Locke & Key

Locke & Key

[Volume 1], Welcome to Lovecraft

Graphic Novel - 2011
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pushingpages
Sep 07, 2020

This continues to be the dark and supernatural graphic novel series that I have been craving.

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laurhuey
Aug 07, 2020

I read the first volume in the series in one night and immediately checked out the second. I do not read graphic novels often, but I enjoy them. This one was quite grotesque; it is horror after all. A lot of disturbing parts and violence are implied by the illustrations rather than being explicitly depicted.

ArapahoePatrick Feb 24, 2020

Emotionally moving horror set in an old mansion from a master of the genre.

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asafager
May 26, 2019

This whole series, start to finish, is comic books at their very best. Drop whatever book your holding and read this one instead!

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trotter73
Feb 21, 2019

Good graphic novel. Interesting story.

IndyPL_EmilieL Jan 30, 2019

This series is incredible. The artwork is both beautiful and gory. The characters are very well developed, with a depth of personality and growth that impressed me. The concept is different than anything I've read in the horror genre. I don't read graphic novels often, but this one had me devouring it all night until I'd finished all 6 volumes. I just saw that there's an addendum to the series! I'm going to put it on hold right now. This would make an awesome movie.

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goddessbeth
Jan 18, 2019

I really enjoyed Horns, so when I discovered that Joe Hill had penned a horror graphic novel I was eager to dive into it. And it did not disappoint!

Locke & Key is creepy, no doubt. It's also a bit gruesome, although the violence of the tale is not shown gratuitously or explicitly. There's a nice amount of "what is going on here really" (much less so than Morning Glories, and I don't know if that disappoints me or is a relief), and the forward action is carried entirely by the kids in the story (which makes a nice innocence vs innocence lost juxtaposition).

There is minimal violence done directly to the kids, which creates a tense atmosphere (everything seems like a threat). But the nicest thing is how real the kids seem. They are each dealing with their grief and shock in different ways, and that informs how they perceive a threat (even if we the reader see the threat, or the lack of one, differently). It's subtly done, but kept me turning the page.

The art is lovely- full color, great skill with facial expressions, but not so detailed it detracts from the story. In all, I recommend this for fans of light horror and grim graphic novels.

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Gryphinx
Apr 22, 2018

This one wasn't for me. I found the beginning to be confusing as it jumped around between past and present, and I didn't see any text indicators explaining which time period was which. I eventually did make sense of the beginning as I got further in, only to find neither the story or characters to be gripping at all. The art style, to me was ugly - I did like the coloring and color palettes used, but did not find the characters (and especially the faces) to be attractive in the slightest.

RobertELPL Jul 26, 2017

Stunning graphic novel series with a killer combination of story and illustrations. Such a unique premise and fantastic lore-building make you really want to know how it all began and where it is going. Once you finish volume one, you'll have to finish the rest. Also available on Hoopla.

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therhiannamater
Dec 14, 2016

Ugh, this series is SO GOOD. It's definitely dark, so if those types of comics aren't your thing, I wouldn't recommend this one. Fans of Sandman or Scott Snyder will love this.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 09, 2016

Compelling story, excellent art. Very spooky and I can't wait to read the next one!

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therhiannamater
Oct 19, 2016

Okay, in all honesty I have NO idea why it took me so long to read through this series. I binge-read through the entire thing in less than three weeks. The story arc is brilliant, well-paced, and yet somehow still leaves you wishing it was ten volumes longer. This was also my first experience with Joe Hill, who I won't tell you who his famous writer father is, but I will tell you he stands head and shoulders above his peers.

JCLEdwardR Oct 11, 2016

Wow, I loved this series. Binge read the whole thing and one of the few comics that truly creeped me out. A great series to read for the month of October!

ozzy77 Sep 23, 2016

ok

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kaiseryang7
Aug 18, 2016

Liked the art, but story is convoluted. Too bad, as it started off strong with a mysterious disappearance/death.

CMLibrary_MaeveD May 20, 2016

This the first in the series, and it's perfect if you like dark, haunting stories. I have read all of Joe Hill's novels, and he does really amazing with this story as well. I wish I would have picked this up much, much sooner.

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ethereal_high
May 14, 2016

I can't say enough about this entire series, so I'll just say this: READ IT.

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kwsmith
May 01, 2016

This classic series of graphic horror novels features excellent artwork and vivid inks. The story, although very creative and well formed, is a bit cliched in the first novel. However, the plot blossoms more in the next few books, so stick with it!

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CL70
Nov 15, 2015

Excellent series; very nice graphics & drawings. Very graphic horror scenes (e.g. bloody)
Has very frigthening scenes and plots so this is not for young readers.
You need to pay a lot of attention to the first 2 volumes as there are key references to characters that go back and forth in the series timeline

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rsolka
Nov 11, 2015

"Locke & Key, Welcome to Lovecraft" is a great start to spectacular graphic novel series. The series plot follows the lives of the Locke family, who after a tragedy have moved into an old mansion in New England. What seems like a typical and cliche ghost story develops into a much more original take on the horror genre. The Series is written by acclaimed horror writer Joe Hill and the art is by Gabriel Rodriguez. If you enjoy the works of Stephen King, Joe Hill's other works, or just a fan of graphic novels, definitely check out this series.

sit_walk Jul 28, 2015

boo scary!

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mexicanadiense
Jul 01, 2015

Maybe lacking the "wow" factor the first volume had, but still head and shoulders above the rest in terms of storytelling and artistry.
When is this series getting its Netflix adaptation?

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mexicanadiense
Jun 11, 2015

And here I was on the verge of actually writing that this graphic novel was Stephen King-esque, in all the best senses, when I spy the author's blurb and...yeah, I guess in that family the apple doesn't fall far from the tree!

This was wonderful, engaging storytelling from start to finish, and of the kind that reveals information in dribs and drabs to keep you guessing, and paying attention (nothing in those flashback panels is extraneous, I think!).

Some of the imagery and subject matter is pretty dark and/or twisted, so keep this one on the top shelf if you have small kids. But for the discerning adult reader who is prepared to look through the glass darkly, you could hardly do much better.

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Septemberly
May 19, 2015

I read this after a recommendation from a friend. I am not a graphic novel reader, but I found myself enjoying this book. It was a violent story from the first page, but I don't think I would have found the same story so disturbing without the images. While I'm not sure that I will read the other books in this series, I do want to read Joe Hill's novel.

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Kittenaquarium
Feb 24, 2015

This is a pretty good series. Too bad some idiot had lost/stolen most of them. I wish the library would order more as this is a really enjoyable series for those who like horror, fantasy in their graphic novels.


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