio di prendere in giro il lettore con dei prodotti di merda che altro scopo non hanno se non qullo di strizzare il sangue dalle rape diventi estremamente alto. Qui nulla di tutto questo avviene, al pari dell’altro imperdibile volume legato a Gravity falls, il Journal 3 (che alla fine mi ha fatto versare più amare lacrime che durante tutte le visioni di Dumbo della mia infanzia disagiata). Ci troviamo di fronte a un prodotto realizzato con amore e impegno, con quattro storie che si altalenano tra il divertente e il commovente (nulla a cui la serie animata non ci abbia abbondantemente abituati) che non manca di strizzare l’occhio al fan di vecchia data e all’occorrenza di prenderlo continuamente in giro. La cornice che lega queste quattro storie è nientemeno che il nano Shmebiulock al quale una volta ogni 1000 anni è concesso di parlare normalmente. Grande fan delle vicende della famiglia Pines e dedito a ogni sorta di folle teoria che li riguardi, non ne ha mai abbastanza e ha recuperato queste quattro storie ad uso e consumo di chi si appresta a prendere in mano questo volume, come lui mai sazio delle vicende legate alla cittadina di Gravity Falls. Il passare dal piccolo schermo alla carta stampata non fa perdere nulla al ritmo scoppiettante e alla prorompente vivacità dei personaggi: i disegni sono adorabili, espressivissimi, a volte quasi bozzetti tremuli inchiostrati da uno stagista col Parkinson come nel caso di Face It, storia che vede protagonisti Dipper e Pacifica (whohooo) e altre si salta come dei pazzi dal disegno stile manga, al supereroistico fino ad arrivare allo stile da strip umoristica vecchio stile (Comix Up). Infatti c’è un elenco infinito di artisti che hanno collaborato al progetto. Non si lesinano nemmeno gli immancabili rebus, nascosti qui e lì tra le pagine e sempre spassosissimi: decifrarli diventa un divertimento nel divertimento che è avventurarsi tra queste pagine. E’ un continuo giocare coi personaggi, coi dialoghi e coi disegni. Persino con i fan esagitati e con la definizione stessa di Graphic Novel, termine usato da chi dopo i 9 anni vuole leggersi in pace un fumetto in pubblico senza farsi prendere per il sedere dal primo che passa. E poi, esattamente come accadeva nel Journal 3, alla fine ti devi mettere a piangere per forza, perchè quell’infamone di Hirsch non ce la fa proprio a non essere quel genio bastardo che è. Insomma, un volume che DEVE essere acquistato e tenuto caro come un tesoro sugli scaffali di tutti i fan di questa splendida serie.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    What do we want? More Gravity Falls! When do we want it! NOW! And, indeed, we get it in this collection of four new stories from that weirdest of weird places. Any fan of the show wishes there were more seasons. (And will there be? Maybe... that end was a little ambiguous. *crosses fingers*) But, until (and if) that ever happens, these tales were a great way to go on more adventures with the Pines family. The stories were funny with just the right amount of mystery and creepiness, all held toget What do we want? More Gravity Falls! When do we want it! NOW! And, indeed, we get it in this collection of four new stories from that weirdest of weird places. Any fan of the show wishes there were more seasons. (And will there be? Maybe... that end was a little ambiguous. *crosses fingers*) But, until (and if) that ever happens, these tales were a great way to go on more adventures with the Pines family. The stories were funny with just the right amount of mystery and creepiness, all held together with a creativity unique to the show's creator, Alex Hirsch. My favorite story was a tie between the comic book one (as a comic fan, I got quite a few chuckles at the good-natured fun being poked at my favorite genre) or the final one, with Stan and Ford as kids. That last one went to an unexpected emotional place--which was one the many strong suits of the show. Right when you think you're just there for a weird and funny good time... BAM! The plot hits you right in the feels with something about family or growing up. That final story was no different and was the perfect tale to end this collection. I also liked the very last page... with Shmebulock declaring that he wanted another season of the show. Fourth wall breaks are probably my favorite kind of humor, so that gave me a nice chuckle--and some hope (pretty, pretty please with Mabel Juice on top?) that maybe, just maybe, there might be more Gravity Falls in the future.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Isaac

    Having watched and re-watched the Gravity Falls series, I had high expectations for this comic continuation and I have to say my expectations were exceeded! First and foremost, I was immediately impressed by the way all the characters' personalities felt exactly like the show. Comic tie ins for TV shows and movies almost always suffer from the characters just not "feeling" like their original versions. With a TV show that has exceptional voice acting and consistently great animation like Gravity Having watched and re-watched the Gravity Falls series, I had high expectations for this comic continuation and I have to say my expectations were exceeded! First and foremost, I was immediately impressed by the way all the characters' personalities felt exactly like the show. Comic tie ins for TV shows and movies almost always suffer from the characters just not "feeling" like their original versions. With a TV show that has exceptional voice acting and consistently great animation like Gravity Falls, this book could have easily had that same issue, but thanks to Hirsh's great writing and and the artists' consistent art and creative panel work, this always feels just like the Gravity Falls I love. The four new stories are all fun and exciting with laugh-out-loud funny moments. It's hard to pick a favorite, especially when these stories get into alternate universes and comics about comics. It pushes all my favorite comic trope buttons! Gravity Falls; Lost Legends is fun, funny, and well written with great art that takes full advantage of the comic book medium. If you're a fan of the show (and if you haven't watched THAT, what the heck are you waiting for?) I think you'll enjoy Lost Legends.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Baker St Shelves

    Gravity Falls is easily one of my favorite shows of all time and many people think there were more stories to tell after only two seasons. This new comic has four stories that take place in between episodes of the show and even though this is a different format, it still has that same feeling from the show. The first story has Dipper and Pacifica that involves them going to the black market to find Mabel’s face, the second story has everyone trapped in a comic book, this was my favorite one becau Gravity Falls is easily one of my favorite shows of all time and many people think there were more stories to tell after only two seasons. This new comic has four stories that take place in between episodes of the show and even though this is a different format, it still has that same feeling from the show. The first story has Dipper and Pacifica that involves them going to the black market to find Mabel’s face, the second story has everyone trapped in a comic book, this was my favorite one because of all the fourth wall jokes and the use different art styles from famous comics was nice to see; this even ended on a surprisingly emotional moment for Stan. Third story was dealing with multiple universes and was all about Mabel. This wasn’t my favorite, because I thought it was a missed opportunity on what they could’ve done, but it was still enjoyable. The final one was on Stan and Ford’s childhood as they solved a mystery involving the New Jersey Devil. I really liked this one as we see the boys in a much simpler time and how aspects of their personalities are paid off in later years. If you’re a fan of the show and have watched all the episodes, this is a great book to read and I’ll be happy if they do another one.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ysabeaux

    ONE MILLION SHOOTING STARS!!! PINES!! PINES!! PINES!! This is, without a doubt, the most adorable thing ever published by anyone ever! I am overcome with so many emotions! Gravity Falls is not only one of my favorite shows, but one of my favorite things of all time. It means so much to me I can't even begin to describe... The Pines are like family to me (don't judge), so when the show ended I was absolutely devastated. This graphic novel is the perfect return to the town and the family and the ad ONE MILLION SHOOTING STARS!!! PINES!! PINES!! PINES!! This is, without a doubt, the most adorable thing ever published by anyone ever! I am overcome with so many emotions! Gravity Falls is not only one of my favorite shows, but one of my favorite things of all time. It means so much to me I can't even begin to describe... The Pines are like family to me (don't judge), so when the show ended I was absolutely devastated. This graphic novel is the perfect return to the town and the family and the adventure! And, like Shmebulock says, we need more!!! I cannot imagine a world where Alex Hirsch doesn't revisit these characters in some way, either a movie, or seasonal specials, a series of graphic novels like this one, or, if we are very, very lucky, maybe even another season of the show. It's obvious how much these characters mean to him, and the show means so much to it's audience as well. I don't want to live in a world without more Gravity Falls. This graphic novel is perfect in every way. It's just perfect.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kim Dyer

    Gravity Falls was a series that ended long before its time and so I was really pleased to hear about this graphic novel. The book collects four short tales, linked by the narrative of a familiar character, all of which were written by Alex Hirsch. Because of this, the stories all have the feel of episodes of the series, causing all of my nostalgia to come pouring back. The stories provide brand new adventures for your favourite characters, but I would recommend watching the series first. While th Gravity Falls was a series that ended long before its time and so I was really pleased to hear about this graphic novel. The book collects four short tales, linked by the narrative of a familiar character, all of which were written by Alex Hirsch. Because of this, the stories all have the feel of episodes of the series, causing all of my nostalgia to come pouring back. The stories provide brand new adventures for your favourite characters, but I would recommend watching the series first. While these do mainly stand alone, there are some references to the main series that won't make any sense to you if you have not. Each of the stories is light and full of humour, and so this collection could certainly be enjoyed by a young fan. The only bad thing about this collection is that it made me really pine for a new season...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tati Dengo

    As a huge fan of Gravity Falls I LOOOOOVEEEEDDDD THISSSS!!! (If you haven't watched Gravity Falls though, this isn't a good place to start.) There's only four stories in this novel, and they are told by Shmebulock the gnome, who is able to speak once every 1000 years. He wants another season of Gravity Falls as much as we do, so he resorts to telling us more stories he's learned about both sets of Pines twins. The art style is consistent with the show. If you only wanted to read one story in this As a huge fan of Gravity Falls I LOOOOOVEEEEDDDD THISSSS!!! (If you haven't watched Gravity Falls though, this isn't a good place to start.) There's only four stories in this novel, and they are told by Shmebulock the gnome, who is able to speak once every 1000 years. He wants another season of Gravity Falls as much as we do, so he resorts to telling us more stories he's learned about both sets of Pines twins. The art style is consistent with the show. If you only wanted to read one story in this volume, definitely read the second one. It liberally breaks the fourth wall and has tons of meta humor and comic references! It's also drawn in a variety of styles from different artists. Highly recommended if you're a fan of the show! I hope they publish tons more!! p.s. I LOVED that Majora's Mask reference in the first story!!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tib Roe

    I was super excited to jump back into the world of Gravity Falls. We get to see some more antics with both sets of Pines twins and, of course, got some hidden fun in there as well. All four stories are introduced by Shmebulock during his short time being able to hold an actual conversation instead of just saying his name like an idiot, and I absolutely loved his comments on how Gravity Falls ended as summer closed out and talked about wanting a new "season." Not cool, Alex, not cool. But what I I was super excited to jump back into the world of Gravity Falls. We get to see some more antics with both sets of Pines twins and, of course, got some hidden fun in there as well. All four stories are introduced by Shmebulock during his short time being able to hold an actual conversation instead of just saying his name like an idiot, and I absolutely loved his comments on how Gravity Falls ended as summer closed out and talked about wanting a new "season." Not cool, Alex, not cool. But what I really loved was that how I read everything in each characters' voices, and I think that really says a lot about the show itself. Anyway, it was such a fun, quick read and is just classic Gravity Falls and I loved diving back into the world.

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