Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen #1 (of 5)

July 23, 2007 | Comics


Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen #1 (of 5)
John Layman, Tom Peyer, Jim Massey, Scott Chantler, Robbi Rodriguez
Oni Press
$3.99 US
**** (out of five)

Attention Colbert Nation: The Tek Jansen comic book is finally here — and solar plexus it’s good!
Faithful followers of Emmy Award-nominated The Colbert Report will no doubt be familiar with host Stephen Colbert’s beloved science-fiction alter ego — an intergalactic swashbuckling — and hilariously violent — hero who’s animated and written adventures have developed a cult-like following on the ’Net.
This breakout debut comic adventure contains two tales of Tek (say that five times fast), opening with Invasion Of The Optiklons, written by John Layman and Tom Peyer and illustrated by Scott Chantler of Waterloo, Ont., which sees our hero follow his somewhat warped instincts about an offer of utopia from an alien race — only to create a colossal intergalactic incident.
The backup story, Horn Like Me, written by Jim Massey and drawn by Robbi Rodriguez, humourously spoofs John Howard Griffin’s classic 1961 book Black Like Me and sees Tek go undercover inside an alien race that is divided between those who have horns and those who don’t. Can Tek help start social reforms that will bring together these divided people or will he just blast everybody in sight and let the cards fall where they may?
Top all this off with an awesome alternate cover by John Cassiday (Astonishing X-Men, Planetary) and Tek Jansen’s a Colbert Nation must have.

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