Action Lab Danger Zone 2017
Written by David Pepose
Illustrated by Jorge Santiago, Jr.
Coloured by Jasen Smith
Lettered by Colin Bell
The end is nigh, as Spencer and Locke square off against Locke’s crime lord father, Augustus, with a child’s life hanging in the balance! Can Locke survive against these overwhelming odds? Does he even want to? And who killed Sophie Jenkins? Find out here in this explosive finale!
Sometimes when your dad is the biggest drug guy in town you might have daddy issues. Locke yeah he’s got em all right and we get a front row seat to seeing how this father and son are going to work things out here. Of course there are twists and turn through it as daddy seems to know about his son than Locke ever realised himself. Or perhaps Locke realised it but dismissed it.
Though I will say what David does with the writing here is spectacular because it really does convey all the emotion and feeling that hits you like a ton of bricks. His characterisation throughout has been utterly phenomenal to see and be a part of. Also that we see Spencer take on a larger role with this issue was interesting to see. From seeing how much Locke relied upon him as a child to his being instrumental in the safety of Hero and how much she’ll end up relying upon him it’s such strong writing.
I am a fan of the interiors here while they are reminiscent of the all-ages style that Action Lab is known for the adult twinge of the subject matter plays a nice role here. The use of colour and the facial expressions are what really sell the darkness of what we see. The way page layouts are utilised through angles and perspective are so well done. I’d like more backgrounds but that’s me and sometimes the darkness behind the characters is better.
They say save the best for last and the guys certainly did that here, not only is this the climax of the story and end of the first adventure but it’s also got the most revelations, twists and turns that i’ve ever seen. It really is one of the most intense and stunning issues i’ve ever had the pleasure to read. I mean this would be my perfect example to give to someone and say read this and tell me you don’t more.
Action Lab has become the home of some incredibly strong and well done franchises and the Danger Zone is a great place to get some stories that only feel familiar on the surface. With strong concept, premise and execution Spencer & Locke should now take it’s place among the most interesting of the detective genre stories. You won’t believe how this unfolds, ends and leaves things as the whole sordid affair is finally laid to rest.