ElfQuest: The Original Quest Gallery Edition

ElfQuest continues to capture the imaginations of readers
of all ages, as Chief Cutter and the Wolfriders battle savage humans, forge
lasting alliances, and discover strange new lands in this ultimate fantasy
adventure! This oversized gallery edition collects the first five issues of The
Original Quest
, “Fire and Flight.” Each page is carefully scanned from Wendy’s
original art to capture every stroke and detail.
 Among all the great books that I have the pleasure of
reviewing, it’s not too often I run into one I can ever label as a hidden
treasure.  It takes a certain piece of
work to attain that level of honor, and another has happened to present itself
to me.  With a very long history behind
it, ElfQuest is a really special creation, and one I’ve sadly missed until
now.  For those who have known it, I am
glad to now be a part of that group. 
Those who don’t yet, you will absolutely want to join in.
This Original Quest Gallery Edition groups together the
first five issues in all their early glory. 
It introduces (or reminds some of) the epic journey of the elvish Chief
Cutter and his Wolfrider clan.  Forced
out of their home in the woods by savage humans, they find themselves making the
perilous trek across the desert after being betrayed by trolls.  Barely surviving, they are saved when they
stumble upon a village of other elves they never knew existed.  Though tense at first, relationships grow and
life long bonds are made.
The book does what most titles don’t, and gives us direct
scan reproductions from the original artwork. 
This amazing collection of art is about as close as one can get without
being able to see them in person.  Every
little nuance, every tiny bit of the meticulous line strokes are captured in all the
pages inside.  It was such a wonderful experience
seeing these pages given life again after so many years.
Never having read any of ElfQuest before, it really did
send me back, imagining myself reading it as a child.  There was such a wonderful story that was told
here, with unique artwork that you don’t usually get to see.  Whether or not you’ve read this before, regardless
of your age and no matter your particular fancies, this is seriously a book
everyone needs to check out.

ElfQuest: The Original Quest Gallery Edition will be available 10/8.

For more on ElfQuest: The Original Quest Gallery Edition
or other Dark Horse books, check out Dark
Horse Comics
Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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