Etymology: Ojibwa oto.te.man his totem
Date: circa 1776
1 a : an object (as an animal or plant) serving as the emblem of a family or clan and often as a reminder of its ancestry; also : a usually carved or painted representation of such an object
b : a family or clan identified by a common totemic object
2 : something that serves as an emblem or revered symbol
Totem is the story of Max, Amber, Tomas, Jean, and Natasha, five college age friends who discover what appear to be innocuous carvings on a dig in Egypt. They quickly learn the truth, that the carvings are part of a set of ancient animal totems which bestow great powers upon their bearers, but also come with a sometimes horrible price. The totems imbue their owners with lycanthropic abilities, enhanced strength, speed, and senses, but the more they use these newfound powers, the more they become like the animals they borrow their forms from. As the kids struggle with their lycanthropic abilities and the changes that the totems have begun to inflict upon their lives, an evil man named Draffan plots to take the totems for himself and gain access to the most powerful magic ever unleashed upon the world. It’s a story unlike anything you’ve ever read before, and whether you’re a comics geek or a PartyPoker site whiz with a taste for good storytelling, this is a timeless tale of bravery, humanity and responsibility.
Totem was written and created by Cary Kelley, with art by Harold Edge, and colors by Lisa Moore. The images on this page were colored by the man, Ross Hughes.
Look for the opening arc of Totem coming soon!