Locke & Key Volume 1: Welcome to Lovecraft, Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez

Hello my lovely nerds!

I’m not going to lie, we were brushing up against the edge of me not having a review up this week, because life (if you haven’t noticed) has been somewhat batshit fuckin’ insane of late. So naturally, when I did actually have a few minutes (literally, a few minutes) to myself, I thought I would try to catch up on a couple of reviews for the few things (graphic novels, mostly) I have actually had time to read over the past little while.

I purchased this graphic novel immediately after binge-watching the Netflix show Locke & Key, because I googled it and found out that it was actually based on a graphic novel series of the same name. Now, seeing as I am a patron of the best goddamn comic book store in Australia if not the world, I immediately contacted Secret Headquarters and asked if I could get the first volume. And because they are the best goddamn comic book store in Australia if not the world, they had Welcome to Lovecraft in stock, despite the current challenges.

I had my doubts about the graphic novel series, because I had heard that it doesn’t deal well with minority groups and can be somewhat offensive to them. Honestly, at least in this first book, I couldn’t see it (which might just be me, I make no claims otherwise), and I actually really enjoyed reading about the beginnings of the story.

I was very surprised, pleasantly so, at how faithful the Netflix series was to the original book. Naturally they couldn’t include everything, but reading the graphic novel and thinking back to the series, it’s honestly the closest I have seen an adaptation get to the original material. I will say that the graphic novel is creepier and bloodier than the show (fair, Netflix. Fair.), but not so bad that I didn’t want to keep reading it – and I am a total chicken about that sort of thing, so while I may not recommend this to kids, I do recommend it to anyone mid-late teens and above.

As soon as I had finished volume one, I contacted SHQ and asked for volumes 2 and 3, so at some point in the near-ish future (linear time isn’t really a thing for me anymore) you’ll be seeing reviews for those as well!


Image credit: my photo, of my copy of the book, purchased by me.

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