Monday, January 2, 2012

Locke and Key: Crown of Shadows - Review


The tension in Joe Hill's Locke and Key is pushed even further as Luke accquires more keys to terrorize the Locke family and the children learn more about the mysterious past of their father and Keyhouse. Lives are on the line, magic is behind every corner, and no one is safe from the darkness that looms all around Ty, Kinsey, and Bode. With keys that can open people's minds, take you anywhere you wish, or control the shadows around you, only the most cunning and creative side will win in the battle of light and dark.

I was worried that after reading so much of Locke and Key during the holiday break that I'd eventually get sick of it. I ordered all four of the hardcover collections by IDW and in just a few days of starting to read them I'm already about to crack open the fourth volume. But this is a review of the third volume, so I'll try not to get too ahead of myself. The story in this arc was the kind of action-based turn that the characters needed to start showing their growth in a world that wants to eat them alive. Ty and Kinsey especially showcase this through their adventures against the natural, social, and magical worlds that they're trapped in.

Gabriel Rodriguez depicts shadow creatures in a way that makes me wish there were statues of them. From Peter Pan to giant demonic dogs, all of the obsidian monsters are full of life on each page of the book. There's also a stunning sequence of full page fights between two giant warriors, who I'll leave as a mystery until you pick up this book, because you honestly have to just read it and enjoy it the way it was mean to be -- seen and not heard.

I could sit here and gush on this blog for five more paragraphs, but I'll let you and anyone else who is interested in this series to see it for themselves. This volume gets a 4.5/5 for building up the universe of Locke and Key and never letting go until the very last panel that delivers a huge "oh shit" moment. This series is not to be missed.

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