Locke and Key, Volume 4: Keys to the Kingdom

Locke and Key, Volume 4: Keys to the Kingdom


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Acclaimed suspense novelist and New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill continues his Eisner Award-winning story of dark fantasy and wonder.

The Locke children have grown accustomed to the myriad magical keys discovered within the ancenstral family hmoe of Keyhouse. The have also grown accustomed to tragedy. What they may not be prepared for is just how closely danger stalks their every move as Lucas Caravaggio, alias Kack Wells, continues his relentless quest for the key to the black door. New keys and old specters join the story as innocence is lost and determination is forged in this colleciton of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's Locke & Key: Keys to the Kingdom.

Winner of the 2011 Eisner Award for Best Writer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613772072
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Publication date: 05/31/2012
Series: Locke & Key Series , #4
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 257,469
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

Joseph Hillstrom King, better known by the pen name Joe Hill, is an American author and comic book writer. He has published four novels—Heart-Shaped BoxHornsNOS4A2 and The Fireman—and a collection of short stories titled 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the author of the comic book series Locke & Key. He is the son of authors Stephen and Tabitha King.

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Locke and Key, Volume 4: Keys to the Kingdom 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
threeoutside More than 1 year ago
Amazing art, irresistible story, complex and compelling characters - I can't WAIT until the fifth issue gets here!!! This series is one I'm going to go back to over & over through the years, I can see that already.
bragan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As with the previous volumes in this series, this one features vivid characters; a nice blend of humor, horror, and drama; an interesting continuing storyline; and some truly impressive artwork. It also features some fairly clever storytelling choices and a thread of suspense that builds slowly to one heck of a cliffhanger. In other words, it continues to be excellent stuff. I do still wish I'd waited until the whole thing was out to read it, rather than constantly losing momentum and my memories of the story thus far with every wait between releases, but I did find this one easier to pick up with than the last one, despite the publication delays.
andreablythe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Without getting into the plot -- you really should read this series starting from book one -- I'll just say that the story and art continue to be awesome with an ending to this volume that has me begging to read the next one.
stretch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The ¿Keys to the Kingdom¿ is the fourth installment of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's excellent dark fantasy detailing the adventures of the Locke children as the explore the mysterious powers of the keys that are hidden all around the lovecraft manor and fight a dark force trying to unleash hell. Once again Hill and Rodriquez have managed to find the pitch perfect balance of innovative concepts, character development, and awesome artwork to construct just the right atmosphere for a great ride with a cliff hanger that just begs a great sequel. Told as a series of individual character arcs that form a larger more coherent storyline,allowing the authors to reveal an outstanding number of keys while keeping the overall story intact. It really was an inspired and risky choice to speed the story along that worked.I think this is the best yet of the Locke & Key Series. From the homage to Calvin and Hobbes in ¿Sparrow¿ to the minimalist story telling in ¿February,¿ Hill and Rodriguez have not only shown their versatility as story tellers, but have also pushed the envelope for what we as readers can expect from this series in the future. The thing I fear the most about this series is that they have built my expectations up to a level that anything less than spectacular is going to be a let down. I can't shake that feeling that a Star Wars Episode 1-like repeat is just around the corner.
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't know really what to say about this except that I absolutely love Locke & Key. I love everything about it, from the drawings to the story to the characters themselves. I will be sad when it's over.
lovejoy_rat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very excited to come across the fourth volume in this series! Locke and Key has been at the top of my list of recent graphic novels, and this edition did not disappoint. The images are both beautiful and disturbing, and our heroes start to put two and two together about what actually is going on at Keyhouse. The dramatic conclusion has a cliffhanger that leaves me epic excited for the next volume! Highly recommended.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth book in the Locke and Key series. It was an excellent book; many more keys are found and things come to a head. Things proceeded a bit too rapidly for my liking, but it was still a very good addition to the series.In this issue many more keys are found in quick succession. The first chapter focuses on Bode and his finding the Beast Key and becoming a sparrow. The next chapter quickly propels you through a calendar month of craziness at the Locke household. Just when things seem to be going right for the Locke kids they run into a lot of trouble. Dodge gets desperate and things really come to an awful/desperate/surprising conclusion in the final chapter.I totally agree with other reviews I have read that say the new keys are introduced too quickly. There were so many points where the authors/illustrators had wonderful opportunites to depict shadow battles and beastly transformations, etc. These are breezed through with each one only being given a single scene in the February chapter. The new keys are introduced rapidly and I found myself having to use the index that describes each key at the back of the book to keep track of what was happening. I really do wish they had drawn this out more over a couple of books.Other than above I really enjoyed this book. The book itself was a beautiful hardcover edition, it is missing the pretty bookmark ribbon that other earlier volumes had...but it still very beautiful and high quality. There are a couple different styles of artwork in this edition; the first chapter featuring Bode has a more cartoony artwork style to it. This new style is well-blended in with the old style. The old style of art is most prevalent and continues to be beautifully done and matches the story very well.The new keys introduced are all very interesting and I am very attached to all of these emotionally scarred characters. I couldn't believe how things unfolded in the final chapter; I was absolutely rapt and could not put the book down. Now I am dying to know what happens next!All of our favorite characters from previous volumes appear in this book and the mystery surrounding the Locke family deepens and comes to a climax of sorts. The wait for the next book may just kill me; I have been contemplating buying the comics issue by issue to find out what happens next...Overall an excellent addition to the Locke and Key series. The introduction of the new keys went too rapidly for me and I wish the story had been drawn out a bit more. Still the new keys are interesting, the mystery is deepening, and the conclusion will leave you riveted and dying to read more. Definitely a book for older teens or adults only; very gorey, bad language, and a number of disturbing scenarios. I can't wait to read the 5th book in this series, Clockworks, due out late spring/early summer of 2012.
JechtShot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Keys to the Kingdom ups the ante once again in this highly addictive graphic novel series. Unlike the preceding three stories this one turns the violence meter up to 11 and the ending will have you salivating for the next book in the series to be released.Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez have created something special with this series. Between the brilliant storytelling and amazing artwork, this is a series not to be missed.
clfisha on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh dear it was all going so well, but whilst this may have worked in the original comic format in collected volumes the different stories feel chaotic and the pacing seems way off. Also while it's fun to experiment it doesn't always work which is shame coming from a great third volume. There number of magical keys is exploding and its feeling a bit silly plus on top of that I have my doubts about the end plot twist.. only number 5 is going to let me know whether this is a series worth continuing. Such a shame.
391 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked the play of styles and themes in this book, and how effortlessly it blends fantasy and reality, even within the confines of the story. I find myself constantly impressed with the creativity and elegance of this particular comic, and vol 4 steps its usual high standard up even further.
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
I wasn't as crazy about this installment through most of it. The story didn't seem to follow a path. Keys kept popping up like crazy. The artwork looked different to me also. That ending though. . . They get so close and yet so far.
nateMD More than 1 year ago
While not my favorite Locke & Key vol. it is far from bad or OK Joe Hills not so good is still great compared to other comics out there, this story line is a little jumpy and I wish they went into each key a little more this vol could of easy been 2 or three but still a good continuation of the Locke & Key plot. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all of the Locke & Key Volumes up to Vol. 5 on loan. I loved the story and art so much, I made a point to get them for myself. I'm ULTRA anxious for the release of Vol. 6. (I just can't bear to read the individual editions in piece meal -- too much suspense between releases.)
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Um, huh, well. Where to start? This volume was just all over the place. I was like, wait, what, why, oh wow. Just wow. Yeah this one was creepy, and dark, more so than the last one I guess. Then I was like, yikes that's harsh. And gross. This volume. Wow.