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River City Hobbies is not just a comic book shop. It is the best location in La Crosse for fans of tabletop gaming, movies, television shows, video games, and of course, comic books! 

It is our mission to bring to our community the very finest in all things nerdy. We are all passionate about the history this store represents, and intend do our best to serve our customers, both old and new. We hope that you will stop by and make River City Hobbies your Friendly Local Hobby Store.

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Spooky Book of the Week: Locke and Key volume 1

Tom Johnson

Continuing with October’s theme of spooky comic book recommendations, Locke and Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, is a wonderful series for you to check out!   All of the elements of a good, scary, comic book are represented: a compelling supernatural plot, interesting characters, an intriguing setting, and fantastic artwork. 

The story begins with a terrible tragedy befalling the Locke family; their lives are so upset by this event, they move across the country to live in the ancestral home in Lovecraft, Massachusetts: The Keyhouse.  What looks like an appropriately spooky backdrop for a good ghost story, Key House is a large, foreboding Colonial mansion.  It does not take long for the children of the Locke family to begin uncovering its secrets.

Without going into too much detail and spoiling a fantastic plot, there are supernatural keys found throughout Keyhouse that allow anyone who uses them to unlock different powers.  There is a key that unlocks a door that releases your spirit from your body, a key that lets you see into another person’s mind, a key that swaps genders…there are many keys, and many secrets. 

Why do these keys exist?  Where do they come from?  Who made them? What do they have to do with the Locke family? The answers to these questions begin to reveal themselves as the plot unfolds. Everything is not what it looks like on the surface.  The Locke family has roots that run deep in Lovecraft; many generations of Lockes have been involved with a plot that may change the future of humanity.

In short, Locke and Key is a series that contains all of the elements of an excellent supernatural horror story.  If you are looking for a series to keep you in suspense, look no further than this.  Joe Hill delivers a story that is at times spooky, thought provoking, heartwarming, heart wrenching, and downright scary.  The artwork by Gabriel Rodriguez is incredibly detailed and evokes the emotions that Hill describes with his words.  The crew at RCH highly recommends you give this series a try!