Clockworks

Clockworks

Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them.... and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all...! After the gruesome murder of their father, the Locke kids, Tyler, Kinsey and Bode move with their mother...

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Title:Clockworks
Author:Joe Hill
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Clockworks Reviews

  • Anne

    Guess what time it is, kids?!

    Time for the Time Key!

    So this is where we finally find out what started all this mess with the Locke's and their crazy-ass Keys. It's a very cool story involving a key that lets the kids go back in time, and watch specific events that happened in their ancestors' past.

    Such as...the making of the keys.

    Even better, you find out the whole story about their dad and his friends. It was really satisfying

    Guess what time it is, kids?!

    Time for the Time Key!

    So this is where we finally find out what started all this mess with the Locke's and their crazy-ass Keys. It's a very cool story involving a key that lets the kids go back in time, and watch specific events that happened in their ancestors' past.

    Such as...the making of the keys.

    Even better, you find out the whole story about their dad and his friends. It was really satisfying to

    see what part their father played in Dodge's turn toward the Dark Side.

    Now, I know this is sort of classified as horror, but it's creepy...not gory. I'm a lightweight when it comes to the horror genre. I tend to enjoy ghost stories, but avoid the slasher flicks like the plague. I mention that in case you've been avoiding this because you were worried that there might be something stomach turning in between the pages.

    I mean it, if you haven't checked these out, you really

    missing out on some stellar storytelling. Fantastic stuff!

    Big squishy hugs to

    for letting me read this copy over his shoulder.

    Ok.

    you can clap for me.

  • Brandon

    When I finished Clockworks, there was a note at the end of the book indicating that the story would be concluded with Book 6. I think this is a

    . I think Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez should continue to work within the Lovecraft universe until the end of time.

    All joking aside, these two are like the peanut butter and chocolate of comic books. Two great tastes that taste great together! Honestly, this series just keeps getting better as the dynamic duo keep pumping out a stream of greatne

    When I finished Clockworks, there was a note at the end of the book indicating that the story would be concluded with Book 6. I think this is a

    . I think Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez should continue to work within the Lovecraft universe until the end of time.

    All joking aside, these two are like the peanut butter and chocolate of comic books. Two great tastes that taste great together! Honestly, this series just keeps getting better as the dynamic duo keep pumping out a stream of greatness. Hyperbole? Maybe. I don't care. This story is worth every bit of praise I can throw at it and I can forsee a very sad Brandon when it's all said and done.

    In Clockworks, Kinsey and Tyler discover a new key, one in which time travel is possible. However in this version of time travel, they're unable to actually make any changes but rather are allowed to spy as a sort of ghost on past events. As the Locke kids travel through time, they unlock the origins of key house as well as the events surrounding their father's interactions with the keys and the resulting effect on his friends.

    Of all 6 volumes, I'd like to think that this is the most emotional and heartbreaking. It gives the reader a reason to find sympathy for Dodge, a character who is such a bastard throughout the first 5 collections, that I never would have thought the term, "sympathetic", would be something you'd associate with him.

    A lot happens here that more or less answers some questions that may have arisen through the story so far. While that seems to be the purpose of the book, it doesn't feel like filler. Not only are the back stories compelling and heart-wrenching, Hill is setting us up for something incredible in the final act (at least I certainly hope so).

  • Jadranka

    Kakva je zaraza ovaj serijal!!

    Mislim da je petica možda i najbolji deo do sada.

    Imajući to na umu, prosto se plašim kakva će biti završnica.

  • Algernon (Darth Anyan)

    Album number five is where I reap the rewards of my patience and find the answers to most of the big questions and mysteries surrounding the Lovecraft Mansion, the role of the Locke family as guardians of the keys, the origins of the reality altering keys, the true nature of the Adversary, what is hidden in the sea cave under the cliffs, and what really happened one generation ago after a highschool theatre production of the Tempest by William Shakespeare.

    It all started during the American Revol

    Album number five is where I reap the rewards of my patience and find the answers to most of the big questions and mysteries surrounding the Lovecraft Mansion, the role of the Locke family as guardians of the keys, the origins of the reality altering keys, the true nature of the Adversary, what is hidden in the sea cave under the cliffs, and what really happened one generation ago after a highschool theatre production of the Tempest by William Shakespeare.

    It all started during the American Revolution, with another set of Locke kids witnessing the wilful destruction of their family and discovering that supernatural forces are strong in the vicinity of their mansion. I’d better stop here and let you new readers discover for yourselves the actual details of the plot. I believe it is sufficient to remark that the 1776 Locke older brother is a talented locksmith who gets his hands on some special metal and uses it to fashion the magical keys.

    One of the keys being the one discovered in the present day by Tyler and Kinsey, the clockwork one that allows them to turn back the flow of time and gaze back at the events that marked the history of the Locke family and of the Lovecraft domain. While most of the album takes place in the past, the present day complications are still troubling, with the kids unaware that the adversary is already inside the house and searching for the ultimate prize – the omega key. (not a spoiler, it happened in the previous album, and you really need to read the comic without skipping any previous issue. Locke and Key is one big story, not a series of episodic adventures )

    This was my favorite story arc in the album, capturing the vulnerability and the cruelty of young people not yet in control of their passions, of good intentions resulting in pain and hurt, of paying the price for their recklessness. Gazing into the abyss and all that jazz. Like with the rest of the comic the horror elements are a major part of the plot. People die, kids being as exposed as adults to the bloodshed and cruelty, not only of the Adversary, but even of their own kin. If you didn’t already notice, the series is not for the faint hearted, and there are no getting out of jail free for any of the major characters. Which makes the fighting back by the Locke kids even more remarkable and admirable.

    I have said it before, and I will say it again; the writing is superb, the characterization convincing and the suspense the real edge of your seat, biting your knuckles stuff. I sped through the six issues in a blur, so fast that I often had to get back and re-read he last pages in order to make sure I didn’t miss anything in my race to the finish line. The re-read was prompted also by the need to spend more time poring over the artwork of Gabriel Rodriguez. Some of the panels are poster material, I would like to have a couple blown out and put up on the walls.

    My only regret is that I already know that the story is approaching its closing chapters, and soon I will have to say goodbye to Kinsey, Bode, Tyler and all the rest. But before that, there is Alpha and Omega.

  • Kristijan

    APSOLUTNO SAVRŠENO!!!!

    Definitivno do sada najbolji deo! Delovi priče se lagano nameštaju svaki na svoje mesto i dobijamo uvid u celinu. Hill je ovo apsolutno majstorski odradio, a Rodrigezov artwork je kao i uvek fenomenalan!!!

  • Raeleen Lemay

    This volume is SO GOOD

    — — — — — — — — — — — — — —

    dat backstory doe

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

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    Oh, those poor Locke kids . . .

    but they still haven’t found what they’re looking for.

    is back to getting

    the stars from me, because the story really amped up in preparation for the grand finale. If you have been ready for answers to ANY of the gajillions of questions the previous volumes had you asking, you should be quite satisfied by the end of this one.

    So many answers. Squeeeeee!!!!

    Not only do you find out the waywayw

    Find all of my reviews at:

    Oh, those poor Locke kids . . .

    but they still haven’t found what they’re looking for.

    is back to getting

    the stars from me, because the story really amped up in preparation for the grand finale. If you have been ready for answers to ANY of the gajillions of questions the previous volumes had you asking, you should be quite satisfied by the end of this one.

    So many answers. Squeeeeee!!!!

    Not only do you find out the waywaywayback history of Key House, you will finally get the truth about exactly how this happened . . .

    and why Erin only thinks about white, all white, all the time . . . or is it blue and black????

    You also get to discover what exactly goes on in a teenaged boy’s mind . . .

    *shudder*

    and get confirmation that

    You’ll find out why Bode was the first to discover any of the keys, and the story behind how the writing literally got on the wall.

    Oh, and of course you’ll discover a new key. This time it’s the Timeshift Key. This key is most definitely useful and hands-down one of my faves . . .

    Finally, there are

    that occur.

    Have you started reading these yet? COME ON, PEOPLE! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!?!?!?!?!

  • Calista

    What a fantastic series. I mean from start to finish it feels like they had the whole thing planned out and knew where it was going. Joe Hill has created an amazing story here. Everything is building to a high pitch fever and I can't wait, am sad to finish this marvelous tale.

    Clockworks is the backstory and we find out about Key house and what made the keys magic and how they work and all the dark secrets. We also see Randall when he was a teen with Dodge. We see why Dodge is so evil and how the

    What a fantastic series. I mean from start to finish it feels like they had the whole thing planned out and knew where it was going. Joe Hill has created an amazing story here. Everything is building to a high pitch fever and I can't wait, am sad to finish this marvelous tale.

    Clockworks is the backstory and we find out about Key house and what made the keys magic and how they work and all the dark secrets. We also see Randall when he was a teen with Dodge. We see why Dodge is so evil and how the demon got into him. It's sad because I really liked Dodge before he was possessed. He was a good and decent guy.

    I also loved the play that they were doing. That was a nice twist that as a group they put on a play. Each person had a key. We got to see how the keys were meant to be used and how they aren't being really used well now. Kids find the keys easier than adults do. Several more keys become known here and we see terrible ways in which some keys are used.

    This book is for older Teens for violence and adult themes. The story has a hard knife edge that cuts and it tells such a great story. I will be looking for more work by Joe Hill. This is amazing. This should be a movie.

  • mark monday

    oooooo..... eerie backstory time! and the infernal force behind it all is... and this is no spoiler because hey check out the title of the first volume... CTHULHU! of course. i've been waiting for that title to have real relevance. ah, Cthulhu. ::happy sigh::

    well, it's not exactly Cthulhu himself, but it is one of the lovecraftian god-beings - that crazy lady slash sentient swamp of bubbling un-life known as Shub-Niggurath. more on her later.

    this is another superb volume in the superb series. a

    oooooo..... eerie backstory time! and the infernal force behind it all is... and this is no spoiler because hey check out the title of the first volume... CTHULHU! of course. i've been waiting for that title to have real relevance. ah, Cthulhu. ::happy sigh::

    well, it's not exactly Cthulhu himself, but it is one of the lovecraftian god-beings - that crazy lady slash sentient swamp of bubbling un-life known as Shub-Niggurath. more on her later.

    this is another superb volume in the superb series. as mentioned, this one is all about the reasons why and the how things happened and the when - most importantly, the when. the featured key takes you back in time to witness various important events. we get to see revolutionary america. we get to see the dead father of our young protagonists, when he and his peers were about their age. we get to see lots of things.

    [Enter Positive Comments Here]. i can say nothing about this series that hasn't been said before, by me and by many others. it is brilliant. the dynamic characterizations, the layered mysteries, the sadness and melancholy and loss and sense of wasted potential and wasted lives, the feeling of a grand adventure gone terribly wrong, the genuine sympathy that Hill creates for his vividly depicted cast, all the subtlety and nuance... all there, intact. the art is just as wonderful. i love it! across the board, no complaints. i can read this series again and again, and this volume retains the high quality of all that came before.

    okay, Shub-Niggurath. i was going to write a whole homeric ode to that fetid fell enchantress - she is such an ingenious creation and certainly deserves it. but then i remembered that i had already profiled her in another review. so fuck it, i'll just copy and paste. self-plagiarization time!

    :

    : relaxing in nature and in subterranean caves

    : uptight people, smokers (fire in general)

    : as a "fountain of uncleanliness", Ms. Niggurath enjoys simple, primordial delights such as creating, procreating, and bubbling forth various pseudopods and crawly, flappy minions

    : adventurous souls willing to live in the moment, just let it all go and try something new!

  • HFK

    Thanks to

    sale at Amazon, I was able to purchase the remaining two volumes of the series, and continue after a longish break. My journey with this series has not been as impressive than it seems to be with the majority of graphic readers, mainly being in the three star rating scale with the exceptions of the volume 3, and now the volume 5.

    To me this series has had too much fantasy elements instead of horror tropes to really tickle my fancy. I am not a great fan of fantasy that i

    Thanks to

    sale at Amazon, I was able to purchase the remaining two volumes of the series, and continue after a longish break. My journey with this series has not been as impressive than it seems to be with the majority of graphic readers, mainly being in the three star rating scale with the exceptions of the volume 3, and now the volume 5.

    To me this series has had too much fantasy elements instead of horror tropes to really tickle my fancy. I am not a great fan of fantasy that is presented in these volumes, because I usually find it quite boring and unimaginative from such a high profile author than Joe Hill is. Maybe because of that, I have always enjoyed more of the volumes that focuses to the things happening around the keys rather than the things directly concerning the keys and their functionality.

    This may be the reason why 5th volume is the strongest one for me so far as it focuses to the past, giving the history of the keys, but most importantly the history out of the key-characters. I finally feel as if this series is building up to the potential it has always possessed, but never has had the ability to fully own and pull through.

    Maybe. May be.

    I have extremely high expectations of the final volume to come, hopefully it won't end up to be a pile of bad smelling scheiße.

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