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Locke & Key Volume 1: Welcome to Lovecraft HC (Locke & Key (Idw)) [Hardcover]

Gabriel Rodriguez , Joe Hill
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7 Oct 2008 Locke & Key (Idw) (Book 1)
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.

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  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing; illustrated edition edition (7 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600102379
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600102370
  • Product Dimensions: 26.5 x 17.5 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joe Hill is a recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship and the winner of the A.E. Coppard Long Fiction Prize, William Crawford, World Fantasy, British Fantasy, Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild Awards. His short fiction has appeared in literary, mystery and horror collections and magazines in Britain and America.

Author photo (c) Shane Leonard

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twisty and dark 23 April 2011
By Michael Finn TOP 1000 REVIEWER
The story begins.... hmmm, see that's the thing with this comic - I'm three words into this review and I've already lied to you. I'll try again.
So bad things happen to the Locke family and the survivors move out to a creepy house on an island. Some of the issues focus on one of the kids in particular. They're all traumatised or changed in some way. I think I liked Bode the best. He's the youngest kid.
The opening panel of this book shows a door. There's going to be a lot of doors in this book - it's one of the recurring archetypal symbols. So get used to the doors, and the locks, and the keys, and the reflections.
Sometimes you get a comic where either the art or the script is carried by the other. That isn't the case here. Both are great. Joe Hill tells a twisty dark story with well formed characters, good pacing and plenty of mystery and suspense. And Gabriel Rodriguez is just brilliant. I love his use of perspective on this book. Forget limited focal range - there's often stuff going on in the foreground and the background and degrees in-between. I think his brain is hooked up to one of those swoopy camera boom things, trying to get the angle that is best for the shot. Take the opening panels for instance. We can see the two guys at the door are hiding knives and a gun but the panel from Nina Locke's perspective just shows two goofy guys standing half in the doorway. Nina is looking past them at their truck. Full page panel showing Nina's cottage in the background and the truck in the foreground. In the back of the truck is a blood stained tarp covering two bodies. We can see all that - Nina can't. Genius. Ok some of it is directed by Joe Hill (I've seen his original script) but Rodriguez really does a great job of turning his directions into vibrant visuals.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By zombielover TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Okay, that may be a *little* sensationalist. I bought a special edition paperback first chapter of Locke and Key after a friend recommended it to me - my usual reads are Y: The Last Man Vol. 1: Unmanned, The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1 and more recently Shade, the Changing Man: The American Scream v. 1. Locke and Key didn't disappoint. The artwork is crisp, good-looking and suited to the storyline. The characters have actual depth, and the storyline is genuinely intriguing, unlike a lot of the dross that seems to be floating around at the moment. If you're a fan of horror fiction in any format, get this.

Put it this way - I liked it so much I bought the hardcover edition, then wishlisted volumes 2, 3 and 4 in hardcover for my next payday.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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My first experience of a graphic novel and an intriguing experience. I've been a fan of Joe Hill since NOS4R2 and this story about the Locke family with all of it's weird and wonderful twists and turns certainly wasn't a let down - though certainly different.

The first thing to reach out and hook the reader would have to be the illustrations which are so beautifully colour tinted, almost like old photographs, but with such a contemporary twist. The characters are so 'now' with a full remit of body piercings, tatoos, dreads, language, etc., but they're acting out against a muted, Gothic, haunted mansion setting and the contrast between the two is nicely evoked.

As for the story; I approached it with no real expectations however; on reaching the end I was hooked. How talented is an author who can draw you into a story with little more than character dialogue?. There's no room in a graphic novel for explanations, there's just enough room for short, punchy dialogue and that's it...the scene's over and you've nowhere to hide. Hill makes a very decent job of creating this mystery and though he's running a basic horror/supernatural/haunted house script he adds some excellent twists and turns along the way. His strength is his character development and without a doubt he manages to give these illustrated characters a life of their own.

There's something in Locke and Key to suit most fans of the supernatural and horror and enough blood, gore and suggestion through the illustrations to give a darker, brutal edge to events.

Keyhouse, obvioulsy, rests at the core of the plot and is a house of many doors, many keys and many possibilities. The right key in the right door will open up a world of mystery and adventure or possibly something not quite as pleasant!.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! 21 Jan 2014
By Mike N
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I confess I'd been avoiding Joe Hill's work, purely based on the fact that he's Stephen King's son. Unfair perhaps, but I figured there are so many books out there I want to read that it was daft wasting time on an author whose reputation is so closely linked to one of the greats.

Damn, do I wish I'd picked this up sooner!

Both the story and the artwork are incredible. I don't think I've been this excited about a graphic novel since I first discovered Gaiman's Sandman, and that's saying something. Of course, a lot of the praise goes to Rodriquez for the fantastic artwork - there are plenty of panels with no text that tell the story in a hundred subtle ways.

I don't really want to go too much into the story itself - I think it's best to discover it for yourself. We'll just say that the main characters move to "Key house" after a somewhat traumatic event. The house is well named, and with the discovery of each new key comes a little bit more of the story.

I've already picked up volumes 2-5 and gone through them incredibly quickly. Looking forward to the final volume in Feb now!

Oh, and in case you're wondering about how they display on the kindle app. I've been reading them on a 10.1 Samsung Galaxy Note and they look great. The only comment would be that the double page spreads sometimes require you to flip back and forth between a couple of pages, but there aren't too many of them so it's not really an issue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best storytelling
Loved this, really impressive, absorbing storytelling and artwork is beautiful. Can't recommend highly enough, I rarely give anything 5 stars!
Published 3 months ago by J. K. Neilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book, prompt delivery, read them all!
warning: Buying this book may set you back a further 60-70 buying the rest. They are that good. Very compulsive reading
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I cannot wait to read the next one. The balance of story line and great art work make this a brilliant read. Read more
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This comic came highly recommended but I have to say I was disappointed. I found the experience to be distinctly underwhelming and over very fast. Read more
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Great opening episode to get you warmed up and leaves you asking just enough questions without being confused. Read more
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This is a truly great series and it really captured my interest to the point I was not only buying the volumes but then switched to single issues because I could not wait long... Read more
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I purchased this graphic novel with others in the series as a present and they were opened and read in no time at all. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mike Barge
5.0 out of 5 stars wow... BUY THIS
This is amazing, it is now one of my favourite series'. I'm not really 'into' horror much, but I bought it a while ago for holiday reading because it was cheap. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Vikki L. Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill
I had been looking forward to reading this graphic novel for a long time. My first graphic novel was The Kite Runner, and since I read that I've been craving more. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amber
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
So so so so brilliant just a tremendously fantastic book amazing artwork just do yourself a favour and buy this book
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