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Review – Spencer & Locke 2 #2 (Action Lab)

Spencer & Locke 2 #2 (Action Lab) cover C (detail) by Joe Mulvey
Spencer & Locke 2 #2
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Summary

Writer: David Pepose
Artist: Jorge Santiago Jr.
Colorist: Jasen Smith
Cover Artist: Jorge Santiago Jr.
Publisher: Action Lab – Danger Zone
Rating: Mature
Release Date: May 29, 2019

The past is catching up—to everyone—in Spencer & Locke 2 #2. But what exactly is Locke going to do about it?

 

The Past Is Catching Up in Spencer & Locke 2 #2

Spencer & Locke is one of those series that hooks you in from the start. And the follow-up, Spencer & Locke 2, has been the same. This is the perfect read for anybody wanting a series with a seriously dark twist. Trust me, this series will never fail to surprise you in the twists and turns it takes. Spencer & Locke 2 #2 has truly left me anxious for the next part in the series. It was fast-paced and heartbreaking at times. But that’s something I’ve come to expect from this team. For a man who has constantly been haunted by his past, you’d think that Locke would be used to it by now. And maybe, in a sense, he is. This issue shows the past catching up, but not in the way you’d expect.

Writing

Spencer & Locke 2 #2 (Action Lab) cover A by Jorge Santiago Jr
Spencer & Locke 2 #2 (Action Lab) cover A by Jorge Santiago Jr

Spencer & Locke 2 has already shown us that they can tell us a story using unique methods. Combining flashbacks with a different art style was a bold move, but it left the series with a distinct style. That style was pushed to its limits with Spencer & Locke 2 #2. There was a lot we needed to learn, and not much time to do it. Yet David Pepose managed to tell his tale with even pacing. Not once did it feel like we were being rushed through the plot.

But that’s not to say that the issue wasn’t fast-paced—because it absolutely was. It’s amazing that Spencer and Locke can keep up with their surroundings. Though it looks like they’re not the only ones with that ability. Leave it to Locke to surround himself with people (and stuffed panthers) that can keep up with him.

The antagonist in this plot has been fascinating. He’s also been a brilliant reflection of everything we know of Locke thus far. I think that’s really what makes him so interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing where Pepose takes this rivalry.

Art

There are two main art styles shown in Spencer & Locke 2 #2. Both have probably become well known at this point, though. So I don’t think I’m surprising anyone by saying that. As always, the series made good use of the more comical art style to show us flashbacks, which is always surprising, given that these are sometimes the heaviest moments in the series.

Jorge Santiago Jr. and Jasen Smith were the artists behind this issue, and they did a brilliant job. I’ll never get over the transitions between art styles, or the way they draw Spencer at different points. But this issue had a lot of other great highlights as well. I just can’t talk too much about these points due to spoilers. But I will say that they’re worth looking for!

Conclusion

Spencer & Locke 2 #2 was an intense and emotionally compelling read. I still can’t get over how much emotion this series has managed to fit into it. Or how hard Locke has had it. All of the elements that I’ve come to love about this series made an appearance here. So fans will be happy with what’s inside.

The new plot has held up to all of my expectations, and then some. I love the mirror dynamics they’re introducing. I think it’ll make for a strong plot, especially in the long run. Not that I have any clue what is going to happen next. But I’m sure looking forward to finding out!


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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