November 10, 2012 1 Comment
Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft is the first volume of the Locke and Key series. It is written by Joe Hill with artwork by Gabriel Rodriguez. It is the story of Locke family(Tyler, Bode Kinsey and their mother Nina) as they start a new life after the gruesome murder of their father. They pick up their life and move to the old family house in Lovecraft. The house just happens to be creepy and the doors are important. Also the youngest (Bode) acquires a clearly dangerous new “friend” who lives in a well. Each member deals with the death in his or her way. We also follow his disturbed murderer teen Sam Lesser. The reason behind his death unfolds throughout the six issues as well as some of the mystery behind the house. Welcome to Lovecraft concludes in that near perfect way that connects dots and leaves more questions.
Locke and Key pretty much encapsulates why I love reading comics/graphic novels. There are some books that are difficult to warm up to due to excess of exposition. It’s a little hard to get excited read a book know you have five pages of family blood lines and descriptions of rooms to look forward to before an actual plot emerges. This is not to say that graphic novels can’t fall into this trap but it feels less likely.It is definitely not the case with this book. Locke and Key artwork, crisp dialogue and narration work together to create a very satisfying experience. Things are dark and gory but not overly so.
This would also be a good time to jump in as a reader of this award winning (2009 and 2012 winner of British Fantasy Comic/Graphic Novel and 2011 Einser Award winner for best writer) series. There are five volumes with six issues each. Very reasonable, if one were to ask me. Another selling point? Still not convinced? Well luckily for you, in 2011 a pilot was shot because this incredible series was going to be a TV series. Unfortunately, it was not to be but cross your fingers.
Here is the trailer.