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Locke & Key, Vol. 2: Head Games Paperback – October 19, 2010
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About the Author
Joe Hill is the author of the New York Times" bestsellers Heart-Shaped Box" and Horns" and writes an ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key". He makes lots of noise on Twitter under the handle @joe_hill.
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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.Read more ›
'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..Read more ›
I was first attracted to Locke & Key when I was reading a February 2011 New York Post article about comics and graphic novels that have been or will be turned into movies or TV series. Locke & Key will be one of the latter with a potential pilot episode airing as soon as the end of this year on FOX. So I thought that I'd get "the real story" from the actual author prior its release as a TV series. And so far, after Books 1, 2 & 3, I am not disappointed. (EDIT: 7/2011 - Fox has scratched the Locke & Key pilot - see link in the comment section of this review.)
Locke & Key is violent at times, bloody at times, scary at times, disturbing at times, but most importantly it is very well written. After tragedy struck and took away the father in the Locke family, they relocate from the West Coast and move into a big old spooky mansion in, where else but..."Lovecraft", MA. And you can bet your bottom dollar that in a mansion in a New England town called Lovecraft created by the spawn of Stephen King...thar will be ghosts! And it turns out that there are more than just ghosts; there are keys hidden all over this spooky mansion that unlock amazing powers for the holder of the key(s).
While well written, in Book 1 there were some recycled themes and predictable moments that I thought might take the series to a, well...predictable place. But as Book 2 and 3 unfolded, or should I say unlocked, there's more of a cool uniqueness that's really got me hooked and looking forward to digging into ...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty cool book, joe hill is Stephen King's son so it's no surprise he inherited some of his dad's talent for story telling. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Margarita G. Gutierrez
Even better than the first one, and the first one was amazing! I wish I had the head key, I'd put in the complete works of Shakespeare and take out Highlander 2.Published 1 month ago by Shelle Houser
So remember how Locke and Key is awesome? Well it's still really good. This volume has a less satisfying arc than the first, favoring the set-up of a larger plot, but the concepts... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Drown Hollum
By Vol. 2, I have been sucked into the world of Keyhouse and continue to want more. Amazing artwork and great storytelling from Hill.Published 3 months ago by Lauren
These comics just get better and better! These are real winners! Ready for #3. The artwork is just amazing and I love the galleries in the back.Published 5 months ago by Kevin
If you haven't gotten into Locke & Key yet - your missing it. This is a GREAT story by Hill. I'm surprised that this story has not been made into a movie yet, as it has quite a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by J Michmerhuizen
Where a lot of people say they least liked volume 4, I would say that I least liked this volume. A key character does something in this book that affects the story for several... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gary Ussery