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[Locke & Key Volume 3: Crown of Shadows HC] – (Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez)
February 10, 2011, 8:48 am
Filed under: 9 stars, Gabriel Rodriguez, Joe Hill, Locke and Key

This third Hardcover in the Locke & Key series collects #1 to #6 of Crown Of Shadows. In this book, Dodge steps up his relentless quest to find the key to the black door and raises an army of shadows to help him do it. His battle with the Locke kids is epic in proportion especially when Tyler decides to use the Giant Key.

This series shows absolutely no signs of losing momentum or freshness. The story grabs you from the first page and wont let go.  The battle with Dodge is very well written and leaves you on the edge of your seat just like you were watching a movie. Although Volume 3 is action packed it does have its more somber moments. Hill plunges the mother deeper and deeper into desperation and alcoholism. You can almost taste the despair and I wonder just how this one will be resolved.

The artwork and color in “Crown of Shadows” is really good and continues to uphold the excellent standards set  in the first two volumes.  The splash pages are real eye candy.

Volume 3 is a fantastic story with great artwork. It is printed on good quality paper stock and is a must buy if you enjoyed the first two volumes. [ISBN-13: 978-1600106958]. 9/10

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