Locke & Key is the best comic book you may not be reading right now, but will be soon. Why’s that? Well, because like The Walking Dead before it, Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s insanely creative gothic horror comic will be heading to FOX as a TV series (read all about that today in MTV Splash Page with Hill and Rodriguez).
So before all your friends are talking about Locke & Key, and how they’re big fans of the show, why not jump into the series? A new issue hits this Wednesday, so to get you all caught up, we chatted with Rodriguez and Hill about how they collaborate, just what they think about pop star Jesse McCartney’s casting on the show, and also threw a few possible keys by them, just to see what they think:
MTV Geek: Okay guys, for those who aren’t up to speed – where are we now in Locke & Key? What’s happened so far?
Joe Hill: In the largest possible sense, Locke & Key is the story of a New England mansion filled with impossible keys. Each key has a unique power which is usually switched on by opening a particular door. The oldest of all the keys, the Omega Key, opens something called the Black Door, located in the caves below the house. And this is a door that’s better off left shut. There’s something very bad on the other side.
Gabriel Rodriguez: Locke & Key is also a story about growing. About discovering death, leaving childhood behind, and shaping your own self. It’s about secrets and guilt, but also about love and friendship. It’s about empty people who become enraged because they can’t deal with their pain. It’s about facing fear. It’s a story in which magic is the key to new possibilities, but never the answer to problems that matter. And a story about opening scary doors, and taking responsibility for the consequences…
JH: On a more micro sense, right now Locke & Key is about three kids, Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode, who have moved to Keyhouse following the murder of their father. In the first storyline, little Bode discovers a beautiful young girl living in the wellhouse behind the mansion, a girl with incredible powers. This is Dodge, the reincarnation of a murderous teenager who tried to open the Black Door about thirty years before.
By the end of that first story, Dodge is free, and has used a key to change to a guy… His original gender. In the stories that follow, Dodge takes an assumed name, Zack Wells, and befriends the Locke kids, staying close to them in an attempt to find the Omega Key. In the process of looking for the thing, a lot of people get killed. Now, in the most recent issues, Tyler Locke, the oldest, has begun to suspect his good old buddy Zack has been playing him. We’re about to drop the curtain on the second act of what has been a very big three-act story.
GR: We’ve just finished establishing our mythology and our characters. So it’s time to start tying things up, resolving conflicts, and getting some answers. Time to find out what’s behind the mysteries, even though we may not like what we would find there. Getting the answers has a price, and for some it’s going to be really hard to pay…
Geek: You’ve always embraced the comic book form wholeheartedly in the book, but this mini – Keys to the Kingdom – in particular seems like it’s playing with the format. Why was that important to do at this point in the series?
JH: After KEYS TO THE KINGDOM concludes, there's only a dozen issues left before we'll be done telling this story. So KEYS felt like our last chance to do some standalones, and explore the possibilities of all the different keys. Each key is a story; and each story wants to be told a different way. Read More...