Thursday, April 20, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] Locke & Key, Vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez

Locke & Key, Vol. 3: Crown of Shadows by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez review

Gosh, I love this series! Click below to check out my reviews for the others:

Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft
Locke & Key, Vol. 2: Head Games
Locke & Key, Vol. 3: Crown of Shadows

Locke & Key, Vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez

Locke & Key, Vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez book image

In this volume, more keys are discovered and tension between the siblings is running high: Bode is sick of his siblings treating him like a baby and keeping secrets, and Tyler is angry because the other siblings have been showing keys to their friends.

Before the siblings can get too upset with one another, they are forced to come together and battle all of the paranormal things that keep haunting them; like rabid dogs, vicious rose bushes and vines, attacking owls and squirrels, chains that have come to life to bind them, and a music box that forces anyone who hears it's music to do what it says.

Meanwhile, Tyler is onto their friend, Zack Wells. After mapping out all of the attacks and comparing that to when Zack is away, he thinks he understands what is going on. When Tyler goes to look for proof, Zack find out and things get very violent.

My thoughts:
Just like the other volumes, I really enjoyed the storyline, the color palettes and the banter of the characters.

Though this time, there were a few things that I didn't really care for...

Beware, the negatives.
First was the switch up of the artwork in the beginning. It was a nod to Calvin and Hobbes, so the characters didn't look like themselves. The organization of this section was also different; there were four panels centered on the page that carried the story with dialogue boxes that broke out of the boxes. Meanwhile, in the background of the page panels, there was more artwork related to those four panels. It was interesting, but I just didn't really care for it.

I was also a bit bummed because this volume felt either rushed, or careless to me...though I can't decide which it is. The transitions weren't as perfect as previous volumes. There were also many panels that showed us snapshots of what happened, but didn't give many details. Like the panel with the chains that were binding the siblings. We saw that it happened, but we didn't know why or how they got into that situation. It almost looked like they were under the house or in some kind of tomb. But who knows?! All we got was that one snapshot panel and no details.

My final thoughts:
I would still highly recommend this volume, even though I had a few gripes. I gave this volume 4 stars!

Click here to check out my review for Volume 5!

Thanks for reading!

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