Friday, June 12, 2015

Locke and Key Graphic Novel Series by Joe Hill


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. 

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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.

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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.

17 comments:

Kindlemom said...

Okay the head key sounds (and looks from the picture) and bit horrifying but I love how original this sounds! Very interesting for sure!
Wonderful review!! Have a great weekend. :D

Claudia Arroyo said...

This looks and sounds super creeptastic! Ha ha ha! I love the idea of using a New England mansion as a setting, still though, that second picture {shudders}

Melliane said...

Glad to see you had such a great time with this one. I haven't tried the author but you made me really intrigued. I need to!

Brandi Kosiner said...

I don't do many graphic novels, but does have a good premise

Tracy Terry said...

What a coincidence, a friend of mine was just telling me all about this series.A middle-aged man he was enjoying reading it with his teenage son.

Marianne @ The Book Belles said...

It's funny that it was placed in the YA section; it seems so dark for teens, lol. I don't know if I could read it (those drawings really scared me away) but I know that I have Horns on my TBR. Depending on how much I like Horns I'll decide whether or not to read this one. Great review, Lauren! :)

Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms.

Cleo Bannister said...

I do like the idea of a Head Key, remarkably useful I'd think. Another
great review :-)

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

Okay totally need to read this being and avid King fan. I will check my library. Thanks for the recommendation.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh that one pic totally freaks me out. Also makes me curious. I have Horns on my tbr and still need to get to it. Hm... this might be the graphic novel I check out.

Jeann @ Happy Indulgence said...

I've been recommended Locke and Key for a graphic novel and this one sounds really dark and intriguing! I love the sound of it, thanks for doing a review!

Angela's Anxious Life said...

You know I love this comic book series soooo much. Glad you gave it a shot!

Jennifer Humphries said...

That head key image is hilarious! Their reaction is priceless :)

Midnight Cowgirl said...

How intriguing!

Alise said...

Ooh, haven't heard of this one but I am intrigued! I'll always give any graphic novel a shot and I am loving the creepy factor of this one.

Kate Midnight Book Girl said...

I've only read the first one, although I own 5 or 6 of them, but I really liked it. I just need to sit down and have a readathon with them!

Kirsty-Marie Jones said...

Oh my God oh my God that second image is creeping me out. Glad you get to learn more about the characters and secondary characters. I can't pass up dark, and magic now, can i?

Sharons Book Nook! said...

Gosh this sounds creepy good! I need to get into these graphic novels. Great review.