Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tradio #15 - Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft

This week's Tradio closes out October by bringing you Locke & Key, Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez and published by IDW.

That's JOE Hill...not JONAH Hill...totally different.  One is an amazing comic writer and son of Stephen King...the other is the chubby friend from Superbad.  Anyway, Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft tells the first story of the Locke family.  They are moving into their ancestral family home in the town of Lovecraft, Massachusetts after a great tragedy befalls one of their number.  Which one and why...well, that would be giving away way too much of a great story that you really need to experience for yourself.  What I will say is that there is a death that follows them and affects each member of the remaining family in a different way and the new home is full of it's own secrets that will lead to more and more story points as the series progresses.  If this first trade does not grab you, you may need a new hobby that doesn't involve reading.  The story is tight and full of twists and turns and the art is nothing short of perfect in both tone and execution.  Gabriel Rodriguez is a name that you are going to be hearing for many years to come...mark my words. 

But did I like it?  No...I loved it and you will too.  Why Fox passed on making this a series, I will never know, but you owe it to yourself to read this.  Settle in on a cool autumn night with a warm beverage and prepare to be scared and amazed as the best of a genre makes you remember why you love reading books with pictures in them.  Enjoy and see you back on Halloween for a surprise.

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