#1 rejoins Mike Wieringo and Todd Dezago of Spider-Man
fame. In this first issues we're introduced to
the key players in the first volume of the Tellos
saga, Jarek, Koj, and Serra.
to Tellos, where noting is as it seems. Times
are hard in Tellos where land battles land in
a bitter war between good and evil, and simple
good hearted people like Jarek and Koj must steal
to get by. We being in the seaside city of Jeffsport,
one of the largest cities in the known world of
Tellos, where our heroes Jarek and Koj are being
chased by a small team of Frogsoldiers for stealing
a couple of watermelons. When they split up they
are easily able to thwart the slowwitted "Froggers"
(curses!), but unbeknownst to them they are still
being followed by mysterious shadows.
on the other hand has her hands full with the
dirty merchant Sharvik, and some Froggers approaching
her for a very special artifact. When she refuses
to transport his Griffin he pulls his dagger on
her, laughing in his face she steals his knife
and uses it to make a quick escape from both the
merchant of lies and the Frogs. A full crate scheduled
for shipment on her Sheva Nova falls right onto
the Griffin's prison and is let loose. The Griffin's
priority? Revenge for her confinement (her? read
Tellos Prologue) by killing and eating Sharvik,
and his ogre henchmen.
landing on an airship (like out of Teddy Rupskin,
remember that cartoon?) inhabited by Gnomes, who
don't speak a word of Tellosian. Revealing the
amulet for the first time in the Tellos series
she reveals a little of the artifact's history:
it was given to her by her long time love, Hawke.
Koj and Jarek are cerebrating their thwarting
they notice Frogsoldiers quickly approaching them
from behind and quickly duck into a dark ally.
When the Frogs hopping by not even taking notice,
nor caring, about the duo the two wonder what's
up and follow the lizards. Noticing that they
are chasing a girl, Jarek asks Koj if they're
going to help her because "--you know how
much I love messing with the Froggers" to
which Koj replies "of course we'll help her...
if the frogs want her she's OK in our book".
So they rush to help her, Jarek taking to the
air, and Koj on land.
hot on Serra's trail she swings from airship to
rooftop to rooftop in a desperate attempt at escape.
Finally catching her at a dead-end she (once again)
thinks quickly, assessing the situation she plans
to use a mooring plank below her for escape. Stalling
the Frogs she threatens to drop the amulet off
the side of the building. In a panic the frogs
are prepared to actually listen instead of just
react. Using the spare second they have given
her she jumps off the side of the tower.
the exact same time the mysterious shadowfigures
start to take form and shape into malevolent figures
take chase of the man-tiger, Koj. Out of instinct
one of the Frogsoldiers whips his tongue out and
catches Serra by the neck like a noose. When timing
can't be worse Jarek swings by on his rope and
snatches the amulet out of Serra's hand instead
of her out of the Frog's grip, where then the
amulet starts to glow.