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Locke & Key, Vol. 2: Head Games Paperback – October 19, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: Locke & Key (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600107613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600107610
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

Joe Hill is the new Stephen King, Gabriel Rodriguez has a fascinating and unique style of art.
Travis Randall
This was an amazing Graphic Novel, this series is quickly becoming one of my favorite comic series that I've ever read.
Brandon Zarzyczny
With these books, one is able to read a good amount of the story in one sitting and that's a lot of fun.
K.A.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Eckert on April 22, 2011
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This is the second full length graphic novel in the Locke and Key series. The fourth installation, Locke & Key Volume 4: Keys to the Kingdom HC, is due out this June. This was an excellent continuation of the series. The drawings are fantastic and the plot is complex, creepy and engaging.

In this book the Locke kids are just trying to make it through school. They've become involved with the "new kid" Luke, who looks mysteriously familiar to some of the older members of the community. Meanwhile Bode finds a new Key, this one literally opens his head up. Now the kids all want to play games with shoving info into their heads and taking out all the bad stuff (like fear and sadness).

This book is super creepy. It wasn't as creepy as the first one (no serial killer this time) but there is still a high creepy factor here. Just the fact that Bode walks around with his head open is pretty darn strange. Again this book is not for the faint of heart; I think it covers almost every offensive/distasteful topic out there and is very violent...so definitely for adults.

The complex plot is getting more and more intriguing and intricate. I am just super curious to see what else they find in that old house and to see what happens with Luke and the Locke kids. The story is incredibly engaging and I read the whole thing in one sitting because it was very hard to put down.

The illustration throughout is phenomenal; beautiful full color illustrations, very detailed, and very beautiful...in a creepy way. It just fits the story perfectly.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dusty Bottoms is Dead & Gone on September 26, 2009
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Let's just say, we get to see into more than just Joe Hill's and Gabriel Rodriguez's heads. I don't want to give away any spoilers.. but 'Head Games' is a turning point for the 'Locke & Key' series and an airing-out of old mysteries & back story.. The Head Key is an inspired invention that allows the reader a fascinating and profound bout of vicarious living.. that also adds layers to the series and opens up new possibilities. 'Head Games' surpasses the previous volume of 'Locke and Key, exchanging a heart-wrenching climactic conclusion for mind-bending twists, and plot illumination.

'Locke & Key' explores the fear and wonder that accompanies the loss of innocence, and is layered with the subtle existentialism of the fantasy/horror genre. 'Locke & Key' is a character-driven series that gives us protagonists we can truly understand and empathize with. The series redefines the meaning of 'mischievous villain' and 'evil incarnate' for the comic industry, effectively portraying the diabolism and even perversion of manipulation, deceit and the violation of trust. Joe Hill's writing and creativity is of a caliber truly rare in fiction today, and Chilean artist, Gabriel Rodriguez's pencils are stunning, uncannily proficient at creating living & breathing characters and keeping a palpable tension that captivates you.

'Locke & Key' is a wonderful, magical & melancholic story.. and it wears the comic medium like a glove. It has the sprawl of a novel, but not the focus. Like Gaiman's 'Sandman, it is a somewhat epic tale of dark fantasy told in a series of episodes.. essentially a string of short stories connected by the same characters and larger, overarching concerns.

I recommend you start out with the first volume of the series..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Smith on March 10, 2011
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I have to admit Ive loved this series since the very first issue, and even though I buy every issue I still buy the collected volumes as the quality of the books are very nice and I think the different colored fabric bookmarks are a nice touch also. Head Games continues were the fist book left off and introduces us to more keys and weaves a more complex tale and allows us to get deeper into the mind(literally) of the characters. As always art is crisp and well done, and together with a great storyteller (Hill) Head games makes your locke and key addiction only grow stonger. If you liked the first book you will really like this one and crown of shadows also.Locke and key is one of my favorite titles to reread as you want to get to know these characters as much as possible. While the issues of this series is almost done with volume 4 its never too late to go back and start reading Locke and key. It may be bloody but to me it never crosses that line where gore starts to dominate the story and takes away from the plot. It is however a mature book and due to language and violence should not be read by children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shelby Bubenchik on June 10, 2010
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Joe Hill has once again proved that his mind is full of wonderful, twisted, amazing things. I read Locke and Key: Welcome To Keyhouse in two hours, this one I read in an hour and a half. I couldn't put it down. Gabriel Rodriguez's illustrations add so much magic to the story. I definitely recommend this series for anyone who likes mysteries, ghost stories, and just plain great writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason K. on August 24, 2014
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Building on Vol. 1's astonishing introduction, Head Games (literally the subject, heh heh) goes into Big Time character depth and this results in some surprising scenes. SO many twists, but not so many as to be overwhelming or silly. I read this in three sittings and kept saying, "OH MY GOSH" to myself with each consecutive reveal.

The characters are definitely "in their world", and totally believable. They suffer, they strive, they yearn. So far this series is the most emotionally engaging story I've found in a looooong time. And Rodriguez's artwork is incredible. I love the Art Gallery section added at the conclusion of the books.
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