Tellos, Reluctant Heroes - A Beautiful Genre Cocktail

posted March 12, 2003 by Jer


Recipe for Tellos, Reluctant Heroes by Todd Dezago and Mike Wieringo. Take an elf, a pirate, a kid, and two anthropomorphs and throw 'em in a blender. Add an evil psychopath who wears a red t-shirt and Levi's 501s, and an all-powerful glowing green amulet that only works for one person in the whole universe. Skim the explanations, season to taste. Serve with really fucking sweet artwork.

The world of Tellos, as I understand it, exists someplace where a couple dozen different realities all crashed into each other, then drove off without sweeping up all the pieces. (If you live in the Washington DC Metro area, imagine a huge inter-dimensional "Seven Corners, VA.") The result is a genre-mix-up the likes of Final Fantasy can't even compare. Pretty much everyone in the Tellos universe knows that they don't really belong in the same universe with everyone else, but its a fact of life now, so they just deal with it and move on. Then the plot happens.

Writer Todd Dezago and artist Mike Wieringo are a fantastic team. It takes quite a lot of work to convince me that a dark-haired pirate girl, a 7 foot tall anthropomorphic tiger, and a supervillian who dresses like ME could exist in the same universe, yet Dezago pulls it off with an exciting and surprisingly air-tight plot. Wieringo's artwork is unique and beautiful. He has an especially amazing talent for using ambient color to perfectly set the mood of Dezago's story. The pair of them work extremely well together, and I can not wait to read more.

Tellos, Reluctant Heroes is published by Image press and sold at all the usual comic and bookstores. I bought it at Barnes & Noble. Definitely grab it if you see it.