Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell & Gone #1

Writer: Joe Hill, Neil Gaiman Artist: Gabriel Rodriguez Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: April 14, 2021 Cover Price: $6.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 5
9.1Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

If you think you can unlock the gates of Hell and just invite yourself in, you must be Dreaming!
The epic crossover between two of the most beloved fantasy universes in comics begins here. John "Jack" Locke is ten years dead, but that hasn't stopped him from posting the occasional letter home... from Hell. Now Mary Locke will do anything to save her brother's soul, including cut a deal with Roderick Burgess-the most evil man in England-to search for answers in the House of Mystery and risk the walking nightmare known as the Corinthian to find help in a disintegrating Kingdom of Dreams!

  • 10
    Geek'd Out - Michael Farris Jr. Apr 14, 2021

    Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell and Gone #1 is every bit the amazing crossover event that you'd expect from two of comics' finest universes. Hill and Rodriguez have set up a story that perfectly blends the worlds of many beloved characters. It's the stuff that dreams are made of. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Nick Devonald Apr 13, 2021

    One of the most ambitious crossovers between two comics which regularly appear on all time best lists, it doesn't just live up to the expectations, it far exceeds them. If this is any indication to go by this crossover, extending from In Pale Battalions Go, to Hell and Gone, will be one of the best chapters in both sagas. Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez are incredible collaborators, a team that never fails to impress and amaze, and they're both on their A-game here. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter Apr 13, 2021

    Hill's writing perfectly nails the entire vibe of The Sandman. With the passing of every page, I felt the same energizing excitement that thrilled me in 1988. Likewise, Gabriel Rodriguez's art is lush, detailed, and in every way a perfect fit, allowing both worlds to meld seamlessly together. Locke & Key / The Sandman: Hell & Gone is less of a crossover, and more of an acknowledgement that both stories always existed side-by-side, and you're only now being made privy to it. This one gets our strongest recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Apr 16, 2021

    Mary Locke has, for better or worse, risked everything to save the soul of her brother. Should she have? Will The Dreaming be a place where her dreams are fulfilled, or where her nightmares take over. Can't wait to find out. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Apr 28, 2021

    Locke & Key / Sandman: Hell & Gone meets and exceeds its lofty expectations. Considering how great these two series are separately, it's saying something to have such a great opener to their epic crossover. The worlds are fully integrated by the end of this first chapter and I am so excited to see what kinds of terrors await in the rest of the story. Read Full Review

  • 10
    COMICON - Olly MacNamee Apr 13, 2021

    ‘Locke & Key/The Sandman: Hell & Gone' #1 brings two much-loved comic book universes together in a crossover you never knew you wanted. Lifting a plot point going way, way back to ‘The Sandman' #1, Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodrguez deliver a first issue that's beautifully surreal and macabre and drags you in by the neck. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Apr 14, 2021

    Rodriguez delivers some beautiful imagery throughout the issue. From the beauty of Keyhouse to the wonder of the Dreaming, the art transports you. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bookcase - Benjamin Morin Apr 14, 2021

    Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell and Gone #1 is well worth the wait. The story balances each universe in an engaging manner that feeds into an intriguing premise. This coupled with an excellent art team leads to a cohesively rewarding package. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Apr 17, 2021

    Overall, Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell & Gone #1 is an excellent debut issue, which highlights why everyone loves both franchises. The story by Joe Hill and Neil Gaiman is both dour and fascinating. The art by Gabriel Rodriguez, Jay Fotos, and Shawn Lee is astounding. Altogether, the debut issue is an exhilarating trip “down the rabbit hole”. It's one that enchants and frights. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Apr 14, 2021

    Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell & Gone is everything you'd want from this crossover and everything you expect from its creators. It's incredibly clear a lot of work, planning, and time went into this project. There is certainly a learning curve if you haven't explored one, and especially both, worlds, but that is likely a factor readers will take into account when considering this book. All told, this is a good melding of both worlds and even better execution in comic book craft. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Apr 14, 2021

    Hell & Gone is an elegant melding of the Sandman and Locke & Key's universes that retains integrity and respect for both properties. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Apr 14, 2021

    Im really impressed with issue #1 of Hell & Gone. Not only am I interested in what happens next, the story has sparked an interest in learning more about both franchises. Though the previous series arent required reading for Hell & Gone to make sense, Im very curious about these characters and their respective worlds. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Multiversity Comics - Conor Spielbrg Apr 19, 2021

    A strangely coherent crossover with tons of potential to build on in the following issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Apr 14, 2021

    HELL & GONE #1 reads like the creative team is a little nervous. They've been given the keys to the toy chest, but don't seem totally comfortable getting right to playing. It's a bumpy first issue to a series that still has lots of potential. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Apr 14, 2021

    While it's apparent that Hill and Rodriguez are having fun with Neil Gaiman, Sam Keith, and Mike Dringenberg's creations, it's unclear if it amounts to anything more than fan service. Read Full Review

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