Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft (Locke & Key, #1)
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Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft (Locke & Key #1)

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Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them. Home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all...
Hardcover, 158 pages
Published September 29th 2008 by IDW Publishing (first published 2008)
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Stephen
You can color me SOLD on this series.

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Here's another intelligent, strongly written story with which to pummel the perceptions of the elitist book snobbers, who sneer and snide at the graphic novel medium.

To them, I politely say, "BITE ME"...because this is great stuff.

I was excited to read this because it was written by Joe Hill, the talented offspring of a certain literary King who shall remain nameless Stephen. While I thought Hill’s Heart-Shaped Box was a promising first work, I really fell...more
mark monday
Jan 02, 2012 mark monday rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to mark by: Michael
Shelves: comikon
oooooo.... an eerie old mansion on a woody estate, strange mysteries and dangerous secrets, a tangled and forgotten past, a san francisco family of three - father slain - seeking a new life on an island named Lovecraft off the coast of massachusetts, in a place called The Keyhouse. a beautiful girl who lives at the bottom of a well, an insane killer on the hunt for magical keys, doors that open into odd places, walk through one door and change your gender, walk through another door and turn into...more
Lyndsey
This book was (I imagine) what it might be like to down a spoonful of sugar that was, unbeknownst to you, laced with Meth.


What is IN this shi-at, Mary?!

The sugary spoonful sounds like a great idea in your head. "A house full of strange locks and doors with many keys that perform different astonishing feats. One door that can force your consciousness out of your body, while your body appears to be dead. A special key that can open any door and take you anywhere." Sounds great, right? Unfortunatel...more
Algernon

This will be a rushed review, because :
1) I was too engrossed in the story to take notes,
2) I want to start on the second album as soon as possible.

The first thing I feel you need to know about the comic is that it is definitely a horror story, not for the faint of heart. Yes, the protagonists are very young, namely the three children of the Locke family, but I hesitate to call it Young Adult material, given the physical and psychological torments they are put through right from the start. Ther...more
Brandon
When I put down Horns, I had a feeling I was going to be a Joe Hill fan. However, when I finished Locke and Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft, I traded that "feeling" in for a Joe Hill fanboy membership.

Good Gravy, this book was spectacular.

Granted, I had my reservations before cracking the cover (which I think I literally did when I dropped it on the floor of the library). Whenever I start a second book by an author I reallllly liked the first time around, my head fills with all these questions...more
Lou
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Joe hill does it again, conjuring up another tale of dread, macabre and supernatural goings on with a real gem of a main protagonist in the form of a young kid.
The young boy in question loses someone dear to him and only hopes to be with them. Opportunity presents itself in the form of doors and keys, will he be able to unlock another realm of possibilities. Doors play a key role in the everyday swing of things. Stories have been written involving doors opening up to all kinds of opportune choi...more
Michael
The story begins.... hmmm, see that's the thing with this comic - I'm three words into this review and I've already lied to you. I'll try again.
So bad things happen to the Locke family and the survivors move out to a creepy house on an island. Some of the issues focus on one of the kids in particular. They're all traumatised or changed in some way. I think I liked Bode the best. He's the youngest kid.
The opening panel of this book shows a door. There's going to be a lot of doors in this book -...more
Trudi
This is my second go around with Joe Hill's phenomenal foray into graphic novel territory (to prepare for Volumes 3 and 4). Welcome to Lovecraft is a stunning debut, and I enjoyed it even more this time, so much so that I've bumped it from four to five stars. Yes, it really is that good.

The premise is a fantastic one and you will be totally swept up in the awesome imagination it shows and the mystery and adventure it promises. The character development in just a few short pages is outstanding -...more
Ferdy
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Really enjoyed it — the story was interesting, the main characters were for the most part engaging, and the artwork was done well.

I loved the mystery surrounding Lovecraft and its magical doors/keys — the whole key premise was rather cool and unique, I especially liked the one that could turn someone into a ghost.

Bode's character was the best, probably because he discovered the echo in the well/the ghost-key and was in the midst of all the mystery. His family didn't leave much of an im...more
Brendon Schrodinger
This collection was a Christmas 2012 gift from my partner, who wanted to expand my reading horizons. She did all the research and made the decision and it has worked out wonderfully. I was instantly hooked to the story. Since then I have also read Hill's 'NOS4A2' and 'Horns', but I have to admit that this story is my favourite. The story is now complete, so I have the luxury of going back to the start before tackling that final story.

What do I love about the story? Well the characters are well-...more
Brent Weeks
(This review stands as my review for the entire series.)
Reading Locke & Key was a revelation to me. I was not a kid who grew up reading comic books, so I’ve spent the last few years educating myself by reading some of the best and some of the middle of the medium—usually on recommendations from those who have read far more than I.
However, it was with Joe Hill’s Locke & Key that I felt I finally ran into a master who understood the strengths of the form. I’m sure it helps that at the mom...more
Ronyell
After reading Neil Gaiman’s fantastic “Sandman” series, I never would have thought that there would be another graphic novel that blends horror and mystery perfectly together. But I was wrong as I soon discovered a new graphic novel that does just that called “Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft!” “Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft” is an Eisner Award nominated graphic novel superbly written by Joe Hill along with dramatic artwork by Gabriel Rodriguez and it is definitely a horror/mystery stor...more
Sam Quixote
I read this puppy when it first came out a few years ago and really wanted to like it, and didn’t. So, now the series is done, I thought I’d go back and give it another shot - maybe I was in the wrong frame of mind, or maybe I was just plain wrong, and this time I’d love it? Nope - still terrible, unfortunately.

Three kids - an older boy, his slightly younger sister, and their youngest sibling, a boy called Bode (and the only one whose name I could remember, purely for being such an odd name!) -...more
Bill
Apr 25, 2012 Bill rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror
Nothing beats a good comic. Nothing. Okay, almost nothing.

When I was a kid, I ate, breathed and slept comics. From Archie to Mad Magazine (and Don Martin's paperbacks of Fonebone and Fester Bestertester awesomeness), superheroes, and to my greatest love, horror.

So when I saw these reviewed on Goodreads, a new series by Joe Hill, who has already won me over with Heart-Shaped Box and Horns, they were impossible to pass up.

Volume I follows a family, who, after their father is murdered, return to th...more
Stefan Yates
Welcome to Lovecraft was a solid offering from Joe Hill that has a strong storyline and good artwork, but I didn't feel was up to par with either of his novels. I haven't continued on with the series yet, so I don't know if it will grow on me more as it proceeds but as of this point, I felt that it was above-average, but not great.

The story centers on a mother and her three children who are trying to put their lives back together after losing their husband/father to a maniacal killer. In order t...more
Brooke
This was totally awesome. Lots of creepy and disturbing (though not necessarily gory) imagery. My favorite sequence was of a picture of the old wellhouse that had some interesting...changes from panel to panel. The art itself does a lot of the storytelling, in a way that I haven't seen done very often.
Chris
This was brilliant. Joe Hill is definitely at the top of his game with the storyline, and Gabriel Rodriguez's artwork is phenomenal.

I'm hooked. I will be continuing this series very soon-like.
Eric
Jul 02, 2014 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of supernatural horror and mystery
Recommended to Eric by: Zach Connelly
Shelves: graphic-novels
I'm not really into horror, so if I'm going to enjoy something in the genre, it better have more going for it than just being a horror. Well this, while very much being the kind of horror you might expect from the son of Stephen King, is also dripping with mystery and supernatural elements. I'm glad it was lent to me, because it truly is a notable work in the graphic novel genre, and I say this after only reading the first volume, which barely seems to have scratched the surface.

The members of...more
Mike
Wow, this gets off to a very...compelling start. Once I got a few pages in, it was nearly impossible to put down - with a momentum, pacing and writing style that teases you with mysteries and peeks at what came before, and a sense that everyone has a few layers of surprises to reveal.

Our villain has all the markings of tragedy about him - as the layers peel back, it's hard not to feel empathy towards him, even as he makes so many bad choices.

Amazing how well-designed the art is from the very sta...more
Becky
I fucking love Joe Hill.

I've been a fan of his since reading Heart-Shaped Box way back in 2008. And yeah, I knew that he was King's son, but to tell the truth, that doesn't matter. Joe Hill inherited a really active creativity and storytelling gene from his father, and for that I'm thankful, but his work stands on its own merits.

With the exception of the Locke & Key series, I've read everything he's written. And now I'm working on catching up on this. And I have no idea why I waited this l...more
Paul Nelson
The Locke family are devastated when the father is murdered by homicidal student Sam Lesser, leading them all back to Keyhouse in Lovecraft, Massachusetts, their Fathers boyhood home and now home of their Uncle Duncan.
The beginning of the story entwines the violent and bloody incident with the sadness of the funeral and the start of a new life for the children Tyler, Kinsey, Bode and their mother in a place that becomes more interesting as the story progresses. The children are just trying to s...more
The Flooze
Welcome to Lovecraft is a thrilling mix of mystery, magic, and terror.

Starting with a home invasion, Locke & Key proves Hill and Rodriguez have no qualms about putting their characters in harm’s way. Bloody and devastating, the opening scenes lead to huge changes in the lives of the Locke children, including a cross-country move to their family’s ancestral home. Though they’re hoping for a fresh start and a safe haven, all they get are more complications.

Keyhouse, located in Lovecraft, MA,...more
Sesana
I suspect that Locke and Key might improve as a series after reading more. As is, there's an awful lot going on in just six issues. It starts with a brutal attack on a family, the full story of which is slowly revealed over time. There's a big, old, creepy mansion with strang secrets. There's a (ghost? demon?) girl in a well who wants badly to get out. All set in a small New England town called Lovecraft. (Which makes me wonder about the founders of the town.) It's all done well enough, but I wa...more
Anne
This is the first thing I've read by Joe Hill, and I have to say that I'm very impressed. The dialogue was amazing, and the characters felt quite real, especially for a graphic novel.
What seems to be a story about a family dealing with a terrible tragedy, slowly unfolds into something more.
Brrrrr .
The artwork perfectly complements the creeptastic story line in this. What else can I say? The entire thing was very well done, and I've heard from several sources that it only gets better from here o...more
Nicolo Yu
SXSW 2014. South by Southwest is an interactive, music and film festival in Austin, Texas and since Comixology has a major presence there this weekend, it gave some free books accessible to its subscribers as it launched some major initiatives. This is one of those books.

For a freebie, this was an excellent deal; the first volume of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's critically acclaimed graphic novel was as good as a mature audience comic book was going to get.

This was originally released monthly...more
Kathy
What can I say except, Joe Hill does it again! Everything I read by him I just absolutely love! I couldn't put this down and can't wait to continue the series! Just one thing....why on earth did it take me so long to get to!!!!
Raina
Whoa.

This is REALLY really good.
On the one hand, I'm bummed it took me 6 years to read this - on the other hand, now I get to eat up all six volumes in rapid succession.

It's horror, and super adult. A family goes through a hugely traumatizing experience, and moves across the country to re-start. Unfortunately, the house they move into has some less-than-natural things going on. Keys to doors that do different things to a person play a major role.

I don't typically like scary movies - I don't li...more
Angie
Oh wow!! I love graphic novels. And I have to admit when I found out Joe Hill wrote one I was in. For those that don't know Joe Hill is Stephen King's son. And I love Stephen King. In fact I run the Stephen King Fan group on goodreads. I will admit when I first heard about Joe Hill I thought he is a guy who is an author who is probably just popular because his dad is. BUT NO! I promise you Joe Hill is good! And I must admit I love all the graphic novels based on King's books. Especially the Dark...more
Jared Millet
This one sucked me in more than I expected it to. It starts off as the Locke family is torn apart by a bloody home invation. Afterward, the surviving family members pick up the pieces and move east to a small New England town with the unforgivably corny name of "Lovecraft, MA" where they discover that their new/old house is anything but normal and that the murder that destroyed their lives was anything but random.

For a novelist, Hill makes the transition to the comic book form without making the...more
David Sven
Had to read this on the computer screen cause the Paperwhite is black and white - and probably too small for a comic. I'd imagine it would be perfect for the Ipad. Very well told story. Gruesome as anything. One of effects in a couple places involving the layout of the frames when you change pages. Very cleverly told story.

The Locke family move to their ancestral home "Keyhouse," in Lovecraft Massachusetts after the father is murdered in a gruesome, seemingly random attack. The house has a lot o...more
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Joseph Hillstrom King (born 1972) is an American writer of fiction, writing under the pen name of Joe Hill.

Hill is the the second child of authors Stephen King and Tabitha King. His younger brother Owen King is also a writer. He has three children.

Hill's first book, the limited edition collection 20th Century Ghosts published in 2005 by PS Publishing, showcases fourteen of his short stories and wo...more
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