Heart-Shaped Box , crafts a gripping account of the shattered Locke family's attempt to rebuild after the father/husband is murdered"/>

Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft

Joe Hill, Author, Gabriel Rodriguez, Illustrator . IDW $24.99 (0p) ISBN 978-1-60010-237-0

Novelist Hill, author of Heart-Shaped Box , crafts a gripping account of the shattered Locke family's attempt to rebuild after the father/husband is murdered by a deranged high school student and the family subsequently moving in with the deceased father's brother at the family homestead in Maine. But as anyone who has read horror fiction in the past 70-odd years will tell you, it's a bad idea to try to leave behind the gruesome goings-on in your life by moving to an island named “Lovecraft.” What begins as a study in coping with grief soon veers into creepy territory as the youngest Locke discovers a doorway with decidedly spectral qualities, along with a well that houses someone or something that desperately wants out and will use any means available to gain freedom, including summoning the teenage murderer who set events in motion in the first place. To say more would give away many of the surprises the creative team provides, but this first of hopefully several volumes delivers on all counts, boasting a solid story bolstered by exceptional work from Chilean artist Rodriguez (Clive Barker's The Great and Secret Show ) that resembles a fusion of Rick Geary and Cully Hamner with just a dash of Frank Quitely. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 10/13/2008
Release date: 10/01/2008
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