Graphic Novel Review: Locke & Key, Vol. 2: Head Games

Good Morning Book nerds,

Man I’m on a roll with blog posts this week!

Continuing on with my reads, I just finished Locke & Key, Vol. 2: Head Games by Joe Hill.

After my book buddy Misty and I finished the first graphic novel (you can see my individual review here or our buddy rant here), we were hooked and had to have more, more, more! Today I’m really busy after noon, so I decided to read this one through a little bit ahead of schedule.

So, does the second graphic novel stack up to the first one? Keep scrolling to find out!



Following a shocking death that dredges up memories of their father’s murder, Kinsey and Tyler Locke are thrown into choppy emotional waters, and turn to their new friend, Zack Wells, for support, little suspecting Zack’s dark secret.

Meanwhile, six-year-old Bode Locke tries to puzzle out the secret of the head key, and Uncle Duncan is jarred into the past by a disturbingly familiar face.

Open your mind – the head games are just getting started



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The Review:

I gave this graphic novel four and a half stars!

Wow, I mean, just wow! With a series, I always get nervous that the second book is going to be a disappointment, especially after I gobbled up the first book in no time. That was not the case with this novel.

Head Games follows right after the events of Welcome to Lovecraft. Dodge is on the loose wreaking havoc, while the Locke family investigates the magic keys in possession and their own personal mysteries of the past and present.

Everything I loved about the first graphic novel was present in this one too, and I was overjoyed.

The art is stunning, gritty, and a bit grotesque at times, but rendered expertly. I’m still in awe of how well produced the artwork was.

All of the characters were entertaining, had depth, and kept my attention the whole time. Dodge continues to be a great villain and went a step further in this one. It was so easy to badmouth him every time he showed up on the page. I mean seriously, go back to the well where you belong!

With the multiple perspectives, I especially liked that not all of them were from the Locke family. At the same time, I did feel from time to time that some of the perspective switches were a little fast for my liking.

The plot was great, and this volume had something of a psychological thriller vibe to it that surprised me in a good way.

Magic key madness continues in this novel, and I was living for it every step of the way.

I can’t wait to see what happens next!



That’s a Wrap!

Thanks for stopping by, and happy reading!

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    • Yeah, I’m trying to diversify my reads and I loved the show, so that’s why I’m reading it. It’s so good!

      From what I looked up, a 2021 release is expected but since they didnt give a dare itll probably be near the end of the year. Bummer!

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