A Review: SPENCER & LOCKE 2 #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of SPENCER & LOCKE 2 #1 from Action Lab Entertainment. The story is written by David Pepose; with art by Jorge Santiago, Jr., colors by Jasen Smith, and lettering by Colin Bell.

Suspended and being investigated by Internal Affairs, Detective Locke tries to do everything by the book to regain his job and custody of his daughter Hope. He is given an opportunity to do both if he investigates the recent murders of city officials. Does he continue to do the right thing, or take the chance to get back what he so desperately wants? And what is the story with the scarred soldier named Roach Riley?

We’ve been waiting for this second installment ever since it was announced, and the first issue did not disappoint. Pepose provides a script that has a great mixture of action, mystery, drama, humor and surpasses the original series. With the appearance of Roach Riley at this point in Locke’s life, this could be critical for Locke’s future as he will see himself in this new adversary. Kudos to Jorge Santiago, Jr. for not only for his incredible visuals, but mimicked Bill Waterson and Mort Walker’s style wonderfully. Jasen Smith’s color work is interesting; muted tones with a splash of bright from time to time to emphasize certain images. Grab this book and the first series (now in trade) now. You won’t regret it.

SPENCER & LOCKE 2 #1 is in stores now or available at www.actionlabcomics.com.