Spencer & Locke 2 #3
Writer: David Pepose
Artist: Jorge Santiago Jr.
Colorist: Jasen Smith
Letterer: Colin Bell
Trapped under rubble at the construction site, Locke finds himself at a crossroads between life and death, with only Spencer to guide him through the unknown. Meanwhile, Hero dons a new persona in order to help stop Roach’s reign of terror and finds that being brave isn’t as easy as it looks. Can Locke pull himself out of death’s grip and let go of his past? And what exactly will Melinda find on her path to uncovering the secrets surrounding Roach Riley?
Spencer & Locke 2 so far has been a worthy successor to the first in every way possible. From the writing, to the art, to the insane satirical nature, it’s all been a fantastic progression on upwards, with no signs of stopping whatsoever. And as expected, this new issue continues the escalation of the previous two, in every way, shape, and form.
Every main player in this issue gets major development: Locke, Hero, Melinda, and even Roach all get time devoted to showing where they’ve been, what they’re doing, and what their endgames are looking to be. Hero’s arc this issue especially was incredibly astonishing to read, and I greatly look forward to seeing where the story takes her in the future.
Santiago Jr continues to shine in the art department, with some of his best work in the whole series stemming out here. One page in particular, which I inserted up above, is the absolute standout of the sequel so far, and every page and panel is only enhanced by Smith’s coloring, which continues to work incredibly well with Santiago Jr’s pencils and inks.
Without spoiling, Pepose throws some major curveballs in this issue, while continuing to raise the personal stakes for our main characters. Some could see this issue as eerily similar to issue #3 of the first Spencer & Locke, sure, but no one can deny the sheer amount of creativity on Pepose’s part that goes into these dream states, not to mention how they still manage to pull at the heartstrings.
Overall, this issue progresses the plot and characters of Spencer & Locke 2 in new and exciting ways. With each main character getting love and attention, Santiago Jr and Smith being a fantastic artistic duo, and Pepose managing to weave strong emotions out of an ever-expanding plot, this sequel has become a major heavy-hitter this year. I have no clue at all where it will go next, but I greatly look forward to issue #4 and to eventually see how it all wraps up.