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Elfquest: Archives - Volume 1 (DC Archive Editions) Hardcover – December 1, 2003

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Product Details

  • Series: DC Archive Editions
  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (December 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401201288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401201289
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,302,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This near-definitive edition collects the Pinis' classic tale of elves struggling to survive in a hostile world. Exploding off the page in lurid, Technicolor splendor, the art should enthrall a new generation of pixie lovers. Originally published in the 1970s, ElfQuest chronicles the adventures of a forest-dwelling tribe of elves forced from their homes by evil humans. After encountering some duplicitous trolls, the band of refugees makes its way across the wilderness and finds another, previously unknown tribe of elves. The perils of the trip and the integration of the two tribes make for all sorts of dramatic tableaux. The woodland elves, who are hunters, ride wolves and court danger, while the desert elves are civilized townsfolk with elaborate social customs. The conflict is embodied in Cutter (a wolf rider) and Leetah (a desert healer); it isn't surprising that the two are destined to be together. Perhaps more unexpected is the irrepressible sexuality of these elves. Every elf female has the figure of a petite Playboy playmate, while the elfin males resemble diminutive body builders. With such fabulous looks, it's no shocker that they enjoy scampering into each other's beds at every opportunity, although this is hardly the tale's central point. Rather, the Pinis focus on how their elven archetypes—the dreamer, the hero, the earth mother—interact and change as their world faces upheaval. Subtle it ain't, but it's fun, and the series has captured a loyal following in its 25-year history. Some new readers may even decide this confection of swirling color and masterful brushwork merits the hefty price tag.
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From Booklist

Gr. 9-12. The Pinis spearheaded the independent-comics movement in the late 1970s with their self-published, black-and-white Elfquest magazine. Now the original stories are being reprinted in full-color hardcover editions. In these early tales in the elaborate saga, the elf Cutter leads his tribe in search of a new home after humans burn down their woods. Following an arduous desert crossing, the travelers encounter another tribe of elves, the Sun Folk, and Cutter finds his mate, Leetah. The story lines are compelling, if lacking in originality, and the artwork is straightforward and appealing. It's the characters that have given Elfquest its popularity and longevity: the elves are brave, loyal, and persistence, and the elf tribes not only learn to coexist but also benefit from each other's strengths. Many libraries can attest to Elfquest's appeal to young readers, especially girls, and the recent popularity of the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy may give this a boost. The early stories are also being reprinted in compact, black-and-white paperbacks. Gordon Flagg
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I do recommend this book for both adult and child.
Dimas Maldonado
The color is perfect, and this beautiful hardcover book contains many bonus images and interviews/bios with the creators of the comic.
I am very glad I bought this edition and will be re-reading this edition of Elfquest exclusively from now on!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Wolfe on December 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I've been an ElfQuest fan for years (since I was six years old, in fact), and so I've already come to expect the best from EQ. But this new DC edition of book one far exceeded even my expectations and completely blew me away! The new coloring is so rich and fantastic that when I finally closed it, I was a bit disappointed to see the rather drab colors or real life again. Wendy Pini's artwork is so stunning on its own that simple black-and-white would be beautiful, and so when you add in the new colors you end up with dazzelingly brilliant art. And quite besides the pictures, the story is a strong, meaningful, and enduring one that I have loved for as long as I can remember, and which I find a new reason to admire every time I re-read it. If you're an old ElfQuest fan hesitating to buy material you may already have in another edition, I strongly urge you to go for it. This new edition is worth every penny. If you're new to ElfQuest, you couldn't ask for a better introduction.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Parkermann347 on August 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
UPDATE 2011: The Pinis decided to let their partnership with DC die in 2007. So if you want this book, grab it while you can. Wendy went on to a webcomic that tanked, its site is out of business. She spent 4 years on that, and meanwhile, DC moved on and gave them the boot.

So, this and other newer EQ books are out of print along with the rest of the canon. What is odd, is that they are now offering it all for free on the website. That's ok, but they don't seem to be interested in making any money.

They are still working on the movie after 28 years. Still. But no books, webcomics, cd's or anything else. Just the same few fans writing the same banal garbage on the EQ forums to keep us all going. Yeah, right. And of course Richard will throw out a teaser every so often about 'getting into gear' to write the Final Quest while the same 4 or 5 fans write about Norwegian versions of EQ and the rest just write every few years or so. And Wendy will travel to comic cons (for a comic that died 10 years ago) and is STILL working on the movie. Elfquest is dead, and that is the Pinis fault.

About the book:
This is the definitive EQ book 1. You probably want to know why the 2 other editions of this book aren't good enough,and for some of you, they might be.
Two considerations:
1. This book contains a georgeous extra chapter exclusively drawn by Wendy that features Skywise! That and all the rest of it is re-colored by Wendy herself, not Chelsea animation or Donning. This is the way she wants us to see the story. And the colors, while bright, are so crystalline clear and add so much depth to the expressions - even leaf dapple patterns on elven faces in some panels- that the other books seem bland and pale in comparison.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael F. Hopkins on July 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Whether you're a longtime reader of this amazing Pan-Ethnic Fantasy, or a curiosity seeker looking for something
a little different, ELFQUEST ARCHIVES v. 1 is something very special. Those who've followed the Wendy & Richard Pini epic of Sword & Sorcery turned inside out will find this edition of the Quest's beginning quite outstanding.
Gone are the earlier coloring jobs of the Donning Press edition, striking for the time, but felt by many to be a bit garish. For this new edition, marking a fresh partnership between WaRP Graphics and DC Comics, Mdme. Pini has brought her intense aesthetic discipline to bear through the use of computer coloring on her now-famous opening chapters of the saga from the late 1970s.

The result is that the visuals are even more dynamic, her renowned cinematic flair and tonal dexterity given full,
breathtaking rein. From explosive, searing tension to a hearty laugh, or the flicker of subtle desires finally shared,
the very chromatic texture of each panel shifts and blends as the mood of her text, and each character, requires. Thus, the great tale of Cutter and Leetah, their chaotic meeting, and the ensuing looks into race,
community, tolerance, and romantic impulse become even more compelling than ever before.
Anyone reading this book of personal trial and prevailing truths is experiencing a proven masterwork by one of
the greatest teams to grace the Sequential Arts. Heartily alternative, straight-on to the bone, the Pinis aptly reflect American Culture and, in their saga's enacted questions, delve to the heart of human nature itself. Cultural exchange, a viable topic especially in these times, has rarely been afforded such an attractively dramatic stage.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cybele A. Baker VINE VOICE on November 13, 2006
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I started reading EQ as a teenager 1979-1980 have been a fan ever since, and I have to say I found most of the reveiews spot on but there were a few I was very confused by.

Some folks found the coloring used amaturish and unapealing? What?! I have owned every prior color volume of this series and I have got to say those folks do not know at all know what they are talking about! These new editions are stunning, a lovely picture of the true colors and vibrancy long missing from such vibrant stories!

Another review claims to be surprised buy the adult themes and the questionable sexual behaviour of the elves and not remembering those existing before.

Well that is also incorrect from almost the very begining the Pini's have made it clear that the elves sexuality was much more open and free than humans, that they did not share the negativity that many in the real world feel for certain types of pairings.

It's there, always has been there and I have always found it to be done in such a tasteful and beautiful way that when I have children I DO plan on sharing EQ with if only to avoid some of the negative attitude so much of our country has towards sex and sexuality.

These books are worth every "Pini" buy them!
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