The GeeksverseLocke & Key: Keys to the Kingdom #3

Locke & Key: Keys to the Kingdom #3
Published on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 by

Published by: IDW Publishing
Written by: Joe Hill
Art by: Gabriel Rodriguez
Colored by: Jay Foto
Lettered by: Robbie Robbins
Editor: Chris Ryall

This is an extremely well crafted story. Hill is a master of pacing and drama. This issue follows the family through the month of February and the personal dramas of Tyler and Kinsey, wrapped around alot of key induced fighting.

What makes this story so good is the way that Hill uses a couple of the keys to teach lessons in a way. Kinsey used the Head Key to take away her fear and her tears. And now she regrets it. She uses the key on her friends and her lack of understanding leads to her losing her friends.

Tyler gets taken advantage of by his girlfriend, who does it for his own good, and that makes him darker.

You feel bad for both of them. One doesn’t want to feel grief and the other wishes she still good. Hill just does an amazing job and if you’re not reading this series then you are missing out on one of the best comics.

The art is amazing as well. Rodriguez does a great job of conveying emotion without overdoing it. He’s called on to do some odd layouts in the story, as it goes from day to day and alot of jumping from action to action, and he does it extremely well. It all flows smoothly, even when jumping from squirrels attacking to a music box causing Kinsey to want to stab Tyler and all the other things that happen in this issue.

Even with all the drama and emotion in this issue, there’s something almost whimsical about Rodriguez’s art. There’s a fun quality to it. Just enough to have a touch, but not enough to distract from the seriousness of the story.

Locke & Key: Keys to the Kingdom #3 receives
5 out of 5

Read this series. Do it now.

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