Arts Colbert Universe
posted by July 11 at 13:59 PMon
posted by Jeff Kirby
I was very excited to find in today’s mail that Oni Press had sent us the first issue of Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen comic book. Jansen is a character that Colbert has been talking about on his show for years, the space-hero protagonist of his fake sci-fi book. Now he’s actually put the character in a comic, “the stunning continuation of Stephen Colbert’s critically acclaimed, yet unpublished novel,” which seemed like it could be really funny. Unfortunately, it’s not. Colbert doesn’t write the comic himself, they’re written by John Layman and Tom Peyer (who wrote for the miserably unfunny Simpsons comics). The jokes come off as somebody trying to do an impression of Colbert, but doing it poorly. The character is basically just Zap Brannagan from Futurama with Colbert’s face, treading already thin “purposely-bad-to-be funny” space fantasy plotlines. Just like the Simpsons comics, the jokes don’t survive the jump to a new medium, even though these jokes were just humorous asides to begin with. Which is a bummer, I was hoping it would be hilarious.