Locke and Key graphic novel series, written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez
Review by Lauren
Source: copies from library; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: Locke & Key tells of 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 them all!
Review: Having read and loved Horns by Joe Hill, I knew I wanted to check out more of his work and since I love graphic novels, I figured it was about time I checked out his series Locke and Key. The entire story is collected in six graphic novels, but it’s a fairly quick read overall. Locke and Key is about the Locke family, who after a tragic event, move back to the family home, Keyhouse. The Locke children – Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode- live in the house with their mother who is abusing alcohol and essentially not paying much attention to what her children are going through.
Being at Keyhouse is supposed to be a new start, a refuge of sorts, but it’s obvious early on that something strange is occurring around the house. The series starts with a big focus on Bode, the youngest Locke child, as he begins to explore the house and find keys that do all sorts of magical and intriguing things (like a Head Key that opens up your head so you can remove memories or add information). As the series continues, readers learn more about Tyler and Kinsey, as well as a host of other secondary characters who are pertinent to the story.
There is a dark force around Keyhouse that is desperate for one particular key and it’s important that they never find it. The past, especially the Locke family history, plays an integral role in the story, but Hill carefully distributes information across the books. With Rodriguez’ amazing illustrations, this is one graphic novel series that I would love to read again, and even own personal copies of for future perusal.
Locke and Key is a dark, magic-fueled series, but one I would highly recommend. It was placed in the YA section at my library, but overall, this is a mature series.