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The Locksmith issue 1: 05/13/16

The Locksmith issue 1 by Terrance Grace

I like comic books and graphic novels but I don't have patience for the two biggest publishers of them: DC and Marvel. I don't don't have the energy or devotion to want to read through the mounds and mounds of stuff they're constantly churning out (and that goes for the movies too). I'm finding that my go-to place for comics now is Kickstarter or similar venues.

The Locksmith series by Terrance Grace I found on Kickstarter as issue two was being funded. Fortunately issue one is also still available so I was able to get both.

The first issue is the set up. It's the wham. It's the what the hell is happening?

It opens with an old man falling over dead. Then his elderly housekeeper falls over dead. Outside the city seems testier than usual. An elderly shut in instantly puts me in the mindset of something like The Sentinel (the movie more than the book).

On the other hand, with the title and the panel showing the keys scattered around the old man, I'm reminded of the novel Keys to the City by Joel Kostman. Kostman's book is a collection of short stories based around some of the people a locksmith (a normal not-paranormal one) would have. And finally there's Joe Hill's graphic novel series, Locke & Key which shares the key and family violence motifs.

Four stars

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