Dodge has his memories back and he’s going to make sure that nothing stops his quest for the Omega Key. Even if he has to kill a few of his closest friends to do it. Hill has decided to allow us a trip to the past, which reveals the events that have been hinted at and gives us a deeper look at Rendell Locke and his friends. As important as the Locke children have been, this shift to see how their father’s actions have impacted their lives so many years later has been excellent.
It’s the consistently fantastic storytelling fueling Clockworks that has made it one of the best installments in the Locke & Key series so far. If mainly for the fact that it has not only maintained but exceeded the previous volumes on every level. Dodge’s systematic destruction of his friends along with Rendell’s dedication to save them makes for one very intense confrontation. There’s also the fact that even as Hill is revealing different layers of the story, he’s adding to them, as well. This enriches the entire issue, and you just know you’re going to get a few surprises along the way.
As can be expected, Rodriguez and Fotos continue to tell one fantastic visual story time and time again. There hasn’t been one issue where they’ve not given the fans the quality they’ve come to expect since the beginning of the Locke & Key series. There is no way you just won’t keep going over the panels to see if you missed anything integral to the story, or just to look at how awesome everything is. Especially when they get to show off the power of the keys. From the few emotional moments to the bursts of action, there is that consistent thread of awesome that is in every panel.
Locke & Key is one of those comics that clearly breaks the stereotype of what a comic book is. No superheroes in tights or women with unbelievable cup sizes. Just a great story that is told both through words and art. With the final act approaching, the anticipation of what will happen with the Locke children is at an all time high. One thing is for certain, and that’s August can’t get here fast enough to see what this creative team will bring us!