Matthew "Matt" Trakker, codenamed Spectrum, is the leader of the Mobile Armored Strike Kommand. He pilots the Thunderhawk and wears the powerful Spectrum Mask. Matt is an engineering genius, but he's had a rebellious and troubled history after the death of his father, Cornelius Trakker. Trakker also has a history with Miles Mayhem that goes back to before the M.A.S.K. team.
Born in Long Island, New York, Matt Trakker was the son of Cornelius and Alessandra Trakker. Matt idolized his father, a government scientist, wanting to be just like him. By age 10, Matt had proved himself to be he a genius when it came to engineering and physics. Due to his father's long absence, Matt built his mother a series of droids to help out around the house. When Cornelius was found murdered, Matt took his death incredibly hard and became more withdrawn. He turned to illegal street racing as an outlet for his emotions, using his engineering skills to win races. As Matt traveled the world competing in street races, he also took note of economic and environmental injustices in certain cities, becoming an "engineering Robin Hood" by illegally fixing city infrastructure for those who couldn't afford it.
By his later life, Matt had made it onto numerous most-wanted lists and was constantly on the run. Wanting to help her son, Alessandra reached out to family friend Miles "Mayhem" Manheim, whom Matt had always held in high regard. Manheim was able to pull some strings, in exchange for Matt joining a special program of his. Matt reluctantly agreed.
Matt was one of the recruits to Project Spectrum. After the recruits' first meeting, he thanked Manheim once more for getting him out of hot water with the law, promising to do his best to not let Manheim down. During a sparring round with Brad Turner, Matt held back. Manheim later chewed him out, reminding Matt of a time when he climbed a burning tree to save his mother's cat when he was five.
During a test drive for a couple of prototype vehicles, two fellow recruits, William Evans and Marcia Watkins, began to lose control of the vehicles. After Marcia's vehicle blew up, Matt tried to save William's, but failed to reach him in time. Matt was visibly shaken by the event and confronted Manheim about it, but Manheim made it clear that two recruits who willingly joined the program was collateral damage when it came to saving the world.
When Manheim presented the recruits with prototype Masks, Matt tested out the Spectrum Mask, using it's power to destroy a harpoon Sly Rax had accidentally fired at Gloria Baker. Later, during a field test involving a train in the Canadian Rockies, Matt tried to rescue a group a civilians from the train before it exploded, but the rest of the team stopped him so that he wouldn't die in the process. The test left him demoralized.
Once their training had been completed, Matt, Gloria, Brad, and Julio Lopez were eventually deployed to Governor's Island, headquarters of G.I. Joe, where Manheim presented them to Scarlett as the Mobile Armored Strike Kommand!
Leading the Mission
The team soon set up shop in the base, maintaining their vehicles should they need to be deployed. Miles then formally introduced Scarlett to Matt, who explained to the G.I. Joe commander how the M.A.S.K. vehicles operated.
Matt served as field leader for M.A.S.K. on their first mission to neutralize the Autobots Kup and Aileron in Greece. Trakker was the first to engage them in the Thunderhawk, using its flight mode to take on Aileron. During the fight, Matt was surprised to see how the Cybertronians behaved, having believed them to be mere machines. Mayhem soon arrived, capturing Kup and ordering Trakker to use Spectrum to take out Aileron's communications before she escaped. After the battle, he noticed Kup was in pain and realized the Cybertronians were living beings. He confronted Scarlett and Mayhem about this fact, saying that he didn't sign up to be a killer. However, Mayhem reminded Trakker that they were Earth's only defense against these invaders, and to trust him, just like Matt's father did.
When Action Man helped Kup break out of captivity on Governor's Island, Mayhem ordered Trakker to fire the Thunderhawk's weapons at maximum on Kup. However, Trakker hesitated over comms to Mainframe, who then ordered a laser satellite firing array that allowed Kup and Action man to escape.
The next day, Matt (unknowingly) interrupted a call between Miles and his "reinforcements", discussing plans to attack Autobot City and take their cache of Ore-13. As M.A.S.K. prepared to attack, Matt once more expressed his misgivings about the situation. Nevertheless, Mayhem led the charge, breaking through the Autobots' defenses with the aid of his reinforcements: a squadron of flying Dire Wraiths! Matt was shocked to see Mayhem's allies were monsters, saying that this isn't what his team signed up for. When Mayhem gloated about his eventual ruling of Earth, the Wraiths turned on M.A.S.K., attacking the Thunderhawk and forcing it to the ground. Matt began to chastise his mentor for his actions, but Miles wasn't done yet, using a remote activation from his Switchblade to power the Autobot City spacebridge. Through the bridge stepped Mayhem's other ally: the Microspace ruler Baron Karza, who proceeded to Enerchange with the Dire Wraiths to become a monstrous giant.
As the Karza-Wraith began to lay waste to everything around him, Matt blamed Miles for creating the monster. Mayhem, however, feigned ignorance, saying he merely revealed what was inevitably going to happen with aliens on Earth, ordering Matt back to action. As M.A.S.K. continued to fire on the Transformers, who had joined forces with Rom the Space Knight and the Micronauts, Acroyear smashed through the Thunderhawk's windshield as Snake Eyes saved Trakker from an attack by Rom. As each side started devolving into chaos, Optimus Prime told them that they weren't enemies, Karza was. Seeing that Karza posed the more immediate threat, Matt ordered M.A.S.K. to focus fire on the giant. However, he soon found himself grounded when Karza sliced Thunderhawk in half. When Oziron Rael, Soundwave, and Rom discussed their plan to stop Karza's use of the spacebridge, Matt and Mainframe volunteered to help, using Spectrum to create the proper counter-resonance to the Ore-13. Just as the bridge was about explode, Rom saved Matt, flying him out of the blast zone. When Matt asked if Miles had made it out, Scarlett confirmed that he hadn't. Julio Lopez mentioned that he didn't see Vanessa Warfield, Sly Rax, or Bruno Sheppard make it either.
After the battle, M.A.S.K. returned to Governor's Island. When Scarlett asked what he planned to do next, Matt admitted he was not sure. She then presented him with the remains of Thunderhawk, and told him that since G.I. Joe did not work for the government anymore, neither did his team. Matt then noticed a note on the windshield that told him "illusion is the ultimate weapon."
Hunt for Mayhem
Sometime after the Revolution incident, Matt discovered an old prototype helmet of Mayhem's that contained a record of all his illicit activities. However, before they could start uncovering his secrets, M.A.S.K. was framed for a series of crimes they did not commit and they were forced to go on the run. After escaping their old Project Spectrum HQ, the team relocated to an old laboratory that belonged to Matt's father. While exploring the lab, Matt confided in Gloria about his past. Gloria told him that she had found a series of video files on Mayhem's Mask called "C. Trakker", presumably videos of his father. While they were talking, Julio informed Matt that he had detected a massive Ore-13 energy spike in Barbados, and the team went to investigate. While searching for the mineral in Harrison's Cave, the team were attacked a blue jet. Matt drove everyone into the cave in Thunderhawk for cover, only for them to be ambushed by V.E.N.O.M., injuring Brad in the process. Wondering who this team was, V.E.N.O.M. revealed themselves to be M.A.S.K.'s presumed dead comrades, including a now-cybernetic enhanced Bruno, who angrily blamed Matt for his condition, much to the latter's confusion. Vanessa chastised Matt over his failures and Mayhem condemned him, comparing him to his father. Before V.E.N.O.M. could finish them off, Matt used Spectrum to create a blackout effect, allowing his teammates to escape the cave. Matt ordered Gloria to take Brad back to the yacht while he and Julio ran interference, with Matt engaging Mayhem in aerial combat. During the fight, Matt began to feel sick as purple energy oozed out of his Mask. He managed to take out Mayhem's Switchblade, but was ultimately forced to land and passed out on the ground.
The next morning, Matt and Gloria reflected on the previous night's events. Julio reported that while he was treating Brad, he noticed a low-level radiation signature in his blood that matched the Ore-13 that powered their equipment. It was this radiation poisoning that caused Matt's sickness last night, and which was slowly killing each of them. When Julio asked what they were going to do about the more pressing issue of V.E.N.O.M., Matt assured them that they were unprepared this time, but that they would be ready to face V.E.N.O.M. again. Just then, Gloria's laptop alerted her that her decryption of Mayhem's video files had finished. She showed the videos to Matt, which showed Mayhem murdering Matt's father. Seeing this image, Matt vowed to send Miles to hell.
Joining the Strike Force
Destro had a chess piece of Matt Trakker.
- Prior to his inclusion in Revolution, Trakker was introduced into the G.I. Joe toyline as "Specialist Trakker". In that continuity, M.A.S.K. and V.E.N.O.M. were mentioned to be sub-divisions of Joe and Cobra, respectively.
- IDW's Matt Trakker won the 2017 Glyph Comics Award (a group of awards recognizing "the best comics made by, for and about people of color") for best male character. (This may serve to highlight the significant need for more and better-written characters of color in comics.)
- Matt Trakker on the TFWiki