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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: 0.2 x 6.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I don't usually like graphic novels but this series is great!
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So far this series is the most emotionally engaging story I've found in a looooong time.
Jason K.
If you liked Locke & Key, Vol. 1, buy Vol. 2 and all the other volumes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Karissa Eckert TOP 1000 REVIEWER 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Grey on February 10, 2015
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With the second volume of Hill and Rodriguez's Locke and Key, the pattern becomes apparent: the action (and frequently the metaphor) of each collection will focus on one particular magical key and its powers and practical repercussions.

In this case, it's the Head Key, which allows users to crack open their skulls (or someone else's) and root around inside, adding or subtracting at will. That's an intriguing and terrifying concept, and it gives the book some its best art as various characters decide to take a peak under the hood. Bode's brain is a glorious explosion of the awesome that is childhood, and to my mind the only thing that comes close to challenging that panel is the for-now-throwaway flashback image of a production of The Tempest the Locke children's father once starred in, which I suspect is a tip of the hat to Neil Gaimain's Sandman.

The tone of creeping terror instilled by the first book continues here, kicked off beautifully by Warren Ellis's seriously disturbed introduction. It seems certain that, wherever this series is headed, Hill and Rodriguez are dead set on unlocking reader's nightmares.
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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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After the harrowing events of the previous volume the Locke family is settling in to the Massachusetts town of Lovecraft. Unfortunately, they've inadvertently released an old foe of their dad from the creepy well on their family property Keyhouse. Lucas Caravaggio was a fellow student with Mr. Locke and in this issue we find out a bit (but not a lot) of his back story. Lucas is still young, the same age as the eldest Locke kid. He befriends them through their high school. Lucas goes by the name Dodge, though not everyone is fooled by this. Dodge is after more secrets from the house, especially the keys he was looking for in the last volume. The revelations are interesting and they start to build tension.

What builds even more tension is the discovery of another key. The Head Key enables a person to literally unlock someone's head (their own or someone else's). Looking inside shows all sorts of memories and imagination filtered memories. Things can be put in, like when older son Tyler literally crams a school book in his own head and then doesn't have to read it. Or things can be taken out, like memories and inhibitions. When Dodge gets a hold of the key, how much damage will he do?

The book provides a good mixture of mystery and horror. The mystery is a bit like the TV series Lost--while some questions are answered, others are asked, often deepening the reader's understanding of the history and mythology of the story. And leaving them wanting more.

This book is definitely for mature readers--in addition to the violence and the swearing, there's a little bit of sexual suggestion.
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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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