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Stephen Colberts Tek Jansen Hardcover – August 25, 2009

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"Originally concocted as a spoof of celebrity-penned sci-fi novels with long and dauntingly punctuated titles, this Tek Jansen actually delivers all the stuff you'd want in a comic, everything from over-the-top villains to heroes who might inadvertently have instigated a war that spans the universe.

A fistful of justice never tasted this sweet." --E! Online

"If I had to describe this comic book in one word, it would be.... Lincolnish. (Lincoln was into sci-fi and comics, right? What? No? Oh.) OK, make that one word: Megamerican.

Were I allowed three real words instead of one truthy word, then those three words would be 'pretty damn funny.' " --EyeOnComics.com

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Oni Press (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934964166
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934964163
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.6 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. M. Forrette on October 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Like Stephen Colbert himself, I'm now more a fan of Stephen Colbert than of reading. However, I consider the man a comedic genius, and know that any printed word from Colbert and his team is capable of making anyone tolerate reading once again. I know he has innumerable devoted fans, and I'm sure many of them, like me, wouldn't pass up a chance to fatten his wallet by purchasing his wares--if only his fictional ones were for sale as well... Regardless, his animated series of a justice-loving, alien-seducing, space hero of the future is just as funny, exciting, and sensual on the screen as it is on the page. Tek Jansen is a more-than-worthy addition to the world of comic book heroism/debauchery. Do the literary world a favor and buy this comic. Let's make this series more popular than the collective works of William Shakespeare--after all, the era of pantaloon-clad buffoons has come to an end; this is the era of the space jumpsuit-wearing Tek Jansen!
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I'm a fan of the Colbert Report, but this comic is just sad. It had maybe four or five mild chuckles in it. It's mostly a derivative over-the-top sci-fi comic in which the hero destroys planets without scuffing his shoes and seduces busty alien women with a smoldering glance. The concept is okay, although the hyper-powered ultra-stud been parodied so many times before (see Our Man Flint for a movie with a similar theme, but not sci fi, or for a similar concept done much, much better, see the movie Black Lightning). There are some decent cracks at the sci-fi genre, but nothing for which I'd pay actual money. I want back the hour of my life I spent reading this.

I do have to give props to Colbert for the irony of the underlying story, which is that all of Tek's heroics are in the service of an exceedingly evil government agency. Actually, if I were to tell you the plots of the comics, they would sound hilarious. When you're reading them, though, they are conveyed in a 3 stooges style of silliness, with no real humor or wit. I couldn't give you more than 2 or 3 quotations, for example, that would make you laugh or even smile. It's a case of a good concept being very poorly executed. If you think this is funny, you probably enjoy the stooges and are a 13-year-old boy.

One more point. If you want an idea of the care that went into planning and production of these comics, you'll note that they have quite a few typos. This isn't an unabridged translation of War & Peace, it's a 130-page comic book with about 20 pages of script. How do you let typos get into that? By not trying.
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I have all five comic books already, and if this sells anything like the comic books you need to nab it while you can. I love love love this series. It's a hilarious loving parody of the superhero comics of my youth. Not only are the dialog and plot funny, the detail in these comic books is something--even small things drawn in the background go for the joke. The illustrations and coloring are superb, and the book itself has the same high quality as the comic books--this book is a very solid hardcover of all five comics, printed on glossy paper. It's beautiful.

The main story over the five installments is how Tek Jansen accidentally starts a war with the Optiklons and spends the rest of the series raging against them. There are also five case files at the end, shorter standalone comics. The book also contains the hilariously lurid cover art from all five comics in its pages, my fave is the uber-sexual cover by Matt Wagner, seen in all its glory without the Oni Press logos and whatnot covering up the naughty bits.

Buying this will help keep my pawed over Tek comics more mint--they could use a break. I love the raging id that is Tek. Do yourself a favor and get to know him, his ladies, his enemies, his sidekicks and his overseeresses. And laugh your ass off.
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By Lauren on September 9, 2009
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Tek Jansen isn't known very well, even for some Stephen Colbert fans, and it shouldn't be that way! This series is hilarious and inventive and everything a real Colbert fan needs in a graphic novel. Read it over and over; it never stops being funny!
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If you watched the Tek Jansen bits on the Colbert report and liked them then you will like these an identical amount (of like units, I guess). However, if you did not like them then you will dislike these to the same extent to which you did not like the bits. I, however, enjoyed the bits quite thoroughly and thus, have enjoyed this collection of the comics with an equal amount of thoroughness. In short, those bits serve an a better description of this product than I could ever give.
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This book was awesome! I am not normally a fan of these kinds of things, but decided to give this book a chance because, well, it IS Stephen Colbert! I was not disappointed-the book is hilarious. I received mine as a gift, then came back to Amazon to buy one for a friend of mine! Any fan of Stephen would be lucky to have this book!
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I'm not particularly a fan of graphic novels, but when I heard this Colbert-inspired comic was actually coming out, I had to have it! Hah. They manage to utilize Colbert's mentality (on the show, of course) and put it into superhero dialogue, retaining all its kind-of-ridiculous qualities while still preserving the story. It's both entertaining from a comic book action point of view as well as a Stephen Colbert's humor kind of view.
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