Locke & Key

I picked up Locke & Key, by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, after reading The Cape. You can read my review here.

Let me start by saying, I like trades. I know there are people that are against trades, and people against people only buying trades. When I talk about book, I’m talking about the trade. Perhaps this changes your opinion of me and we can no longer be friends, but hear me out. I’m impatient, I lose things, and spending money on trades is bad enough for me. You can buy single issues, and I’ll buy trades and we will be one happy comic family ok? ok. Let’s continue.

The art:

I will admit when I first opened my first Locke & Key, I was a little put off by the art. Not as put off as I was with The Walking Dead, but I think I have an issue with people. Drawn people. I’m blaming it on Hellboy and Mouseguard being my first real comic experiences. (I don’t count V for Vendetta and Watchmen. To me, those are more novels with pictures. Very good works though.) People have a tendency to be either too cartoony, or not cartoony enough. I was extremely impressed and sucked in immediately by his amazing talent for backgrounds and perspective however. The balance of detail was very impressive. Like I said, I have an issue with people. Towards the end of the first book, I loved the people. I appreciated the thought that must have been put into them. Ty, Kinsey, and Bode are amazing. They are similar enough to be siblings, but still different enough. Overall, I was very impressed by his talent. It has been a joy and a privilege to take this journey with him.

The story:

Due to tragic events, Ty, Kinsey, and Bode find themselves living in a house that their father grew up in, with keys that do wonderfully magical and terrifying things. Unlocking the secrets of this house, while fighting off the evil in search of it’s own keys, is an amazing journey that is told extremely well. I don’t like getting too much into detail, since I don’t want to spoil anything for anybody. The writing is very realistic as to kids moving to a Massachusetts town, and I can appreciate the sibling rivalry thrown in as well. I went into Locke & Key being a skeptic, and as soon as I read the last word bubble on the last page, I sent my fiance to buy the next one.

Again, like The Cape, Locke & Key does have some mature adult themes and violence, however, unlike The Cape, it’s not overwhelmingly so. In fact, my roommate didn’t realize any of the sexual innuendos… although I’m not quite sure what to make of that…He also didn’t like it very much…

If you are looking for an interestingly magical adventure, I would highly recommend Locke&Key!

It’s been a while…

Hello! I’m sorry it’s been so long since my last post. So many things have been happening in the geek world and in the real world that it’s been a daunting task keeping it up with it all! As you probably suspected, my life has been taken up with the lastest addition to the zombie horror family, The Last of Us. I won’t go into how incredibly awesome this game is because everybody else that has touched it already has. I will say that it is everything I had hoped for it to be and much much more. If you haven’t picked up a copy, or if you don’t have a PS3, just do it.. It’s worth it. Borrow one if you have to even.

In other exciting news, Boston Comic Con is looking to be amazingly epic! I am most excited about Mike Mignola, David Petersen, Joe Hill, and Gabriel Rodriguez! I don’t know how they have a venue big enough to hold that much awesome! I don’t know if I have a bag big enough to bring everything I want signed! *insert fangirl moment here* Did I mention this is my first comic convention ever? I imagine some Depends are in order, since I can guarantee I will probably pee myself at least once. (By the way, there are talks of a Locke & Key movie, so if you’re one of those “I read the comics first” people, get to it.)

As for my little B, we are 5 months into breastfeeding and loving every moment of it! He, however, has been miserable with life, since he’s teething like it’s his job (which I geuss it is) and has sprouted 4 in the past 2 months. He’s a champ.

In other, other news: due to recent events, we have decided that it would be the best decision for me to cutting back my hours at work, thus stepping down from my management position. This is a bittersweet moment for me, but it does mean there is more blogging in my future! (not sure yet if that is good or bad…..) So look for more reviews and whatnot coming soon, since I imagine I will have slightly more time on my hands.^^

 

 

The Cape

Hello boys and girls! I just finished reading Joe Hill’s The Cape, which I found to be a very interesting experience. It is suggested for mature audiences, so if violence and nudity aren’t your thing then I would stay away from this one. However, for those that are looking for an interesting twist on a “superhero” comic, this is definitely a must.

The story is based on a short story written by Joe Hill. In fact, next on my reading list is Locke & Key which is also Joe Hill. I find the story refreshing. The Cape is about a “failed to thrive” man who has a cape that he uses to be able to fly. Instead of using his powers for the good of mankind, he exacts revenge on those who he feels have betrayed him. The eerie thing about the main character, Eric, is he could be anybody. I found myself empathizing for him as much as those victim to him, probably since he does remind me of some people that I know.

I feel that the uniqueness of the comic book medium is the storytelling. As a comic, I found The Cape an easy to follow read. Let me elaborate….
Have you ever read a comic book, and you’re chugging along, and then you read a word balloon that seems a little off? I know when I was reading The Walking Dead there were a couple word balloons that drew my eye before their time. I didn’t find such things with The Cape. Your eye followed the page exactly the way it was meant to, which is one of the amazing things about comics.

I really enjoyed the art. The throwback to old school style was a very nice touch, and the detail in the panels was amazing. There is such a thing as too much detail, but The Cape had a very nice balance. I wasn’t over whelmed, or under whelmed… Perhaps just nicely whelmed.

If you are looking for something refreshing and almost psychotic to read, check out Joe Hill’s The Cape!

just an fyi: I bought The Cape. I read it. I wrote about it. All opinions are my own and what not..

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