Ryan Wilson

Locke & Key: Grindhouse – Comic Review

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Houseploitation at its finest.

Locke & Key: Grindhouse
Writer: Joe Hill
Artist: Gabriel Rodriguez
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Price: $3.99

Locke & Key: Grindhouse is a one-shot based on the act-based Locke & Key, centering on the Locke family’s estate in Lovecraft, Massachusetts, aptly titled Keyhouse. The main story of Grindhouse offers little exposition into the house itself, but instead jumps right into the action.

As its title suggests, Grindhouse is definitely not one for the kiddies. Though the artwork beautifully replicates that of the early pulp days of comics, this comic is heavily stained in the red stuff and assault is commonplace. The story itself is a clever twist on your standard “just desserts” plotline, but its scant 16 pages will likely leave you wanting more.

The rest of the issue is dedicated to providing more information on the Keyhouse itself, including a lengthy explanation on why the house is organized the way it is and a set of blueprints laying out the entire house. While nice for a Locke & Key fanboy, this is beyond confusing for a new reader like myself.

Locke & Key: Grindhouse is an incredibly fun read, but at its full price I can only recommend this one to completionists only. New and casual readers may find their money better spent on the main series itself.

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