After their father is senselessly murdered, the Locke family moves in with their uncle to Keyhouse, an old Victorian mansion in Lovecraft, Mass. While dealing with the trauma of their family tragedy, the kids explore their mysterious new home, where one of them finds a strange key to one of the doors. Meanwhile, their uncle seems to know more about the house than he lets on.

Told in a sometimes disorienting multiple flashback structure, the first issue has genuine shocks, bloody artwork and an intriguing premise with plenty of possibilities.

Grade: B+

Locke & Key #1 is currently available.