Crown of Shadows #3
Release Date February 17, 2010
Writer Joe Hill
Art Gabriel Rodriguez
Colors Jay Fotos
Letters Robbie Robbins
Editing Chris Ryall
Previous Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows #2
Next Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows #4

Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows #3 is the fifteenth issue of the series.


Tyler Locke is chasing after Bode Locke as he's stolen his hat and hides under a carpet. Under the carpet they find a key embedded in the floorboard, the size of an entire person. Tyler also notices a key-shaped window on the wall.

Daniel Mutuku arrives at Keyhouse as Nina Locke has contacted him to show him the key she found when Zack Wells waked her the other night. Later, when Nina is about to leave, Kinsey finds empty wine bottles in her mother's room and they have a fight about it.

In the evening, while the kids are busy with theirs, Zack sneaks in to the basement of the house where he finds the Shadow Key he uses on a door leading further down into a crypt, and then a crown. He takes control of the shadows and makes a disguise shaped like The Dark Lady.

The shadows ambushes and starts fighting the kids.


  • Tyler's shadow on the first page makes him look huge, acting as foreshadowing for him using the giant key.
  • Tyler reading about living shadows in Peter Pan to Bode is foreshadowing Dodge controlling the shadows.
  • Kinsey's screen name in the chat is HOLEINTHEHEADK. Jamal's is JSAT. Scot's is DEVILWSHPR13
  • Kinsey, Jamal and Scot seems to have an inside joke to say "stay dry" as a greeting.
  • Bode's shadow takes the shape of Peter Pan's and Kinsey's the shape of her fear.
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