blogging by Andrew Wickliffe

Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows 5 (February 2010)

737440Hill’s resolution to the cliffhanger leaves a lot to be desired. Rodriguez does full page panels of this fight scene and… Rodriguez isn’t very good at fight scenes. He’s also not good at high concept fight scenes.

And believing the good guys wouldn’t see the bad guy slinking away in defeat? Well, Hill needed Rodriguez to sell that one and he doesn’t, not in those full page panels.

Anyway, the second half of the issue is good. There’s some more stuff about the head key, there’s some stuff with Kinsey and her new friends, a little nice implied stuff about the mom.

But then the issue just stops. I was wondering why it felt like I didn’t read anything and remembered the mishandling of the fight scene. While the issue’s got good material, it’s hard to excuse Hill and Rodriguez totally fumbling the first half.

They should have known better.


Light of Day; writer, Joe Hill; artist, Gabriel Rodriguez; colorist, Jay Fotos; letterer, Robbie Robbins; editor, Chris Ryall; publisher, IDW Publishing.

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