Well, folks, this is the end of Locke and Key. It first hit the stands in early 2008 and is now finishing up in late 2013. It’s been a wild ride, and I’ve been more than happy with the twists and turns along the way. Locke and Key was one of those first series that had me branch away from the superhero genre of comics. I was strolling past the racks, after I had already purchased the comics from my pull file, and the cover of the first issue caught my eye. I picked it up on a whim, because I wanted something new, and that turned out to be one of the best comic book related decisions I’ve ever made.
This issue is essentially an epilogue, tying up the loose ends and setting everything right. With all the death and destruction of last issue, it’s a wonder Joe Hill manages to put a smile on your face and warmth in your heart, but he damn sure enough makes it happen. The issue starts off with quite the somber tone, but slowly crescendos into one heartfelt moment after another. Joe Hill has given these characters the proper ending they deserved, supplying them with happiness and relief after so much heartache throughout the series.
Gabriel Rodriguez delivers beautiful artwork, once again, in this issue. Hill may have written a very emotional and heartfelt issue here, but Rodriguez is the one who gives it all the weight. The seemingly small, more inconsequential moments are transformed into important, meaningful occasions for the characters. The amount of emotion Rodriguez is able to place in facial expressions and body language is unbelievably good. Rodriguez has delivered on every aspect of this series, no matter if it’s horror, action, or plain conversation. The man has put on good show for the series, and it’s damn impressive.
Honestly and truly, this has been one of the best books in recent memory. Hill and Rodriguez have delivered one of those series that’s going to be remembered and recommended for a long time to come. Locke and Key has easily cemented itself as one of my personal favorites, mostly because of how well Hill was able to wrap everything up. This last issue is utterly satisfying and a perfect ending to the series. I can’t wait to re-read it in its entirety, as the connections in this series run deep, and I’m sure I lost some of the detail and finer points in these later issues. Read Locke and Key Alpha #2 and know it’s a delightful, gratifying end to a stellar series.
Thank you, Mr. Hill and Mr. Rodriguez, for one of the best stories I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.