ELFQUEST #1 Review

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Elfquest returns. But just how good will this new series be? Read on to find out.

The official description from Dark Horse:

The Wolfriders’ chief, Cutter, knows that change is coming. His tribe’s proximity to the Palace of the High Ones, a mysterious and magical oasis, makes this inevitable. As Cutter’s daughter Ember, chief of her own tribe, shares her father’s efforts to preserve the old ways amongst their kin, the human tyrant, Angrif Djun, ascends the mountain her clan call home and rocks the foundation of their peaceful existence.

Elfquest The Final Quest #1Elfquest is a series that has been on the go for many years. I however have never read a single issue from any of the series’ till now, and if I’m being honest I don’t really feel as if I’ve missed much.

Wendy Pini and Richard Pini may have created an interesting world with some decent characters, but the plot in this opening issue failed to appeal. The issue was however not completely terrible, as there were some interesting back-stories that added excitement to these proceedings. There were also some good build-up throughout the issue, showing some promise for the future, but unfortunately this wasn’t enough to outweigh the negative points.

The artwork in this issue was also done by Wendy Pini, and I have to say I really enjoyed it. Her style isn’t the kind that usually appeals to me, but for a fantasy genre series it worked perfectly. It did however, at the same time, not quite fit the tone of the story as it looked rather fun and cute whereas the tale was serious. It was however the detail and layout that impressed me, as everything was so crisp and smooth, with it also having a very impactful feel.

This bit of Elfquest didn’t appeal, being rather dull and slow. It is however early days for this particular saga and the issue itself did have some worthwhile points. For the time being however I couldn’t recommend this, and would only suggest trying it if you’re already a fan of the franchise.



S#!T Talking Central

  • SparkleKristin

    Hmmm….this review read like this “I came into the movie theater 3/4 of the way through the movie and didn’t have any idea what was going on, therefore, this must be a bad movie”.

  • Raventerror

    Elfquest isn’t for everyone, and if you don’t like it then millions of fans can’t be wrong.

  • GiJen

    You know of course that you have pretty much just said, “I read books when I feel like it, and comment on them without really having done any research or reading of the exact information that I need to.” Why did you bother to read it at all and give this kind of review when you haven’t even bothered with the rest of it? You killed your own review within the first paragraph you wrote.

  • Phil

    I am a huge ElfQuest fan and have been for over 20 years. I would agree that compared to earlier stories, this one is lackluster so far. I’m going to stick it out though, because I know the Pinis spin a good tale. I suggest you start at the beginning. It’s a linear story worth diving into.

  • Bedegrayne

    Elfquest really isn’t the type of story that you can start at the middle and think you will ultimately enjoy. Maybe starting from the beginning would give you a better idea of what Elfquest is all about.

  • Jenna Joon

    This first issue and the preview were mostly summary and recapping. The story hasn’t started yet. If you had read any earlier Elfquest, you’d have recognized that. As it is, a new reader should go to http://www.Elfquest.com and read all the previous graphic novels. They are all online. If you are totally unfamiliar, start with the Original Quest. It gets awesome right around what is commonly known as ‘Book 2.’

  • John McCubbin

    Just noticed all these replies and I have to say I’m shocked. I agree that millions of fans makes it a good series and maybe a should have tried something previously. But at the same time it’s a #1… a #1. That means that some extent it should be new reader friendly whilst also enticing said new fans. I’d class these as fair comments if I reviewed #2 or #3 saying this but it’s a #1 be fair. I bet most have you will have tried something midway through. Also not everything is for everyone. You probably hate some of the comics I love.