Locke & Key: In Pale Battalions Go #1

Writer: Joe Hill Artist: Gabriel Rodriguez Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: August 26, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 4
8.8Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

The impossible, reality-bending keys of Keyhouse have always been weapons of war. In the spring of 1915, Chamberlin Locke's oldest son, John, is desperate to be a part of the greatest war of all... and never mind that he's too young to enlist. He means to use the power of the keys to turn the tide, and will tell any lie, and try any manipulation, to have his way. Prepare to open a door onto one of the grimmest battlefields of the 20th century, whose darkness might even strike fear into an army of supernatural shadows.

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Nick Devonald Aug 25, 2020

    The fact that it's Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez returning to the fantastic world of Locke & Key should be enough to sell this comic. Not only is it always a delight to return to the world of Keyhouse, but it's also an excellent story which draws the reader back into the world of Locke & Key. While the fact it's also an important part of the setup for the upcoming crossover with Sandman is an added bonus, the excellent writing and art are the real attraction here. And for fans of Sandman who've never picked up an issue of Locke & Key before this is a great starting point, a stand alone adventure which is sure to paint enough background to enjoy and appreciate the crossover. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Evan Valentine Aug 26, 2020

    Locke & Key: In Pale Battalions Go is an excellent "welcome back" for fans of the original series while also providing an independent story that easily introduces new readers to its concept without ever missing a beat. Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez are firing on all cylinders in this issue and it shows on every page. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Aug 26, 2020

    If you love IDW's Locke & Key, you won't be disappointed by Locke & Key: "In Pale Battalions" #1. It's a fun, nostalgic, nuanced welcome back to the familiar halls of Keyhouse. Plus, it has couple easter eggs thrown in to get everyone psyched for an awesome upcoming crossover. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Aug 26, 2020

    Gabriel Rodriguez infuses this story with beautifully detailed imagery. There are some great visual moments throughout that are big in scale while there are also smaller moments that are just as visually engaging. The sequence in the vault is fun and full of energy and danger. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Aug 26, 2020

    The first part of Locke & Key: ...In Pale Battalions Go" introduces Jonathan Locke's entry into the First World War and promises a thoughtful and introspective, though short, adventure. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Theo Dwyer Sep 5, 2020

    Locke & Key: ...In Pale Battalions Go... #1 is a worthy addition to Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's saga of horror, fantasy, and war. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bookcase - Larry Jorash Aug 26, 2020

    An award winning creative team returns to their old stomping grounds. A fun read that invites wonder and provides foreshadowing for a lot to come. Dont overthink it; just step into page one and enjoy this fictional playground. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Elias Rosner Aug 31, 2020

    "Locke & Key" is back and never looked so good. The story may be just getting started but it has firmly established why it should exist. For a series as tight as the original, that should be commended. Read Full Review

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