The Ideal Panic Room – Locke and Key # 5

The cover to Locke And Key #5
Sam Lesser breaking every rule about being a gentleman.

From Series: Locke and Key

What Happened:

Sam Lesser’s long, murderous journey to the Keyhouse has ended. He’s ready to get some revenge on the Locke family while helping his imprisoned friend, the evil spirit Dodge, escape from the Locke’s Wellhouse. A lot is coming to a head here!

Bode Locke, being a child and pretty dang stupid, decides to visit Dodge in the Wellhouse a final time. After letting Dodge know he knows she has been lying to him about being “an Echo” he firmly lets her know he will no longer come to see her. She attacks and easily captures him. Dangit Bode! Why you got to tell people you’re not going to see them anymore? It just allows them another chance to stick around! Sometimes you just have to cut those toxic people out of your life without ceremony. I’ve got some self help books I’m going to toss your way if you survive being trapped in a Wellhouse with an evil spirit.

Anyway, Kinsey Locke is trying to find her brother Bode when Sam assaults her from the shadows and leaves her bloodied and unconscious. He drags Kinsey to the Keyhouse. There Sam locks the alcoholic mother of the Locke’s Nina and the alcoholism enabling uncle of the Locke’s Duncan in the wine cellar, thus creating a bad social interaction closed loop. They’ll feed off each others inabilities to recognize a bad scene until the computer running this scenario runs out of dang memory and needs a reboot. Sam does not let this happen though. Instead, he threatens to shoot and kill their oldest son Ty Locke unless Nina tells Sam where the “Anywhere Key” is.

She has no idea what he is talking about.

Back at the Wellhouse, Dodge is pretty sure Sam is blowing his job of finding the Anywhere Key. So she tells Bode that if he brings her the key she’ll make Sam leave and not kill anyone. Since Sam has already killed Bode’s father, he is super gungho about making that happen.

What I Learned From This Comic:

Don’t watch the evening news if you need to be cheered up.

The Creators:
Writer: Joe Hill
Penciler, Inker, Cover: Gabriel Rodriguez
Colorist: Jay Fotos
Letterer: Robbie Robbins
Editor: Chris Ryall

Sam’s Awful Roadtrip – Locke and Key #4

The cover to Locke and Key #4
I refuse to make a photobomb joke in this image caption. The image captions are a place for a higher quality joke than that!

From Series: Locke and Key

What Happened:

Sam Lesser, the student who murdered the Locke’s father, has escaped from jail and is traveling to the Keyhouse to release the mysterious and trapped Dodge. Plus he’ll probably try to kill the rest of the Locke family. It’s how the guy is now.

His awful home life and status as a social outcast in school make Sam an easy mark for Dodge, who is able to contact him through a painting of the Wellhouse when she’s been trapped. It’s Dodge who bargains with Sam, offering him anything he wants, if he could just get the Anywhere Key from Mr. Locke which would allow her to escape. The attempt to get the key goes very poorly and results in Mr. Locke getting killed and the rest of the family traumatized enough to move to the other side of the country.

So Sam is on a horrible road trip to get to the Keyhouse, where the remaining Locke’s now live and where Dodge’s Wellhouse prison resides. He manages to hitch hike with truckers for a while by giving them oral sex for rides. Gross. One trucker offers to help him get more money by giving oral sex to his friends. Gross. Sam kills the trucker and takes his money. Not as gross, but still very very evil.

Sorry, didn’t mean to come off as so judgmental to people who give oral sex to truckers. You’re not gross and what you do is probably terrifically beautiful in its own way. It is more the action of a mentally unstable person like Sam Lesser being bullied into giving oral sex for car rides which is gross.

Sam later kills an entire bus of people after he’s been recognized by a woman with a baby. Sam is a little too far gone to start feeling remorse for him now.

Back at the Keyhouse, the youngest Locke child, Bode, had a dream where his dead father told him a joke. Desperate to know the rest of the joke he asks his oldest brother Ty. Ty is able to work through his grief over his fathers death to try and help. Bode also asks his older sister Kinsey and uncle Duncan, who are busy enabling the widowed Mrs. Locke’s alcoholism.

Bode figures out the meaning of the joke is about an echo. Bode has been talking to an Dodge, who has been referring to herself as an Echo in the Wellhouse recently. Unable to determine if this is a clue or warning, Bode shrugs it off.

What I Learned From this Comic:

Don’t take the bus.

The Creators:
Writer: Joe Hill
Penciler, Inker, Cover: Gabriel Rodriguez
Colorist: Jay Fotos
Letterer: Robbie Robbins
Editor: Chris Ryall

Locke & Key #3

The cover to Locke and Key #3
“Oops! Sorry! Knicked your ear a little! No charge for this haircut”

From Series: Locke and Key

What Happened:

Kinsey Locke is trying really really hard to just blend in with everyone at her new school. She got rid of her dreadlocked hair for a more conservative look. She no longer wears shirts with political slogans on them because that’s “pathetic”. She also turns down any requests to hang out with other kids. These are pretty chill kids too. They don’t bat an eyelash at the fact that Kinsey likes to run track and field while wearing a giant jangly bracelet. Regardless, they are JUST NOT CHILL ENOUGH for Kinsey so she doesn’t want to risk not blending in and ditches them.

These changes to her life aren’t making Kinsey Locke very happy though. After her father was brutally murdered in their own home by Sam Lesser, one of his students, the Locke family moved east to live in the Key House. Their dad grew up in the Key House and wanted the family to move there should something ever happen to him. So they did and now everyone is miserable. Their mother Nina Locke is developing a drinking habit. The oldest brother Ty Locke is trying to repress all his trauma with the help of physical labor. The youngest Bode Locke has discovered magic keys which give him powers. Everyone is in a really bad place!

Except for Bode, because MAGIC KEYS.

Bode tries to show Kinsey the key he has which lets him leave his body and become a ghost but she just thinks he’s playing a game. When Bode tells her things about Detective Daniel Mutuku he couldn’t know, she starts to suspect there may be some truth to his game.

Also, Detective Mutuku? He’s back because Sam Lesser escaped from jail. Everyone is pretty certain that there is no way Sam could know where the Lockes moved to, but they are also unaware that an evil spirit (The Echo) living the Well House behind their home has been helping Sam all along.

The news of Sam’s escape does not help Kinsey blend in at school. After a pep talk from her track coach Ellie Whedon, she decides: Eh, screw it. Kinsey cuts off her hair into a crazy new ‘do and meets with fellow track team member Jackie Veda to go for a run.

Meanwhile, Sam Lesser is totally on his way to kill them all!

What I Learned From This Comic:

Nobody in Massachusetts knows how to check for a pulse.

The Creators:
Writer: Joe Hill
Penciler, Inker, Cover: Gabriel Rodriguez
Colorist: Jay Fotos
Letterer: Robbie Robbins
Editor: Chris Ryall

Locke and Key #2

The cover to Locke and Key #2
Looks like there’s a bit of a draft in the well house.
From Series: Locke and Key

What Happened:

The Locke family has moved across the country to their father’s childhood home after his traumatic murder. The youngest, Bode, is the first to discover a magic key hidden within the house. The key, allows a person to walk through the door and become a ghost, leaving their dead body behind. When the user is done they can return to the dead body and come back to life.

He uses this power to be a creep and spy on his brother Ty in the shower and his sister Kinsey while dealing with her PTSD.

Bode wants to cheer up his siblings and offers to show them how to become ghosts but they don’t believe him. Honestly, they find the whole suggestion pretty creepy. While sulking about this, Bode discovers a voice coming from the well. Again he tries to show his siblings but they believe he has only heard his own echo.

After a few visits with the voice, who has started referring to herself as Bode’s Echo, Bode learns more about the keys and the house. There are apparently many of them, all with different powers. The Echo tells him she is stuck in the well because she cannot pass through the door, but Bode wants to find a loop hole for freeing her.

When Bode delivers a mirror and scissors to the Echo, her grotesque reflection in the mirror shows. She isn’t being honest about why she’s in that well. To further throw suspicions on her, Mr. Locke’s murderer Sam Lesser receives a magical message from his jail cell. A mirror and scissors have shown up in his sink along with instructions on how to use them to escape.

What I Learned From This Comic:

Never blindly trust someone just because they live in a well.

The Creators:
Writer: Joe Hill
Penciler, Inker, Cover: Gabriel Rodriguez
Colorist: Jay Fotos
Letterer: Robbie Robbins
Editor: Chris Ryall