Asgardian Trade Commission 7/4/10

Posted on July 4, 2010. Filed under: Reviews |

by Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger

Another week, another installment of The Asgardian Trade Commission.  This week I’m taking a break from superhero fare to read something from the Horror genre, and really, who doesn’t like a good horror comic?  So, without anything further, here’s my review:

Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft

IDW Publishing, $24.99

Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez

I’ve read Joe Hill’s books 20th Century Ghosts and Heart-Shaped Box and liked them, so it’s a little bit of a surprise to me that I haven’t taken the time to read Locke and Key yet.  I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, so I made the time this week to sit down with it and read through.

Locke and Key has a lot of good things going for it.  The art style is distinctive and makes each character his own person.  It makes the story easy to follow, and there’s nothing better than that, especially in a story like this that hinges on character and setting.

Hill manages, throughout the story, to draw you in with the characters, Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode Locke being the main focal points for the story, although that’s not to say that their mother and uncle don’t play important parts either, but the children are who the reader is supposed to be able to identify with.  Bode is the youngest and sees the world through the eyes of a child, which is something the house needs in order to be able to work.  Kinsey is the middle child and is still haunted by the tragic events that take place very early in the book, so much so that she doesn’t even feel that she can be herself.  Tyler is the oldest who feels almost directly responsible for the initial tragedy, so much so that it’s hard to imagine how he functions.  Hill also does a spectacular job creating a villain who’s just sneaky enough to fly under the radar for most of the story, doing pretty much irreversible damage, until it’s too late.

In fact, the only downside I can see to this book is that while it could be considered a self contained story, it ends in such a way that not all the questions raised are answered, or even addressed.  I can understand the need to hook the reader and get them to buy the second series, but I honestly think this story was good enough to hook the reader on it’s own.  Other than that, what we have here is a great character driven story of the supernatural that fans of Hill or his father will do well to read.

Volstagg’s Beard 4/5

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