Writer: David Pepose
Artist: Jorge Santiago, Jr.
Colorist: Jasen Smith
Letterer: Colin Bell
Synopsis: Locke is on trial for being… well, for being Locke. Charges range from assault to B&E and he’s been doing a lot of extracurricular police work while he’s been suspended. This issue includes the (re)introduction of his arch nemesis Roach, which means that this trial can’t possibly go smoothly.
I admit that I am stepping in to cover this review this week. My coworkers have been gently and lovingly coercing me into reading this book. I am very, very glad that I listened to them (for once,) because I am now a convert. Coming into the series late means that I got to binge-read everything and this issue is just… well all I can say is WOW. The book has always been dark, and this new arc seems to promise that darkness creeping up a notch. The juxtaposition of old newspaper strip funnies style, and Calvin and Hobbes style art with the adult Spencer & Locke never fails to capture the time jump between events.
This book is rock solid. Every issue is action-packed and the storytelling is some of the most solid writing that I have ever seen. Turning these classic cartoons from our collective childhood (if you’re of a certain age, anyway. I’m old now, an Elder Millennial, and I don’t know if Calvin and Hobbes is still the cultural touchstone it was when I was a kid?) on their heads and shaking them out for loose plot points and then taking them and making them dark is one of my favourite writing tropes. Twisted fairy tales never fail to amuse, and this is the story of Calvin growing up to be a loose cannon cop. And the repercussions of being a loose cannon.
I know that we’ve been singing the praises of this book on the site a lot, and I have to say that I really agree with the near-perfect rating this book consistently gets. David Pepose is a master storyteller. This book deserves to be on every best-seller list forever. And now I sound like I’m blowing smoke, but it’s deserved because this is a team of creators who should be on your up and coming, watch their careers list.
Do yourself a favour and grab this book. This is a perfect jumping on point.