Locke & Key: My new favorite comic

Ashley Walton —  July 30, 2010 — 3 Comments

While waiting in never-ending lines at Comic-Con I had some time to catch up on actual comic reading. Locke & Key quickly became my new favorite comic, and I devoured the first two graphic novels, only to become frustrated and unsatisfied when I went to order the third one on Amazon and saw that it’s not out yet. I’ve been thinking about the story and wondering about what’s happening to my beloved characters.
I’ll be the first to acknowledge that the name of the comic is pretty lame– it doesn’t convey the striking images and gripping story that await in its pages.
Here are some illustrations that blew my mind, especially in the context of the story.

The story is gripping, sophisticated, and unlike anything I’ve ever read before. The plot is complicated enough to keep me wondering, but straightforward enough to keep me reading. There’s a perfect balance of suspense, dramatic irony, and nonlinear storytelling.
It’s about a family that moves to a house and they keep finding keys that do unusual things. As the family falls prey to some pretty twisted people, they try to figure some stuff out– like ghosts, echoes, and the human mind itself. It sounds innocent enough, but it’s a dark story. There’s death, murder, manipulation, sinister characters, disturbing images, and a whole lot of “WTF?” moments… but in a good way.

Ashley Walton


Ashley has 15 years of experience in content, she has led teams of 80+ content creators, and she has taught numerous university courses on media. She's the founder of Content Maven, and at the end of the day, she hopes to make the world a better place, one piece of content at a time.

3 responses to Locke & Key: My new favorite comic


    This looks awesome. Excuse me as I immediately visit Amazon to price these bad boys out.. (I'm such a consumer whore when it comes to your recommendations. My brain is all, "Well, ASHLEY said it was good, so I should proooobably buy it…")


    I want to read this. Immediately.


    This makes me excited. I am looking for new graphic novels to read! I will definitely check it out.

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