Author: Joe Hill
Illustrator: Gabriel Rodriguez
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Where I got it: Netgalley
Locke & Key has been one of my favorite comics to read over the last few years. It is the example that I use of a story that truly takes advantage of the graphic medium. There are elements of horror and humor, with characters who are coming of age at a time when a great evil is about to be unleashed on the world.
At the end of the fifth volume, Dodge came into possession of the Omega key, which had the power to unlock the gates to hell. To make matters worse, he inhabited Bode’s body on his path to unleash destruction. Victory appears certain for Dodge, but you never know with the death-defying persistence of the Locke children.
The setting takes place during prom. Ty and Kinsey both go to the school bash, where Joe Hill pays tribute to his father by reenacting a classic scene from Carrie. He has really come into his own and like his novel, NOS4A2, he no longer shies away from his heritage.
After the party, Kinsey is tricked into thinking her mother is back on the bottle and defies her mother’s orders by going with classmates to the cave where the door to evil lies waiting. Ty, fearing for his sister’s safety, becomes overwhelmed with shadow monsters and Kinsey and her friends are suddenly in a peril of their own.
The final volume of Locke & Key was an utter delight to read. All of the characters are brought back and old plot lines are tidied up. My only gripe is the lack of limitation on the keys, creating a sort of deux ex machina when their adversary seems unstoppable. But it is these keys that make the series so fun.
If pressed, I may consider Locke & Key to be the best comic series to come out in the last decade (although there are many good ones). If you haven’t read it yet, you are really missing out. Now that the final volume is coming out, there is no better time to immerse yourself in the magical world that Hill and Rodriguez have created.