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Locke & Key: Master Edition, Volume One

By: Joe Hill (Writer), Gabriel Rodríguez (Illustrator)
Series: Locke & Key (#1-2)
Summary: Named a "modern masterpiece" by The A.V. Club, the crticially-acclaimed series Locke & Key takes on new life in a reformatted hardcover collection. The Locke & Key Master Edition Volume 1 features the first two story arcs, "Welcome to Lovecraft" and "Headgames," with all-new cover art and design by co-creator Gabriel Rodriguez.

Review: The plot was slow and predictable, especially Sam’s story with the Everywhere Key. The characters were also inconsistent and hard to care about. I have mixed feelings about it. The concept is interesting and includes things I typically like (magical school, parallel worlds), but the art affected my enjoyment.It is trying to be horror, but it is simply icky. The art is also inconsistent and the characters seem underdeveloped. The pacing of the story is too slow and the ending feels rushed. Overall, it’s a disappointing experience.

While there are some positive aspects, the lack of development and rushed pacing of the story make it an unsatisfactory read.