Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell & Gone is a miniseries CrossOver between The Sandman and Locke & Key. The series is written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez and co-published by IDW Publishing and DC Comics.
John Jack Locke is ten years dead, but that hasnt stopped him from posting the occasional letter home from Hell. Now, Mary Locke will do anything to save her brothers soul. Her quest to rescue him from The Pit will require her to outsmart Roderick Burgess (the most evil man in England), puzzle her way through the House of Mystery, and risk the walking nightmare known as The Corinthian in a disintegrating Kingdom of Dreams!
The miniseries contains examples of:
- Cain and Abel: Cain and Abel act out their Biblical roles as the first murderer and the first victim, as usual. Cain kills Abel at least twice in the first issue, but Abel just regenerates.
- The Cameo: Fiddler's Green appears for all of two panels in the first issue. Lucien appears as well, apparently murdered by The Corinthian.
- Exact Words: Burgess promises Mary an audience with Dream, but he doesn't promise that anything will come out of it.
- Mundane Utility: Mary gives Burgess the Matchstick Key, which can set anything on fire. Ethel immediately uses it to light her cigarette.
- The Shadow Knows: Towards the end of the first issue, the housekeeper's shadow looks rather sinister. That's because it's The Corinthian casting the shadow.
- Smug Snake: Burgess demands a Key from Mary in exchange for an audience with Dream, knowing that nothing will come out of it. He even brags that he's this close to breaking Dream. As we know from The Sandman, Dream doesn't break. Moreover, Dream does help Mary, by non-verbally telling her to put on his helm.
- Witch with a Capital "B": Mary makes a joke about this when she's alone with Alex:Alex: Are you a witch?Mary: Close. It rhymes.