Review – Tracker #4

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Have you heard of Tracker?  Yeah, neither have I.  But I found a preview and review of the fourth issue of the comic series in my inbox this past week.  I was intrigued with the premise.

The first property from Top Cow and Heroes and Villains Entertainment is here!

FBI tracker Alex O’Roark and his partner Jezebel Kendal become more and more desperate to capture serial killer Herod and resort to using a young boy afflicted with lycanthropy as bait. Will the risky gambit come back to bite them?

The series is a different take on the werewolf mythos involving a serial killer and the FBI agent who’s been infected and trying to find a cure.  An interesting twist and one I definitely looked forward to checking out.

The issue saw a team of FBI agents track down the villain Herod’s next victim who turns out to be a young boy.  Where the story goes from there is pretty predictable with debates on how right it is to use a child as bait.  What added to the series was the interaction between the Alex O’Roark his wife and O’Roark’s partner Jezebel Kendal.  There’s potential between that triangle to make the series stand out a bit.

While the plot was pretty predictable, the story was entertaining enough.  How much so?  Check out the extended review below.

Plot: Jonathan Lincoln plots an interesting twist on the werewolf story by adding in FBI agents and the main villain as a serial killer.  There seems to be something more about his victims but this being the only issue I’ve read I didn’t pick up on the bigger story.  Lincoln also has a nice love triangle going on between O’Roark, his wife and his partner.  While the plot and dialogue is pretty predictable, it was still a fun read.  Rating: 7.25

Art: Derec Donovan has a very interesting art style that with the combination of colors by Shashank Mishra has a colored pencil feel to it.  At times it works great and is striking to look at.  And some times it falls a bit flat.  There’s definite strengths and weaknesses here but enough to make it stand out and interesting.  Rating: 7.25

Overall: The story and some of the dialogue was rather predictable but there’s enough here to make the series have legs.  Seeing as I’ve missed three issues, I’m sure there’s a lot more to it, but sadly I don’t know about that.  But, the interaction of the characters and a love triangle are enough to pique my interest.  We’ll see how it holds up in the long run.  Overall Rating: 7.25

Recommendation: Read

Page count: 32 pages    Price: $3.99     Release: Wednesday 5/26/2010

Top Cow provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.