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  • I did know Joe Hill was Stephen King’s son😊 In fact my first encounter with him was for the book NOS4A2 (Nosferatu) which is a novel I highly recommend if you haven’t read it already.
    As for this series of graphic novels I of course definitely know about them, but as with way too many other things, haven’t yet been able to get around to them. All of these sound great though, so I think I might just have to shift up my timetable for them 😊 As always terrific post!

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    • I have always been meaning to try at least one novel by him but I never found the time for them. NOS4A2 is indeed one that I have high on my list too. I’ll have to make time for it!

      I’m glad to hear your interest in this one and I hope you’ll find a little bit of time somewhere in your day to check these out the! 😀 Thanks for reading, Michel! 😀

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  • I have come to the conclusion that Joe Hill just isn’t my cup of tea. My only interaction with his work was that terrible movie Horns but even all of the reviews, glowing or not, simply don’t appeal to me.

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    • I’m glad to hear your interest in the comics, Heather! I hope you get the chance to see how it was originally told! I’ll have to make time for the Netflix show myself in the near future. 😀 Thanks for reading!

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  • Haven’t read the comic yet – now I’m tempted 🙂 The show is definitely ok, but no great, at least the first 6 episodes I’ve seen. Not sth I would binge-watch, but I’m going to finish one day… thanks for the review!

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  • I only read the first volume, but I think it’s because it was just too violent for me and I didn’t appreciate the art style either. It was super interesting to read your thoughts on the entire series though! I didn’t love, but I liked the Netflix show, so I am glad it got another season for now.

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    • Oh snap. It’s not ALWAYS super violent but when it’s time for it in each volume, it goes pretty far into gore-land hahaha I also got used to the art style after volume 2 and it remains pretty consistent throughout the series too. If you really didn’t like it the first time, it might indeed be hard to enjoy it as you go further into the series hahah I’ll definitely have to try out the series then. A passing grade from Kat is always a good sign! 🙂 Thanks for reading, Kat.

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  • I’ve read volume #1 and watched the show. I thought the artwork (all aspects of art) were great in the comic. Although I did have it somewhere in my brain to buy the graphic novel at some point ( not a high priority ) I read it early because of Kindle Unlimited. Cheers. =D

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  • I watched the Netflix series and it’s brilliant! Really looking forward to series 2! Those are some awesome looking books there Lashaan, not too sure I’d read them, but Netflix did it good 😃 Great post, ad always 👍🏻

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  • I’ve only read volume 1 so far, but I intend to get back to this series, even more so now. I also am not a huge fan of the illustrations, but I do like them. “Crisp” is the best word to use for illustrations I tend to favor.
    So far, I’ve only watched the first episode of the show. I wasn’t feeling it too much, but I plan to give it another chance.

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    • Exactly. It’s nothing bad, but nothing that makes me go crazy either. Good thing the story and the ideas explored are quite fascinating and dark here. Just the concept of locks and keys made this excellent! I totally understand your feelings for the show though. It’s what I felt when I saw the trailer alone hahaha

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  • Glad to see you enjoyed this series. Long ago I was given the chance to borrow the first volume from a friend, but I just didn’t care for the style of the artwork so I passed on the opportunity. Then last year I listened to an audiobook version of the story told using multiple narrators with music and sound effects, really well done, I thought. It had a bit of a YA feel to it, but I enjoyed it. Regarding Joe Hill, I did know he was Stephen King’s son, and had tried reading his novel Horns, but unfortunately was really disappointed by it. The concept seemed interesting but it was just way too long, seemed to drag on forever. I preferred the movie over the book because the movie was far shorter. I’d still like to try some of his other works, see how that sits with me. I’m thinking Heart-Shaped Box or NOS4A2.

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    • It’s the first time I’m hearing about the audiobook version of this one! I’m glad that you still enjoyed that one though. I also totally understand that you passed on the comics because of the style too. If it wasn’t for the praise the series had received, I’d have looked the other way too. Ahhh interesting that the movie worked better for you. I’ve been meaning to try one of those 3 that you mention but never got around to it. I am curious to see how he does in a novel compared to comics though. His comics are usually quite fascinating conceptually! Thanks for reading, Todd. I appreciate it. 😀

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  • Looks like you’re enjoying this, Lashaan! I don’t feel convinced by the premise, but I’m actually considering giving the comics a try. I like that short review feature, btw! 😉

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  • Great review as always Lashaan! I hadn’t heard of this series before but it sounds super entertaining! I’m always up for a bit of horror + family drama 😁 Maybe I will try the Netflix series first as I guess it will be easier to get a hold on! Thanks for sharing

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    • Thanks, Juliette! I would tell you to try the show first too but I haven’t myself to confirm if it’s as good as the comics hahaha If you do, I’d love to know if it was anything worth your time though hahahah Otherwise, maybe someday you’ll have access somehow to these comics for you to read and discover the horrors created by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez! 😀

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  • I’m late to the game on this post, but I adored the Locke & Key series! The storytelling and art make this my favorite graphic novel series and cemented Joe Hill as a favorite author of mine. I do have to admit that I was surprised that you did not like Gabriel Rodriguez’s art at first (plus some other commenters) as I felt it was perfect for the story and so lush and detailed. Did you notice that he drew himself & Hill in as paramedics in the last volume?

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    • I saw your love for the franchise on Goodreads! It really was a fantastic series that really put Joe Hill on my radar too. I don’t think I even knew who he was and his blood ties to Stephen King until I looked him up thanks to Locke & Key! Hahahah I think I missed it but I looked it up now and it is them indeed! 😛

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