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Spencer & Locke Returns this Winter for an All-New Saga. Gets a SDCC Exclusive Cover

This Winter, Spencer & Locke returns in Spencer & Locke 2, written by David Pepose and illustrated by Jorge Santiago, Jr.! Suspended by Internal Affairs, Detective Locke continues to wrestle with the demons of his past alongside his trusty partner, his talking imaginary panther Spencer. But when Spencer and Locke face Roach Riley, a scarred former soldier set on violence and terror, will their partnership become the latest casualty on Roach’s hit list?

An exclusive variant of Spencer & Locke 2 #1 by artist Joe Mulvey will be available at San Diego Comic-Con.

The first volume of Spencer & Locke recently earned five nominations at the 2018 Ringo Awards, including Best Series, Best Writer, Best Cover Artist, Best Colorist and Best Letterer.

New York Comic Con 2017: Spencer & Locke Gets a Sequel

Action Lab: Danger Zone‘s Spencer & Locke is getting a second volume! Announced at New York Comic Con, the series is written by David Pepose with art by Jorge Santiago Jr. The series is Calvin & Hobbes meets Sin City and has already been optioned for a film. Spencer & Locke 2 is out in 2018.

We already have the scoop as to what you can expect and it’s awesome!

His partner’s imaginary… but the madness is all real.

Spencer & Locke 2

Action Lab Announces a Spencer & Locke Plushie Contest!

Heads up, Spencer & Locke fans — there’s a panther on the loose! To celebrate the release of the Spencer & Locke trade paperback in comics shops and ComiXology now, writer David Pepose, artist Jorge Santiago, Jr. and publisher Action Lab: Danger Zone are giving away an exclusive, limited-edition Spencer doll to one lucky reader!

Just post a photo of yourself with a copy of Spencer & Locke by Wednesday, August 9, and tag David Pepose (@peposed), Jorge Santiago, Jr. (@jorgesantiagojr) and Action Lab: Danger Zone (@actionlabdanger) for a chance to win!

You can read our review of the first trade but in short, go to your shop and buy it!

Preview: Spencer & Locke TPB

SPENCER & LOCKE TPB

Written by DAVID PEPOSE
Art by JORGE SANTIAGO, JR.
Colors by JASEN SMITH
Lettering by COLIN BELL
Cover by JORGE SANTIAGO, JR.
$14.99 | 128 pgs. | Action Lab: Danger Zone | T+ | On sale AUGUST 2

Collecting the hit mini-series, Spencer & Locke follows hard-boiled Detective Locke as he investigates a brutal murder with the strangest of partners — his childhood imaginary panther, Spencer. But when they face brutal gunfights, deadly car chases and memories of Locke’s traumatic upbringing, can this unlikely pair survive long enough to find the truth? Find out in David Pepose and Jorge Santiago, Jr.’s action-packed send-up of Calvin and Hobbes and Sin City, which was just picked up for a feature film by Hitman producer Adrian Askarieh and Prime Universe Films!

Preview: Spencer & Locke #4

SPENCER & LOCKE #4

Written by DAVID PEPOSE
Art by JORGE SANTIAGO, JR.
Colors by JASEN SMITH
Lettering by COLIN BELL
Cover A by JORGE SANTIAGO, JR.
Cover B by MAAN HOUSE
Cover C by JORGE SANTIAGO, JR.
$3.99 | 22 pgs. | Action Lab: Danger Zone | T+ | On sale JULY 19

The end is nigh in SPENCER & LOCKE #4, as our heroes square off against Locke’s crime lord father, Augustus, with a child’s life hanging in the balance! Can Locke survive against these overwhelming odds? Does he even want to? And who killed Sophie Jenkins? Find out here in this explosive finale of David Pepose and Jorge Santiago, Jr.’s hard-boiled send-up of Calvin and Hobbes and Sin City, which was just picked up for a feature film by Hitman producer Adrian Askarieh and Prime Universe Films!

Spencer & Locke is Optioned by Prime Universe Films

Spencer & Locke is the latest comic book series to be optioned to be made in the film. The series written by David Pepose with art by Jorge Santiago, Jr. and published by Action Lab Entertainment has been picked up by film producer Adrian Askarieh and his company Prime Universe Films.

Spencer & Locke follows hard-boiled Detective Locke as he solves a brutal murder with the only partner he can trust — his imaginary talking panther, Spencer. But as their investigation stirs up a vicious crime syndicate and memories of Locke’s traumatic upbringing, can this unlikely pair survive long enough to learn the truth?

Spencer & Locke #4, which concludes the series’ action-packed storyline, will be available at comic shops and digital devices Wednesday, July 19. Series writer David Pepose will be signing copies of all four issues at Comic-Con International in San Diego at the Action Lab booth (#2006), including a never-before-seen SDCC variant cover from artist Joe Mulvey.

You can read our glowing review of the first issue and find out why this is a series you should check out now!

Preview: Spencer & Locke #3

SPENCER & LOCKE #3

Writer(s): David Pepose
Artist Name(s): Jorge Santiago, Jr. (Pencils), Jasen Smith (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Jorge Santiago, Jr. (Cover A); Maan House (Cover B – limited to 1500 copies)
32 pgs./ T+ / FC
$3.99

S.O.S.! S.O.S.! Beaten, drugged and left for dead, things are looking bad for Locke—but unfortunately for his captors, Locke isn’t here anymore. Get ready for a night of psychedelic terror and homicidal violence as Rocketman Reynolds makes his daring escape from Planet X!

Spencer & Locke Gets Collected as a Trade in August

His partner’s imaginary… but the danger is all real! Classic comic strip nostalgia meets dark and gritty noir in Spencer & Locke, the critically acclaimed new crime series from writer David Pepose and artist Jorge Santiago, Jr., which arrives in trade paperback this August from Action Lab: Danger Zone.

When his childhood sweetheart Sophie Jenkins is found dead, there’s only one partner hard-boiled Detective Locke can trust to help him crack the case: his imaginary talking panther, Spencer. But as Spencer and Locke’s investigation stirs up a vicious crime syndicate — as well as memories of their own traumatic pasts — can this unlikely duo survive long enough to discover the truth?

Featuring behind-the-scenes material including character designs and script pages, fans of Calvin and Hobbes, Sin City, and Criminal should not miss the trade collection of Spencer & Locke, which will be released August 30, 2017. It can be pre-ordered now with the Diamond item code JUN171107.

Preview: Spencer & Locke #2

SPENCER & LOCKE #2

Written by DAVID PEPOSE
Art by JORGE SANTIAGO, JR.
Colors by JASEN SMITH
Lettering by COLIN BELL
Cover A by JORGE SANTIAGO, JR.
Cover B by MAAN HOUSE
$3.99 | 22 pgs. | Action Lab: Danger Zone | T+ | On sale MAY 31

Action Lab’s noir mashup of Calvin and Hobbes and Sin City continues in SPENCER & LOCKE #2! Spencer and Locke’s investigation leads them to the seedy nightclub known as the Red Rose — but what kind of power does the Red Rose’s owner hold over Locke? Meet Ramona Sinclair — and if this femme fatale doesn’t do these gumshoes in, a death-defying car chase just might. The second installment of David Pepose and Jorge Santiago, Jr.’s pitch-black love letter to Watterson and Miller will arrive in comic shops and digital devices May 31!

Review: Spencer and Locke #1

When his grade-school sweetheart is found dead, there’s only one friend Detective Locke can trust to help solve her murder – his childhood imaginary panther, Spencer. But when they face a vicious crime syndicate and memories from Locke’s traumatic youth, can this unlikely pair survive long enough to find the truth?

Take Calvin and Hobbes and mix it with Sin City (or really any noir crime story) and you get Spencer & Locke, the new series written by David Pepose with art by Jorge Santiago, Jr.

The first issue is a pretty standard noir story with a dead body and a Detective trying to solve it. But, where this one is unique is the fact that Detective Locke’s partner is Spencer, an imaginary panther from his childhood. That twist creates a unique addition to a genre that has had a lot of comic releases.

I found myself reading the first issue not just entertained by the murder mystery, but the interaction between Locke and Spencer, especially to see who Spencer interacts with and how. Pepose does a solid job of letting the readers learn as we go instead of spelling it out and he has lots of fun with it especially when expectations are broken which I know caught me off guard and kept me on my toes going forward. Pepose has clearly thought out his twist and it shows in every panel and scene that features our two main characters and how that plays out going forward will be what makes or breaks the series (and so far it absolutely makes it).

The art by Santiago, Jr. is key to that making everything believable in a sense that how Spencer and Locke are presented are key. That spatial focus is key for the series as it keeps us the readers on our toes trying to figure out it Spencer is make believe or if there’s something more there. In other words, you may need to show two characters when there’s only one in reality and when a third party is involved, that’s where things get interesting. Santiago, Jr. nails that aspect while infusing the atmosphere I’d expect from a crime/noir story.

Spencer & Locke has its twist and brings something new to a genre that while entertaining, needs something new to really stand out. Whether or not the murder mystery is interesting isn’t the draw for me going forward, it’s all about Spencer and Locke. Much like Calvin and Hobbes, how Spener and Locke interact is the heart of the series and has me counting down the days until I can read more.

Story: David Pepose Art: Jorge Santiago, Jr.
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.40 Recommendation: Buy

Action Lab Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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