- Gebundene Ausgabe: 212 Seiten
- Verlag: IDW Publishing; Auflage: 01 (18. Februar 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1613778538
- ISBN-13: 978-1613778531
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,5 x 1,8 x 26,2 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 94.635 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Locke & Key Volume 6: Alpha & Omega (Locke & Key (Idw) (Hardcover)) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 18. Februar 2014
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Joe Hill is the author of the New York Times" bestsellers Heart-Shaped Box" and Horns" and writes an ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key". He makes lots of noise on Twitter under the handle @joe_hill.
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I NEEDED to get ALPHA & OMEGA in English, because I couldnt wait for the German edition to be released. I NEEDED to get to know what would happen, how the story would end, if evil would be of success - and so many things more.
I bought the entire series in English, and, by now, it is the third time that I engage myself with it. Boy! L&K is so much of a whole lotta better in English than it is in German, you wouldn't believe. I can't recall having laught out loud so very often whilst reading the German interpretations. Yet, I still wonder, if there is really so much swearing in AE average speach.
Well, what the hey, who bothers?
This item, Alpha and Omega, is definitely the best stuff I've read for a very long time. And, to my uttermost surprise, by the end of the book I felt fine and contented. I won't tell to much, but it's a final, that I can get along with quite well. Ha! Well! Better not calling down a well to wait for an echo to respond, ey?
Boy, if you haven't already: go and get it. It is worth every - whatever currency you have to pay for it.
Besides: Unlike other printed works from over the sea that I bought before (like Dicworld novels and stuff) ... those books from IDW are high class quality products. Awesome colours, rich in detail, tough, calendered paper. Honestly, a product to last for long, therefore, better treat it with respect.
Don't you forget: there is a lot of magic in it.
With best regards, and sorry for - well - my spelling and the way that I've expressed myself.
Ich habe ungeduldig auf den letzten Band gewartet, und meine hohen Erwartungen - hervorgerufen durch die 5 Vorgänger - sind übertroffen worden!
Diese Ausgabe im Hardcover ist wieder wunderbar ausgearbeitet, mit hochwertigem Papier, Feinreli-efprägung und einem Lesebändchen, so dass alleine schon das in die Hand nehmen des Buchs einem Freude bereitet – wie auch der Inhalt, sowohl im erzählerischen, wie auch im künstlerischen Bereich. Eine sehr lesenswerte, in sich abgeschlossene Graphic-Novel-Serie geht mit diesem Buch zu Ende.
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When a series, be it comics, books, television or otherwise, announces that it’s closing up shop, there’s always a worry that they’ll leave things on a sour note. Rather than let the story seemingly run on forever, Hill and Rodriguez made the difficult decision to end things while they were still on top. Honestly, they could’ve continued the series for a number of years, running the story until the creative juices stopped flowing. However, the creators had an endgame and no level of critical praise was going to keep them from finishing it the way they wanted.
It’s hard to really say anything about the series at this point that I haven’t already said. I know, I know, as a reviewer, that line is such a cop out but it’s true. Rodriguez’s art continues to blow me away and Hill’s writing is pure perfection. In simple terms, they knocked it out of the park; which is impressive considering both Hill and Rodriguez knew that expectations were at a fever pitch. In fact, I’ll be shocked if I find anyone who’s disappointed in the direction the co-creators went to end the series. To steal a cliche, it’s an emotional roller coaster that readers will not soon forget.
Along with DC’s Gotham Central, I feel that Locke & Key is one of the strongest series I've ever read. At no point in the entirety of this story did I feel like the creators were just mailing it in. With a collaboration as successful as this, Hill and Rodriguez owe it to themselves to work together in the future. I’d put their partnership up against any duo out there today in terms of pure creative chemistry. If you haven’t started the series, now is the time to do so.
WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR VOLUMES 1-5.
Volume 6 picks up shortly after where volume 5 left off: Dodge has taken over Bode’s body, collected all the keys, and is dead set on releasing his fellow demons. And it’s prom in Lovecraft, where the traditional after party is down in the caves. Everything’s set for a showdown.
For the most part, Hill and Rodriguez focus on two set-pieces: the caves and Keyhouse. And between these two locales, every character–monster, person, and otherwise–from volumes 1 through 5 come out to play. All the characters readers have come to know and love are put in jeopardy and given a chance to rise or fall in dramatic fashion. I was very happy to see all the threads woven together for the finale.
I was especially happy to see the involvement of the adult characters in this book, especially Nina, the Locke matriarch. In the previous volumes, she had faded into the background a bit (which is fitting, given that the magic fades as kids grow up), but in this volume she returns to the foreground and takes on a more active role.
Additionally, I thought the conclusion was a great bookend to the story’s opening. The story comes full circle in a nice twist on the ending. Which leads me to my last point: the writing and artwork are top notch, deserving of every word of praise they get. Hill has written a story that is scary, sad, funny, loving. He has also created a cast of characters who grow, get hurt, and are metaphorically beautifully drawn. And they are literally beautifully drawn by Rodriguez, whose style helps build the drama, the tension, and the suspense as much as Hill’s story.
In my experience, comics tend to have either a great story or great artwork, but not here. Locke & Key is a collaboration between heavyweights, and both pack a powerful punch. This is an incredible series that is destined to be a classic. There is a richness and depth here that will reward re-reading.
If you enjoyed the other volumes of Locke and Key then you have to (you don't really have to, nothing will happen if you don't, just FYI) buy this one as it rounds out the series perfectly. The writing is exciting and the artwork is so well done, as for the story: Hill keeps the mystery up and the characters are so complete and well written.
Overall, this review is basically a poorly worded sales pitch for this book: which I didn't get for free or at a discount to write, this hopefully will change in the future (hint).
I feel ridiculous for taking so long to read this series. Stop putting it off. If you got stuck halfway, pull yourself back up and finish this book. Locke and Key is true genius, lightning in a bottle that demands to be observed.
If I didn't like one thing about Locke & Key, it's just that it now made everything else I've ever given 5/5 stars only a 4 or 4.5 at best. Locke & Key is in a class all by itself and from now on, this is the standard for which everything else will be measured.