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ElfQuest: Archives, Volume One [Hardcover]

Wendy Pini , Richard Pini
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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars To Elfquest fans May 10 2004
By A Customer
If you're one of those readers who grew up with Elfquest and madly collected all the original hardbound color editions (er, like me), you might be asking yourself, "Is it worth it to get the new edition when I've already got the old?"
The answer is abso-freakin-lutely yes. The colors in this are just phenomenal. If you thought Leetah was goregous before, you're gonna be blown away now! And if you ever admired Skywise's smooth chest, wait until you see him in full, vibrant, practically living color. Roooooowr.
Wendy Pini's smooth, professional coloring puts modern day over-coloring, over-glittering to shame. She has the perfect touch, much like an elf who gently molds a tree into a perfect sculpture.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this edition May 20 2004
By A Customer
If you are an Elfquest fan, then I have to say that this is one of the worst values for the money and should be avoided. Elfquest is an old comics standard and this must be the fourth re-colored edition out there. It is also the worst. To describe the work as day-glo would be an understatement and at $50 I can not only say I was utterly disappointed in the quality of the coloring, I did not think the book was value for the money, especially considering the prices one can get on used, earlier editions of the same material. The original Donning colored editions are hand painted and subtle and are classics. This edition has all the earmarks of a beginner at photoshop: it is garish, over-rendered and simply ugly. I am extremely disappointed. I am keeping my Donning editions at hand and do not feel compelled to buy any further EQ editions. After the crashing disappointments of multiple comics reprints in different color editions, then the cheap, tawdry black and white reprints with their muddy execution, I have decided to just retain the first four volumes and not continue with this series which is simply not aging well at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous New Version of an Old Favorite Dec 30 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Brought Back To Life June 30 2004
By Heretic
This IS the definitive edition of the Elfquest comics. The color is perfect, and this beautiful hardcover book contains many bonus images and interviews/bios with the creators of the comic. A must have for fans and a great way to introduce someone new to the world of Elfquest.
I can't wait for volume 2!
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5.0 out of 5 stars so happy i bought this. Sept. 5 2011
ElfQuest is what first got me hooked on comics and graphic novels, way back in the 80s. Every now and again I wish I could reread it - this collection was the perfect purchase for me, and long overdue! Definitely the way to go if you're looking to collect the series. If you've never read it, I would definitely recommend it - the art and story are amazing, and I can't wait to get my hands on volume 2!!
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