The first property from
Top Cow and Heroes & Villains Entertainment is here!
Alex O’Roark, the FBI’s top tracker, has
his perfect life ripped to shreds when a case to capture the world’s most
dangerous serial killer leads him straight into the maw of a werewolf.
Now, keeping his secret from his gorgeous fiancé and the FBI, he must
hunt down the wolf that infected him before the disease turns him into
We spoke with writer, Jonathan Lincoln,
The Big Bad Wolf: What inspired Tracker?
Lincoln: My father raised me on
old monster movies. Even at a young age, I was most attracted to “The
Wolf Man.” Unlike all the other classic monsters, werewolves held on to
their humanity . . . and that’s where the drama came from. Dracula doesn’t
wake up from a bloodsucking binge and feel regret. Frankenstein’s monster
doesn’t have a day job to maintain. Only werewolves force us to consider
what we would do if suddenly our lives were ripped to shreds by some vicious
That said, I’ve often been frustrated by the lore
behind werewolves. There are too many superstitions bogging down the essential
story. Silver bullets, full moons, pentacles on the palm . . . what do
those have to do with anything? “Tracker” came out of that frustration.
It was a chance to tell a werewolf story in a more real-life setting.
I don’t want to write monsters. I want to write real people doing monstrous
The Big Bad Wolf:
Can you give us a little more information on the main character, Alex O’Roark?
Alex is an agent at the FBI whose specialty is tracking. If someone’s gone missing—be it a fugitive or lost backpacker—he’s the one you call. Alex grew up in a rough home with an abusive father, but somehow managed to rise above it all and become a model citizen. He’s honest, brave, and loyal to a fault. Of course, all this changes when he gets attacked by a werewolf . . . now he’s forced to balance that boy scout persona with something much darker and more violent.
The Big Bad Wolf: Will the werewolves in this book be the classic “Wolf-Man” version or the more vicious “Howling” type werewolves?
You’ll find both kinds in this comic. The werewolves
in “Tracker” are each unique individuals, whose transformed state is a
reflection of who they are as a person. If you are a timid geek, you will
probably make a timid werewolf—only dangerous when provoked. On the other
hand, if you are a violent psycho to start with, you’re going to turn
into something a lot scarier. Our main villain is a serial killer who
goes by the name of “Herod,” and there’s nothing timid about him. He’s
a cold-blooded sociopath who relishes in every kill—think Hannibal Lecter
As far as the look of werewolves, they’re a lot
different than traditional depictions. I have no interest in scenes where
bystanders stand around screaming, “I swear, it was some kinda animal!”
For that reason, the werewolves of “Tracker” are subtler in their transformation,
and can blend into the scenery. One could be riding next to you on the
subway at night, or following you down a dark alley—by the time you recognize
they’re not human, it’s too late.
The Big Bad Wolf:
What can we expect from this book in terms of blood and gore?
I wouldn’t go so far as to call it gory. “Tracker” is more of a thriller, with Alex moving through crime scenes after they’re happened. That means most of the really gristly stuff happens before we get there (a la “Se7en”). However, in the interest of realism, I can’t help but spill a few gallons of blood here and there.
The Big Bad Wolf: Who is the rest of the creative team involved in this book?
There have been so many great brains on this project. The founders of Heroes and Villains Entertainment (Dick Hillenbrand, Markus Goerg, and Mikhail Nayfeld) first took this material on and helped me to broaden the scope way beyond a simple whodunit. Top Cowboys Matt Hawkins and Filip Sablik have worked like hell to make sure every issue works not just as a story, but as a comic. Plus we’ve also got great people like Philip Smith on design and the amazing Troy Peteri doing letters. And then there’s Francis Tsai, the man behind every panel.
The Big Bad Wolf: What has impressed you the most with Francis Tsai’s artwork?
Jonathan Lincoln: Francis has an amazing gift in creating a sense of place. In every scene, he makes sure that the setting is as real and detailed as any main character. He has a great way of making even impossible things (like werewolves) look plausible and everyday . . . I love it.
Big Bad Wolf: When is the release date and how much is Tracker?
Jonathan Lincoln: The first issue of “Tracker” will appear this November and will cost $2.99. For those of you who participated in the "cash for clunkers" program, I recommend you use every penny to buy issues (it should get you about 1,500 copies).
The Big Bad Wolf: Where can our readers find out more about Tracker?
There’s a “promo trailer” of available on the Heroes and
Villains website (http://www.heroesandvillains-ent.com/tracker.html)
as well as updates at Top Cow (http://www.topcow.com)
. . . and, of course, we’ll be leaking all sorts of secrets to ComicMonsters.com!
Big Bad Wolf: In closing, what would you like to say to our readers about Tracker?
If you love werewolves, check this book out. If you hate werewolves, check this book out. If you are a werewolf . . . you have bigger things to worry about.
The Big Bad Wolf: Thank you for your time,
Jonathan! Best of luck with TRACKER!
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