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Locke and Key vol 1 – Welcome to Lovecraft

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Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft

Typically, I’m not a fan of horror comics. It’s become something of a rule that I don’t associate with horror comics because they’re usually, generally speaking, light on story, and heavy on gore. Sure, blood and guts are nice, but after two blood-splattered pages, I’m no longer impressed. I enjoy pretty pictures, but no matter what medium, I crave story above all else. Thankfully, Locke & Key manages to overcome its genre’s handicaps and delivers an exceptional tale about a family recovering from a tragedy, trying to make a new life in the town of Lovecraft.

Written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez, Locke & Key revolves around a mysterious New England mansion known as Keyhouse, and its new guests: A family disrupted by a horrific tragedy.

Locke & Key strikes a glorious balance between horror and story. I was genuinely terrified at certain moments because creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez made me care for the characters – their innocence and grief shining through from the stark terror of the attack done onto them. There is plenty of axe-to-the-face action, but when the blood flows, it comes at an emotional price. This book uses violence to inform the story, and not the other way around. To this, I say Bravo.

A chilling, atmospheric, and suspenseful tale, Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft is an intelligent horror comic which transcends its genre. While being terribly gruesome, it manages to engage the reader emotionally, which for contemporary horror comics, is exceptional in itself.

Keyhouse Mansion awaits your entry.

– – Alex Lyons

Alex Lyons studied English and History at the University of Guelph, where he acquired keen insights into late Victorian history and its literature. This education, of course, serves no purpose here. Alex still lives in Guelph, and thinks of Jack the Ripper often.

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Written by thesilentmajoritysays

February 5, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Posted in fantasy, horror

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