18/60: A book you meant to read in 2018: “Locke & Key Volume 1: Welcome to Lovecraft” by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez.
After a violent family tragedy, teens Tyler and Kinsey and their younger brother, Bode, move into their father’s old mansion estate, the Keyhouse. Interwoven with the past, the family must navigate their new life in their new home, a place with doorways that transform and secrets to be unearthed.
When I saw that Joe Hill had a graphic novel series, I was immediately intrigued. Come to find out this weekend that it was available via Kindle Unlimited and, while I generally prefer a physical book for a graphic novel, the reading feature on the Kindle really makes for an immersive read, so no complaints on that front. Will be buying the box set to read the rest, though.
I’m a huge Joe Hill fan, so I went in with the highest expectations, and was blown away. It is a highly graphic graphic novel, for sure. The plot itself goes through the present with flashbacks peppered throughout, which turns what originally seems to be a fairly straightforward story into something with multiple, multiple layers. Granted, I am only into Volume 1 of this series, but even just this first installment was riddled with content, plot whiplash, and tension.
I’m also a huge fan of Rodríguez’s artistic style and how well it meshes with Hill’s storytelling. The horror elements were just…so good. I’m not an artist, so I won’t even pretend to know about that process, but everything looked so unique and lovingly detailed while still conveying that feeling of suspense, fear and grief. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5, can’t wait to read the rest of this series.
“Kids always think they’re coming into a story at the beginning, when usually they’re coming in at the end.”