By Jorge Solis
With the finale bigger than ever, two giant-sized issues of the critically acclaimed “Locke & Key” will end the series in August. Announced at C2E2, IDW Publishing will now split up the epic finale and run “Locke & Key: Omega” in five issues, instead of six. “Locke And Key: Alpha” will now wrap up the story’s conclusion in two forty-eight page issues.
Series editor and IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall states, “We hadn’t wanted to reveal the direction this finale was going to take until now in order to maintain necessary secrecy over how ’Locke & Key’ wraps up.” Ryall continues, “But after ’Omega,’ there can only be ’Alpha.’ And the series will end much the way it began, in the form of an extra-length issue. Two, in this case. Hard to fit this much death and destruction into just a regular-sized issue.”
Ryall adds, “It’s been an incredible rewarding six years of ’Locke & Key,’ and we’ve loved seeing ’Locke & Key’ build a larger and more rabid audience with each volume of the series. Add to that the fans who’ve liked the series enough to tattoo it on their bodies, the actual keys built by Israel Skelton’s Skelton Crew Studios, the Fox pilot, the Eisner Awards, and everything else we’ve experienced, and it’s been one of the more rewarding series IDW has ever published. And now it’s time to close this storyline in a way that will be as equally memorable as everything we’ve seen over nearly 40 issues from Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez, and colorist Jay Fotos.”
The concluding series, “Locke & Key: Omega,” will now run five issues instead of six, and the finale itself will bring the Keyhouse down in the form of “Locke & Key: Alpha,” a series of two forty-eight-page issues that will end the series with the kind of intense, macabre aplomb that made it a hit for six series!
“Locke & Key” has enjoyed a massively successful critical and commercial run and found a die-hard group of passionate fans. Though all good things must come to an end, “Locke & Key: Alpha” promises to cap things off in the kind of legendary, eye-popping fashion that can only come from the minds of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez.
Will the haunted Keyhouse mansion let the Locke family live in “Locke & Key: Alpha?” I am pleased with this news because the series is given a bigger chance to end the right way. I’m also saddened by this news because it means the conclusion of my favorite comic book series is now closer than ever. Whatever happens, I’m definitely going to be there to see how everything ends in “Locke & Key: Alpha.”
“Locke and Key: Omega” #4 is out in shops now.
The conclusion, “Locke & Key: Alpha” #1, starts in August.