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Longtime ElfQuest Fan Binge-Reads Final Quest, Freaks Out

Cutter Timmain You

Longtime ElfQuest fan Angela Korra’ti recently caught up on the last several issues of Final Quest in one binge-read. She was having a little trouble really getting into Final Quest at the beginning, but after catching up she had a bit of a freak out about it–in the best way possible.

She wrote a great article summarizing her reaction. Here’s a blurb:

Because if you’ve been following this comic since its early days, you know how much Cutter’s gone through in all his long life. This is the chieftain whose vision led the Wolfriders to discover the other elf tribes in the world. He’s gone through half a millennium of separation from Leetah and Skywise in Kings of the Broken Wheel. He’s lost Holts and tribesmates to fire and humans and Madcoil and trolls and much, much more.

But he’s never been truly broken by any of it.

This, though? This broke him.

Read Angela’s full post here.

Wendy read Angela’s post and had this to say:

This is delightful! And I so completely understand the “where the hell is this going?” feelings that earlier issues of Final Quest have generated. To get to that moment where all the elements “light up,” as Angela says, took a lot of careful crafting. Richard and I have demanded a lot of you, our readers. We’re so gratified that you’ve stuck with it and now the rewards are coming hot and swift. We can’t wait for ish 14 to come out, either. It really is a doozy.

Final Quest issue #14 is out on March 23 and the Final Quest Volume Two graphic novel is available on April 27, both from Dark Horse Comics.


  1. I’m unfortunately not all all sure this didn’t break, or at least damage, both these characters as characters, and the plot.

    Reserving judgment for now, though.

  2. Wendy’s comment puts me in mind of the speech made by Michael Douglas at the climatic turning point in the film “The American President.” In part, it goes like this: “America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say ‘You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can’t just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the ‘land of the free.'”

    The point of the comparison being, Elfquest is the same way. You have to want it (what it has to offer) bad, because it’s also going to put up a fight. It’s not going to go where you think it will, or should, or where you might wish it would, or to a comfortable place. With respect to the over-arching story, we’ve often quoted Bette Davis’ most memorable line, “Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.” That’s true now, more than ever. Pack your Dramamine.

  3. Interesting comment in the post about how the humans having guns is essentially the same as the humans torching the forest in the Original Quest. The forest fire was the catalyst for change and what drove everything else that happened – are the guns going to be a similar catalyst for a massive change the status quo for the elves?

  4. *shudders* wonders where all of this is going… the tree spirits on the cover: one looks hungry, grasping, and the other nurturing… from their point of view death and compost is probably good… did they feel and take in / taste Ruffel? Could they be the spirits that inhabited the Father Tree?

    Did anyone else wonder if Filcher and Cutter really got up or if they left their bodies for a walkabout? The Green Glow around Cutter and Filcher on page three, and the fact their feet are not on the ground… is ominous.

    Did anyone else frame Cutter’s face with their hands on page 2, bottom panel to see one half at a time? light and dark, Timmain and Tam?

    Do the symbols on Dree-ahn’s cuffs and headband mean anything (like sending stars) or just random design? Is he feeling about for Cutter with his senses?

    Poor Leetah, fear blocks power, creates doubt. Why is Skywise so confident?
    Nightfall and Redlance in their element. Strong, beautiful, doing what they can. I’ve done search and rescue, it’s not fun, it’s a marathon, and a puzzle. Balancing speed for accuracy and coverage, trying to predict behavior, and find them in time. Keeping self safe and sane so as to be of use when the time comes. The mental burden is intense. Nightfall and Redlance are being great anchors for the team.

    Interesting expressions on all the wolf faces; can you imagine how many hours Wendi must spend observing wolves and canines to get that much nuance?

    “Buckle up, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride,” indeed! -looking forward to finding out!

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