Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows 2 (December 2009)
Hill more than makes up for the previous issue with this one. He starts out with the older brother–Ty, right?–before moving to the sister. I can’t remember her name. He brings in some other teenagers and traps them in a cave and almost kills them.
It’s a completely unpredictable turn of events since Hill sets the issue up first with Ty and some girl and the head trick, then something about Dodge, then something the promise of a secret in the cave. Putting the four teenagers in eminent danger doesn’t even figure in. He just does it and it works beautifully.
Rodriguez gives each of the characters a lot of visual personality, though apparently no one at this high school doesn’t have body piercings, and Hill’s dialogue for their panic is outstanding.
Even if I don’t remember the sister’s name, it’s probably the best issue of the series.
In the Cave; writer, Joe Hill; artist, Gabriel Rodriguez; colorist, Jay Fotos; letterer, Robbie Robbins; editor, Chris Ryall; publisher, IDW Publishing.