Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez: Locke & Key V03 Crown of Shadows


So, I’m at the point where I’m transitioning from full-on critique mode to live reaction mode. It happens all the time; it’s actually a good sign, in regards to my opinion of the story anyway. In regards to my reviews, it tends to make them kind of spoilery, but not entirely, so read at your own risk.

Zack’s creeping around the house trying to collect keys. He’s got the Anywhere key, the Ghost Door key, the Well House key, and another key I’m not sure of. Why he doesn’t have the Head key when he was in Kinsey’s room where it was laying out in the open, I don’t know yet.

So Ty just walks up on Jordan asking if he can sit next to her and talking about homework like nothing ever happened, like she didn’t run away in horror. And then they talk about it like she witnessed him stealing vegetables from a garden. I’m not even going to talk about the kiss.

Oh, gross. Kinsey and Zack are a thing? OK, more personality continuity issues. This other kid at their school, Scot, starts talking to Kinsey on how he doesn’t think she and Zack match based on what he knows about her. Then she gets this this startled tone in her voice because of his stalker-like comment. So does she have fear or not? And if not and the startling was just her common sense kicking in, where was it when Zack showed up in her bedroom?

OK, so in one of Bode’s dreams in volume 1, he was with his dad and a dog-like beast was scratching a door with the number 11 on it. So during their conversation, Scot talked Kinsey into spelunking where her dad left his mark and while down there, they walked past a door with the number 1 on it. This door was on the wall, while the the one in the dream was on the ground. Things like this is what I like about this story, the build up of the mystery.

Is this what puberty and teenage years are like for people? I know I’m no longer a teenager, but this does not resonate with me at all.

Ty and Bode found a key inlaid into the floor and it was huge. Ty noticed where the key, fit, but I’m not sure if Bode did. From the looks of it, I think the key either shrinks or grows a person.

Zack snuck into the house and found another key–the one on the cover. I like the thought that was put into it.

It took me the the better part of three volumes to get into the story enough to let things slide. It was either that or I’d get so fed up that I’d call it all a wash and move on. And as soon as I get into it, I get rewarded with this awesome page (which tells you nothing unless you’d gotten this far in the story).

v03 Crown of Shadows #5 011a

I don’t get Jordan’s presence. If she doesn’t end up being related to this somehow, I’m going to be something close to pissed that they wasted my time with her; right now, she’s a complete waste of ink and panels.

Bode found another key that doesn’t seem to do much but open a medicine cabinet. If I had to guess, I’d say what ever was put in the cabinet will reappear some where else… Nope I was wrong about that.

I have to say, I like how Nina, the mother, is developing an awareness of the keys, but she’s not in her right mind so, this could easily turn out bad for everyone.

Wow, the family drama that closed out this volume was really good, well written, I mean. If only all their interactions rung that true.

As stories go, this is a good one. The characters fail to be believable or even reasonable at times, but the mystery is pretty solid.


itanda replied: I keep thinking of stuff I want to mention, but am far enough removed from the story that I can’t remember if you know them yet. I’ll sit back and enjoy your musings for now. (10.03.14)

Then you have be sure to talk about it when I finish volume 6. There is supposed to be a seventh one that includes a collection of oneshots, but I don’t know if that’s still in the works. I also heard that even though the TV show never got picked up, there’s going to be a film trilogy.

itanda replied: Ooh, I didn’t know about the one-shots. Looks like they’ll take place in the past, maybe they’ll flesh out some of the diary bits and pieces. (10.03.14)

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