Locke & Key: Grindhouse #1

Locke & Key: Grindhouse #1

Writer: Joe Hill Artist: Gabriel Rodriguez Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: August 29, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6
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  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Aug 29, 2012

    This was not a story I was expecting, but it was certainly the story I needed to learn more about the Locke family history, a few new keys, and a reminder that Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez tell some of the best stories I've ever read. From the opening page to the final clanging of the Keyhouse gates, this issue is a page turner. It's graphic and unpleasant in places, but it is used to enhance the story, not simply to shock the reader. Locke & Key: Grindhouse is a must buy book for fans of the series, and earns 5 out of 5 Stars from me. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Aug 29, 2012

    Rodriguez dates his style as well by adding in some extra heavy shadows, but the action and framing are all his own. After building the tension to fever pitch, he executes each payoff with the horrific climax you'd expect, but also manages to surprise by using new imagery for old tricks. I'm looking at you, Ghost Key. The backup material of this issue contains the blueprints to Keyhouse used by Rodriguez throughout the series, annotated in conspicuous red ink by Hill. The intricate detail showcases the immense forethought that went into making this comic, and with fun entries like this to satiate us before the closing Omega arc, it shows all that planning was well worth it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Sep 1, 2012

    If you have not had the chance to check out any of the previous Locke & Key stories then this self-contained one-shot is the perfect chance to jump on board and see what all the talk is about. If you like well written horror stories then run, don't walk, to your local comic shop and pick this one up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay Aug 29, 2012

    Also ensure you read and loiter over the back matter as the building specification blueprints and artwork are fascinating. "Locke & Key" is world-building of the highest caliber. May Hill and Rodriguez never find their boundaries in this world. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Zac Boone Aug 29, 2012

    While not as emotionally gripping as Guide to the Known Keys, Grindhousewill please most Locke and Key fans. It maintains the series' characteristic sickening blunt trauma quality even as it injects a sense of fun that's grown scarce as we draw closer to the series' conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Aug 30, 2012

    With no visual secrets in this book, Rodriguez's art captures the shock that the reader experiences and the normalness of it for the family who lives in the house. Read Full Review

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