Graphic Novel Review of: Locke & Key, Volume 1 – Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez
I have quite a few friends who read (some who experiment in writing) comic books and graphic novels. A few weeks ago, I asked where I should begin with graphic novels <giggle>, and since I am already a Joe Hill fan, my friends pointed me to the Locke & Key series.
Side note: before I was a fan of romance novels, I was a fan of the horror/thriller genre. I still am a fan, though now whenever I read/watch horror, I have to watch cartoons before bed. :p So, for all my fellow lovers of romance – sorry, but this isn’t a romance series.
Locke & Key, Volume 1: Welcome to Lovecraft
After a brutal attack, the Locke family moves to a family house, the Keyhouse in Lovecraft, MA, for a fresh start and to heal their wounds. But the house is full of secrets – keys, doorways, and a past…
I really enjoyed my first foray into the world of graphic novels. I’ve read two of Joe Hill’s novels (Heart Shaped Box and Horns), so I already knew that he was a talented story-teller. Like in his novels, Joe Hill does not disappoint in the first part of this graphic novel series – the story, the build-up, and the climax – all well done. The art, by Gabriel Rodriguez, compliments the dark feel of the thriller genre and the magic of the story. Five out of five stars for Locke & Key Volume 1. Can’t wait to read the rest. 🙂
One particular bit of dialogue stuck with me, as it rings true in life and also has my mind spinning through the possibilities for the next books:
“…No, you can’t understand. Because you’re reading the last chapter of something, without having read the first chapters. You’re a little guy, Bode. Kids think they’re coming into a story at the beginning, when usually they’re coming in at the end.”
ohhhhh! So true! And it makes you curious about the history, doesn’t it? 🙂