Read Locke & Key: Small World by Joe Hill Gabriel Rodríguez Online


Three years after wrapping up their award-winning, best-selling Locke & Key saga, the team that built Keyhouse returns to Lovecraft, Massachusetts with a new tale of terror and suspense! An impossible birthday gift for two little girls unexpectedly throws open a door to a monster on eight legs!...

Title : Locke & Key: Small World
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ISBN : 30628690
Format Type : ePub
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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Locke & Key: Small World Reviews

  • mark monday
    2019-05-21 20:07

    picture if you will a dollhouse, exquisitely detailed and true to life, true to the actual house that contains it. a dollhouse that replicates that house - and the people in it! you can watch your family as they move about the house, in and out of rooms, living their brief lives and none the wiser that your beady little eyes are fixed upon them. stick your hand through a window and watch as your family members cope with these giant fingers that have come from nowhere. now imagine a spider has made its way into this dollhouse... and so into your own house, transformed into a giant menace, now stalking your own house's hallways - now stalking you!although the wondrous Locke & Key series and its standalones have all featured children, this is perhaps the sole entry so far that is actually suitable for children. it is full of amusing banter and offhand sweetness, shivery adventure and goofy physical humor, brave children and eerie shadow servants, a cat that saves the day (finally!) and, I'm afraid to say, boogers. gotta give the kids what they want, I suppose. the writing by Joe Hill is pleasant and breezy; the art by Gabriel Rodríguez is excellent as usual. overall a slim but delightful affair.

  • Raeleen Lemay
    2019-04-26 00:26

    This was a fun story! I really like these characters, and based on the interview at the end of this book it seems like there will be more stories about them! Looking forward to that for sure.

  • David Schaafsma
    2019-05-05 21:22

    One shot issue of a return by Hill and Rodriguez to Lovecraft, Mass., and an interesting premise: Two little girls get a birthday gift, an elaborate doll house, with living characters, where they can manipulate the world--oh, and it is THEIR OWN world they can manipulate!!--through the windows and doors. But the heart of this tale is an assault on the family--focusing on the children, the "small world"-- by a giant nightmarish spider.There are echoes of the art from Jacen Burrows in Alan Moore's Providence that I see here and like, a formal Victorian cast to it, not smeared or sketch and gray, but precise and clear echoing a bit of the well-lit world of The Shining. In an afterword interview, Hill says the series is as much influenced by the work of Richard Matheson as it is Lovecraft. He says the last 12 panels are completely a tribute to Matheson's world ( cf., Hell House, Shrinking Man). Pretty cool to be back in Lovecraft and connected to the key house, again.

  • Chad
    2019-05-04 16:17

    A new Keyhouse short story featuring the Locke family from 1910. Their dad has created the Small World key which allows them to bring their dollhouse version of Keyhouse to life. The problem if the dollhouse if really just a portal to the actual Keyhouse so anything entering the dollhouse instantly becomes gigantic and real inside the actual Keyhouse. This family has that same magic as the modern Day Locke family and the story is a lot of fun.I got a hard cover version of this story from the library that was a bit of a cash grab. It's $14.99 for a 32 page story, an interview, and some sketches. I'd go for the cheaper version.

  • Leah
    2019-05-06 00:20

    3 reluctantly given stars.I really enjoyed the story but didn't realize it was so short and this was primarily for the interview, some art, and behind the scenes/process of how the comic is made. That's my fault for not realizing that but I'm allowed to be annoyed.The story itself was good. I liked seeing an earlier Locke generation and how they used the key and hinted at how open they were with the other keys.As always, the art and writing worked well together.I just wish a "deluxe edition" felt more, you know, deluxe? I would suggest looking for just the single issue version and saving some money.

  • Anthony Vacca
    2019-04-22 20:16

    A 24 page story padded with 50 pages of facsimiles of Hill's handwritten and note-laden script of the aforementioned (to show inquiring minds and wannabe writers how the son of one of the most popular authors in the world writes a comic book). The story itself is lightweight, charming and trivial; and by now Gabriel Rodríguez has matured enough as an artist to create pleasing sights for the eye instead of the goofy sophomoric imagery that plagued early issues of Locke and Key. This story of a magical dollhouse and a behemoth black widow spider also features the previous generation of the magic-key-wielding family that dominated the stories in Locke & Key: Heaven and Earth. Again, for diehard Locke & Keyheads only.

  • Shadowdenizen
    2019-05-13 20:01

    Since many Locke & Key fans aren't aware of this title, and a handful of people have asked.. I thought people might find this blurb useful.As best I can gather at this point, the plan going forward for this saga is to do a series of one-offs/one-shots before another major arc (tenatively called World War Key)So this one-shot issue is out now (both physically and digitally) and this takes place after the main story, and is a Prequel (of sorts) to the new arc. [Though that new arc seems to be WAY down the line, so whether this will connect directly or not? Who knows?)

  • José
    2019-05-13 20:29

    ¡Una nueva historia de Locke & Key! Esta la primera serie de novelas gráficas que leí y me encantó, presenta un mundo muy raro, personajes excelentes y seres aterradores.Small World es una historia corta ambientada muchos años antes de la serie principal y no tiene relación directa con la misma; simplemente nos presenta a algunos antepasados de los protagonistas. Lo mejor de todo es que es apenas el comienzo de una serie de novelas gráficas independientes ambientadas en el universo de Locke & Key y luego Joe Hill y Gabriel Rodriguez comenzarán a publicar una nueva serie titulada World War Key, ¡no puedo esperar! :DSi te interesa conocer más acerca de estas excelentes novelas gráficas, puedes leer la entrada que escribí acerca de ellas en este enlace.

  • Mindi
    2019-04-22 22:10

    Small World is a single comic edition that contains some other goodies that relate to the Locke & Key universe, as well as the process behind creating this comic.The story is centered around the ancestors of the original Locke & Key family. This comic is about the Locke family of 1912, and a new key, the Small World Key. Combined with a replica dollhouse of Keyhouse, the Locke children can see what anyone in the house is doing at any time, just by peering into the windows. Mary and Jean are the Locke family girls, and their father Chamberlin gives Mary the key for her 10th birthday. Chamberlin tells Mary that it's very important to use the key wisely and not lose track of it, so of course Jean swipes the key from Mary and puts all the Lockes in danger. This comic was a lot of fun, and I'm really invested now in this era of the Locke family. Chamberlin and his wife Fiona have 4 children, 2 boys named John and Ian, and their sisters Mary and Jean. They live in Keyhouse with Chamberlin's brother Harland and the Locke family cat.This edition contains a conversation with Ted Adams, Joe Hill, and Gabriel Rodriguez, an art gallery, and a section called From Script to Page that shows numerous hand written notes by Joe Hill, as well as details regarding the creation of a gorgeous two-page spread that introduces the characters.

  • Cameron Chaney
    2019-05-09 19:29

    This book is really less of a story and more of a behind-the-scenes companion to the series. There is a very short story offing a tiny glimpse into the history of Keyhouse, but it doesn't really contribute anything to the original story. While I'm excited to see more Locke & Key material (and am excited for the new stories Joe and Gabriel have planned), this one just wasn't that special. I did like the behind-the-scenes material though.

  • Zedsdead
    2019-04-29 18:07

    A short story about the Small World Key, which activates a three foot tall detailed model of the Keyhouse. Things inserted into the model appear in giant form in the Keyhouse itself. This is a problem because:1) spiders, and 2) four year olds like to wipe boogers inside three foot tall detailed models of things.It's nice to revisit the world of L&K, to once again explore Gabriel Rodriquez's phenomenally detailed art. But there's not much to this single issue story. It's just, "here's a thing that could happen in a world of magic keys the end." It needs more.In a transcribed interview at the end, Rodriguez excitedly talks about plans for another six-volume story arc, and then Hill immediately drops a wet blanket on that possibility. Le sigh.

  • Maria
    2019-05-08 20:11

    I was so happy when I saw Issue 1 at the store. The Locke & Key series is one of my favorite collections of graphic novels. Issue 1, Small World, is another time but the same place. The reader gets to experience an earlier generation of the Locke family. This family is fully aware of all the keys and uses them significantly. We are introduced to a new key that of course unleashes a deadly foe. This is a very quick read, and lets us see another version of Lockes. For me it was good but not great. I wasn't attached to these characters, and there wasn't any depth developed. It's too short for that and I think that's the point. Being in the house again and seeing the keys utilized and a part of daily life was cool. I'll continue to read any future issues released and was happy to return to this world. I would like to get to know these older Lockes and see how the generations evolve.

  • Rick
    2019-04-21 19:04

    Here I am doing it again. Writing a review for a single comic. Ok, so this is a one-shot (or done-in-one for those in Europe), but still...This is a prequel to the entire Locke & Key but should definitely be read after the series if you want the full impact of the series (which is really, really good). Still the story and art are easily as good as the rest of the series. The creators are back at full steam, and they've let themselves run amuck in that house again. These guys are at the at the peak of their collaborative talents. And this comic is a delightful mix of horror with a touch of humor. Definitely worth checking out, and I Rickommend the entire series.

  • Daiva
    2019-05-04 16:04

    I really love this world that Joe Hill have created with these graphic novels and you know what they say - the more the merrier!Also, to whoever who have read it as well - awesome cat, huh? :)

  • Todd S
    2019-05-10 17:03

    Quite enjoyable one-shot, to be collected down the road in Locke & Key: The Golden Age along with several other forthcoming L&K stand-alones. The artwork in this story is fantabulous, and really whets my appetite for another multi-year epic (tentatively announced in the interview after the story) sometime in the future.

  • Daniela
    2019-04-25 16:18

    Jean is my new favourite Locke! She's the cutest! What a wonderful Christmas gift from Joe and Gabe!

  • Katherine Sigarán
    2019-04-29 19:15

    This is my favorite short story, it was amazing, fantastic and wonderful, as I read it I got the impression that there is a lot of inspiration from Alice in Wonderland (my favorite classic), I also like that family, both parents and children had knowledge and use of the keys, you can even say that they lived in harmony with the keys that were indirectly always one of the main characters of the story, I hope that in some future Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez keep writing more about this incredible world they created.Esta es mi historia corta favorita, fue increíble, fantásticas y maravillosa, mientras la leía se me hizo la impresión de que hay mucha inspiración por parte de Alicia en el País de la Maravillas (mi clásico favorito), también me gusto que la familia, tanto los padres y los hijos tenían conocimiento y uso de las llaves, hasta se puede decir que convivían en armonía con las llaves que indirectamente siempre fueron unos de los personajes principales de la historia, espero que en algún futuro Joe Hill y Gabriel Rodríguez sigan escribiendo más acerca de este increíble mundo que crearon.

  • JoLene
    2019-05-15 18:09

    I recently read the Locke & Key series (VOL 1-6) and thoroughly enjoyed them. I was at the library and noticed this volume. I knew that there were a few stand-alone stories that were published after the initial story arch. This volume covers a story involving previous members of the Locke family who lived in the early 1900's. What I didn't realize was that the story was just the equivalent of a 1 issue comic. (Normally graphic novels are 5-6 issues bundled together in a full story arc). There was a fully story, but it was the equivalent of a short story (which I don't care for much).Overall, this has the same style as the Locke & Key series, just focused on earlier members of the family. There is a slight world-building incongruity. The hardcover volume did include interviews with the writer and illustrator and also rough drafts of both of their work that show how the comic making process works --- this was of little interest to me.

  • Joshua Shioshita
    2019-05-13 22:22

    Full disclaimer: I haven't read much Locke & Key, and by "much" I mean one or two random out of order issues here and there. It attracts a lot of love, and I should probably try to dive in, but I haven't yet. I read this on a whim waiting to queue for Overwatch, and it's okay. I'm sure if I was more throughly educated in the lore, story, & characters it would mean a lot more to me. It reminded me of Gaiman's stuff, especially his dark fairy tales for kids style work - some Sandman, Coraline, Ocean at the End of the Lane. That's my real only touchstone for this, if you like that stuff you'll probably dig this. Not so much a horror story as a dark children's fantasy. The artwork is beautiful though, and if you like cats kicking ass (which I do) then there's something in there for you too.

  • Maggie Gordon
    2019-05-03 19:01

    More Locke and Key! How exciting! This is a story that takes place before the main series, and is meant to be one part of a greater set of shorts during the "Golden Age" of the universe. Despite the size of this book, the actual comic is only the size of a single floppy which was a disappointment. There are a lot of supplementary materials, including an interview and the original script of the comic. However, I would recommend readers wait until this is collected with the other upcoming stories in this timeline as this is quite a bit of money for a single issue. The story is fun, but I definitely want more content.

  • Estibaliz79
    2019-05-03 19:08

    Todo lo que pertenece al universo 'Locke & Key' es maravilla; también esta historia corta ambientada en los orígenes, con guión, dibujo y color magistrales.Aunque tengo que confesar que lo que más me ha gustado del número es esa entrevista final a Hill y Gabriel, en la que dicen que tienen planes para una segunda serie de 37 números. Ojalá los planes se lleven a la práctica :)

  • Emily
    2019-05-02 23:14

    The only thing I didn't like about this was that it ended too soon. I love this series, and I was excited to learn there are more Golden Age stories to come. And a TV pilot in the works too-oh joy!It won't make as much sense to people who haven't read the original series, so pick that up first. Hill's imagination and Rodriguez's art still make a winning combination. Give us more more more!

  • Alondra
    2019-05-21 17:23

    5 StarsLocke & Key has to be one of the best graphic novel series out. If you have not picked this up yet; then what are you waiting for???

  • Pernille
    2019-04-26 00:12

    3,5-4 stjerner

  • Robb
    2019-05-15 21:29

    I miss this world.

  • Abel Garcia Cortina
    2019-05-11 16:25

    This is only a one shot but it was fun to read. I'm looking forward to that Golden Age volume now

  • Michelle Morrell
    2019-05-17 00:25

    A stand-alone story in the Locke & Key world. Key-based shenangians were just as unsettling a hundred years ago, apparently. But what's more disturbing than the keys's existence is the characters's benign acceptance that this is normal.They really stretched to turn this into a bound trade, though, just the one story and a lot of meh extras about bringing the story to life, nothing I haven't seen a hundred times in a hundred other trades. Still, happy to revisit the world, and to hear there is more coming.

  • Philip Read
    2019-05-03 22:18

    It's only fitting that this book is titled Small World as this one off story is brief to the point of frivolity. Thats not to say that Hills tale of a ginormous spider rampaging around the Locke home isn't fun. It's incredibly fun for how long it lasts. Gabriel Rodriguez' art continues to strike a perfect balance between whimsical and terrifying, and any reader with even the slightest case of arachnophobia will find themselves squirming until the final page. The problem is that this story only takes up about half of what it is a fairly short book. In truth this book (story included) serves more as a companion piece to the original series. The second half of the book is filled with making-of material which fans will no doubt love, but may come as a disappointment to anyone expecting more than one short story. It's for this reason that this book will probably be enjoyed most by completionists and die hard fans of the main series.

  • Chelsey
    2019-04-25 16:24

    Ahhh - reading this made me miss Locke and Key so much. Think I’ll need to reread the series soon. Such a creative and eerie world!

  • Joanne Myers
    2019-05-13 19:15

    I love this. I really hope that they keep coming out with more Locke & Key stories. I absolutely adored the main graphic novels and this story just reminded me that I really want more to read.