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Spencer and Locke is a comic written by David Pepose and drawn by artist Jorge Santigo Jr. with the premise "What if Calvin grew up in Sin City and became a police detective?"

Answer: Locke is a massively screwed up Determinator out to solve the murder of his childhood crush, and his stuffed panther Spencer is still around to help him out.


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  • Abusive Parents: Locke was regularly beaten by his mother
  • Art Shift: The flashbacks to Locke's childhood are drawn in Bill Watterson's style, making the realistic trauma Locke experiences in them so much worse.
  • Big Bad: Augustus Locke, Spencer's father.
  • Children Forced to Kill: Locke shoots his mother when she comes after him with a broken bottle. Then at the climax Hero has to do the same to one of Augustus' mooks. Unless Spencer helped pulled the trigger.
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  • City Noir: The unnamed city Locke operates in seems to follow this. There are only a handful of scenes in daylight and the entire town is run down and grubby.
  • Crapsaccharine World: Locke's childhood as he remembers it.
  • Expy: Being a (sorta) Affectionate Parody of Calvin and Hobbes almost every character is this. Locke is Calvin, Spencer is Hobbes, Sophie is Suzie, and Augustus is Calvin's unnamed father.
  • Imaginary Friend: Spencer.
  • Made of Iron: Locke, per the genre. He survives and rapidly recovers from several punishing fistfights, a car crash, being shot in the shoulder, and a drug overdose that was supposed to give him a fatal heart attack.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: For the most part Spencer is treated as a figment of Locke's imagination, except that at one point Locke orders Spencer to drive their car while in the middle of a shootout, and Spence appears to be acting independently while looking for Locke when the latter is wandering in hallucinatory state.
    Spencer: "Like I always told Locke. I'm as real as you need me to be."
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  • Mushroom Samba: One of Augustus' minions pumps Locke full of drugs to fake an overdose death, and Locke starts seeing the world as "Raygun Reynolds" an expy of Calvin's Spaceman Spiff persona.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: Augustus tries to pull this on Locke, claiming the detective is no better than a drug dealer after shooting Locke's mother when she tried to attack him with a broken bottle.
  • Police Brutality: Locke engages in some Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique with Stanley, when the latter initially refuses to talk.
    Locke: (opening a bag full of tools) "I call it Convict Ball. It's never the same game twice."
  • Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: Stanley, Locke's childhood nemesis, has gone from beating up kids for their lunch money to funneling drugs and raping women.
  • Talking Down the Suicidal: Spencer has to talk down Locke during his childhood, when the latter almost jumps off the roof of a building.
  • Wham Line: When Locke accuses Augustus of murdering Sophie.
    Augustus: "Why would I kill my best courier?"
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