Locke and Key Graphic Novel Series by Joe Hill

Posted June 12, 2015 by shooting in Uncategorized / 18 Comments

Locke and Key graphic novel series, written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez
Review by Lauren
Source: copies from library; all opinions are my own

Official Summary: 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!
Having read and loved Horns by Joe Hill, I knew I wanted to check out
more of his work and since I love graphic novels, I figured it was about
time I checked out his series Locke and Key. The entire story is
collected in six graphic novels, but it’s a fairly quick read overall.
Locke and Key is about the Locke family, who after a tragic event, move
back to the family home, Keyhouse. The Locke children – Tyler, Kinsey,
and Bode- live in the house with their mother who is abusing alcohol and
essentially not paying much attention to what her children are going

at Keyhouse is supposed to be a new start, a refuge of sorts, but it’s
obvious early on that something strange is occurring around the house.
The series starts with a big focus on Bode, the youngest Locke child, as
he begins to explore the house and find keys that do all sorts of
magical and intriguing things (like a Head Key that opens up your head
so you can remove memories or add information). As the series continues,
readers learn more about Tyler and Kinsey, as well as a host of other
secondary characters who are pertinent to the story.
is a dark force around Keyhouse that is desperate for one particular
key and it’s important that they never find it. The past, especially the
Locke family history, plays an integral role in the story, but Hill
carefully distributes information across the books. With Rodriguez’
amazing illustrations, this is one graphic novel series that I would
love to read again, and even own personal copies of for future perusal.
and Key is a dark, magic-fueled series, but one I would highly
recommend. It was placed in the YA section at my library, but overall,
this is a mature series.

18 responses to “Locke and Key Graphic Novel Series by Joe Hill

  1. Okay the head key sounds (and looks from the picture) and bit horrifying but I love how original this sounds! Very interesting for sure!
    Wonderful review!! Have a great weekend. 😀

  2. It's funny that it was placed in the YA section; it seems so dark for teens, lol. I don't know if I could read it (those drawings really scared me away) but I know that I have Horns on my TBR. Depending on how much I like Horns I'll decide whether or not to read this one. Great review, Lauren! 🙂

    Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms.

  3. Ooh, haven't heard of this one but I am intrigued! I'll always give any graphic novel a shot and I am loving the creepy factor of this one.

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