Layer by layer the story of why their father was killed, what happened to them during the time the killers were in their house, and how the family is coping, starts coming together to paint a heart-wrenching tale. Then add a layer of mystery to the house itself, with its strange and magical keys that keep popping up, and you've got something amazing to read. Because there's a secret history to everything their father had long ago forgotten about the house, and the youngest child, Bode, is starting to discover it all over again. Have you read this series yet? Original review 2012 This is the first thing I've read by Joe Hill, and I have to say that I'm very impressed.
While I thought Hills Heart-Shaped Box was a promising first work, I really fell enamored with him after reading his second, and much stronger, novel Horns. The story uses common, relatable life experiences (e.g., childhood fears, family dynamics, teenage awkwardness) as the canvas, upon which Hill and Rodriquez then layer some serious darkness, some well timed plot twists, and two exceptionally done villains, one human and one...other. PLOT SUMMARY: In an act of brutal, seemingly random, violence, two teens murder Mr. Locke and shatter the lives of his wife and their three children, Ty, Kinsey and Bode. In the aftermath, the four travel to the town of Lovecraft, Massachusetts, to live at Key House, the families ancestral home. No, what sets this apart and is that Hill and Rodriguez tell a complete tale, and the calm, ordinary moments are as important, and as interesting, as the horror. Series like Preacher, The Walking Dead, Criminal, Sleeper, Incognito, Sandman, Gotham Central...and now Locke & Key. Buy it...read it...love it.
I think most of my friends on Goodreads have either shelved this book to read or have read it. Usually books that everyone else loves and fangirl/boys over tend to leave me dry. Because there is lots of this: And I tend to like that.
Ive heard a lot of good things about this comic book series, but... In a prose novel is quite easy to hide stuff from the readers, if there isnt written down, it doesnt exist in their minds, but in a comic book, where its a visual format, you need to be crafty to hide things, and this creative team in the first chapter, they played with our expectations and each time that you think that you know what happened, a new piece of info is shown, telling you that its better to enjoy the ride and avoid to make assumptions. True, its about a mysterious haunted house with magic doors. Many stories may sound alike, many premises can born from similar ambiances, BUT the narrative element that they helped them to come out as distinctive tales are the characters and its developing. And you can be sure that this comic book has great characters with excellent development and wonderful interaction between each other. Each chapter, while develops the general story, is beautiful managed to know deeper inside of certain character, a different one on each chapter.
I read a blurb somewhere that said something along the lines of, "Locke & Key is this generation's Sandman." I don't know if I'd go that far... Simply said: great series.
Your opinion is what makes you YOU, so bloody shrimping own it. 2/ People who feel offended by those who dare criticize a book they love can kiss my pincers. I'd purchased the Kindle version but reading comics and graphic novels on a tablet/computer/whatever is not for me. Anyway, the paperback version was a total rip off 20 at the time, so I decided to wait until the price went down and stuff. There's the Medusa wannabe who looks like a guy: The teenager who looks like a 40-year-old gorilla: The P.E. teacher who has Picasso-worthy hands and looks like a man: The guy with the rabbit teeth who looks like he might or might not be related to the P.E. teacher of the Picasso-worthy hands: And let's not forget this delicious-looking lady who's so bloody sexy I'm considering locking her up in my harem: Long story short: the characters are both ugh and ew. I mean, I'm pretty sure they're more serrated and deadlier than my murderous babies' pincers and stuff. Oh, before I forget: can someone tell me what the shrimp is up with the shades on the characters' faces? I could go on and on about this lovely bunch, tell you about the super contagious Snarly Mouth Virus (SMV) they're all obviously suffering from, or about That Weird Semi Round Thing They Have on their Jagged Little Chins (TWSRTTHotJLG), but things to do, homicidal shrimps to unleash and all that crap, so I won't. This could have been most delightfully gruesome, had it not looked like someone kept inadvertently dropping cans of tomato sauce all over the panels. I mean, the art sort of reminded me of a Gorillaz album, which in turn reminded me of my glorious youth, so yay and stuff. I didn't give a shrimping fish about any of the characters.
I already feel as if I didnt read the same book as all the friends I trust who loved it. Even though the concept is interesting and brings together several aspects that seem right up my alley (a magical school, parallel worlds...) I was bored and my overall feeling is one of MEH, but I am aware that my opinion of the art definitely influenced my enjoyment and my involvement.
an eerie old mansion on a woody estate, strange mysteries and dangerous secrets, a tangled and forgotten past, a san francisco family of three - father slain - seeking a new life on an island named Lovecraft off the coast of massachusetts, in a place called The Keyhouse. characterization and narrative feel carefully honed, sketched with smaller strokes, intimate details parsed out slowly, the mysteries unfolding at an even pace, flashbacks that adroitly serve to both increase suspense and to render each character completely understandable, the narrative by turns sinister and endearing and magical - and always compelling both the quick turn of the page and the more contemplative search for hidden meaning in past pages.
I enjoyed the graphic novel more because of that because it added a feeling of psychological thriller to it. Maybe it's because of the graphic novel format, but I didn't enjoy the shifting that much.
He won the Eisner Award for Best Writer for his long running comic book series, Locke & Key, co-created with illustrator and art wizard Gabriel Rodriguez.