''Curse of the Worgen'' is a five-part comic miniseries explaining the background and specifics of ''VideoGame/{{World of Warcraft}}'''s [[TheVirus Worgen Curse]]. It was written by Micky Neilson and James Waugh, and drawn/colored by Ludo Lullabi and Tony Washington.

''Curse of the Worgen'' primarily follows Halford Ramsey, a famous Gilnean detective in charge of investigating a rash of brutal murders known as the 'Starlight Slasher' murders. His searches lead him to discover the age-old legend of the Worgen Curse. The comic also touches in with characters from the in-game worgen starting zone as they deal with the beginnings of the zone's events.

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!!''Curse of the Worgen'' contains examples of:
* AscendedExtra: In-game, Belysra Starbreeze is a quest giver who appears briefly in the Worgen starting zone and, later on, she can be found as a priest trainer in Darnassus. ''Curse of the Worgen'' has her as a main character and explains much of her background.
* TheAtoner: Belysra Starbreeze.
* {{Backstory}}: A good 80-90% of the comic consists of this.
** It also explains why there are Night elves in Gilneas in the starting zone experience though not why they brought an army with them.
* BerserkButton: Halford does ''not'' like it when his deceased sister Ana is mentioned, and punched Cox when he did so in his WhatTheHellHero moment. [[NoSell Cox being much bigger than Halford]], he shrugged it off and punched him to the ground with one blow. [[spoiler:He manages to get over her death after drinking from the waters of Tal'doren.]]
* BigNo: Belysra when [[spoiler: Arvell is killed by a Legion demon's axe]].
* ClothingDamage: Unlike in the [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft source material]], transforming into a Worgen results in one's clothes getting completely torn off. Near the end, Worgen with their [[MagicPants clothes intact]] appear, though.
* DeadpanSnarker: Halford has his moments.
--> '''Halford''': Pay attention to these words, Cox, for you will rarely, if ever, hear them again: You are correct.
* DrivenToSuicide:
** After her two sons died in the Northgate Rebellion, Halford's sister Ana hanged herself.
** After his plot to [[spoiler:turn over King Greymane to the Forsaken]] fails, [[spoiler:Lord Vincent Godfrey]] throws himself off a cliff and dies from the impact.
* EtTuBrute: Genn Greymane's reaction when [[spoiler:Lord Godfrey, Baron Ashbury and Lord Walden betray him, holding him at gunpoint to turn him over to the Forsaken. Especially Ashbury, with whom he grew up and was a childhood friend.]]
* EnemyWithin: The Worgen curse for Halford [[spoiler: as well as Genn Greymane.]]
* EvilMakesYouMonstrous: Ralaar starts out looking like your average Night Elf, but by the time he has become the Alpha of the Druids of The Pack, he's a hulking mass of muscle and WildHair with a permanent SlasherSmile plastered across his face. And then he becomes [[WolfMan Alpha Prime]]...
* {{Expy}}: Halford is this to Franchise/SherlockHolmes. [[CharacterDevelopment At first.]]
* GreatDetective: Halford Ramsey was conceptualized as a Franchise/SherlockHolmes {{Expy}}. In the comic he's described as being a famous detective who, though not always likeable, was a great investigator, and he has the ability to [[SherlockScan deduce facts from small clues]].
* HeroicWillpower: Despite being infected with the Worgen curse, Halford occasionally manages to overcome his bestial instincts with his logic before drinking from the waters in Tal'doren.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Ralaar, and all the Druids of the Pack by extension.
--> '''[[OldMaster Malfurion Stormrage:]]''': [[DefiedTrope I will not become a monster to defeat monsters!]]
* InsaneTrollLogic: [[spoiler:Lord Godfrey]]'s plan to convince the Forsaken to leave them alone is to [[spoiler:turn over Genn to them]], hoping they'll leave them be afterwards. Needless to say, this would likely not have worked.
* {{Jerkass}}: Godfrey. Overlaps with FantasticRacism. [[spoiler:It later leads him to betraying Genn because he's a Worgen himself.]]
* JerkassWithAHeartOfGold: Halford is quite the {{Jerkass}}, at one point interrogating the son of a lady who was victim of the "Starlight Slasher" right after he had witnessed the act. That said, his goal is to catch a dangerous serial killer, and he is quite loyal to Greymane. Compared to [[{{Jerkass}} Godfrey]], he's a saint.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Cox was [[TheMole a member of the Wolfcult]] the entire time, and he's last seen in Greymane Court with Alpha Prime, with no hint of repercussions for his actions.]]
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Halford's partner Cox was a member of the Wolfcult the entire time.]]
* MsExposition: Belysra. Alpha Prime also serves as a less-unbiased form of this.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Malfurion after [[spoiler: Arvell's death]]. [[WhatTheHellHero Ralaar calls him out on it.]]
--> '''Ralaar:''' (to Belysra) Let Malfurion [[spoiler: tend to the corpse]] his wise choices have created.
** Belysra has a similar realization when [[spoiler: Alpha Prime, formerly Ralaar, attacks Malfurion]] after they have torn a Legion fortress to the ground. Bonus points for using what must be the [[OhMyGods Night Elven counterpart]] of the TropeNamer expression.
-->'''Belysra:''' [[BigNo No! No no no NOOOO!]] Mother Elune, what have I done?
* NotQuiteDead: Darius Crowley.
* NotSoDifferent: Belysra attempts this with Alpha Prime, by telling him that Malfurion himself tried out the Pack Form once but was equally unable to control it. Unfortunately, this only makes Alpha Prime call his old mentor a hypocrite.
* SayMyName: '''[[RageAgainstTheMentor MALFURION STORMRAAAAAAGE!]]'''
* SherlockScan: Halford shows the ability to do this, often making quick deductions based on small clues, such as:
** Maxwell Wiggins being a Northgate Rebel sympathizer due to printing information not officially released to the public, such as the majority of the victims being Greymane supporters.
** The location of the Wolfcult hideout in Gilneas City, due to previous clues pointing to an antiques shop and the most recent victim having bought items there for a wedding[note][/note].
** [[spoiler:Maxwell Wiggins was a member of the Wolfcult, and his printing press with its unique "R"s was used to print ''"The Essence of Purity"''.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The character known as Belrysa Starbreeze in-game is spelled Belysra Starbreeze in the comic. The comic version is correct, but the discrepancy is yet to be fixed in-game.
* ThatManIsDead: Ralaar would like to remind Malfurion that...
--> "There is '''no''' more Ralaar... there is only '''Alpha Prime!!!'''"
* TheSpock: Halford displays shades of this. [[spoiler:His famous logical reasoning was one of the reasons Alpha Prime was interested in turning him to his cause.]]
* TheWatson: Cox fills in this role as part of the Sherlock Holmes parallel. [[spoiler:Unlike the TropeNamer, however, he is a member of the Wolfcult that he and Halford are investigating.]]
* WellDoneSonGuy: Genn's relationship with Liam has this in spades.
* WhatTheHellHero: Cox delivers one to Halford while they're investigating the most recent killing in a spree of murders, where Halford tried interrogating the son of a lady who had been killed in front of him while handling the corpse in a less-than-respectful manner.
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