SPENCER & LOCKE VOLUME ONE
Writer(s): David Pepose
Artist Name(s): Jorge Santiago, Jr. (Pencils), Jasen Smith (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Jorge Santiago, Jr.
128 pgs./ T+ / FC
His partnerâ€™s imaginaryâ€¦ but the danger is all real! Classic comic strip nostalgia meets dark and gritty noir in Spencer & Locke, the critically acclaimed new crime series from writer David Pepose and artist Jorge Santiago, Jr., which arrives in trade paperback this August from Action Lab: Danger Zone.
When his childhood sweetheart Sophie Jenkins is found dead, thereâ€™s only one partner hard-boiled Detective Locke can trust to help him crack the case: his imaginary talking panther, Spencer. But as Spencer and Lockeâ€™s investigation stirs up a vicious crime syndicate â€” as well as memories of their own traumatic pasts â€” can this unlikely duo survive long enough to discover the truth?
Described as â€œa richly imagined and darkly original taleâ€ by All-Star Batman writer Scott Snyder and â€œa fiendishly fun take on an age-old classicâ€ by IGN, Spencer & Locke has dazzled critics and readers alike with its bold and subversive storytelling, which brings together the classic iconography of Calvin and Hobbes with the dark noir aesthetic of Sin City.
â€œSpencer & Locke is a story by comics fans, for comics fans,â€ says writer David Pepose. â€œWeaving together pulse-pounding action, compelling psychological drama, and two unforgettable leads, this book is not just a parody, not just a black comedy, but also our love letter to the innovative and trailblazing works of Bill Watterson and Frank Miller.â€
Featuring behind-the-scenes material including character designs and script pages, fans of Calvin and Hobbes, Sin City, and Criminal should not miss the trade collection of Spencer & Locke, which will be released August 30, 2017. It can be pre-ordered now with the Diamond item code JUN171107. Get in on the story now with these preview pages:
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Formed in 2010 with the purpose of pooling their collective talents into a single, powerful entity, the members of Action Lab Entertainment have countless years in multimedia publishing, design, and business. Their first release, Fracture, was successfully funded through Kickstarter and since then they have continued their mission to produce high quality, genre-spanning entertainment. Since its formation, the accolades for A.L.E continue to build on a daily basis. Among its more popular titles are all ages material like the Eisner, Glyph, Shel Dorf Award nominated series PRINCELESS, MIRACULOUS (based on the Nickelodeon Television series), Jamal Igle’s MOLLY DANGER, Artist/ Writer Katie Cook’s GRONK and Gayle Middletonâ€™s (My Little Pony, The Littlest Pet Shop) monstrously adorable VAMPLETS. Action Labâ€™s Mature Readers imprint ACTION LAB DANGER ZONE continues to push the envelope of comics entertainment with titles as varied as Charles Band’s PUPPET MASTER and Dan Mendozaâ€™s over the top horror-comedy ZOMBIE TRAMP, VAMPBLADE and ITTY BITTY BUNNIES IN RAINBOW PIXIE CANDY LAND, and socially relevant titles including SOUTHERN DOG, KINGDOM BUM and M Goodwin’s TOMBOY.