Sunday, April 6, 2014

Bookworming: Locke and Key, Vols. 1 & 2

Locke and Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft, Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez, et. al., ****
After the brutal murder of a teacher, his family moves back to his ancestral home to try and rebuild their lives. And then things start getting weird. Welcome to Lovecraft focuses the story on the three grieving children and sets up the mystery of Key House. Solid writing and amazing artwork join together to make an intriguing introduction to one of the more acclaimed comic series in recent memory. This is certainly not a comic for kids or the squeamish, but horror fans will find it a gruesome and creepy read. In spite of being an introduction to an extended series, there is a self-contained story here, though it is one that leaves as many or more questions open as it wraps up.

Locke and Key, Vol. 2: Head Games, Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez, et. al., ****
Head Games continues the horror story of three grieving children and the mystical keys of Key House. This volume drops much of the splatter found in the first volume and replaces it with a double helping of creepy. As before, solid writing and stunning artwork carry this one forward.

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