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Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft Hardcover – October 7, 2008
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Novelist Hill, author of Heart-Shaped Box, crafts a gripping account of the shattered Locke family's attempt to rebuild after the father/husband is murdered by a deranged high school student and the family subsequently moving in with the deceased father's brother at the family homestead in Maine. But as anyone who has read horror fiction in the past 70-odd years will tell you, it's a bad idea to try to leave behind the gruesome goings-on in your life by moving to an island named Lovecraft. What begins as a study in coping with grief soon veers into creepy territory as the youngest Locke discovers a doorway with decidedly spectral qualities, along with a well that houses someone or something that desperately wants out and will use any means available to gain freedom, including summoning the teenage murderer who set events in motion in the first place. To say more would give away many of the surprises the creative team provides, but this first of hopefully several volumes delivers on all counts, boasting a solid story bolstered by exceptional work from Chilean artist Rodriguez (Clive Barker's The Great and Secret Show) that resembles a fusion of Rick Geary and Cully Hamner with just a dash of Frank Quitely. (Oct.)
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"A modern masterpiece..." — AV Club
"It's great! ...The art here by Gabriel Rodriguez is some of the finest stuff in comics today... The team of Hill and Rodriguez is top notch!" — Blair Butler, Fresh Ink
"Solid pacing and plot twists, combined with Rodriguez's clean lines and detailed pencils make Locke & Key a lock for best horror book of the week." — Wizard Magazine
"In a year of auspicious comics debuts, Joe Hill turned in one of the few comics that truly came from a different place. Written with skill that makes me jealous, courage that makes me smile, and honesty and brutality that makes me want to see what comes next. Okay, I'm officially a fan." — Ed Brubaker
"A modern suspense thriller meets something more wondrous and magical." — IGN
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This series, beginning with the gripping opening volume here, is The Best Thing that has come along in my reading world for years.
Instantly engaging characters. Fantastic artwork. Mean-spirited and rewarding story.
Hill and Rodriguez smack you in the face with this awesome, original beginning. I've never seen anything like it. So far I've eagerly consumed Volume 2, and Volume 3 is on the way. If you're a horror fan, and I mean in the most general way through the most die-hard fanatic, you will deeply enjoy this disturbing and wide-ranging series.
Welcome to Lovecraft was a compelling story in and of itself and the art work could not have fit more into the story line. I found myself completely entranced as both the writer and the narrator brought their own individual voice to this story. Some of my favorite scenes had no narration, just a perfect, often understated, picture that set the scene or delivered a jolt better than any narration could have. What is the old saying? It is certainly true here that silent pictures often spoke volumes. I took my time with this book, savoring each frame.
Upon completing this book I can tell you that I will be constantly checking Amazon for when the second part is available in a Kindle edition. Which brings me to the second thing I meant to say---this edition looks fantastic on my Kindle Fire. You can set it to a blow up frame by frame mode which really enhances the reading experience, especially when the art is this good.
Dark, compelling, and scary, Hill has set up what I am sure is going to be a wonderful series, tied together by a set of keys that unlock doors and lead to new adventures or horrors. I am really looking forward to reading this series.
In..2008? I stumbled across a cool looking cover at Double Midnight comics in Manchester, NH. Joe Hill being an NH resident, had signed a bunch. The artwork looked cool, so I grabbed a copy. It was issue #2. As soon as I was done, I was on here ordering issue #1. Since that time I have grabbed every single issue, and variant I could possibly find. I can not suggest this series enough.
Also, while I can. Joe Hill's novels are some of the best I have ever read. Heart Shaped Box, Horns, and NOS4A2 are fantastic. I could not recommend them enough.
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 Book 1, I am not disappointed. (EDIT: 7/2011 - Fox has scratched the Locke & Key pilot - see link in the comment section of this review.)
Like father, like son, Locke & Key is violent at times, bloody at times, scary at times, disturbing at times, but most importantly it is very well written. The Locke's are a seemingly normal young family in California. The father is a principal of a local school. So when the Locke's are rocked by the father's murder by a crazed student, their world turns upside-down, and they are invited to come live out east in 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!
While well written, there are some recycled themes and predictable moments. But mostly Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft is an excellent read for fans of the Fantasy or Horror genres. I'm hooked and looking forward to digging into Locke & Key Volume 2: Head Games and Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows with Locke & Key Volume 4: Keys to the Kingdom due to be released this year.
I'm also really looking forward to the TV series. It seems like it has a promising Supernaturalish chance of succeeding with War of the Worlds/Sarah Connor Chronicles writer Josh Friedman joining on to help Hill get it "out the door" and onto TV.