Locke & Key Volume 2: Head Games, Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez

Hello my good dudes,

Bet you weren’t expecting the follow-up review quite so quickly, huh?

Well, I wasn’t joking in the review for Volume 1: I really, really haven’t had a whole bunch of time for leisure reading lately, so graphic novels have been where it’s at for the most part. And, you know, since I recently read the first in this series, I thought it was as good a time as any to pick up Locke & Key Volume 2: Head Games.

Anyone who has seen the Netflix show (binge-watched. Let’s be real: you binge-watched it like the rest of us) will know that Head Games is actually the title of one of the episodes, and as near as I can tell so far, each episode correlates to a volume in the graphic novel series. It does this, for the most part, extremely faithfully and extremely well, if not quite as true to the creep and gore factor of the novels. Which, fair.

This volume of the graphic novel series was as enjoyable for me to read as the first, and it really is interesting seeing the extra details the bits that didn’t quite make it into the show or were changed somewhere in between the page and the screen. Without giving too much away for those who haven’t read the books or seen the show, this volume is all about the Head Key, which allows you to literally unlock and enter the mind of whoever’s neck you stick the key into (sounds weird and gross. Kind of is.), which leads to a number of both understandable (I would too, Tyler. I would, too.) and not-so wise (ffs, Kinsey!) tests of the limits of this new key.

As ever, the artwork is fantastic and perfectly suited to the tone and story being portrayed, and all in all I really look forward to seeing what happens in Volume 3 (which, yes, is sitting on my shelf. Hopefully I’ll get to read it soon!).

I get most of my comics and graphic novels from Secret Headquarters Comic Emporium in Melbourne, but they also do shipping so you should absolutely check them out!


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

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