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Locke & Key Free Comic Book Day Edition 2011

June 1, 2011 

Writer: Joe Hill
Gabriel Rodriguez
Jay Fotos
Robbie Robbins
Gabriel Rodriguez
Chris Ryall               
IDW Publishing

Locke & Key is one of those comics I’ve wanted to sample for a long time, but I’ve never quite gotten around to it. Thank goodness for Free Comic Book Day, right? This free issue gives us a quick summary of the book’s premise – a family living in a house full of incredible keys, each of which opens a door to something different, bizarre, and somewhat disturbing. In this issue (which apparently is reprinted from the third volume of the trade paperback collections), a killer named Dodge finds an artifact that gives him power over shadow, which he uses to help aid in his quest to find the key that unlocks the Black Door, possibly the most powerful of all the doors in Keyhouse. The Locke family, which has taken up residence in the house to act as its defenders, is forced to stand against Dodge, and in one case, does so rather spectacularly. It seemed odd to me that IDW would choose an issue from the third book as their free giveaway instead of the opening chapter, but their gamble really did pay off. The text page at the beginning of the book gave me everything I needed to know, and the confrontation we see in this issue is taut and exciting. We quickly get a feeling for the characters and the rules of this universe, and what I imagine is the flavor of the series as a whole. I really loved this special, and I’m more interested than ever in picking up the trade paperbacks of this series.

Rating: 8/10

  1. Nerak
    June 3, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    I never ended up getting it! You know anyone with extra?

    • June 4, 2011 at 12:04 am

      Oh shoot, I forgot all about that! I don’t know of any extras, no, but it doesn’t seem to be a new story. It’s a chapter from Vol. 3.

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