Locke and Key: Volumes 1&2 by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez Review

Joe Hill is one of my favourite authors of all time and his work in comics is no different to the wonderful writing of his novels. I was lucky enough to meet him at World Con this year and I felt it high time I read Locke and Key again.

Locke and Key takes place across 6 main volumes whole following the Locke family living in Keyhouse. After the sudden death of their father, the Locke family find themselves moving to the town of Lovecraft. What should be the fresh start they need is replaced with some mysterious keys, a monster in a well and a

Both the first and second volume of this series set up the town of Lovecraft and Keyhouse for us. Lovecraft is your typical small town with an undisclosed past that we are currently only given glimpses of through various characters. Keyhouse however is very present on the page with it’s many unraveling mysteries. First off the house has a well house, that’s your first red flag. Among other things there’s a door that with the right key you can become a ghost when you unlock it.

The keys are the true highlight alongside the 3 Locke children; Bode, Kinsey and Tyler. By the end of Volume 2:Head Games we know that names and functions of 5 keys, with the mention of another. I intend to review 2 volumes at a time with this series so I will expand on them all once I finish the series. As mentioned the real standout is the Locke family themselves. I do think that the keys are tied to young people somehow since there are flashbacks of the previous lives of the parents of the Locke children and their peers but I will have to wait and see.

Dodge however is my favourite character so far. Dodge is the villian of the series so far. Introduced as a woman who lives in the wellhouse (I did warn you) who only talks to Bode, the youngest Locke child, then later is freed and changes both gender and identity and befriends Tyler, the eldest. Dodge has a few identities and changes gender with one of the keys to suit his/her agenda. Dodge also comes back to settle some kind of score with the previous generation of Lovecraft and I can’t wait to see what he/she has in store.

Hill and Rodriguez have a unique pairing that I have only seen once or twice in comics, where the art is made real by the writing and the writing is useless without the art. Hill is a fantastic novelist with a gift for pacing and the horrific but honestly this wouldn’t work without the unique way it is brought to life by Rodriguez and his unique style.

Thank you for reading, have you read Locke and Key? Have you read the whole series? Tell me below as I continue to unravel the mystery of Keyhouse.

  • Locke and Key Vol 1: Welcome to Lovecraft -★★★★/5
  • Locke and Key Vol 2: Head Games – ★★★★.5/5

Doomsday Clock overview; The clock is ticking!

Comics! They are great, I love them and now I am going to write about some here!

So recently I re-read and caught back up with Doomsday Clock and for the first time since it began I have an opinion on the direction of the story. I have thoughts. Doomsday Clock is a 12 issue limited event published by DC comics. The series began back in 2017 and is currently as I write this, still ongoing. The series is written by Geoff Johns with art by Gary Frank and Brad Anderson and I’m finally up to date on the story.

****SPOILER WARNING. SPOILERS FOR DOOMSDAY CLOCK, WATCHMEN AND DC REBIRTH EVENT FROM HERE ON*****

Doomsday Clock works both as a semi sequel to Alan Moore’s&Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen series from 1986-1987 and explores the ending to the DC Rebirth issue from 2016 which dropped the bombshell that characters from Watchmen have been tampering with the timelines and lives of the characters within the DCU. The series functions outside of the main DC continuity and also began the reboot of all the DC titles.

So here’s the thing, this series is taking way too long to get to the point. Doomsday Clock was very exciting when it was first announced and I was itching to get it into my hands. However, the series at the time was monthly. Then it got moved to bi monthly. THEN it had several delays and breaks….yep. Patience is the virtue of the faithful comic reader.

Now that I am caught up I have a few small things to mention. The art is still the shining jewel of the series. I follow Gary Frank on Twitter and he does reveal the drawings for the covers there frequently in case you are interested. The way he handles the characters and the movement is sharp and solid without being generic. His style is very present in the story and is definitely suits the noir-esque world that Watchmen came from. I also really like seeing characters from Watchmen again especially the Comedian. He is a diabolical human being and him being alive at the end of issue 4 was one of the better turns of the story. Dr. Manhattan vs the entire DC super hero slate in issue 9 was absolutely brilliant, a testament to Frank and Anderson.

The story however is really suffering with the delays. 12 issues over almost 2 years is killing the cliffhangers that the issues are ending on and it is clear that Johns has come to rely on them to maintain the story’s impact. The characters do remain consistent but I feel like they are getting lost in the lagging tempo of the overall arc. The enitre ‘Superman Theory’ is the only thing keeping me interested. That and there are only 2 issues left. I haven’t been up to date since issue 5 so now we will wait and see where it goes. The only thing I can see that will end this well is the upcoming clash between Manhattan and Superman.

I’ll be reading Watchmen again soon and I will post how it informs my opinions of Doomsday Clock but honestly, it will depend on the last upcoming issues. As of now issue 11 is due out in September.