Johnny Bullet
DC Comics
Review: Spencer & Locke #4
By Philip Schweier

July 19, 2017 - 04:43

Publisher(s): Action Lab
Writer(s): David Pepose
Artist(s): Jorge Santiago Jr.
Colourist(s): Jasen Smith
Letterer(s): Colin Bell

Spencer & Locke has come to an enjoyable conclusion, filled with the same kind of childhood angst depicted in flashback style we’ve come to expect; tragic in a way, but thankfully not lethal.

As for the greater mystery that Locke has been investigating, it comes to a satisfying resolution. Nothing too easy for an armchair detective like myself (I’ve read too many of those lately), but sensible when one knows the answer. It fulfills the basics of Occam’s Razor without dumbing down below the reader’s level.

In looking at the overall series through a sharper lens, I see subtleties to the artwork I may have overlooked before, and recognize how newcomer Santiago has risen to the challenge of a four-issue series. I am confident he has a bright future in comics if he can maintain this same level of work.

But in a way, I’m disappointed in Spencer & Locke. Disappointed that it’s ended, and disappointed I’ll have to wait indefinitely for the next installment. Perhaps four issues was too short, but I’d much rather see four very well done issues, than see it padded out to make the obligatory six most trade paperbacks are comprised of. Lower page count = lower price point = more sales. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Rating: 10/10

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