To suggest that Elfquest had a serious impact on me would be an understatement. Despite it being, essentially a comic book, I list it among my favorite works of fiction of all time. I am overjoyed that the first major story arc is back in a print and available from Dark Horse.
Elfquest is written and illustrated by Wendy and Richard Pini, and first saw print in 1978 as a seminal part of the vanguard of independent comic book publishing. But more to the point, it is one of the greatest works of American fantasy fiction.
These are not elves as you have seen them before. These are short, feral, wolf-riding elves that live their lives hidden from the eyes of men (here a primitive race). Elfquest isn’t quite like any fantasy you’ve ever read, it is very much its own thing, to say exactly how different would be spoiler territory. Suffice to say, over the course of the 20 issues that comprise Volume 1 of the new Complete Elfquest our characters will deal with death, love, war and childbirth. Tribes of men will call for the destruction of the “wolf demons” and the elves will have to face terrible truths about the origins of their race.
It is no hyperbole to say that Elfquest did more to impact my own personal morality, self-identity, and spiritual outlook than just about any work of fiction other than Tolkien. It’s a simple thing, but having Elfquest on the shelf at Games and Stuff to share with our community makes me very happy.
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