by Joe Hill

Reviewer Rating:
4

Review

Locke and Key has been a series that has been getting a lot of acclaim over the past few months so I knew I wanted to see what all the hype was about. I finally got the chance to check it out and it does not disappoint. I've always had a strange fascination with keys and so the first time I saw this book, I knew I was going to have to read it. The cover proudly displays an ornate and ominous key along with an equally ominous run down mansion.  This graphic novel is not for the faint of heart, as there are some gruesome images sprinkled throughout the pages. The language is also intended for adult audiences, so I would suggest this for mature teens and up. 

The illustrations in this book are absolutely amazing and the style immediately assures you that this is far from a light hearted novel. The colors tend to be dull and muted, and when reading the novel you almost feel as if you are underneath a cloudy sky which is evoked by the various grays used throughout the story.  

This is the first of the series and after completing it I can say with assurance that there are far too many plots and sub plots to be able to read this out of order. You need to start at the beginning and work your way through logically. 

Plot wise, the book is solid. The first book is definitely heavy on the back story aspect, but if you read the book, you'll understand why. I enjoyed all the background information because it allows you to connect to the characters in this otherwise quick and complex story.  There are layers to peel away for the plot because there is no one main character. You are following the Lockes as a family, but from everyone's individual viewpoint and their individual struggles. This adds a lot of depth and I think it's crucial in the tale  that Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez created. If you are looking for a truly unique and mysterious grahic novel series to get into, I would give this one a try. 

 

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