Sunday, November 25, 2018

Welcome to Lovecraft - Joe Hill

Title: Welcome to Lovecraft (Locke & Key #1)
Author: Joe Hill
Illustrator: Gabriel RodriguezGenre: Horror, Graphic Novel
Publisher: IDW
Published: Sep. 29th 2008

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...


Hello Fellow Readers,

 I've heard a lot about this graphic novel, everyone I know who read it loves it and always encourages me to read it, so I finally did. I gotta say I the synopsis does not prepare you for the number of emotions this evokes out of you. 

The Graphics/ Artwork

Gabriel Rodriguez did an amazing job bringing the characters of Hill's imagination to life. Usually taking such heavy content and animating makes it loose some of the emotion, not in this case. Rodriguez did a wonderful job painting turmoil on each character's face, while simultaneously evoking that same emotion in the reader. Brilliant use of color and sometimes lack thereof really sets the tone of certain scenes.

The Story

Hill does an amazing job of taking the tragic story of the Locke's and their journey to Keyhouse and giving it life. To be honest, I don't think I prepared myself enough for it, I was prepared for horror but you get so much more than that in this Graphic Novel. You see this family that has been torn apart by loss, who now have to struggle to keep themselves from falling apart, move to Keyhouse and have to deal with a new place as well as the freaky shit that keeps going on. 


Overall the story is great, but I couldn't bring myself to give it a full 5 stars, this is probably because the story left me with some many questions. These questions I know will be answered as I read through the other books, but still, it should give a hint.

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