Review: Locke & Key, Volume 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill

locke and key vol 1 reviewLocke & Key, Volume 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill

Published August 18th 2009 by IDW Publishing

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Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them, and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all! Acclaimed suspense novelist and New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill (Heart-Shaped Box) creates an all-new story of dark fantasy and wonder, with astounding artwork from Gabriel Rodriguez. (Goodreads)

Dark and gritty. Enjoyed getting to know the characters. Love the setting & can’t wait to pick up Volume 2. The story was great, but very violent. This is for mature audiences only. The only thing I didn’t like was the Echo (well room) as I felt lost/confused with what was happening. I’m assuming I’ll find out more as the story progresses. There were a few plot lines happening, but they flowed together nicely allowing a deeper understanding of the characters past and character development. Basically the father of the family gets killed so the family relocates to start over and paranormal things happen including ghosts, keys that open doors that can turn you into a ghost, etc. The bad guy in this is seriously creepy and will make your skin crawl. I rated Volume 1 – 4 stars.

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