Mike WieringoPUBLISHER: Image ComicsGENRE:
Action/Adventure and FantasyFORMAT:
Oversized hardcover editionISSUES:
Prelude, Issues 1-10, and The ScatterJack StoryPAGES:
Full colorISBN 13:
Young Jarek and his man-tiger friend, Koj, are thrust into a mystery to save the world of Tellos from the malevolent Malesur. A seemingly happy duo, the two realize that they are part of a larger prophecy and must team up with Serra, Hawke and Rikk in order to set things right.STORY REVIEW
No doubt about it, TELLOS COLOSSAL is a fun, fantasy-filled ride. Complete with mystery and intrigue, the story moves along well with a nice mixture of dialogue and action that will keep most fantasy fans fulfilled. Sometimes the transition between the multiple storylines was awkward, but all in all, it was a good story.ART REVIEW
Mike Wieringo, who passed away recently, was a well known illustrator – his prowess with the pen is legendary. His drawings in TELLOS are wonderful for several reasons. From panel placement down to the details, Wieringo’s work is telling and true, but it never interferes with the story. The colors are bright and attractive.
The production of this particular edition is very high. The book is oversized, hard bound and the cover is embossed. There are also plenty of sketches and reprints of the original and variant covers.AGE RECOMMENDATIONMy Rating:
All AgesAll Ages Reads:
No RatingComics in the Classroom:
While the publisher rates TELLOS as an all ages book, I disagree. There are some more adult elements, which makes this more appropriate for someone a bit older.BE AWARE:
Some persons of certain religious beliefs always get upset with magic. Since magic is present I mention it but I am not concerned. There are curse words (damn) and semi-curses (wuss). There is also a dragon who talks like a surfer and smokes a hand-rolled cig pinched between his finger and thumb, which could be easily interpreted as a drug reference. Then there is the leather-clad dominatrix. In the words of writer Todd Dezago himself, printed in the afterword, she is a “gorgeous, yet oh-so-deadly, S&M domme Dyn Jessa! Mrrow!” Mrrow indeed. She is well endowed and nearly naked.MY RECOMMENDATION FOR THE CLASSROOM:Not Recommended
Curse words in literature can be defended, even in children’s literature, if they have a reason to be there. We can make the case for magic as well, even though some parents object. A dominatrix, however, is another matter altogether. I can see families freaking out over their children reading TELLOS for no other reason but the sexy leather lady. The schools in my community would not support such things in an elementary classroom. A high school class, maybe, but I still have my doubts.