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Spencer and Locke - Calvin and Hobbes grown up
October 12, 2017
Spencer and Locke by David Pepose Diamond Book Distributors Action Lab Comics & Graphic Novels , General Fiction (Adult) Pub Date 15 Aug 2017
Part noir thriller, part homage to comic classic Calvin & Hobbes, Spencer & Locke is a comic for grown ups who remember what it is to be a child, to need support when none was there. Locke is Calvin as an adult, but this Calvin has a far more tragic history. His Hobbes, a panther named Spencer, has accompanied him through an abusive childhood and is now his partner and fellow detective. Locke may be delusional but his delusions work for him.
When an old flame is murdered, Locke and his partner Spencer have to dig in an unpleasant past to find a murderer and save a young girl. Expect plenty of action - gunfights, car chases, etc..Also, you can expect plenty of images reminiscent of Bill Waterson, but somewhat darker, as Locke does what is necessary for him to cope, from late night wagon rides to boxes that may change everything. It is a story that is at once tragic and empowering. Spencer isn't a crutch, he’s a partner - a partner who is as real as Locke needs him to be.
Spencer & Locke is a solidly plotted noir comic that makes for an exciting read.
4 / 5
I received a copy of Spencer & Locke from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
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 youth, can this unlikely pair survive long enough to find the truth?