Graphic Novel Review: Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft

Good Morning!

I can’t believe I’m already saying this since my book review yesterday, but it’s review time!

Misty from Misty’s Book Space and I did a buddy read of Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft.

After seeing the first season of Locke & Key on Netflix, I simply had to check out the graphic novels and try them out for myself.

Misty and I admittedly haven’t done a buddy read in a while, but I feel that we really needed to find something we were both super amped about.

Please note, this post is my individual opinion of this book, which will soon be followed by a buddy read & rant. Alright, keep on scrolling!


Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them. Home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all…



The Review:

I gave this graphic novel five stars!

I don’t often find time for graphic novels with all the books I read, but I had to read this after learning the Netflix series was originally a set of graphic novels. I am so glad I did!

In this novel, we follow the lives of the remaining members of the Locke family after a tragic and violent incident. Trying to pick up the shards of their lives, the Locke family moves to Matheson, MA to their house deemed the ‘keyhouse’ to start anew. However, the past and present are filled with dangerous secrets, and soon they find themselves at risk once more.

This was hands down a phenomenal read.

I loved the artwork. The style was great, beautifully rendered, and really captured my attention. Every couple of pages I would just look at the artwork and think “Man, this is awesome.”

The characters felt three-dimensional, had plenty of depth, and felt fully realized. Much as adaptions go, don’t expect a replica of the Netflix series. Kinsey, Tyler, and their uncle felt somewhat similar to how they were portrayed in the show, while Bode felt a bit more rambunctious and their mother seemed much more realistic given their situation. I especially liked their witty, real responses to one another, and the tension was definitely there, especially with Tyler.

The plot had me from page one, and I finished this in one go. Moving to escape tragedy and finding keys that can do strange, magical things? Sign me up! Compared to the Netflix series, this graphic novel had a darker, raw filter that was engaging and pulled off expertly. I specifically enjoyed the backstories and how it wasn’t censored down. There were moments of blood and gore where needed, but it wasn’t excessive.

Overall, I absolutely loved this novel and am super hyped about this series. So ready tackle the next one! If you haven’t read this one yet, definitely give it a try. You won’t regret it!


That’s a Wrap!

Thanks for stopping by, and happy reading!

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  1. I ADORE this series! I look forward to your future reviews on the other volumes. The Netflix series is good too, similar enough for fans but has enough differences to keep you surprised!

    • Me too! Its sooo good so far! I cant wait to dig in to the rest of it. Hopefully we will see the next season on Netflix this fall. I need more!

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