Locke & Key is another incredible graphic novel series that is rivalling my deep, passionate love for the Saga series.
Locke & Key is dark with a capital D. The whole inciting incident for the story is the brutal murder of Rendell Locke, and the lucky, determined survival of his three children, Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode, and his wife, Nina. After his death, the remaining family members move across the country to Keyhouse, where Rendell grew up, and that is where the adventure really begins. As Bode, the youngest, begins to discover, Keyhouse is not really a normal house. It derives its name from the fact that there are an unknown number of keys floating around that do random, magical things; for example, opening a door that turns you into a ghost when you walk through it.
As the Lockes begin to adjust to their new life, it becomes increasingly clear that things are never going to be the same again, and that “normal” is a word that no longer applies to them. A dangerous person from Rendell’s past is headed straight for them, on a deadly mission, and there will be hell to pay.
What I love the most about these books is that they throw you right into the middle of the story. Though Rendell’s murder is the inciting incident, it is certainly not where the story starts, and Joe Hill does an incredible job of revealing juuuuust enough information to keep you hooked without blowing the whole thing wide open. It is a complex, convoluted, intense plot that never stops. It is one of the most breakneck stories I have ever read, and I am almost literally breathless at the end of each instalment.
Volume 3 cannot come fast enough from the library for me!
Have you read Locke and Key? If so, what are your thoughts? If not, what is your favorite graphic novel?