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Locke & Key: Clockworks, Vol. 5 Hardcover – July 24, 2012
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About the Author
Joe Hill is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Horns, Heart-Shaped Box, and NOS4A2. He is also the Eisner Award-winning writer of a six-volume comic book series, Locke & Key. He lives in New Hampshire. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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.Read more ›
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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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.
The book starts by going back in time to when a door of evil was discovered and the first of the Locke Keys was made. We then jump back to the current story where things are dire indeed. The characters have found the key that lets them travel back to the past and there they uncover even more secrets behind the history of the Locke house.
This was an awesome book, we learn the whole history behind the Locke household and the mysterious Keys. Many interesting rules about the keys are revealed. This book answers a lot of questions for readers and also brings the story to a peak as things become more dire than ever. I really don't want to say much more than that for fear of spoilers.
As with previous books this book is for adults only; there is a lot of blood and violence in these books as well as other disturbing things. This whole series has been more horror with strong paranormal/fantasy elements.
The characters and plot are both incredibly well done, very gripping, and make the book hard to put down. The illustration is absolutely detailed and beautiful. It is easy to read the characters' emotions and easy to follow what is going on.
I personally really enjoyed the way the book went back into history, but those who only enjoy modern horror may not be happy that so much of this book takes place in the past.
Overall I absolutely loved this installment of the Locke and Key series. We learn so much about the history of the Locke house and many of the secrets behind the Keys are revealed. I can't wait to see what the final book in this series will hold...will the Locke children be able to stop the evil that lurks in their house? Highly recommended for fans of horror-fantasy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm so thankful for all the explanations and background given on the overall Lovecraft area from this book. It really helped pull everything together. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Toni H
Can't read in landscape and no zoom so difficult to read dialog and impossible when the spread page comes up each issue which is usually an important moment in the story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. Lehmann
What this book really revealed to me was the long game that Joe Hill has played with Locke & Key. I should've realized it by the architectural drawings on the inside cover pages of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Stewart Bushman
Well executed final chapter! Joe Hill is a gifted writer who combines humor, romantic reflections of 80's constructed horror literature with a modern nuance. Read morePublished 6 months ago by otis moss
Well, if you were starting to feel like Locke and Key was getting slow, I hope you picked up volume five. Everything starts rolling out at a breakneck pace in this volume. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Drown Hollum