Locke & Key

395px-Joehilllockekey“After the gruesome murder of their father, the Locke kids, Tyler, Kinsey and Bode move with their mother Nina to the ancestral family home, Keyhouse. They soon discover that the house is full of secrets when they start finding magical keys which hold impossible powers such as turning people into ghosts, or being able to erase someone’s memories. They are not the only ones who know of the keys; a demonic creature known as Dodge is also after the keys, with the goal of opening the Black Door, which will allow the demons of hell to enter our world.” wikipedia

Locke and Key has been published by IDW since 2008. This coming Halloween, the last graphic novel in the entire series is getting released, and the collection for volume six will be released in 2014. A television series might be in the works. First optioned by Fox – they made a pilot in 2011, but didn’t pursue it. It’s still being shopped. MTV is making noises and might pursue a series, and a film is in the works at Universal with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci from Transformers and Star Trek at the helm.

Joe Hill is one of the hottest speculative fiction writers out there right now and being a rock star writer runs in the family. His dad is none other than Stephen King. Hill made a great choice working with Gabriel Rodriguez’s. The art works wonderfully. Big manga eyes and clean lines tell the story and set the mood easily. The characters are likable and one can identify with each of the characters inner story arcs.

The earlier books are available in bound collections. Each miniseries is plotted in three acts with three story arcs for six books per year. This year has seven to finish it out, with two extra guide books.

Hardcover Collections
Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft ISBN: 978-1-60010237-0
Vol. 2: Head Games ISBN 978-1-6000-483-11
Vol. 3 Crown of Shadows ISBN 978-1-60010-695-8
Vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom ISBN 978-1-60010-886-0
Vol. 5: Clockworks ISBN 978-1-61377-227-0
Vol. 6: Omega – Alpha (collection in 2014)
Two extra books, The Guide To Known Keys, and Grindhouse

Locke and Key is a graphic novel series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez published by IDW.

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