Locke & Key

Locke & Key

[Volume 1], Welcome to Lovecraft

Graphic Novel - 2011
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Tells of the Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them-- and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of all.
Publisher: San Diego, CA :, IDW,, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781600102370
1600102379
Branch Call Number: GN HILL
Characteristics: 158 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm

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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.

ozzy77 Sep 23, 2016

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Duck_man
Jun 27, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Murders and stuff like that it gave me nightmares for a whole night

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Duck_man
Jun 27, 2017

Violence: Blood and gore

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Duck_man
Jun 27, 2017

Coarse Language: So much swearing

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