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Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft

de Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez (Il·lustrador)

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Sèrie: Locke & Key (1), Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft (1-6)

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The story of the Keyhouse, a New England mansion, with doors that transform all who walk through them...and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it opens the most terrible door of all.
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Es mostren 1-5 de 166 (següent | mostra-les totes)
Pretty good graphic comic fare. Looking forward to the later volumes. Good story, creepy at times, and a real page turner, I couldn't put it down. The characters were engaging, believably characterized and you really ended up caring about them. Nice setup for future issues while resolving the current story.

The interior artwork was great, a real plus from the Fables books I have been trying to read. Really dark (lots of ink on every page), I don't think the sun ever comes out in Lovecraft, MA!

Joe Hill is a good writer and Gabriel Rodriguez is a good artist. ( )
  Gumbywan | Jun 24, 2022 |
I have no idea why this is so hyped.

The story is convoluted, full of gore and violence. The plot slogs and lacks anything particularly original. The art doesn't really work.

Very disappointed. ( )
  QuirkyCat_13 | Jun 20, 2022 |
Dark and creepy, Locke & Key Volume 1 took a little to get going but it really picked up during the last chapter. I will definitely be checkout out Volume 2.
I enjoyed the way just enough information about what is living in the well was given to keep it interesting and build suspense. ( )
  NicholeReadsWithCats | Jun 17, 2022 |
Oh boy!
While I generally shy away from comics, or graphic art, this book gives even prose a run for its money. No words could have captured the brutality, the horror, the gore that Rodriguez's art and Joe Hill's dialogue do. When I saw the first few minutes of the first episode of Locke&Key on Netflix, I knew this would be a worth reading. So I stopped watching the TV adaptation and read the first volume on my Kindle. And though I finished reading Volume 1 within an hour, I knew I'd made a terrible mistake! This book is not meant to be read on a Kindle. It needs to be held, to be breathed in, to be put on a pedestal from where it's never coming off. And so, to rectify my blunder, I waited a whole year (for logistics reasons and not because I'm a masochist) to buy the entire series.

This volume is awesome, awesome, awesome. The way the teenage angst of Tyler or the innocence of Bode have been captured through just the first few panels is difficult to achieve. Nina's drinking, the mysterious and evil Echo, and Sam Lesser's inevitable path to becoming a psychopath have all been portrayed brilliantly. The book, of course, ends at a cliffhanger, so please do not read it unless you have the next one queued up. That's how riveting Locke& Key is! ( )
  Chandna_Agarwal | Apr 8, 2022 |
I was eager this graphic novel because of the Lovecraft associations, but aside from the name of the town it’s set in, there wasn’t much of the Mythos in there. It’s more of a supernatural thriller.

A high school guidance counselor is murdered by two of his former students and his wife and children traumatized, having had to hide from the killers and then attack them on their own. One teen attacker dies while the other has his face disfigured by the murdered man’s teen son, who bloodily bashes him with a brick. Afterwards they move cross country to a old Edwardian house in Massachusetts on its own private island which was in the late father’s family. The house is called Key House and the town, Lovecraft.

The house has special keys that unlock special doors, which, when you go through them, turn you into someone or something else, or transport you somewhere else. A demonic woman living in the wellhouse wants one or more of the keys so she can get out of her supernatural prison and cajoles the youngest child into befriending her. Meanwhile, the crazy youth who planned the father’s murder escapes from jail and travels cross-country to seek the same keys from the family. And — surprise! — he had been cajoled by the demon lady in the wellhouse as well (sorry for the pun) because she had communicated with him out of a picture of it in the murdered teacher’s house!

The artwork was OK, if not as expressionistic as I wanted, and bloodier than I wanted. Too angular and stylized for my taste. The palette of subdued browns, golds, and blues was restful, but monotonous. I would have liked it used to convey emotion. The character design of the teen killers made them look supremely goofy, and in the case of the stalking teen, unsettling. He began to remind me of Mad Magazine’s gap-toothed mascot Alfred E. Neumann. Shortly after this came into my mind, there came a page showing him sitting on the steps of the high school, which is named William Gaines Academy! Gaines being the original publisher of Mad Magazine. I appreciated the in-joke, but know also a teen reader of this (it’s made to appeal to teens and YA) wouldn’t get it.

“What? Me worry?”

I thought the story lacking. It sounds like a good story in synopsis, but just wasn’t written well. Much of the dialogue sounded two guys were joking around as they wrote it, trying to sound edgy and flip, even as the things they were writing about — grief, PTSD, guilt, the fear of forever being a victim — were serious ones. It devalued the more heartfelt parts. For example, one of the teens who killed the father mentions twice that the mother used to bend over while she was packing groceries to show him her panties. I guess the purpose of this was to show he’s a gross teen psycho who makes things up, but as far as grossness goes, it’s a cheap shot. It served no purpose except to make the writers sound flip and edgy. The story wasn’t about this yucky dude who dies early. It’s about the family and the mysterious house.

There’s another cheap shot later when the demon lady, who has escaped the well, uses one of the magic keys to change her gender to male and quips, “Time to have clothing to fit balls again.” Like…what?

I don’t recommend this despite the hype. ( )
  Cobalt-Jade | Mar 22, 2022 |
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There are so many comics published these days that it's impossible to keep up on them all—not to mention, who can afford to? But there are shining examples of the genre that shouldn't be missed and this is one... I don't want to tell you too much because the joy of inventive series such as this is in your discovery of each new marvel and danger. Let me just say that Hill never goes exactly where you think he will, and therein lies much of the pleasure.
 

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Rodriguez, GabrielIl·lustradorautor principaltotes les edicionsconfirmat
Crais, RobertIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Fotos, JayColoristautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Robbins, RobbieLettererautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Literary locksmith, mother, friend. Love you.
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You unlocked my dreams.
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