Locke and Key Vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom

Best volume yet!!!! Like seriously, best volume to date! So intense, suspenseful, and that surprising end!

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The first chapter is drawn as a tribute to Bill Watterson, the author of Calvin and Hobbes. Bode resembles one of Calvin’s cohorts – as an avid fan of Calvin and Hobbes, I enjoyed this mix up of artwork. Bode finds a key allowing him to turn into his spirit animal. Much to Bode’s surprise he is turned into a little sparrow. You wouldn’t think a sparrow chapter would elicit some tears but damn if the ending didn’t.

Chapter two is an investigation into the past as Kinsey tries to uncover what happened to her father when he was a teenager. Chapter three is a catalogue of all the adventures the Locke children have during the month of February – quick one page scenes featuring crazy keys and full of near-death experiences. I want more details! Chapter four is all about Rufus – yay Rufus returns!!  Rufus tries to alert the Locke children to Zach’s nefarious actions, that Zach isn’t the friend they think he is. Rufus is also the only person who can see and speak with Sam Lesser’s ghost which as you can imagine leads to a pretty interesting conversation. Lastly, Chapter five follows Zach as his facade starts to crumble and shit starts to hit the fan leading to a crazy, unexpected ending. Locke and Key just gets better and better and I can’t wait to read volumes 5 and 6!!

Other comics I’m looking forward to reading are Trees Volume 1 by Jason Howard and Warren Ellis out February 24th, the Orphan Black comic book adaptation due out sometime in February – a collaboration between Jody Houser, John Fawcett, Graeme Manson, and Szymon Kudranski, and lastly I’ve also borrowed the Watchmen by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, and John Higgins from my co-worker.

What are you reading?

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