Back in May, Joe Hill came to Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, IL. So of course I made the hour drive there, stood in line for another hour for this picture, and then drove an hour back, while 8 months pregnant. Totally worth it! I have loved everything I’ve read by him so far and he was just as great to listen to in person.
I don’t remember how I got started on his Locke and Key series, just that I was hooked from the first issue. I have always loved skeleton keys. They are beautiful in their simplicity but their designs are endless in possibility. Joe Hill took this concept to the next level. And Gabriel Rodriguez’s art makes horror beautiful. I don’t want to give a summary of the story so far because if you haven’t read it, go get started! The good news is Volume 6 comes out in February so you have time to catch up! The bad news is that it is the end of an amazing series. There is horror, there is death, and the keys play a large part in both sides of the final battle. But what I love about the ending is that while the keys can make people giant, erase memories, repair things that are broken, almost anything the heart desires, the keys don’t win the battle. It is the characters’ commitment to their family, their love for their friends, their belief that good can conquer evil that vanquish the darkness.
I know all good things have to come to an end, but I sincerely hope that this is not the end of the Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez partnership.