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Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

After the brutal murder of their father in a home invasion, the Locke family moves across the country to his family home in Lovecraft, Maine. As the family settles in, odd things begin happening in Key House. Nina is wrapped up in her grief after her husband’s death, and doesn’t take much notice of the strange happenings around her. Teens Tyler and Kinsey just aren’t paying much attention to their little brother as Bode discovers the magical keys to the house and what they can do. As they soon find out though, there’s a demon who wants the keys, and he’ll stop at nothing to get them.

If you’re looking for the perfect October read, this 6 volume series, plus the 2 prequel volumes, is just the ticket. It’s got the perfect blend of magic, horror, and adventure. Plus Joe has built some really great characters – maybe he took some lessons from mom & dad (Tabitha & Stephen King)? The artwork by Gabriel Rodriguez sets just the perfect tone, and I really hope that Mr. Hill & Mr. Rodriguez will collaborate on other projects. This series is in development for TV by Hulu, and will feature Danny Glover and Nate Corddry.

 

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Logan

The year is 2029. The X-Men have disbanded, and the mutant population has decreased. Logan (Hugh Jackman) is driving a limo for a living, and has secreted the ailing Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) in a location near the Mexican border, where he takes care of him. With his regeneration powers fading, Logan has turned to alcohol to cope. Reluctantly, he agrees to drive a young girl with special powers to the Canadian border. Laura has incredible fighting powers, and is on the run from a dangerous corporation who want access to her DNA to create deadly soldiers.

Dark, and atmospheric, this movie finds Logan in a very dark place, as he struggles with his failing health and his own demons. Based in part on the X-Men story lines “Old Man Logan”, “Mutant Massacre”, “X-23”, the film doesn’t follow any of the other X-Men timeline, but is meant as more of a stand alone story. Even if you haven’t followed the X-Men franchise, I think you’ll find “Logan” easy to follow and entertaining. Rated R. Also featuring: Stephen Merchant, Eriq La Salle, and Dafne Keen.