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Hidden Under Locke and Key

Comic Booked Guest Writer 05/13/2011 ZDONOTUSE

Free Comic Book Day helps to allow people to try out comic books that a “reader” might not have even picked up in the first place. To my recall (which sometimes isn’t so good) when FCBD started (a couple years after Marvel restructured under chapter 11) only a few comic books were given out. Now along with Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse you have Archie, Drawn & Quarterly, Image, Blue Water, IDW, and PapercutZ (the last one is not even a comic book company.) I am pretty sure I didn’t get to list them all, these were just the companies I picked up.

These companies are looking for readers to tell their stories (okay they want your money) and FCBD is a great way to start you collecting. Comic books aren’t cheap anymore and to help make FCBD even more enjoyable most comic book stores add to the festivities by having sales, which enticed this writer to spend $115 between two stores. I felt safe picking up my share of free comic books but no more than a single copy of any of them. I am disappointed I didn’t see the Dark Crystal issue.

I skimmed through every copy and read every single welcome page. I was uncharacteristically miffed that Marvel insinuated we were cheapskates with their Spider-Man issue. It was still good comic. I enjoyed the books that came out but none so much as impressed me as much as Locke and Key. Have you read this? Have you even glanced at it because before FCBD I never did and it is freaking awesome. Sure they only reprinted an issue from Locke and Key: Crown of Shadows, which is the third book. IDW has published this book since its inception in 2007 and like the “Sandman” story by Neil Gaiman, it has a beginning, middle, and end.

Volumes number one through four are already in trade paperback form. I plan on picking up volume number one and seeing if the book will capture me and never let me go till the story is over and at $24.99 doesn’t seem to be that bad of a deal.  The new series is due out in June 2011. So I guess FCBD did its job with me, now I wonder what would happen if I would send my free copy into CGC to get graded?


Thanks for reading

PS. I also wrote a bullet review for Skott’s Bullet Reviews and if out want to find out more about the free comic books that were given please check out his special FCBD Edition of Bullet Reviews, than make sure to check his reviews out each and every week.

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  1. Skott of Fables 05/14/2011 at 12:00 am

    I love a good plug. (huh…it still doesn't sound right…)

    But I do have to agree, the Locke & Key offering this year is one of the best examples of what Free Comic Book Day is about: Getting new readers to check out your series.

    I'm going to be getting the trades for this as well. Starting next week, to be exact.

    Another one that surprised me was Super Dinosaur!

  2. Andy Kirby 05/15/2011 at 11:14 am

    I had the same thought about Locke and Key. The guys over at Hideous Energy at say that this book is the best one out of any right now.

  3. Joshua Yehl 05/20/2011 at 6:33 am

    I'm so glad you discovered Locke and Key! It is by far the best series I have read in years. Its perfect balance of mystery, horror, magic, and family drama makes for a completely engrossing story. You'll never look at your keys the same way again.

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