As each installment gets better and better, there is no way readers can avoid a great issue as Locke & Key: Omega #4. Once you get to know them, you will be caring about the deeply flawed and relatable Locke family. As the “Locke & Key” series comes winding down, each issue packs a serious punch.
WRITTEN BY: Joe Hill
ART BY: Gabriel Rodriguez
PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing
RELEASE: April 3rd, 2013
I love how writer Joe Hill combines straight-up horror and laugh-out loud comedy. The humor from Hill’s writing isn’t meant to be silly or cheesy. It’s also not aimed to break the suspenseful tension. The comedy comes from within character and adds more to their complexity. When Uncle Dunk and Tyler are stuck in a jam, their dilemma gives them a chance to bond and be honest. The two don’t know how to get out of their situation and they’re not going to pretend to be the hero that saves the day.
One of the characters does take a major turn for the worst. I expect the rest of the story arc to take a much darker route. Not only was this character pivotal to the plot, but they were also the comic relief. When you take away the comic relief, that’s when you know things are going to get really serious. With the death count starting, it definitely makes me wonder what kind of ending Hill is planning.
Artist Gabriel Rodriquez deserves much praise for his portrayal of youth and teen angst. In a splash page, Rodriquez depicts the noisiness and care-free vibe of the prom after-party. As the reader, your eyes follow a female character as she walks from the top of the stairs to the bottom. There is so much thought even in the smallest details. You have the lanterns hanging from the ceiling, the small candles on the staircase, and the empty bottles on the floor. Pay attention to how the partygoers are standing in the next big panel. Then, see if you can spot the differences from their poses in the following shot.
The best part of the issue is Rodriquez’s presentation of the shadow monsters. These shadow monsters can be anything they want, which makes them creepy and deadly. They can be in the shape of a scarecrow, a zombie, and a wolf when they attack. Adding to the illustrations, Jay Fotos uses primary colors, such as red and yellow, to make the blackness stand out.
“Locke & Key: Omega” #4 closes on an exciting and nail-biting cliff-hanger. As the “Locke and Key” series heads towards its final chapter, I’m very anxious to see how the story ends.
Reviewed by – Jorge Solis