Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez’s Locke & Key series has proven popular not just for publisher IDW, but also for Netflix, which streams the TV series. With a second season the way from the streaming giant, IDW has outlined their publishing plans over the next seven months.
“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,” Hill said in a press release. “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.”
As shown on the graphic above, those plans include:
- Locke & Key: …In Pale Battalions Go…, a three-issue miniseries set in 1915, when a young John Locke uses his reality bending keys during World War I. It kicks off later this month and runs through October. It leads into …
- Locke & Key – The Sandman Universe: Hell & Gone, the previously announced two-part crossover with Neil Gaiman/DC’s Sandman Universe. The crossover will be preceded by a #0 issue that reprints the Locke & Key story “Open the Moon” and a classic Sandman story. As for the crossover itself, IDW will publish one issue in November, followed by an issue published by DC in January. The story will be created by Hill and Rodríguez, and overseen by Gaiman.
- Locke & Key: Keyhouse Compendium will collect the original 900-page story with a new cover by Rodríguez.
- Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Bienvenidos a Lovecraft will kick off Spanish translations of the series, starting with the first volume, in February.
“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,” said 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!”
Check out some of the artwork for these projects below …