Locke & Key Alpha #1

Locke & Key Alpha #1

Writer: Joe Hill Artist: Gabriel Rodriguez Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: September 11, 2013 Cover Price: $7.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 1
9.1Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

"Omega and Alpha," part 1: In the second-to-the-last issue of Locke & Key, the damned and the saved alike will make their final stand in the Drowning Cave, in a clash of blood and fire. The shadows have never been darker and the end has never been closer. Turn the key and open the last door; it's time to say goodbye.

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Aaron Clutter Sep 13, 2013

    This book may not be for everyone, as there is some graphic language and violence. Plus, this is a giant-sized issue, so the cover price is twice regular size issues, but, if you are a fan of H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, or Clive Barker, you will love Locke & Key: Alpha #1. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Keith Silva Sep 20, 2013

    Locke & Key: Alpha #1 hurts. It's visceral and corporeal, a story felt, in the gut, in the heart and in the soul. Above all, Locke & Key: Alpha #1 is not a story one ruins for others. These are, after all, anxious times for our heroes, as Kinsey says: ''I need to feel something besides panic.'' Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Sep 13, 2013

    Locke & Key: Alpha #1 is packed with so much story that I honestly have no idea what Hill and Rodriguez can do with another 48 pages.  There's just one issue left of this series, but in several ways I'd be content if this was the actual finale.  While I'm glad that it's getting a satisfactory ending, I'll be truly sad to see it go. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Sep 11, 2013

    If there's a flaw with this over-sized issue, it's the steep $7.99 price tag. Some supplemental material is provided in addition to the story, but those variant cover galleries and pictures of the Locke and Key TV pilot set visit aren't quite enough to justify the extra cost. But if you're anything like me, you'll have run into your shop, paid for it, and then isolated yourself in a quiet place to read, with the price being a distant care compared to finding out what happens to the Locke family. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Sep 16, 2013

    Joe Hill sets a dark tone filled with the right amount of suspense and eccentricity that has been a hallmark of the series. Gabriel Rodriguez's artwork is truly one of a kind and perfectly complements the narrative. Everything that happens in the cave consumes your imagination as you envision yourself fighting gremlins in a confining and inescapable darkness. "Mind blown" are the words I would use to describe the ending, which makes you wonder with eager anticipation how the final chapter will unfold. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Zac Boone Sep 12, 2013

    Locke & Key: Alpha#1 won'tignite a twitterstorm the wayBreaking Bad did this week, but it's still a great issue, and one that will satisfy a lot of readers who've been waiting for years. And remember, in1issue, it's all over. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jorge Solis Sep 12, 2013

    Readers will have no idea what hit them when they reach the last page of “Locke & Key: Alpha” #1. Even though I don't want to, it's time to say good-bye to the “Locke & Key” series. I'm very anxious to see what's in store for the final chapter. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Addicts - Anubhav Dasgupta Sep 17, 2013

    There's one more issue left. And if Mr. Hill's lineage is anything to go by, all may not be well. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - mahargen Dec 18, 2013

    Locke and Key is easily in my Top Five series of all time. It is something I consistently suggest to people looking for something new to discover. The ending was as near as perfect as you can get. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Meylikhov Sep 13, 2013

    As “Locke & Key” begins its wind down, it's impossible not to reflect on the entire series run and marvel at what a journey it has been. For all intents and purposes this issue is the “main ending,” wrapping up most of the plot threads prevalent throughout the series and offering up a lot of answers to questions we've always had. Delivering answers can be tough and nobody wants to polarize the audience by not offering too many definitive explanations, so the book has a hard job in striking that balance. Yet despite a short misstep in delivery, the first half of the series finale offers up a very satisfying read to fans of the book that wonderfully reflects the bleak nature of the series with a concise contrast of emotional storytelling. This is the story that fans have been waiting for. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Sep 13, 2013

    As Scot Kavanaugh says on the next-to-last page, "Okay but not okay, isn't that"human?" The fallout feels perfect for "Locke and Key," which was always an excellent combination of fantastical horror mechanics coupled with raw emotional depth. Hill and Rodriguez don't kid around. The casualties are serious, and on the final page, the reader will feel emotionally exhausted, which is in its way a vindication of the creative team's powers. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - Sean M. Thompson Sep 11, 2013

    This issue is packed from asshole to teeth with special covers and behind the scenes easter eggs. They alone are definitely worth the price of consumption. As in processing or consuming, not Tuberculosis. 7.5 Rodriguez's art is at its best.Cool shit happens in the Drowning Cave.Anti-climactic resolution.Not enough supernatural elements considering it's been years of hinting at them. Read Full Review

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