What happens when a professional illustrator and an MIT astrophysics major start talking comics? In the case of Wendy and Richard Pini (better known as WaRP), they get married and team up to create ElfQuest, one of the longest running cult series in comics.
The first ElfQuest story came out in 1978 and set on planet Abode. The ElfQuest protagonists are tribes of elves descended from an advanced humanoid race of aliens. They were stranded on Abode thousands of years ago while exploring the Universe. These elves were looking for a new home as resources on their home planet were dangerously near depletion.
Bring ElfQuest’s Vivid History Together
The Complete ElfQuest, Volume 3 trade paperback comprises ElfQuest: Hidden Years #1-5, ElfQuest: Hidden Years #8-9.5, and the entire ElfQuest: Dreamtime series. The more than 400 page book is also a cover gallery and includes commentary from original creators.
The Hidden Years vignettes add depth to some of the characters from previous works. A standout chapter is Little Patch. In the story, an elf takes in a human child found abused and abandoned in the woods. It is sad and heart wrenching to watch a human raised by a tribe of immortals. But the story is beautifully told and illustrated.
The Dreamtime series is a collection of the elves’ prophetic dreams from their ten thousand year sleep. While the elves slept in their protective cocoons, the world drastically changed. Now, cryptic dreams must be pieced togetherin order to survive and reunite the elf clans.
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Long time ElfQuest readers will feel the Pinis’ touch throughout this collection. Only one of the stories was not written and illustrated by the husband and wife duo. Readers new to the series should appreciate the episodic format of this volume. The individual chapters give a look into the world of ElfQuest, without forcing the reader to have intimate knowledge of 38 years worth of material.
The Complete ElfQuest, Volume 3 TPB, Dark Horse Books, November 2, 2016, recommended for ages 12+, by Wendy and Richard Pini, story by Sarah Byam, pencils by Paul Abrams, inks by Charles Barnett and John Byrne, colors by Patty Cockrum and Suzanne Dechnik, letters by Gary Kato, Lorina Mapa, and Chuck Maly, $19.99