Action Lab Comics published Spencer & Locke, a neo-noir comic book series about a tough-as-nails police detective named Locke. He’s got a secret. He has an imaginary friend named Spencer, who is also his partner on the force. Weird, huh? Oh, it’s only just beginning.
Locke is saddened by the murder of his high school sweetheart Sophie Jenkins. He and his giant blue panther Spencer are on the case. What seems to be a pretty cut-and-dry murder of a school teacher turns into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. It pits Locke against ghosts of his pasts as a deadly crime syndicate shows an interest in his case as well. Along the way, he remember his abuse at the hands of his mother, all the while Spencer is there, watching his back side.
The story is a parody of the newspaper comic strip Calvin and Hobbs, but with a massive twist. It is a hard-broiled detective story with a brilliant plot and artwork that perfectly compliments the segments within the mini-series. Writer David Pepose bring a compelling story with artist Jorge Santiago, Jr.
Many reviewers have tried to examine the story and all I can say is it shows how mistrustful the world is, so instead of latching onto real relationships, the protagonists holds onto the only relationship that seemed real to him: his imaginary friend. We have all had them. It’s pointless to say otherwise.
As for the graphic novel, the story is interesting, gritty, raw, and full of violence. Definitely not for kids, but adults will find it entertaining to say the least.
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