While most of the issue captivated, some parts left me nauseated. Even from a horror author like Hill, this installment had too much blood. Call me old-fashioned, but sometimes I think it's better to just imagine a deer's lower intestine than actually see it spread everywhere. You thought the decapitated bird on the cover was bad? Wait until you see page 19. I've never seen so many birds pop like overfilled water balloons.

Andrew Steinbeiser can be reached at portland-feedback@phx.com.

LOCKE AND KEY: KEYS TO THE KINGDOM | written by Joe Hill | art by Gabriel Rodriguez | IDW | $3.99

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