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Locke & Key fans old and new (either from the original run of the comics or the Netflix adaptation) will soon have even more content to dig into. IDW Publishing has revealed the roadmap for the series from writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez that includes a very special crossover with the Sandman Universe.

“I always wanted to have my own series character, like Philip Marlowe, Jack Reacher, or Sherlock Holmes. I just somehow never imagined my series character would be... a house. But that house is a home -- my creative home,” says Hill. “I’ve spent some of the happiest hours of my life knocking around Keyhouse’s closets, cabinets, and odd corners, hanging there with my artistic compadres, Gabriel Rodríguez, Chris Ryall, and Jay Fotos. We've never stopped having fun and I couldn't be more excited about the stories we've got ahead of us. We're going to do our very best to unlock some good things in 2020.”

“Locks work both ways, so of course the ending of the first Locke & Key epic would lead to new journeys altogether. It's natural that Joe, Jay, Chris, and I would be eager to explore Keyhouse’s other thrilling and impossible tales,” says Rodríguez. “It’s incredibly rewarding to see the saga of Chamberlin Locke unfold and reach a bombastic ending in the upcoming arcs ...In Pale Battalions Go… and Hell and Gone, the latter of which will give us the chance to pay tribute to one of the mythologies that inspired us all to devote our lives to comics -- DC’s The Sandman Universe. And even that is only the beginning... so brace yourselves!”

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“It’s impressive how Joe and Gabriel keep finding new ways to expand the scope and breadth of Locke & Key, so for that reason alone, I’m happy to be working with them again,” says Chris Ryall, editor of the series. “But really, what I remain most excited about is just the chance to continue working alongside some of the most talented and special people I’ve ever had the good fortune to work with. The great comics to come are just a bonus after that.”

A new three-issue mini-series kicks off this week with Locke & Key: ...In Pale Battalions Go.... This serves as a lead-in to Hell & Gone, the Locke & Key crossover with DC's The Sandman Universe slated for late Fall. In Pale Battalions Go is set in the Spring of 1915 as John Locke, a patriot too young to enlist in the greatest war of all, looks to use the impossible, reality-bending keys to turn the tide of the battle.

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October sees the debut of Locke & Key: The Sandman Universe – Hell & Gone #0, kicking off the crossover with a special reintroduction of storylines and characters who will play a part in the event. This includes the reprinted tale “Open the Moon” (originally shown in 2011's Locke & Key: Guide to the Known Keys), where Chamberlain Locke, patriarch of the Locke family, uses the Moon Key to reveal new secrets lurking in Keyhouse, unlocking a strange new world leading directly into the events of Hell & Gone. This issue also reprints a classic tale from The Sandman series.

The crossover picks up in earnest in November in a two part story that sees the destiny of the Locke family intertwine with the mythos of DC's The Sandman Universe.

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But wait! There's more! October also features Locke & Key: Keyhouse Compendium, collecting the original tale in one massive 900-page hardcover edition with a dust jacket featuring all-new front and back cover artwork by Rodriguez. This is the first time the core Locke & Key six-volume series has been collected in a single tome.

Finally, IDW begins to translate the series into Spanish with the first volume in February 2021, called Bienvenidos a Lovecraft (“Welcome to Lovecraft)”.

It's certainly a good time to be a Locke & Key fan.

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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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