Why the Fuck Aren’t You Reading Locke & Key?!
Locke & Key is a comic series by written by Joe Hill (yes, he of Heart-Shaped Box and 20th Century Ghosts) and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez.
It’s so bomb, you guys. It’s bloody, it’s smart, it’s scary, it’s tragic, and it’s written and illustrated brilliantly. It’s got action, horror, romance, humor… you know how sometimes when you’re drunk you stop for a burrito to snarf down before you go to bed and it tastes so good? Locke & Key is that burrito, only it’s full of comic awesomeness.
Without being too spoiler-y, the main story is the Locke family (Mom, teenagers Ty and Kinsey, and little Bode) going to live in Dad’s big old childhood home, Keyhouse, after Dad is murdered in a horrifying home invasion. Everyone is afraid and scarred and unsure how to heal their heartbreak and put their lives back together. Fortunately for them, Keyhouse has a lot going on to distract them.
The house is full of (mostly hidden) keys that unlock incredible things. One key lets you open the Ghost Door, which you pass through and fucking die and then you get to fly around as a ghost for a while until you want to go back. Another lets you change genders. Another lets you literally open the top of your head and put stuff in and take stuff out (memories and such).
And then there’s the Anywhere Key.
Guess what that does.
There’s a great villain named Dodge running around trying to find all the keys and leaving pain and panic in his wake. Once he gets his hands on a key, hold on to your butts.
I don’t want to spoil too much by saying anymore. Just trust me when I say that Locke & Key is brilliant and a total blast and you should read it if you like fun things.