Writer: Mariko Tamaki
Artists: Babs Tarr & Rachael Cohen
One of the best parts of Overwatch is the lore. Despite being a video game with no single-player story mode, Overwatch is full of fantastic characters, vibrant settings, and interesting storylines. Most of that lore is built through animated videos and comic books. Overwatch: Tracer – London Calling #1 is the latest story to build on Overwatch‘s lore.
Overwatch: Tracer – London Calling #1 puts the spotlight on Tracer. The comic takes place before the game after Overwatch was disbanded. Tracer isn’t done being a hero, so she moves to London and helps the people in any way she can, vigilante-style. She soon runs into an Omnic who appears to be stealing but soon exposes Tracer to some poor living conditions for the robots.
Mariko Tamaki has a great grasp on the world of Overwatch. She has an even greater grasp of Tracer’s character. Fans of the game will be reading Tracer’s lines in her voice throughout the entire issue. The dialogue feels authentic and could have easily be written by those who created the character. The script is familiar but still feels fresh with the Overwatch coat of paint. There is plenty of action to enjoy throughout the issue, but the quiet moments are just as nice in this debut.
Babs Tarr has always had a fun, bold style, and it suits this book well. Tracer has always been an upbeat character, which is why Tarr is a natural fit. Tracer is drawn with bold, relaxed lines that look great when the character is in motion. The expressions throughout the issue are highly animated and exaggerated, adding extra charm to the book. Rachael Cohen’s colors are bright and go well with the world of Overwatch.
Overwatch: Tracer - London Calling #1
While there isn't much here for those who aren't already fans of the franchise, this is a fun little book that adds life to one of Overwatch's most iconic characters.