Spencer & Locke #1 – Mirror Image (Review)
Written by David Pepose
Art by Jorge Santiago Jr.
Colors by Jasen Smith
Letters by Colin Bell
Published by Action Lab Danger Zone
Just in case this is your first time hearing about Spencer & Locke, imagine if Calvin & Hobbs grew up to be detectives. That’s right these creators tip the hat to their childhood favorite comic strips, Jorge even draws them in the style of the original strip during an early flashback so you can guess where they took their ideas from before they twisted them and molded them to their own. Right off the bat this time around the big bad is taken from Beetle Baily. Yes, you read that right. I said, Beetle Baily! Except his name is Riley Roach. This series delves into some very serious subject matter. However, they tend not to dwell in it too long. It’s more of a set up so you can see what made them into what they are today and what presses their buttons. This may be volume two but you get a synopsis of what has happened already a recap if you will on the first page. Then we dive head first into the shallow end of the pool, that’s just how Detective Locke rolls. Now if you’re thinking that you’d still like to read the 1st volume of this series it’s available in print by single issues or trade paperback and digitally as well. Plus if you’re a ComiXology Unlimited member you can read it there too.
David Pepose is the series writer and creator, David struck gold with these characters, the best thing I could see in his future would be for this series to lead to an ongoing Spencer & Locke title. Currently, he’d love to write something for Marvel or DC but only if he could give it the Spencer & Locke treatment. I loved the start of this new arc and can’t wait to read the next issue!
Jorge Santiago Jr. is the series artist and does an incredible job. Jorge seems to be very fluid and diverse in his styles. He goes from Beetle Baily on one page to Calvin and Hobbs on another, then slips back into his own style for the main story. I really dig this artist, but let’s not forget Jasen Smith the colorist on this book lending a very distinct tone to this title. All in all this book is eye-catching. Read this issue and you’ll keep coming back for more!
Here’s your chance to check out Spencer & Locke as they unwind the mystery of murdered politicians while on suspension. Right there should tell you if you’ve ever seen one cop show in your lifetime we’re in for a wild ride. Detective Locke with his childhood imaginary friend Spencer the panther. Yes, before you ask Spencer is a stuffed animal from his childhood that he carries around everywhere with him. Which leads to some interesting interactions when they run into Roach for the first time. Ask your favorite place to buy comics for Spencer & Locke 2 issue 1 today! Please Like, Comment, Share and as always Keep it, Geek!
Here’s your chance to check out Spencer & Locke as they unwind the mystery of murdered politicians while on suspension.