Title: Locke & Key
Series: Locke & Key
Author: Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
Genre: Graphic Novel, Horror
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: September 29th, 2008
Length: 168 pages
Source: Borrowed from my local library
Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them. Home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all…
I really enjoyed Horns, so when I discovered that Joe Hill had penned a horror graphic novel I was eager to dive into it. And it did not disappoint!
Locke & Key is creepy, no doubt. It’s also a bit gruesome, although the violence of the tale is not shown gratuitously or explicitly. There’s a nice amount of “what is going on here really” (much less so than Morning Glories, and I don’t know if that disappoints me or is a relief), and the forward action is carried entirely by the kids in the story (which makes a nice innocence vs innocence lost juxtaposition).
There is minimal violence done directly to the kids, which creates a tense atmosphere (everything seems like a threat). But the nicest thing is how real the kids seem. They are each dealing with their grief and shock in different ways, and that informs how they perceive a threat (even if we the reader see the threat, or the lack of one, differently). It’s subtly done, but kept me turning the page.
The art is lovely- full color, great skill with facial expressions, but not so detailed it detracts from the story. In all, I recommend this for fans of light horror and grim graphic novels.