Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows 6 (April 2010)

Wow. Wow. Just, wow. I’m not sure this issue’s actually better than the last great issue a few ago, but it’s incredibly impressive. Instead of resolving anything big, Hill goes after something small and makes it as big as possible. It doesn’t start off seeming so incredible, of course. It’s already different because the mom gets to see some of the magic of the house and then things go very, very wrong. What’s great is how Hill mixes the mundane with the fantastic. The mom’s alcoholism collides with Kinsey’s inability to experience fear. Then the rest of the family gets into it–actually…

Bloodhound 8 (April 2005)

Jolley skips ahead a little, giving Clevenger practically a superhero outfit–a special Kevlar shirt, I think–and a little more freedom. Jolley uses Clev’s ex-girlfriend to reveal the information. It’s a nice little device, since it develops Clev a little. Agent Bell gets the most character development in the issue; more of a past revelation, but it makes she and Clevenger’s partnership a lot more interesting. The issue mostly takes place in a small Southern town where the FBI suspect a metahuman arsonist. There’s a lot of investigating, a whole cast of guest stars and a lot of personality to the town. Kirk…