Locke & Key, Vol 6: Alpha & Omega by Joe Hill brings the tale of the Locke family to its stunning and I do mean stunning conclusion. This series has been a welcome surprise to the genre of horror graphic novels as it does what so few do these days and it stays true to its horror roots without resorting to campy and comedy to move the tale along. No this is horror, at its terrifying and tragic best.
In the town of Lovecraft, the Keyhouse is an old mansion whose doors transform any who walk through them. It is also home to an angry and relentless creature who will not rest until it has unlocked the most dangerous door of them all and releases an army of demons upon the world. The Keyhouse falls to the Locke family, who after the murder of their father, return to their ancestral home to start a new life. The Locke children, Tyler, Kinsey and Bode, along with their mother Nina, move into the Keyhouse and awaken the dark forces within.
Lucas “Dodge” Caravaggio, a demonic creature stirs when the Locke family arrives and then uses them to find the hidden keys that unlock the doors. His search is for the one key that will unleash hell on earth. To do so, he takes over the body of the youngest of the Locke children Bode and wages his war on the family and the town of Lovecraft.
Joe Hill has written a wondrous tale of family grief and dysfunction and the terrors that live in the shadows of our dreams and waking moments. This is horror, it just happens to be in a comic book format. He has infused his characters with emotion and fear that is so raw that you will find yourself drawn into the tale with the trepidation and longing that has long been absent in this genre. It really is just that damn good.
Locke & Key does not require some drawn out review, expounding on its prose and its artwork. You are just wasting your time reading this when you should be reading the book.
Grab book one and read and read and read.
It really is just that damn good.