Author: Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez
Genre: Graphic Novel
First Published: 2016
Page Count: 141
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Note: Volume 3 of the Locke & Key series
In volume three of the series, it’s still beautiful to read, creative with its storyline, and a great series to be caught up in.
*Epic Conclusion *Creativity of the Keys
“Surrounded and outnumbered, the Locke children find themselves fighting a desperate battle, all alone, in a world where the night itself has become their enemy.” Doge, the mysterious being from the well, is still set on collecting all the mysterious keys so that it can master their powers. This time Dodge gets help from a crown that can turn shadows into an army to do its bidding. Will the Locke kids be able to fight off the attack from the shadows and keep Dodge from collecting the final keys it so desperately wants?
Hill and Rodriguez continue to find a few more new keys to focus on in this volume and I continue to be amazed out how creative and unique each new key’s power is to the story. I honestly would’ve expected this key plot to grow tired, but the keys’ powers are fascinating and all completely different from each other. This volume felt much more epic and the stakes definitely seem to be getting higher with each book. The final panels, which make for quite an epic battle, are not only stunning but take the action of the story to a whole new level. The Locke kids are learning to harness the keys and Doge is becoming more desperate in its need to collect them all which means more action for the readers.
It took me no time at all to read this next take in the series. Each panel is a feast for the eyes and you have to make sure to take in every detail so that you don’t miss even the tiniest thing. The storyline is fast paced and the mystery surrounding the keys and the supernatural forces attracted to them become more complex with each book. I have nothing bad to say about Crown of Shadows and am as invested as ever in the Locke & Key series.