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

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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 they’re there already but whatever. It’s maybe the truest scene Hill’s written in Locke & Key–I say maybe because I can’t remember it well enough, but let’s assume.

I didn’t think Hill had it in him. It doesn’t play into the series’s expectations at all. It’s wonderful.

CREDITS

Beyond Repair; writer, Joe Hill; artist, Gabriel Rodriguez; colorist, Jay Fotos; letterer, Robbie Robbins; editor, Chris Ryall; publisher, IDW Publishing.

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