Sunday, September 22, 2013

Locke & Key v1; Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez


Joe Hill is a horror short story and novel writer ( Heart Shaped Box, Horns) as well as a comic book writer, who also happens to be the son of best selling horror novelist, Stephen King. Joe Hill first came on the comic book scene with an adaptation of his short story, the Cape, which is one of the darkest things I've ever read. The Cape, as with his comic series (and series of graphic novels, of which there's five to date), Locke and Key is published by IDW.

The first volume of Locke & Key introduces us to the Locke family and what happens to them that and causes them to move to the small town of Lovecraft. They move into a house / mansion called Keyhouse and before this first volume concludes we find out that there are various keys which people with hidden agendas want. Horror definitely abounds in Locke & Key, there's a lot of mystery, but there's also good characters within and great, very expressive, spooky art by Gabriel Rodriguez. I'd put Locke & Key up there with series like Y The Last Man and Walking Dead because all three of these titles share great characters that actually develop over the course of issues / volumes, horror / suspense, and they're quite the page turners - after reading what ever issue you just finished, you can't wait for the next one.

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