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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?...

Title : Spencer & Locke
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ISBN : 9781632292520
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 129 Pages
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Spencer & Locke Reviews

  • Chad
    2019-04-25 08:13

    Imagine if Calvin & Hobbes grew up with an alcoholic mother and a absentee druglord father. This was kind of ingenious. Locke is now a police detective investigating the murder of an old flame. He sees his stuffed panther, Spencer, as his partner and together they investigate crimes. There are frequent flashbacks to Locke's childhood and they are all drawn with that Bill Waterson look. My only complaints were that the coloring was amatuerish at best and there are too many coincidental revelations in the last half of the book. They easily could have been spread over several stories. All at once, they felt soap opera-ish and forced.Received an advanced copy from Action Lab and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Annie
    2019-05-07 09:21

    Spencer and Locke is about a detective and his imaginary blue panther sidekick. Excellent graphics and storyboard that is split into 4 issues. Lovely colours, especially in part #3 of the story.Spencer and Locke are trying to discover who murdered Sophie Jenkins. As the trail unfolds, Sophie's daughter Hero gets kidnapped. Sadistic Stanley, after gentle persuasion, gives them a lead and off they dash to the Red Rose club. Locke thinks his father, Augustus Locke, a drug lord and killer is somehow connected to Sophie's death and the kidnapping of Hero. Can Spencer and Locke find out the truth? Can they save Hero from the evil kidnappers? Does Locke survive? You'll have to read to find out!There are unanswered questions that arise once you have read this, but I am sure these conundrums will be resolved and answered in future issues of Spencer and Locke.An enjoyable read.Many thanks to Netgalley for the advanced copy in return for my honest and unbiased review.

  • InformationSuperhero
    2019-05-03 11:25

    Ok. The idea of an imaginary partner (let alone a panther) is interesting and makes sense as a daily coping method for Locke. I was not expecting panels to reveal that Spencer is a stuffed animal. A psychological manifestation is one thing but an adult totting around a toy was just to much for me to take first.Oddly enough, Spencer worked. It's hard to explain but he was as real as a character manifestation one could make.At all times Spencer only spoke to Locke. which made Locke like an idiot talking to a stuffed toy in the diner.Spencer didn't participate when Locke put the boots to Stanley as he physically couldn't.Spencer literally disappeared when Locke had to engage with the babysitter who traumatized him. The situation was too overwhelming for Locke to think of anything but fear.Although it does get a bit fuzzy at times. Spencer finds Locke when they get separated. How I don't know as stuffies can't walk. Plus there's he part where Spencer and Sophie and a dead bad guy.Sophie: I...I didn't know you were real.Spencer: Oh, sweetheart...I'll tell you the same thing I told your Dad...I'll always be as real as you need me to be. So yeah. I'm still wondering how "real" Spencer is but feel more secure with him as a character by the end of the volume.The relationship between Spencer and Locke was sincere. True life long friends. It's no surprise Spencer exists as Locke had a devastating childhood. Locke needed someone to get by. Spencer is more just an imaginary friend who grew up with Locke. He's his police partner and trusts him on every level.The conversations between Spencer and Locke are what you'd expect from people who've know each other for a long time. Pokes at personal faults, reminiscing of old times, concerns, reassurances... just regular day conversations. The dialogue is the main reason I kept reading as it is intricate, funny and heartbreaking.Locke has a number of skeletons that I hope we go into details in future volumes.- He killed his Mom (Why?)- He recently kills his Dad (He was bad but why was he bad?)- His Girl was killed (What was their history?)- He had to protect his little girl (Why was she hidden? Why did Locke's dad not ever meet her prior?)So many questions. I can't wait until volume 2 is released.Trust me, this is worth reading past the diner scene.***I received a copy of this through in exchange for an honest review.***

  • Ije the Devourer of Books
    2019-05-15 11:17

    Great story about a cop called Spencer and his partner who is a blue panther called Locke. The only problem is that Locke is a toy panther and only Spencer can see the live version of Locke. Or maybe Locke isn't real at all, but nevertheless the two of them form a dynamic crime busting team and they get the job done!In this volume Spencer and Locke, break down doors and jaws as they search for the murderer of one of Spencer's childhood friends. Spencer might be a detective but he is ruthless when it comes to solving crime and he is not afraid of using fair means or foul, and with Locke along for the ride things get rather peculiar and very brutal.This is an entertaining story with great characters. It has a nice balance of humour and darkness, past and present, all combined with action.Copy provided via Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.Stanley and LockeGreat story about a cop called Spencer and his partner who is a blue panther called Locke. The only problem is that Locke is a toy panther and only Spencer can see the live version of Locke. Or maybe Locke isn't real at all, but nevertheless the two of them form a dynamic crime busting team and they get the job done!In this volume Spencer and Locke, break down doors and jaws as they search for the murderer of one of Spencer's childhood friends Spencer might be a detective but he is ruthless when it comes to solving crime and he is not afraid of using fair means or foul and with Locke along for the ride things get rather peculiar and very brutalThis is an entertaining story with great characters. It has a great combination of past and present, and humour and darkness, and it overflows with action.Copy provided via Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review

  • Mike
    2019-04-26 08:21

    Imagine that the little boy from the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip grew up to be a detective and you're pretty much standing at the gates of Spencer and Locke. Well... you would also have to imagine that the little guy had had a very difficult childhood, that his father was a world class scumbag, that his stuffed panther Spencer wasn't just his goodtime fun buddy but in many ways his only salvation from the bleakness that was a big part of those early years... In other words, take Calvin and Hobbes and turn it sideways into something a bit more dark. Not as grim as it sounds - It's actually quite good!Writer David Pepose describes it as "a parody, a black comedy, a hard-boileded noir drama" that somewhere along the way "became a story of redemption". I don't think I can really improve on that description.***Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this title

  • Joanne Myers
    2019-05-24 13:07

    Combining four individual issues into one book, this is the story of a detective called Locke and his imaginary partner, Spencer, a talking blue panther.The illustrations start off really well with a palette of blues and blacks mostly. Presumably to fit with one of the main characters being blue. Then in the third issue, we have this amazing splash of neon and bright colours, it really makes the pictures pop. Very cleverly done and placed within the story. Well done.I would say, that apart from a few flashback scenes, we don't get much background on the character in this particular book so I would love to see Locke fleshed out a little more.Thanks to Netgalley for the advanced reading copy

  • J.D.
    2019-05-14 13:05

    A Blurb on Spencer & Locke by David Pepose and Jorge Santiago, Jr.A blend of fantasy and detective (I mean, just look at the cover), and definitive proof that comics can do more than just the same old thing over and over again. The theme works here as a play on what's really animal about people. A high-concept work on par with Brian K. Vaughn and the best writers and artists in the comic book business.I found this collected edition to be a highly enjoyable and well-assembled product. Readers looking to broaden their horizons in comics and graphic novels with, no doubt, enjoy this book. For that matter, fans of fantasy and mystery will connect with this material, as well. Available August 15, 2017 in the US.

  • Theediscerning
    2019-04-30 11:05

    I have to say this was an interesting comic, but not one where the approach proved a complete success. Having a cop fixated on his childhood to the extent he assumes his own one-eyed blue panther toy is his detective partner means a lot of it falls into the world of 'how is that supposed to make sense' - not so much the fact the panther doesn't help out at key times, but certainly when they dialogue with each other, and in part 3 when the cat narrates in the same font as Locke, you do wonder if it's not a little too bonkers and Freudian. The actual drama is interesting enough, but is too keen to introduce characters out of the blue that meant a lot more to Locke than they ever do to us, and he jumps to conclusions too successfully too often. The artwork is too brash and trashy for my taste, too, but I guess is only in keeping. All that probably makes it sound like a right bodged job, but it's not - I'd call it an 'interesting failure' but it's certainly above being a failure, and is definitely still worth a quick look.

  • Paul Franco
    2019-04-23 08:17

    A detective with a—possibly—imaginary talking blue panther as a partner look to solve a murder and kidnapping. That’s all the plot that’s necessary.There’s a flashback to the detective as a kid, getting smacked around by his mom. This is in comic strip form; if you’re familiar with a strip about a boy and his imaginary cat, you know how this looks. Locke says Spencer has idiosyncrasies; sure, what talking blue panther doesn’t? We’re told right away about Spencer’s “condition,” so we don’t have to wonder about it the rest of the way.Now for the fun stuff.“Captain’s Log, Stardate. . .” That came outta nowhere.Want to have a science-fiction interlude? Feed your protagonist a multiple-drug overdose. I get the feeling that dinosaur is gonna drop on someone. . .Turned out to be a surprisingly easy, quick read. I enjoyed it despite some plot holes, which is not an easy thing to say when there’s a giant blue talking panther walking around. The psychology, his motivation for becoming a cop, was well done.The italics were surprisingly hard to read. As for the art, there’s gritty urban landscapes, not quite film noir but close, as well as bright cheery childhood interludes. During the science-fiction portion it’s bold pulp-comic color.Each chapter has extras: cover gallery, character designs, script pages, and so on.3.5 pushed up to 4/5

  • Crittermom
    2019-05-06 12:07

    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 / 5I received a copy of Spencer & Locke from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.--Crittermom

  • Dec
    2019-05-03 09:59

    ***I received a copy of this work through in exchange for an honest review.***A tribute to Bill Watterson and Frank Miller, Spencer and Locke is a cross between Sin City and Calvin and Hobbes, where a young boy with a tormented past visualises his stuffed panther as a voice of reason and bodyguard in a cruel world. The graphic novel contains flashes of brilliance, it doesn't spoonfeed the reader answers and we must piece some puzzles together ourselves from the limited clues we've been given.It didn't quite hit the 5 star mark but it is one of the more enjoyable comics I've read. I would have liked to have seen more detailed art, and there's a few story plots I just couldn't find believable; for example, if his mother is so abusive why does she bother getting him a baby sitter); there is others too but I don't want to ruin the story. Overall though, I'd really recommend it.

  • Dave
    2019-05-06 16:21

    The premise of Spencer & Locke is implausible: take a beloved Comic from the Sunday Paper and twist it into a psychological detective noir thriller. Yet, despite the immediate contradictions, Pepose has crafted a narrative that shows how plausible it could be for a creative, high-energy and precocious child to grow up to be a hard-boiled cop with an imaginary jungle cat partner. Santiago solidifies this scenario by deftly capturing the nuance of the art of Calvin and Hobbes and tweaks it in a way that is both familiar and disturbing. I loved this series more than I thought I could or should, and would recommend it to anyone who recognizes the potential sociopath in every little boy.4.5 out of 5Individual issue reviews appear here:

  • Kristine
    2019-05-18 09:23

    Spencer and Locke by David Pepose et. al. is a free NetGalley e-comicbook that I read in early August.So, when I first read the synopsis and the front cover of this comicbook, I had thought that it would be like Drop Dead Fred, but, no, I should have been thinking more along the lines of a grown-up, low-rent, perverse, mind-in-the-gutter Calvin and Hobbes. Locke is a detective alongside Spencer, a button-eyed stuffed panther that has stuck with him during an abusive, dark childhood into a gritty adulthood where he tracks down the person who murdered his first girlfriend. The near-literal Calvin and Hobbes flashbacks and the cutscenes where Locke enters a space opera wonderland with the help of an injectable psychotropic cocktail are among its most standout moments, but, me, I just really love Spencer.

  • Chris
    2019-05-07 11:06

    The concept hooked me immediately. Locke (Calvin) from Calvin and Hobbes grown up as a detective with his stuffed animal toy Spencer (Hobbe)s as his partner.But this was a difficult book to get through. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it, but I wasn't prepared for how dark it got.It's hard because Locke is so like a young Calvin that it's heartbreaking when he goes through such a terrible childhood. It's like this is what Calvin would be without a loving, supportive family.The hard-boiled detective story was great, with enough occasional humour to break up the darkness. My only concern is that I don't think Bill Watterson would be thrilled with someone making such a dark homage to his classic characters.

  • Norman Cook
    2019-05-19 09:06

    Imagine Calvin and Hobbes as written by Richard Stark or Jim Thompson and you would get Spencer & Locke. This is as hardcore of a noir thriller that I've read in quite a while, but retaining the charm of a childhood imaginary friend. This is not for children! There is overt sexual language and situations, and the ending is tough and emotional. The artwork by Jorge Santiago, Jr. with colors by Jasen Smith and lettering by Colin Bell perfectly captures both noir edginess and the cartooniness of Bill Watterson's classic comic strip.

  • Shawn
    2019-04-24 10:20

    This graphic novel blew my mind. I adore Calvin And Hobbes. Easily my favorite all time comic strip; it is not even close. Watterson's strip was beautiful, poignant, and brilliant. But imagine the darker timeline. What if Calvin's world was not a loving, middle-class upbringing? What would Calvin have been like? And what if he became a cop and still had Hobbes around? That's what you get in this amazingly creative noir graphic novel. You don't need to been as big a C&H fan as I am to appreciate what the authors have done in their retelling and re-conceptualization of C&H. It certainly helps to get some of the background, but it's an intriguing story on its own.

  • Joe
    2019-05-09 08:24

    "Spencer & Locke" is Calvin and Hobbes if:- Calvin was all grown up and a detective.- He came from an abusive and dysfunctional family.- He's insane.- His partner is his imaginary friend.This is super dark but a must read for any Calvin and Hobbes fans who always could see the darkness in the margins of that work. This suffers a little by making the subtext into text but is interesting nonetheless.

  • Jones1240
    2019-05-06 12:21

    Skvělý detektivní příběh který více než o vraždě pojednával o psychickém stavu hlavního hrdiny jehož policejním parťákem je modrý Panter který je ve skutečnosti plyšákem. Zní to všelijak ale příběh je dobře napsaný a je jak vtipný, dojemný tak napínavý a já to celé zhltl na jeden zátah, opravdu doporučuji. Je pravda že tam bylo pár nelogických chvil ale jinak se jednalo o skvělý zážitek.

  • Nuno Gil Franco
    2019-05-11 14:57

    A nice homage to Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes, it's a fun, quick whodunit read, with some throwbacks to Watterson's strip, here and there. The art is simple, kinda rough, but active and pretty fluid, much like the colors.

  • Finn Murphy
    2019-05-09 09:08

    Great Book that deals with real and heavy themes in a unique way!

  • Scott Waldie
    2019-05-15 14:27

    A great premise that I missed last year when poring over all the new comics releases. Calvin & Hobbes noir? You gotcha. I hope Pepose has more in store for us.

  • Josh
    2019-05-12 13:15

    Crime noir by way of Calvin and Hobbes. What could have been a gimmick is elevated by a taut story, heartfelt moments, and decent art. This is one of the best comics I've read this year.