IDW Announce Big Publishing Plans For Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez’s ‘Locke & Key’

by Olly MacNamee

On the back of the hit Netflix series based on the comic of the same name, Locke & Key, by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez, IDW have announced a  seven month long-term plan for the publication of all-news material, including a Spanish edition of the first volume and the Sandman Universe crossover you’re probably aware of already.

First up, this month and through till October IDW will be publishing a new three-part miniseries, Locke & Key: …In Pale Battalions Go…, serving as a lead-in to Hell & Gone, – the aforementioned crossover with DC’s The Sandman Universe slated for October.

“Set in the spring of 1915, the story follows John Locke, a patriot too young to enlist in the greatest war of all. He intends to use the impossible, reality-bending keys to turn the tide on the grimmest battlefield of the 20th century… a hellscape whose darkness might even strike fear into an army of shadows.”

Locke & Key – The Sandman Universe: Hell & Gone #0

“In the reprinted tale “Open the Moon” (originally presented in 2011’s Locke & Key: Guide to the Known Keys), Chamberlin Locke, patriarch of the Locke family, wields the Moon Key to reveal new secrets lurking in Keyhouse… and unlocks a strange new world leading directly into the events of the Hell & Gone series. Also, the #0 issue peels back the curtain on Dream of The Endless with a classic tale reprinted from The Sandman.”

Then, there’s the Locke & Key: Keyhouse Compendium also to be released in October (phew, this is looking to be an expensive month for Locke & Key fans), collects the original, sprawling tale of magic and family, in one massive 900-page hardcover omnibus edition

“Witness the triumphs and tragedies of Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode Locke from their very first steps on the ancestral grounds of Massachusetts to the climactic final battle with the supernatural entity Dodge.”

November and January brings  Locke & Key – The Sandman Universe: Hell & Gone, a two-part story that sees the destiny of the Locke family intertwine with the mythos of DC’s The Sandman Universe.

“If you think you can unlock the gates of Hell and just invite yourself in, you must be dreaming.”

Then, in February 2021, we get Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Bienvenidos a Lovecraft, collecting the original six-issue series, “Welcome to Lovecraft” storyline that introduced the Locke kids and their nemesis Dodge, translated into Spanish for the first time in America.

Thats quite the publishing schedule, and with my Birthday in October, I’m already eyeing up that Locke & Key 900 page omnibus.

Olly MacNamee

A unashamed DC Comics fan and sometime teacher for over 20 years! I got lucky and found the escape hatch. Now, I just read and write about comics all day long. Co-host of the ICE-Cast podcast and one third of the brains behind Birmingham's street art and graffiti festival High Vis Fest.

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