Locke & Key

Locke & Key

Volume 6, Alpha & Omega

Book - 2014
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"It took two lifetimes and countless victims, but Lucas 'Dodge' Carravaggio has his terrible prize at last: the key which will open The Black Door. Disguised in the form of little Bode Locke, Dodge descends into the Drowning Cave, to throw back the door and release the demons on the other side. Those who have stood against him for so long-- Tyler, Kinsey, Scot, Nina, Rufus, and all the rest-- take their places as the final tragedy unfolds-- a confrontation between decency and hate in the caverns a hundred feet beneath Keyhouse, at the threshold of an evil kept for generations under lock and key" -- page [4] of cover.
Publisher: San Diego, CA : IDW Pub., 2014
ISBN: 9781613778531
1613778538
Characteristics: 191 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Rodríguez, Gabriel 1974-
Alternative Title: Alpha and omega

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StarLord21
Dec 11, 2015

A great Finale to an amazing story! I hope Joe Hill continues this series.

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mexicanadiense
Dec 05, 2015

Well, then.

Joe Hill's relentlessly impressive tale of the Locke family's trials and tribulations in the fittingly name Lovecraft, MA comes to its riveting conclusion. Much blood and tears are shed in the process, and Hill even works in a cheeky homage to one of his illustrious father's most famous works.

One final word on the art: Rodriguez does a truly masterful job charting the physical and emotional transformation of the older Locke children from adolescents to young adults throughout the series, culminating in a character design for Ty that is consistent with the earlier volumes but at the same time distinctly a year older and wiser. That, and the mind-blowingly laid out panels of mass-struggles against shadow minions and trips into Rufus' imaginary world really show this final volume as a true crescendo of everything that had preceded it, artistically speaking as well as polities. Magisterial. Highest possible recommendation for the entire series.

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bmobaggins
Jun 03, 2015

Great story, awesome artwork made for a very entertaining and erie graphic novel that is a must read for lovers of the medium.

KateHillier Jun 13, 2014

A fantastic conclusion to a fantastic series. There is horror, heartbreak, bravery, laughter, and all that great stuff (along with the usual fantastic art, especially in the light on dark as Duncan and Tyler fight the shadow creatures) in this tale of Dodge's attempt to win over everything for once and for all. The graduating class is looking to have a party in the caves but possessed Bode has other plans and holds almost all the keys. Terror and madness ensues but everyone has their own moment of heroism as they take charge of their situations and by the volumes end are finally ready to move on from the shooting of the Locke patriarch as much as the events of the series itself.

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illuzhin
May 15, 2014

A fitting finale to a wonderful series. I loved the artwork, and the plot was engaging and creepy at the same time.

forbesrachel May 14, 2014

Let the party begin! While the kids eagerly prepare for their high school graduation, Bode, aka Dodge, is almost ready to open the Black Door. None-the-wiser to their brother's possession, Tyler and Kinsey start to mend. Only Rufus knows how close they are to doom, so he sets out on a mission to save them. Before he arrives, Dodge springs his trap, and because he has most of the keys, the Locke family soon finds themselves vastly outmatched. Like it was previously speculated, it is thanks to the Timeshift Key that there is a solution.

Both the writing and art immerse us in this intense and emotional environment. Illustrations remain of the highest quality, and in the case of this volume, specialize in shadow creatures, and visceral expressions. In the end the tone doesn't bring "hope" to mind, but a weary acceptance of events, and the idea that the characters are finally moving forward. This powerful and meaningful conclusion is the perfect ending to such a carefully conceived and astonishingly executed series.

Locke and Key is an exploration of the secrets in our heads, and the things in our hearts that we try to keep under lock and key. However, keys have the power to not only lock away, but to unlock as well. The Locke children have been mentally screwed with, and the author intentionally paces the series, so that it takes them a realistic amount of time to figure out that they have power over their own fates. They only need to decide which way to turn their key.

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