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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
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06/30/2004 Archived Entry: "Comics review: ElfQuest - The Searcher and the Sword"

The Searcher and the Sword
By: Wendy and Richard Pini
Published by: DC Comics
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ISBN: 1401201830

Reviewed by Kathy LaFollett

Whimsy is the word that came to mind when I thought of ElfQuest. The art, words, storylines and characters wove a tapestry of lighthearted yet painfully sincere emotional interplay.

And so, years have passed with no new visions from Wendy and Richard, until now.

July 7 will usher in a bright, colorful and ever promising reintroduction to Wendyís personal Epoch, ElfQuest. WARP (Wendy and Richard Pini Graphics) havenít lost their touch with this series and these lovely characters.

We find the elves, most particularly Treestump, having trouble adapting to the loss of the Troll Smiths, their forgers of weapons and tools. He decides it is his destiny as an elf to learn the art of metallurgy, which is a shocking new thought within the realm of Wolfriders.

Shuna, the adopted human daughter of cutter and Leetah has her own new parameters to bring to the Wolfriders. While trying to come to terms with her true parentís violent deaths, she grows as a woman and seeks her own destiny as an autonomous human. This drive causes pain for her inasmuch as she is forced to consider choosing between the humans and Wolfriders.

And so we enter Elfquest once again with 2 different quests at full throttle, both ending where they began, but much the wiser, and so much so the richer for the journey.

The art, blocking, timing, and writing once again prove why Wendy and Richard are so recognized within the fantasy graphic novel arena. The art winks at manga but ever so slightly, offers a bit of sensual play, fantasy and a logic driven race and community of characters that one cannot help but to embrace and care about.

This is a wonderful publication on all merits.

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