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Alpha & Omega (Locke & Key) Hardcover – February 18, 2014
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"Moody, emotional and wickedly compelling. Locke & Key is this generation's Sandman." — Jim Zub, author
"This is the beginning of the end, and it is bloody fantastic." — IGN
"Hill and Rodriguez deliver a conclusion that shuts the door on a modern masterpiece by tapping into the heart and magic that has made it such an unforgettable journey." — A.V. Club
"An excellent combinaiton of fantastical horror mechanics coupled with raw emotional depth. Hill and Rodriguez don't kid around." — Comic Book Resources
About the Author
Joseph Hillstrom King, better known by the pen name Joe Hill, is an American author and comic book writer. He has published four novels—Heart-Shaped Box, Horns, NOS4A2 and The Fireman—and a collection of short stories titled 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the author of the comic book series Locke & Key. He is the son of authors Stephen and Tabitha King.
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When a series, be it comics, books, television or otherwise, announces that it’s closing up shop, there’s always a worry that they’ll leave things on a sour note. Rather than let the story seemingly run on forever, Hill and Rodriguez made the difficult decision to end things while they were still on top. Honestly, they could’ve continued the series for a number of years, running the story until the creative juices stopped flowing. However, the creators had an endgame and no level of critical praise was going to keep them from finishing it the way they wanted.
It’s hard to really say anything about the series at this point that I haven’t already said. I know, I know, as a reviewer, that line is such a cop out but it’s true. Rodriguez’s art continues to blow me away and Hill’s writing is pure perfection. In simple terms, they knocked it out of the park; which is impressive considering both Hill and Rodriguez knew that expectations were at a fever pitch. In fact, I’ll be shocked if I find anyone who’s disappointed in the direction the co-creators went to end the series. To steal a cliche, it’s an emotional roller coaster that readers will not soon forget.
Along with DC’s Gotham Central, I feel that Locke & Key is one of the strongest series I've ever read. At no point in the entirety of this story did I feel like the creators were just mailing it in. With a collaboration as successful as this, Hill and Rodriguez owe it to themselves to work together in the future. I’d put their partnership up against any duo out there today in terms of pure creative chemistry. If you haven’t started the series, now is the time to do so.
In the first book, an ancient -- well, thirty years old -- evil calling itself Bode escapes from the Keyhouse's wellhouse. And Mom Locke begins drinking. Heavily.
Through the books that follow, Dodge grows in power, always posing as a friend to the Lockes - until finally he is killed, but possesses Bode.
Now Dodge, still in Bode's body, has the Omega Key.
Things just got worse.
Dodge's plan all along has been to raise a demon army. In the cave beneath the Keyhouse is the Black Door; anyone passing through it will be possessed by the same kind of demon that possesses Luke/Dodge/Bode/whoever.
And that cave is the site of tonight's after-prom Cave Rave. Hundreds of kids will be there.
Tyler, his mother, and the developmentally disabled Rufus are all that stand in Dodge's way - and Dodge is moving like a Mack truck.
That Hill and Rodriguez manage to bring a satisfactory ending out of this, without cheating, is just short of a miracle. But they do, and if it doesn't redeem all the terrible things that happen along the way, it certainly redeems the Locke family.
The final showdown of Locke & Key is a spellbinding one, with a devastatingly high body count and a number of personal sacrifices. Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez do not pull their punches, and each one lands square in the reader's gut. The closing chapter of this volume (and thus, series) is a quiet epilogue that focuses not on the plot but rather the characters as they attempt to heal and cope with loss. This series has always been more of a character exploration, so naturally there are some final chances at redemption. The Locke family struggles to find peace with the traumas of the past, and there are legitimate efforts as closure, at recognizing that life will move on beyond the end of this book. Alpha & Omega is a beautiful final issue, with so much blood and death and horror and more pathos than you can shake a box of Kleenex at! The ability of Hill and Rodriguez to shift so effectively from the brutal havoc of the climax to the hushed grace of the ending is a testament to this wonderfully imaginative series.
One cannot give this series enough praise. Hill is a genuine a master when it comes to intertwining plots and creating a multidimensional story. Moreover, embedded within this final volume are Nazi velociraptors and, even more notably, Joe Hill's winking nod to his father's classic first novel Carrie.
At this point, I'm remiss to think of anything I haven't already said about the series. I know, classic cop-out line right there, but it's the god's honest truth. Joe Hill's writing is purely top-notch and Gabriel Rodriguez’s art continues to blow my mind. Unlike most other comic series, Locke & Key encompasses both great story AND great artwork. The ending is satisfying one. Joe Hill had a clear vision for this story, and it was well executed from start to finish. The overarching plot is intricate, intense, dramatic, heartbreaking, and suitably complements the comic medium. With the saga concluded, Locke & Key is a series that will be sorely missed.