- Series: Elf Quest
- Paperback: 720 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse Books (August 19, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781616554071
- ISBN-13: 978-1616554071
- ASIN: 161655407X
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.7 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 106 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Elfquest Volume 1 Paperback – August 19, 2014
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"Elfquest is a well told and exquisitely illustrated story that should be in every teen and graphic novel collection." -School Library Journal
About the Author
Wendy Pini was born Wendy Fletcher in San Francisco. Growing up on an isolated ranch in Gilroy, California, Wendy's imagination was fueled by all forms of fantasy and mythology. At an early age she began spinning her own tales of elves, monkey-gods, aliens and sorcerers. While her artistic talents were influenced by of turn-of-the-century illustrators, film and TV animation, her storytelling abilities evolved from a love of Shakespeare, Japanese history and legend, modern fantasy and the epic poetry of the Ramayana.
In 1977, a deeply personal project called ELFQUEST was born. As the first continuing fantasy/adventure graphic novel series in America to be co-created, written and illustrated by a woman, ELFQUEST became a phenomenon in the comics industry. Appealing to comics and sci-fi/fantasy fans alike, it attracted a unique and unprecedented audience, an equal mix of male and female readers. Over three million copies of the collected graphic novel volumes have been sold to date. In 2014 Dark Horse Comics will begin publishing Elfquest: The Final Quest in comic book format. The author lives in Los Angeles, CA..
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A note, though: The copy I got, page 405 is a duplicate of page 371, and we're missing the page that goes there entirely--if I recall correctly, actually, we may be missing two pages. I can't remember if Aroree's "Are you wise about the sky?" and Skywise's response ended that page, or if the following panel ("This is NOT what I had in mind!") was on the same page. Either way, we're missing at least one full page. Printing errors happen, I understand, but...I'm a little miffed about it.
So, Yeah I enjoy it.
Do be mindful that this first volume and the ones that will follow, are black and white versions of their previous work. At first I was wondering how the black and white would look like. If the drawings were going to have jagged edges, with the text the same. But, there was none of that. I was so excited about how smooth and clean the lines were and the text was the same. This being black and white takes nothing away from Pini's creation.
This book having the Pini's first works, you may have thought as I did at first, that it would look like the printings of years past. If there actually were any blurry or jagged work, then it was cleaned up beautifully.
Go ahead and buy it. You know you want to. LOL!
EQ is a story I grew up with in the early 2000s as a teen reading the full-color 1993 editions which were readily available at local libraries at the time. Anyway, back then I was able to read the first 8 original volumes (Original Quest, Siege at Blue Mountain, and Kings of the Broken Wheel sagas) except that final and perhaps most emotional volume #8 Kings of the Broken Wheel. About three years after my initial exposure to the world of EQ I received that final book as a birthday present from my wonderful sister in the B&W Reader's Collection which she had to have paid ~ $40.00 for. When you consider that, buying this volume which includes the first 4 books, AKA the "Original Quest" for $18.62 is a remarkable bargain, even if there is one missing page (which has been referred to by other reviewers).
More about that, page 371 is repeated again on p405 with the original panels in p405 missing entirely. Sure, that's a bit disappointing, but it's not that big a deal and the Pini's have already given their fans so much by making the entire EQ saga available for free via online viewer on their website ElfquestDOTcom. The missing page can then be found in Original Quest > #12 > and then page 18 although it's not numbered.
Oh, I'll add some more volume specific details to this product. As mentioned in the description, this is beautifully printed in B&W format and is a full 700 pages long with an additional 8 pages featuring original scripts and layouts for the first chapter "Fire and Flight" and then 10 near full-page cover illustrations for previous editions of EQ which were published alongside Marvel and Epic. There's plenty of commentary with everything mentioned as well and the whole thing is quite nice and informative. What else... the book is divided into 20 chapters rather than 4 volumes and each chapter begins with one of the other Marvel covers in bold Grey&Black.
Anywho, I guess that's about all I had to say in this review. Like I mentioned, Elfquest is beyond words and I don't believe I will ever fall out of love with it. The Pini's work -- Especially Wendy, because she did all of the artwork -- is beyond compare and truly elevates these comics/graphic novels as a work of art.