2016: 1. Locke & Key, Vol. 1-6.

“Mrs. Locke? Sam Lesser.  Mr. Locke was my guidance counselor last year.”

Locke & Key, Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

Well, a new year and I am back to the blog. I have read a bazillion books already, and since it is 2016 (OH MY LORD WE NOW LIVE IN THE FUTURE), I decided to try to actually be comprehensive and again and try to count.  We’ll see - I always end up falling behind (I think the last year I caught everything I read was like, 2010), but in the spirit of New Year’s Resolutions, let’s give it a go.

So, Locke & Key. I’ve read parts of it before, and loved it, but fell prey to my common comic book problem, which is that I start something, and then I never quite get to the ending.  It's hard to wait for the new issues and I get distracted, and I never find out what happens, no matter how much I love the story.  So this year, I gave myself the Christmas gift of the full run of Locke & Key, and I did not regret it. 

Locke & Key is written by horror writer Joe Hill (Horns, Heart Shaped Box), and he absolutely nails the plot here.  The Locke family have left their home in California after a terrible tragedy, and moved to the family house in Lovecraft, Massachusetts.  But the house is filled with mysterious secrets, relating to a set of magical keys, and the horror they have fled has not remained out West.  It’s a great plot, especially because I LOVE magical old creepy houses, and the characters (we focus mostly on the three children, Bode, Tyler, and Kinsey) quickly become real - in how they’ve dealt with their traumas and how they face the mysteries of Keyhouse.  And the artwork is gorgeous - it enhances the story in the way of the best graphic novels.  Get the whole story, because if you just get one volume you’ll be dying to find out what happens - it’s an addictive tale.  I read the whole thing over about two days.

I don’t know if you read graphic novels - I have a hard time getting into them unless they are in finalized big collections, and tend to only read the most acclaimed (this has won tons of awards).  But whenever I push myself to do it, I find I find I love them.  Maybe that’s because my selection is so curated, but if you are into horror, or comic books and some haven’t read this, you’ll love it.  And if you are looking for an entre to the genre, this is a pretty amazing way to do it.

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017