Spencer & Locke 2 #4
Writer: David Pepose
Artist: Jorge Santiago Jr.
Colorist: Jasen Smith
Letterer: Colin Bell
As Roach seeks to strike the city’s population where they’d hurt the most, Spencer and Locke try one last time to take him down once and for all. Meanwhile, Melinda and Lana are being held at gunpoint by the person they least expected, and are running out of options as to how to escape. As tensions run high, and with the city hanging in the balance, the truth finally comes to light as Spencer and Locke engage head-on with Roach in a final showdown. Can they finally stop him from causing more harm? And how far will Roach go to break down Locke?
From the very first issue, Spencer & Locke 2 has proven to be a more than worthy follow-up to the first one, and each issue has only amped up everything I’ve loved about this comic. From the characters, to the story, to the style, to the way it calls back to comics from both the funny pages and the big publishers, and so on, it’s been a non-stop rollercoaster of insanity and pure emotion. So without a doubt, I’m incredibly happy to say that this issue gives us an incredibly solid, as well as shocking conclusion for our favorite cop and panther duo, and takes each character in exciting new directions.
First off, as always, the art done by Jorge Santiago Jr continues to be absolutely stunning, with the colors by Jasen Smith bringing every single page and home. From the comic strip style to the gritty noir style, every bit of art oozes brilliance, passion, and style, and without spoiling, the final page is a work of absolute beauty, and fits so well thematically with the type of conclusion this story goes for.
The characters are at their absolute best in this issue, and not a single one of them are ignored. One of the greatest strengths of Pepose’s writing is giving time and attention to each character within a story, making each and every one of them feel like an essential piece to a puzzle. Of course Locke, Spencer, and Roach are all outstanding, but this issue especially shines in how it gives attention to Hero, Melinda, Hal, and Lana. It’s no easy task to balance the main and supporting characters equally, and Pepose pulls it off in a fantastic way.
As for the story, it’s absolutely fulfilling and shocking, and leaves me satisfied, yet still incredibly hooked for what’s next. Some readers might definitely be taken aback by the conclusion, which I initially was as well, but after more time thinking about it, it’s a stroke of absolute brilliance. I hope more than anything that we get a Spencer & Locke 3, and soon. Even more so, I’d take ten more volumes of these characters and the stories that bind them, without question.
Overall, Spencer & Locke 2 is an outstanding sequel, and a fantastic comic altogether. Every character is taken in an exciting and bold direction, and the world building just becomes more and more rich and exciting. Pepose and Santiago have absolutely outdone themselves, and I can’t wait to see where they go next, and where they take Spencer and Locke.