Graphic Novel Review: Locke & Key, Vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom

Howdy Bibliophiles!

I hope you’re having a good start to the week. I got my first COVID vaccine today, so there’s that. No icky side effects so far!

Anywho, it’s time for another novel review!

Sticking to the course, I read Locke & Key, Vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom by Joe Hill.

This is a buddy read with Misty’s Book Space. We’ll be having a buddy rant over the entire series once we reach the end, but after the first three novels I gotta say, I was so ready for the next installment.

Keep on reading for the review!



Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s Locke & Key unwinds into its fourth volume in Keys to the Kingdom. With more keys making themselves known, and the depths of the Locke family’s mystery ever-expanding, Dodge’s desperation to end his shadowy quest drives the inhabitants of Keyhouse ever closer to a revealing conclusion.



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The Review:

I gave this graphic novel four stars.

This is my least favorite in the series to date, but it was still an amazing journey!

In a nutshell, the Locke children continue to fight off Dodge’s attacks as he continues his desperate search for the Omega key.

As usual, I really enjoyed the main characters. Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode are great and their frustrations are very relatable as they try to figure out who this dark lady is and balance the normal part of their lives. I will say, they didn’t have as much depth as certain other volumes. I also still think their plan to stop Dodge is much too reactionary, but they still had many great moments and there were even some good funnies in there this time, which was refreshing.

The artwork was great as usual. I was a bit confused by the switch from the beginning’s more cartoony style to the usual artwork, but it didn’t really deter from the experience. It just felt a bit odd since I don’t believe that’s been done up to this point.

The events that happened in this novel were entertaining with plenty of action scenes. That being said, I wanted a little bit more. We get a LOT of action in the month of February in this book’s timeline, but it goes over the incidents much too quickly. I’d like to know the backstory behind each individual attack and really have it more fleshed out. This series could seriously be longer than it is!

At the same time, I really enjoyed the awesome key discoveries. At this point, there’s a diverse number of keys, and anytime a new one is found I get very giddy and excited. That’s what is so great about this series. It just has that sense of wonder to it.

All in all, this may not have been my favorite Locke & Key novel, but it’s still got a lot of great action, plot, and tension that’ll please any die-hard fan. Definitely worth a read!


That’s a Wrap!

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    • Haha, right? I’m a bit more forgiving with this one because I still blazed through it and had a good time.

      Oh for sure! It’s right up there with flying a kite and gazing up at clouds for me. 🙂

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