Five Things You Need to Know About Elfquest – Plus Extras from Final Quest #1

Elfquest has been in existence since 1978 and has been at various points self-published by creators Wendy and Richard Pini (through their imprint Warp Graphics), published by Marvel, then DC, and as of New York Comic Con 2013, Dark Horse released a "Special" one-shot of Elfquest: The Final Quest that kicked off a soon-t0-be-arriving series by the same name. It'll hit stands January 22nd.

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Elfquest encompasses a vast world with hundreds of characters and in a way takes imaginative participation with a comic to a new level over such vast swaths of time and development. Each issue of the new series is going to be fairly bursting with extra material, 8 pages each according to Dark Horse, including Nate Piekos of Blambot talking about his choice of fonts and lettering for the series.

Here's some establishing artwork from Wendy Pini, and "Five Things" Dark Horse suggests you need to know about the Elfquest universe if you're embarking for the first time:

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1. The Wolfriders believed they were the only elves to inhabit their world. They were wrong and set out to discover more of their kind in The Original Quest.

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2. The main characters are Wolfriders Cutter and Skywise, and Cutter's life mate, Leetah, of the Sunfolk tribe.

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3. Some elves are immortal, while the Wolfriders are not, by virtue of the "mortal" wolf blood mixed with their own elf blood. And some elves are imbued with special abilities like healing, telekinesis and most importantly telepathy.

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4. Their enemies most often consist of fearful and ignorant humans and greedy trolls.

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5. ElfQuest is the longest-running independent fantasy series, with more than 15 million comics, graphic novels and other publications in print.

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You can check out the first few pages of the new comic here, and here's a preview of Nate Piekos' essay from the first issue:

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About Hannah Means Shannon

Editor-in-Chief at Bleeding Cool. Independent comics scholar and former English Professor. Writing books on magic in the works of Alan Moore and the early works of Neil Gaiman.

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