Locke & Key Books

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Locke & Key is a comic book series written by America’s best-selling comic writer Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez. The comic series by Joe Hill is divided into three distinct acts, and each consists of six-issue story arcs. Act one storyline, Welcome to Lovecraft is a six issue and was published on 20 February 2008. Due to positive reviews, it was sold completely one day thus needing a second print to be done. The second story story of Scene One Head Games kicked off after its first issue in 2009 and was subsequently published in four publications.

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Order of Locke & Key Graphic Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 Welcome to Lovecraft ( By: Joe Hill) 2008 Description / Buy
2 Head Games ( By: Joe Hill) 2009 Description / Buy
3 Crown of Shadows ( By: Joe Hill) 2010 Description / Buy
4 Keys to the Kingdom ( By: Joe Hill) 2011 Description / Buy
5 Clockworks ( By: Joe Hill) 2013 Description / Buy
6 Alpha & Omega ( By: Joe Hill) 2014 Description / Buy
7 Small World (Short Story) ( By: Joe Hill) 2017 Description / Buy
8 Heaven and Earth (Short Story) ( By: Joe Hill) 2017 Description / Buy
9 The Golden Age (By: Joe Hill) 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Locke & Key: ...In Pale Battalions Go… Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Locke & Key: ...In Pale Battalions Go… #1 (Short Story) (By: Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez) 2020 Description / Buy
2 Locke & Key: ...In Pale Battalions Go… #2 (Short Story) (By: Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez) 2020 Description / Buy
3 Locke & Key: ...In Pale Battalions Go… #3 (Short Story) (By: Joe Hill) 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell & Gone Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell & Gone #0 (Short Story) (By: Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez) 2020 Description / Buy
2 Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell & Gone #1 (By: Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez) 2020 Description / Buy
3 Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell & Gone #2 (Short Story) (By: Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez, Jay Fotos) 2021 Description / Buy

Order of Locke & Key: One-Shots Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Locke & Key: Dog Days (Short Story) (By: Joe Hill) 2019 Description / Buy
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The second act of the comic book series consists two, six-issue miniseries. Crown of Shadow is the first story arc and publication began in 2009. The second story arc of the comic series by Joe Hill is Keys to the Kingdom whose publication began in 2010.

Act three of the series is titled Clockworks but was initially titled Time and Tide.


The comic series, Locke & Key was listed as the Best Limited Series during the 2009 Eisner Awards, subsequently the writer; Joe Hill was penned for “Best Writer.” The series was announced the winner of the 2009 British Fantasy Award under the category of best Graphic/Comic Novel. Joe Hill was listed the winner of the 2011 Eisner Award. Subsequently, the series was nominated for best continuing series, single issue, and the best Penciller. The series also won the 2012 British Fantasy Award for being the Best Graphic/Comic novel.


Dimension Film acquired rights for Welcome to Lovecraft however in 2010; it was officially announced that the company had lost the film and television rights for the same to DreamWorks. In 2010 the production was made a TV-series rather than movie adaptation. Several movies stars such as Miranda Otto, Sarah Bolger, Nick Stahl, Skylar Gartner and Harrison Thomas featured in the film. The renowned singer and movie star Jesse McCartney was featured as Ty Locke the male lead.

Additionally, the six books of the comic series were adapted into a 13-hour audio drama that was released in 2015. William Dufris directed the sound clip and produced by AudioComics series. The audio received positive critics and was listed for Four Awards by the Audiobook Publishers Association.

Cryptozoic Entertainment published a card game based on the series in 2012.


These are best two comic books in the series Locke & Key by Joe Hill. The first comic book is Welcome to Lovecraft consisting of six publications all done February- July 2008. After their father is murdered Bode, Tyler, and Kinsey Locke relocate together with their mom to a family estate in Lovecraft in Massachusetts. One of the kids who killed Mr. Locke (Bode father) is confined in a children prison and is in contact with an evil spirit that agrees to help him escape. On the other hand, Bode Locke discovers his supernatural ability to separate his spirit form from his physical body.

In the second scene, Bode Locke continues to play around with his psychic abilities; he manages to spy on his sister, brother as well as his mother. In his spy missions, Bode soon finds a well which is home to the supernatural spirit that communicates with the confined teen, Sam Lesser.

Eventually, Sam manages to break from prison and wanders throughout America in search of Keyhouse- family estate where Bode and his family relocated. Upon finding the house, he holds bodes family hostage and is determined in finding Anywhere Key as a pay to the supernatural spirit. When Bode Locke finds Anywhere Key, he trades the key with the supernatural power inside the well with the condition that the force will terminate Sam Lesser.

Alpha and Omega- the Omega Key is in the hands of Dodge and nothing is going to stop him from using the key. Dodge has also cast out Bode spirit from his body and the only person who can hear bode voice is his old friend Rufus Whedon. This is the last issue of the LOCKE & KEY comic series by New York bestselling author Joe Hill and illustrates the battle between Locke children and the monster determined on destroying them.


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What Is The Next Book in The Locke & Key Graphic Novels?

There doesn't seem to be an upcoming book in The Locke & Key Graphic Novels. The newest book is The Golden Age and was released on March, 15th 2022.


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  1. I am not normally a comic book reader, but this was gifted to me by a friend and I really fell in love with it. It’s sometimes bloody, sometimes violent, sometimes scary and sometimes disturbing, but it is mostly very entertaining. There are also very funny parts and some parts that get emotional as well.

    When I read this I only knew that Joe Hill was a novelist making his foray into comics, but after reading it I found out he was Stephen King’s son. WHAT?! It makes sense when you read it as you can see sparks of his dad in his writing style, but I really had no idea and this son has really succeeded on his own.

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