Spencer & Locke #2

Writer: David Pepose Artist: Jorge Santiago Jr. Publisher: Action Lab Comics Release Date: May 31, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 1
8.1Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

Spencer and Locke's investigation leads them to the seedy nightclub known as the Red Rose, and its dangerous owner who holds power over Locke. Meet Ramona Sinclair. If this femme fatale doesn't do these gumshoes in, a death-defying car chase just might.

  • 10
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Jun 2, 2017

    'Spencer & Locke' is far more than its premise suggests. It might be a love letter to 'Calvin and Hobbes' and 'Sin City' but it stands on its own as a police procedural murder mystery. Locke is a man obsessed, looking for justice while still battling his own demons. This is a unique hard-boiled crime thriller that is every bit as haunting and riveting as the genre implies. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Kristopher Grey Jun 13, 2017

    Pepose and Santiago Jr. develop a good flow of jumping from past to present for each issue making each memory fruitful to the story. Each adolescent recall either parallels to the overall conflict, or justifies a single scene that progresses the story. These great pacing techniques help the story make sense, and all around enjoyable. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams May 31, 2017

    Dark, powerful and far more poignant than any story about a giant talking panther detective has any right to be, Spencer and Locke is set to become one of the sleeper hits of 2017, and I absolutely cannot wait to see where this story goes next. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Broken Infinite - Frank Rodriguez Jun 1, 2017

    Spencer & Locke # 2 is a dark thrill ride with mystery, suspense and themes that will make readers cringe and be captivated. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins May 31, 2017

    Quirky and highly unusual, Spencer & Locke tugs at the heartstrings while upending childhood innocence and destroying sentimentality. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comicsverse - Zach Jun 10, 2017

    SPENCER AND LOCKE #2 is an entertaining and mind-bending homage to CALVIN AND HOBBES that explores the dark nature of childhood. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Outright Geekery - Christa Harader May 22, 2019

    "Spencer & Locke" #2 ups the stakes for Locke while preserving the mystery, and heart, of previous issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    NerdEnt.Net - Flame Hawk May 31, 2017

    While Spencer & Locke #2 may be playing with a very worn out formula Pepose makes this series his own mixing physiological and action thriller aspects. This issue does take a backstep from the previous issue as the pacing seems slightly rushed at times leading for impactful moments to fall slightly flat. Santiago does his thing and makes the art memorable as the car chase scene was visually the best moment of the issue. Hear our interview with David Pepose on what lead up to Spencer & Locke and more. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson May 31, 2017

    Spencer and Locke has turned into a great mystery/noir Detective story with a little psychological twist with with Detective Locke. I could see people passing this up just because of what it is and how it was advertised as the "gritty" Calvin and Hobbes, but it has turned out much more than that. We are getting a little in depth to the psychological make up of what would make someone create a best friend out of a stuff animal and how that helps him deal with the past and we get a great mystery/thriller story to boot. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 1, 2017

    This "Calvin & Hobbes Meets Sin City" mash-up grows even darker in issue #2, in case if you were wondering whether that was even possible Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jun 1, 2017

    The key to this book is to enjoy the homages and try not to think too much about the “how does it work?” True, it may be that in fact, adult Locke is as much a figment of young Locke imagination as Spencer is. Adult Spencer could be a form of PTSD, his missing eye alluding to the fact that Locke himself has “turned a blind eye” to his past troubles. Or it could just be a fun way to pay respect to Bill Watterson's fantastic creations and universe of yesteryear. That said, I wholly expect Moe (or some allusion to him), to be the big bad! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek-O-Rama - Brian Belanger Jun 3, 2017

    The engaging and very entertaining story for this title keeps on getting better as we go along. Somehow, there is a perfect mix of humor, action, drama and emotion filling the whole book. Don't drive like they did in this issue, but definitely get to the shop as quickly as possibly to get this. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Doom Rocket - Courtney Ryan May 31, 2017

    Spencer & Locke #2 continues to build on the riveting, Sin City-inspired hard-boiled crime saga introduced in issue #1. Still, what really lingers after reading this story is how Locke struggles to confront hispersonal demons, courtesy of a troubled childhood. Wherever his murder investigation takes him, it's becausehe brings Spencer and every other escaped skeleton along for the ride that truly makes Spencer & Locke engaging. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Weird Science - Repairman Jack Jun 3, 2017

    While this issue delivers on the promised dark humor and gives us some possible insight to the limits of Spencer, it fails to follow up on the cliffhanger set before it and ends up feeling a little disappointing. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Daniel Vlasaty May 31, 2017

    Listen, I just want to say that I don't like giving bad reviews. It's not what I'm all about. Check my previous reviews. I don't want to bag on something. I want to like everything. I want everything to be great and entertaining and amazing. And Spencer & Locke has bits of that sprinkled throughout. But it never comes together to make an even kind of okay thing. It's a weird combination of trying too hard to be hard and laziness, I think. That's the problem I have with this book. It's got a solid premise and the heart is there. But it just never gets there. Spencer & Locke, in my opinion, is the perfect example of a comic book giving me blue balls. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson May 29, 2017

    There's absolutely nothing cute or clever about this adaptation of Watterson's iconic strip for a different genre. Despite the other comics storytelling skills that went into its creation and the successes the creators have with those skills, it's just not enough to overcome the sheer lack of judgment at the root of the premise. Pepose didn't hitch a wagon to Watterson's star; he hitched a dumpster. On fire. The three words I can think of to describe Spencer & Locke are simply these: wrong, wrong, wrong. Read Full Review

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