Gosh, I love this series! While Locke & Key, Vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom wasn’t my favorite of the group, I still absolutely loved it!
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
My Thoughts on Locke & Key, Vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez
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.
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 on Locke & Key, Vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom
I would still highly recommend this volume, even though I had a few minor gripes. This series continues to just kick the horror out of the park!
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