Locke & Key Vol.1: Welcome to Lovecraft – Book Review

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Locke & Key Vol.1 Summary:

“Locke & Key” tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them, and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all!

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Locke & Key Vol.1 Book Review:

My love for graphic novels has grown exponentially within the past 2 years or so. Of course this means I have gotten into a lot of the super hero comics, but I actually really just enjoy creative and unique graphic novels. Locke & Key is definitely one of those Graphic Novels. Joe Hill, who as many of you might already be aware is Stephen King’s son, writes Locke & Key’s story. Apparently the art of gruesome and creepy story telling runs in the family, because this was just a bit of both.

Here’s the thing though, while it does in fact get creepy and indeed there are many gruesome scenes, it is not overly in your face the entire time. There’s build up, and there’s just incredible art by Gabriel Rodriguez that is so fitting to Joe Hill’s story telling. There is some spine tingling moments that really had me stop for a second, which is what you want from a scary or horror story. You want it to get to you a bit. The thing is, as you follow this family’s journey through their mourning and their grief, you feel connected to them a little bit. Joe Hill makes them feel quite human. This also has that very horror movie feel where the old manor they live in seems to have a life of its own, and truly it does. It holds so many secrets.

The key storyline in the title is a HUGE part of the plot. This house seems to have doors that open to different kinds of worlds? Realms? Craziness? You discover one particularly creepy one when the youngest child Bode goes exploring. See the entire family is traumatized in ways we can’t possibly imagine. You watch as the Locke children deal with the situation in their own ways. I am trying really hard not to put in any spoilers because going into this story as blind about plot as possible is the key to really loving it. All I can say is I highly recommend this one, and I am already moving onto the next Volume.

I gave this 5 out of 5 Metal Horns!!

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Lady Killer – Book Review

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Lady Killer by Joëlle Jones and Jamie S. Rich

(I received an ARC of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review)

Lady Killer lived up to what I imagined in my head the minute I saw this cover. It is about Josie Schuller a lovely house wife and mother who is also secretly a brutal killer. She is a professional assassin and a damn good one at that. Suddenly she finds that keeping the balance of housewife and killer becomes a little blurred as her life and the lives of her family are put on the line. 

I loved this!! I actually had not heard of it before I received the review copy, but I am also not always in the loop about graphic novels and their releases. I am changing that slowly as I become more and more enamored with the different styles of art and story they bring to life. This has become an instant favorite. As I read it I just kept thinking “YES!! What a badass!!” I finished it in one sitting, wanting to know desperately what happens next.

It was fast paced and gripping.

From what I could find, this comic is done? I hope it is not true, there are way too many unanswered questions and loose ends. I NEED TO KNOW MORE!! If you are looking for a gateway comic and you are a bookworm who loves books like Throne of Glass or The Hunger Games, books with amazing female lead characters then I highly recommend Lady Killer for you. Josie takes no shit and kicks serious ass. She will become a fave character of yours like she did for me.

The art is in the style of 1950’s or early 60’s comics. Absolutely gorgeous and fitting to the style of the story.

I highly recommend! And hope to get a physical copy to add to my collection one day.

This is the synopsis from the publisher Dark Horse Comics:

Josie Schuller is a picture-perfect homemaker, wife, and mother—but she’s also a ruthless, efficient killer! She’s balanced cheerful domestic bliss with coldly performed assassinations, but when Josie finds herself in the crosshairs, her American Dream life is in danger!

A brand-new original black comedy series that combines the wholesome imagery of early 1960s domestic bliss with a tightening web of murder, paranoia, and cold-blooded survival.

I give this one a resounding Five out Five Metal Horns!! It is released in the USA on September 2nd so pick it up.

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