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Product Details

  • Series: Locke & Key (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing; First Edition edition (July 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613772270
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613772270
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 6.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author of the critically acclaimed Heart-Shaped Box and 20th Century Ghosts, Joe Hill is a two-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, and a past recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship. His stories have appeared in a variety of journals and Year's Best collections. He calls New England home.

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One of the best graphic novel series I've ever read.
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Everything about this book is great from the fantastic writing to the amazing art.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Daniel L. Hartman on July 20, 2012
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I had been eagerly awaiting the release of this trade from the moment I put down Locke & Key, Vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom, and I would like to say it does not disappoint! I would assume that anyone who is on the page for volume five has already read the first four, but if you have not, drop what you are doing immediately and go to a place where trade paper backs are rented or sold and rent or buy them. I'll wait.

Ok, so Clockworks. This is probably my favorite book so far. As opposed to moving the main plot forward in this volume, Joe Hill takes an opportunity to fill us in on all the back story before the final volume (Omega) is released. And when I say "all the back story" I really mean "all" of it. Almost all of the story's long running questions are answered within the pages of Clockworks, and these answers don't disappoint. You get the history of the keys, key house, what's behind the black door, what happened with Rendell and his friends in the drowning caves, Dodge's history, why only children can access the magic of the keys, and so much more!

Because the bulk of the volume deals with the past, Joe Hill has ample opportunities to introduce new characters to the story. I think one of the main things I liked about the book was how relatable and real Rendell and his friends seemed. The characters all have flaws and vulnerabilities that make them read like real people. Because of this, you feel a connection to them and a sense of dread knowing the tragedy that will soon befall them. And you will feel that impending sense of doom for the majority of the volume. It's like watching a horror movie and just wanting to scream at the girl not to run up the stairs.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Cypress Green TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 18, 2012
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My eagerly awaited volume arrived yesterday, and, alas! I have already finished! I took my time - but still... Anyway, this is just about my favorite series at this time, and I was both excited and disappointed to see at the back of the volume that there is just one more to come. I can only hope Joe Hill continues to write comics.

Avoiding spoilers (to those who have read the series up to this point, at least), here are my reflections. I could not fall asleep last night and so mulled over the plot points, getting a few insights that demonstrate Mr. Hill's proficiency:

1. The writing remains consistently solid. How I hate when I love a series and, after a months' long wait, get a book that is not up to the level of artwork and writing that I have come to expect! That happened to me with Incorruptible Vol. 6
2. Characterization remains complex and continues to develop. The many characters featured are driven by both base and noble emotions. No one, as in life, is a pure "bad guy." Well, except one...
3. Several events are things I could have never anticipated. I value that in a story.
4. Miranda and Ben Locke are seen in their own time, along with the discovery of the black door.
5. There is the long awaited reveal regarding Rendell and his 5 friends, and what happened in those fateful days. This plot portion was particularly deftly done. My expectation would be that everything - why the black door was opened, how Erin went crazy, how the other friends died, etc. - would have all happened in only one day. No, Mr. Hill is better than that. Much better. The action is more believably drawn out over several days.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Adam Hasser on August 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In this volume we finally find out what happened in the past that left Dodge as an evil woman in Well House. It's surprising to see what these kids were like before "it" happened. The back history is so well done that you feel like you already know the characters that are now adults or dead. A lot of questions and motivations are explained in this volume. It's really a great set up for Hill and Rodriguez to be able to hit the ground running in Omega (Volume 6). This series has been mind blowing from the fantastic art team Rodriguez and Fotos (his coloring is top notch) to the incredible story telling of Hill. Not often do you come across a series with such a unique story and characters you care about.

Hill has said Omega is the last volume for Locke kids but not for Locke & Key. He and Rodriguez are doing atleast one more volume called Golden Age and possibly another called Battlefield. At this point I'll be buying any story from this creative team.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric Christensen on January 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Volume 4 of the Locke and Key series (reviewed elsewhere on this site) ended in such a terrible, shocking way that I couldn't wait to pick up Locke & Key, Volume 5: Clockworks, written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez. And it certainly didn't disappoint. I'll try to keep this spoiler-free, so I apologize if some of my comments are vague.

When Volume 4 ended, I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. The thing is, after readers get a glimpse of how Tyler Locke isn't keeping it together as well as we thought, Volume 5 is almost entirely about what has happened before: during the Revolutionary War and the story of Rendell Locke and his friends. Throughout Volumes 1-4, I thought Hill and Rodriguez had seeded enough clues about these two time periods (e.g., the snippets of diaries in the back of the books about the creation of the keys) that I knew enough. Turns out, I knew only the broad strokes. But it's the fine details of the stories that really let this volume soar.

There's a sense of dread about this volume that is unlike any of the others. In fact, I had the hardest time reading this one because I knew it would end very badly. I watched so many characters commit mistake after mistake after mistake. Yet, these mistakes seem inevitable given the characters' motivations. Clockworks is a fantastic example of how powerful a tragedy can be.

And although I've focused the majority of my review on Hill's storytelling, I have to remind everyone how much I'm enjoying Rodriguez's artwork. In particular, the glimpses inside Tyler's and Dodge's heads are fantastic, but for very different reasons. Rodriguez perfectly captures a teenage boy's mind, and his version of Dodge's head is, well, hellish.
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