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Comic Book Review: Tracker #4 by Jonathan Lincoln

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Occasionally you'll come across a comic, which is almost finished, and wonder "how the hell did I not know this existed?" Top Cow's Tracker certainly sounds like one of those comics.

It follows the story of FBI agent Alex O'Roark. It's his job to track down the most dangerous serial killers. That role has him on the trail of the killer known as Herod. Now I'll put in a spoiler alert here, but this information is pretty available. After a run in with Herod O'Roark is bitten, and he is slowly turning into a werewolf. Seriously, it's a freaking werewolf FBI agent. How does that not get you interested? I mean sure the werewolf genre gets done to death just as much as the vampire genre, but occasionally someone will take it and turn it in a new direction, like Top Cow have done here. 

The issue has a fairly good introduction to what's transpired before the fourth issue, so it does make it a fairly enjoyable read for someone who is new to the series. O'Roark, through his new werewolf abilities, now has an advantage in trying to capture the serial killer Herod. While he feels he can outsmart him he needs to take a pretty big risk with an unsuspecting boy to catch him, a fairly messed up situation to say the least.

It was good to see a werewolf as a good guy and applying his new found abilities to some new areas. The issue is gearing up towards some form of ultimate showdown, as this is the fourth issue of a five part series, unless they decide to expand it further. There seem to be a few storylines which need to be rapped up in the final issue, and it'd be a shame if any of them were rushed. The dialogue between O'Roark and his boss is typical cop show dialogue, but I did like O'Roark's little insights into certain situations. You can understand why he does what he does at certain situations, like using the kid. There's a little bit of romance in the story, but it's not quite like the popular super-natural romance of a Twilight or True Blood. Herod is portrayed as a truly brutal and rather cunning killer, the type of bad guy I like, and he was possibly my favorite part of the comic.

Derec Donovan and Shashank Mishra's combined drawing and coloring is good, but not overly spectacular. There was nothing that really made me go "wow, that's cool," apart from an explosion which had some nice coloring that mixed reds, oranges, yellows to create an impressive explosion that sent some silhouetted agents into some comical poses. The werewolves didn't look quite how you'd expect. There was no epic transformation where skin was shedded or bones were rearranged, and the guy looks like a wolf. Instead, the eyes go a bit squinty; the ears go a bit pointy; and their teeth and fingernails get considerably sharper. They actually look like a cross between a vampire and an elf. It's not necessarily a bad thing; it's just not what I was expecting.There is, however, plenty of blood, which is what you'd expect from a story about a serial killer and werewolves. The scene where Herod walks down the corridor, dragging his claws across the wall, is quite cool, as you know someone is going to get messed up.

Purely for the fact that Tracker tries to do something different with the werewolf genre and that it's accompanied by some good, solid artwork makes it a good pick up for anyone whether you've followed the series or not.

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