Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, 2009-2011
Last time I commented on how the slightly childish exaggeration of the visual style in Locke and Key served to exaggerate the horror through the contrast with the gore and anguish it depicted. Little did I know.
These two volume comprise the always awkward middle act of the story, so I’ve not got much else to say, apart from it continues to progress in meaningful and suspenseful ways and the characterization is excellent. As an antagonist Dodge is still a little one note and, despite a few slight offerings in that direction, in desperate need of a fuller backstory, but the Locke children are really coming into their own; Tyler is maturing nicely beyond ‘anguished lunkhead’ and I am developing a totally unsuitable crush on Kinsey. The only question now is whether I gorge myself on the last two volumes in the New Year or try to delay gratification for another few months. Oh, the trials of adulthood…