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IGN: Spencer and Locke #1 Review

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Nostalgia is a powerful thing. It doesn't matter if your tastes change, or if your interests mature. If you liked something once, chances are you'll always find reasons to like it again, often through the benefit of rose-colored glasses. Luckily, no such spectacles are needed with Spencer and Locke #1. This new debut from David Pepose, Jorge Santiago and publisher Action Lab Entertainment offers a fiendishly fun take on an age old classic, combining two equally revered and wholly different comic cultures into something both wonderfully familiar and entirely new.

Billed as "Calvin and Hobbes meets Sin City," it's clear from the opening page that said description is remarkably on point. Writer Pepose doubles down on both influences immediately, his opener veering from warmly familiar to stunningly subversive in mere panels. It’s a tough tone to pull off, and an even harder one to maintain, yet Pepose’s first issue strikes an easy and effective balance. Some of that comes down to his writing style, which offsets brighter flashback sequences with plenty of bleak, cigarette dragging narration, but much of the book’s tonal consistency comes from the characters themselves.

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