Locke & Key

Locke & Key

Volume 4, Keys to the Kingdom

Book - 2011
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"With more keys making themselves known, and the depths of the Locke's family's mystery ever-expanding, Dodge's desperation to end his shadowy quest drives the habitants of Keyhouse ever closer to a revealing conclusion."--Amazon.com.
Publisher: San Diego, Calif. : IDW, 2011
ISBN: 9781600108860
1600108865
9781613772072
1613772076
Branch Call Number: HILL GRAPHIC NOVEL COLL
Characteristics: 146 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Rodríguez, Gabriel 1974-

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mexicanadiense
Oct 06, 2015

So, much like an aging band, Hill and Rodriguez decided to go "experimental" on their fourth album...

...and it ROCKED.

Not much more I can say before treading on dangerously spoiler-y territory, but Vol. 4 accelerates some of the previous volumes' character arcs into hyperspeed, leading us into what is going to be an all-new, all-different Locke & Key Vol. 5.

Can't wait to see what gets unlocked next!

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Octillion
Jun 27, 2014

Great story and excellent art work. Highly recommend this series.

forbesrachel Mar 03, 2014

Suspicions arise, plans are formed, new keys found, and even a few questions are answered. More people than ever are finally catching onto Dodge as he ramps up his attempts to find the door. While it may seem like good is finally triumphing, they are cut down moments later. Rather than extensively review all that happens, events are presented in summarizing shots. Fast-forwarding from one day to another keeps the pace from dragging, while still providing all relevant information. While on the yo-yo of hope and despair, the author inserts darkly humourous irony to provide some relief. Characters who are unfortunate enough to spout words of impossibility, soon find themselves in such a situation. For each volume the artist tries to add something unique. In this case their are two instances of a style change; one is a cartoon for Bode, the other is an action type for Rufus. In the case of Bode, his view switches between the comic and the horrific as his mind seeks to gloss over the horrors he sees. By the end of this seemingly odd aside, the reason is made clear; Bode is able to make some friends. His siblings are not so lucky. In between their battles, Kinsey and Bode use the keys for their own enjoyment. To Ty, this is unacceptable, that is until he himself crumbles under the weight of a broken heart. While the keys are used frivolously a new perspective is given on these events through the eyes of Rufus. To him this is a war... and the keys are weapons.

KateHillier Mar 01, 2014

And now we have a cliffhanger! At first I was a little confused because the art style at the beginning was a little different than it was earlier in the series but it all made sense in the end. The drawings are more simplistic from the point of view of a sparrow and then we go back to the realism of the human point of view as we get back to that.

The plot goes very fast this go around. There's the main plot between the Locke children and Tyler refusing to tell anyone where the Omega key is for everyone's protection. A point which is proven when both Kinsey and Bode tell others about the keys and use them - much to the detriment of Kinsey's friendships. I'm hoping she eventually shoves her fear and her tears back in her heads since she's beginning to understand how damaging it is to be without those emotions.

Zack/Lucas/Dodge/Dark Lady is attacking them every weekend and it seems like everything is about to be resolved until the last chapter and then you're left with this terrible cliffhanger. The anti has been upped, the suspense is killer, and I can't wait to get my hands on the next one.

lasertravis Sep 22, 2013

This is a great comic series. Great writing and storytelling style. The artwork compliments the storytelling perfectly. Grim, with graphic violence at times, the character development is still the biggest draw here. The action scenes are done well. The dialogue is great. You won't find a better overall horror comic out there right now save possibly the Walking Dead. This series and Hack/Slash are must reads for horror comic buffs.

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beckylunatic
Oct 25, 2011

Ups the storytelling innovation and the tension. Brilliant. If you enjoy comics or horror stories and aren't reading this series... whyever not?!

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