Review: Locke & Key – Omega #4

Locke and Key: Omega is been the greatest horror comic I never read. Brimming with ever-interesting characters and a boatload of originality these issues are fun and suspenseful from start to finish. Also they never fail to pull on a heart string or two, issue four is no different.

The opening bit where an extremely inebriated Mrs. Locke, beaten and bloody, tries to drag herself over to the phone for help? Hilarious and hard to look at- on one hand a drunk middle age woman calling the ghost of her dead school age son a “Casper bitch!” is wonderfully funny, this feeling is juxtaposed by us knowing how anyone finding her will, and do, feel about her state. Its stuff like this where Joe Hill and the team really knock it out of the park.

Early on we see Duncan and his nephew share a great moment while stuffed close in the trunk of a car surrounded by shadow demons, “I never wanted to be THAT gay uncle.” It’s all prime stuff, and I’ve seldom read a funnier comic, I even chuckled out loud a few times. The fact that they can have a moment like this and switch a second later to a story like Rufus’ is awesome; he continues to be probably my favorite character of the run. He’s written so brave and heart melting and without stepping on any of the common pratfalls of a mentally handicapped character, its inspiring stuff. Seeing him marching into Lovecraft makes you scared for him and inspires a FUCK YEAH moment all at the same time.

Dodge is a nasty demon indeed and by the time he starts the slaughter at the school dance we really loathe him and root for our heroes. I’ve only read four issues and I was pissed when Scot fell into the chasm (any man with a Mohawk doing a Carrie homage at prom is a man close to my heart.) I was pissed off.

Gabe Rodriguez art is always top notch, pairing interesting and cool viewpoints for our panels with highly detailed and expressive characters; his stuff is perfect for this book. He also leaves the drawings feeling a tiny bit sketchbooky, and I mean this in the best possible way; Locke and Key: Omega is as fun to look at as it is to read.

These books are great fun and hit all the right emotional notes while carving a genre all to their own and they deserve to be read and commended.

Score: 5/5

Writer: Joe Hill

Artist: Gabriel Rodriguez

Colorist: Jay Fotos

Publisher: IDW Publishing

Price: $3.99

Release Date: 4/3/13