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

Locke and Key #1

The cover to Locke and Key #1
Nice place you got there.
From Series: Locke and Key

What Happened:

The Locke family had a very bad summer. One of their father’s old students showed up to their house with a friend and tried to kill them all. Sam Lesser and his friend Al Grubb succeed in shooting Mr. Locke and sexually assaulting Mrs. Locke while the three children (Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode) are outside doing choirs. The oldest, Tyler, stumbles upon Sam shooting his father and in shock knocks over paint cans.

Sam hears this and goes after Tyler who leaves a trail of paint footprints behind him while his sister Kinsey and the youngest brother Bode hide on the roof. In the basement Tyler ambushes Sam and bludgeons him brutally with a brick. When Sam returns upstairs his mother stops Al from attacking him by killing him with his own hatchet.

Whew. OK. Super grim stuff out of the way.

At their dad’s funeral (Crap! More grim stuff!) Tyler admits to his Uncle Duncan that he thinks his dad knew something bad was going to happen. He remembers overhearing his parents talking about the possibility. The came up with the plan for the kids to move in with Duncan should a tragedy occur. Duncan lives in the home he and his father grew up in, The Keyhouse, in Lovecraft (OK, OK) Massachusetts. Mr. Locke was convinced this is the safest place for the kids to be. They pack up and move there across country right after the funeral.

Meanwhile, Sam Lesser is in prison and talks to a mysterious voice in the toilet bowl. The voice is the one who told him to kill the Lockes for promises of a better life. It now seems to have more plans for Sam.

Back at the Key House, Bode has found a key. When he uses it on a door and walks through it, his spirit leaves his body and he becomes a ghost until he returns to his dead body.

Weird!

What I Learned From This Comic:

A mansion will solve most problems.

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