REVIEW: Locke & Key: Clockworks #6

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Twenty-five years ago, the Keepers of the Keys attempted one last daring adventure. Even the best laid plans can go awry, and the result still haunts family members today. The final issue of Clockworks has arrived, and Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez don’t disappoint.

LOCKE & KEY: CLOCKWORKS #6
Writer: Joe HIll
Artist: Gabriel Rodriguez
Colorist: Jay Fotos
Letterer: Robbie Robbins
Editor: Chris Ryall
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Cover Price: $3.99

Previously in Locke & Key: The evil behind the door in the Drowning Cave was supposed to turn into the Whispering Iron so the Keepers of the Keys could make their own wondrous keys. Unfortunately, young Duncan got in the way, and Dodge became possessed, vowing to kill any and all in his way if he can’t get the Omega Key.

HOLY CRAP!

The best thing about the Clockworks arc, is it does give us a look how Dodge became so evil, and why the family and friends seem so distant years later. At the same time, Hill and Rodriguez have served up a chilling tale that surprises on every turn. This issue is no exception.

In this issue, we find out how Erin lost all her memories, how Dodge became the girl seen in Welcome to Lovecraft, and more importantly, how everything fell apart. Some characters live, and some characters die, and it is the die part that hits the reader over the head. The big shock that Dodge took over Bodie’s body in the last arc had my mind reeling, but the ending to Clockworks leaves me wondering how Hill is going to bring back the dead – or those we believe to be dead. That being said, Hill drops hints throughout the issue that sets up “the return,” and even brings the story full circle to answer questions from the first volume. Pay attention to this issue closely, Dear Reader, as the “key” to defeating Dodge is probably sitting there on the page.

Joe Hill is a master story teller, and he drops so many holy crap moments in this issue, that I can’t believe any network would pass on this tale. A studio that understands magic and terror needs to pick up this property now, as a series of movies is just begging to be made.

LOVE THE ART

I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to read this issue, but if you are just looking for pretty pictures, this issue is 100 times better than any other art you will see this week. The level of detail jumps out at you, and the squishy moments are just gory enough to make you cringe, but not enough to turn you away in horror. If Hill is the master storyteller, then Rodriguez is the master artist. The double page spread near the end of the issue works so well, that those getting this in a digital only format are going to be disappointed.

BOTTOM LINE: BUY IT!

While I do understand the need to have a contained story, I really don’t want this series to end. It’s been terrific from the very beginning, and this arc, and this issue in particular , is so thrilling it’s worth reading a couple more times before the final seven issues of Locke & Key arrive. Locke & Key: Clockworks #6 is terrifying in the storytelling, awe inspiring in the artistic detail, and a perfect ending chapter for this arc. This is a must buy issue, earning 5 out of 5 Stars.

Rating: ★★★★★