Locke & Key Vol. 1 by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez

L&K1Rating: ★★★★★

Blurb taken from goodreads.com:

“Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them. Home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all…”

Read this today and loved it! It is really, really dark though, so I’m not sure I’d recommend it to everyone. This is the first graphic novel that’s truly sucked me in.

Hill uses an alternating timeline, so it takes a little bit to piece the whole story together, and by the end of book one you still don’t have the whole picture. But everything becomes pretty clear quickly enough.

The characters are fantastic. They have unique voices and I liked that they all dealt with their problems in different ways.

The artwork isn’t really my style, but they fit the tone and theme of the book so it didn’t bother me too much.

The house is a wondrous, amazing concept. It could almost qualify as being another character in the book, and Hill’s ideas and plans for the house don’t waste an ounce of his creative talent.  I have never read Lovecraft, so I’m not sure if Hill borrowed that idea or came up with it himself, but there are elements I definitely recognized as Lovecraft’s original ideas.

I would recommend to fans of Hill or Lovecraft, or someone looking for a good horror story.

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