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Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft #1 (Special Edition)

June 14, 2011

Title: Welcome to Lovecraft & Freddy Wertham Goes to Hell

Writer: Joe Hill
Gabriel Rodriguez, Seth Fisher, Langdon Foss
Jay Fotos & Langdon Foss
Robbie Robbins
Gabriel Rodriguez
Chris Ryall               
IDW Publishing

I picked up this special mistakenly thinking it was the first volume of the Locke and Key series. Instead, it turns out to be the first issue, the script for the same issue, and a new back-up story. Not quite what I wanted, but it was my mistake, so I won’t fault the publisher for that.

Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft #1 focuses on the three Locke siblings. After a family tragedy, they’re forced to relocate cross the country to the family’s ancestral home, the Keyhouse. It soon becomes clear that the Keyhouse is much more than just an old mansion, and the Locke siblings are more than just ordinary kids. Joe Hill has clearly built up a very big, expansive mythology in this series, and even in this first issue, you get the impression that the scope of the series is much larger than is readily apparent. Gabriel Rodriguez steps up to deliver some great artwork, depicting the tragic origin in a way that’s tasteful, but still horrifying.

The back-up story is a nice homage to the old Tales From the Crypt series, with the infamous Dr. Frederick Wertham himself being exposed to three people whose lives were ruined following his crusade against comics. The story isn’t bad, and actually less of an all-out attack on Wertham than you might think. The real draw here is that the story contains the final work of artist Seth Fisher, who died tragically before the tale was complete. Langdon Foss finishes the story in as close an approximation of Fisher’s style is possible, and the story serves better as a tribute to Fisher than an indictment of Wertham.

I’ve really got to find the actual trade paperback of Welcome to Lovecraft, because this first issue is great.

Rating: 9/10

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