Halloween is right around the corner, so it’s time for my annual sppoooooooky column highlighting something scary in the world of nerddom. Seeing as how last year I took at look at some scary comics on the stands, I figured this year I’d mix things up and feature some of the scariest characters in comics. These are some of the worst villains, monsters, and even heroes you’d ever meet, and not ones who you’d care to meet in a darkened room.
Few malevolent spirits are as driven and twisted as Dodge, the antagonist of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’ Locke and Key series. Obsessed with obtaining the Omega key, Dodge has committed horrible acts on the Locke Family and their friends to get what he wants. This supernatural enemy is a creature of pure hate, and for many, possessing the youngest Locke child was the last straw.
Dodge is the perfect example of forces beyond our control messing with us. He’s everywhere, pulling the strings behind the scenes of Locke and Key, and driving us all insane by the fact that many members of the Locke family are powerless to stop him. Surprisingly, unlike most villains, the more we learn about Dodge’s history the more interesting he becomes. The entirety of Locke and Key rests on Dodge’s evil motivations to retrieve the Omega Key, and with the clock ticking down to the final issue of Hill and Rodriguez’ Eisner winning series, we can only guess what horrible fate lies in store for the Locke family. Read the rest of this entry