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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Page Count: 168 & 160
Fiction Genre: Graphic Novel, Horror, Fantasy, Comic, Sci-Fi
Dates Read: December 25-26, 2015 & March 7, 2016
Reading Challenge: 2016 Topic Discard Challenge & 2016 PopSugar Challenge
Topic: A graphic novel everyone is talking about (TDC) & A graphic novel (PSC)
Series: Locke & Key, Volumes 1 & 2
Good Reads Summary
Welcome to Lovecraft:
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...
Following a shocking death that dredges up memories of their father's murder, Kinsey and Tyler Locke are thrown into choppy emotional waters, and turn to their new friend, Zack Wells, for support, little suspecting Zack's dark secret. Meanwhile, six-year-old Bode Locke tries to puzzle out the secret of the head key, and Uncle Duncan is jarred into the past by a disturbingly familiar face. Open your mind - the head games are just getting started
Joe Hill has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I have really enjoyed everything of his I have encountered. Entering into the world of Keyhouse has been no different for me. Hill manages to tell a captivating story of a family trying to pull itself together after facing the gruesome and tragic loss of their father/husband. While grieving and try to embrace their new live, The Locke family starts to discover the mysteries that are hidden within Keyhouse. Not all of the mysteries are going to be friendly, but they will be life changing, and at times very helpful.
Along with building a strong story and a great cast of characters, Hill has a decent artist by his side. While Rodriguez's style is not one of my favorites; it's too computerized for my liking. I cannot deny its beauty. Even in some of the darkest scenes in the story I can't help but just stare at the art for minutes on end, just appreciating what has been created on the page.
There is a grand mystery in Keyhouse and I've just started to scratch the surface of what is going on. What Hill has already revealed has proven to be a bit of a dozy, and I am excited to see where he continues to take this story. While I felt myself more drawn into the story that was the first volume (5 stars), I had just as much excitement after finishing volume 2 (4 stars) even though I saw it as more of a bridge in the story arc for volume 3 (to be read).
Ratings (based on a 10 point scale)
Quality of Writing - 9
Pace - 8
Plot Development - 8
Characters - 9
Enjoyability - 8
Insightfulness - 7
Ease of Reading - 8
Photos/Illustrations - 8
Overall Rating - 4.5 out of 5 stars