Being a huge comics fan, I tend to buy a large number of comics every month. And like any other self-respecting comics fan, there are those comics which are must-reads. These are the ones you get excited about the days leading up to their release. Then when that special Wednesday comes, it’s like fucking Christmas! That is how it is for me when a new issue of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s masterpiece, LOCKE & KEY arrives.
LOCKE & KEY is a series of mini-series (it’s up to five mini-series now with the next wrapping up the entire story) published by IDW Publishing. Exactly what genre LOCKE & KEY falls into is hard to figure out: there’s drama, dark fantasy, romance, suspense, mystery, and lots of horror. So there’s a little bit of everything in it which only makes it all the better.
The series focuses on a family (three siblings and their alcoholic mother) who move into their recently-murdered father’s mysterious family estate in Lovecraft, Massachusetts. The kids soon discover their father’s childhood home is the home of a series of keys which possess various powers- one of which is a key to another dimension full of nightmarish nasties, itching to come into our world.
I’m just skimming the surface with all the different subplots, twists, and turns this series takes. If there is one comic being published right now which I truly can’t live without- this is the one. Comixology has the series available at .99 cents per issue. You owe it to yourself to, at least, try out the first issue (which you can get by going to this link). I promise- you won’t be sorry.