Dark Horse Comics has announced the latest installment in its ElfQuest omnibus series. The Complete ElfQuest Volume 7debuts in February 2020 and will collect the entire Final Quest series into one giant book.
Previously collected in four smaller color graphic novels, this new omnibus collection will showcase the art in black and white in keeping with the established aesthetic of the Complete ElfQuest series.
This volume will complete the collection of the canonical ElfQuest tales published over the last four decades chronicling the hero’s journey of Cutter Kinseeker, chief of the Wolfriders.
It’s been one year since the release of the final issue of The Final Quest. ElfQuest Show podcast host David Mizejewski caught up with Wendy and Richard Pini to hear what the last year has been like and what it feels like to have concluded Cutter’s Hero’s Journey, a story 40 years in the telling.
The Pinis share their experiences meeting fans on the Forty Years of Pointed Ears appearance tour and being nominated for an Eisner Award, as well as their insights into Wendy’s “animated” drawing technique, Moonshade’s death, the Palace’s hum, the mythic quality of Cutter’s tale, the power of “Once Upon a Time,” hints and foreshadowing, clues about what’s next .
In ElfQuest’s Original Quest, it wasn’t until the very final moments of the elf-troll war that we learned the Frozen Mountain trolls’ true motivation for keeping the elves away from the Palace of the High Ones. It wasn’t greed, it was fear. Knowing what we do now at the conclusion of Final Quest–namely, that the Firstcomer Troll still lived, and lived so long in enduring fear of the elves and of being pressed again into unwilling service–we can see troll King Guttlekraw in a whole new light.
We’ve arrived at the final issue of the Final Quest and with it the conclusion of Cutter Kinseeker’s hero’s journey. With this episode, Ryan’s original vision for the podcast to chronicle each issue of the Final Quest series has been fulfilled.
Pour a glass of dreamberry wine, grab some tissues, and join Ryan and David for one last deep dive together into the World of Two Moons as they discuss the series-changing events of Final Quest #24 and what’s next for the podcast.
Joellyn Auklandus, writer on ElfQuest’s “Kahvi,” “Hidden Years” and “Wild Hunt” series and creator of characters such as Lehrigen and Teir, shares her heartfelt thoughts on the conclusion of the Final Quest.SPOILERS below for issue 24 of the Final Quest.
And so it is . . . the last issue is out, the end of the Quest has been told. Like the rest of you, I had my thoughts. . . .
Perfect and beyond perfect.
AFTER 40 YEARS, WENDY AND RICHARD PINI HAVE ANNOUNCED THE CONCLUSION OF THE LONGEST RUNNING AMERICAN FANTASY COMIC BOOK SERIES - ELFQUEST. Following the release of the final issue on February 28, the Pinis will embark on a Year-Long “40 Years of Pointed Ears” appearance tour. Celebration to include exclusive social media giveaway.
The final issue of “ElfQuest – The Final Quest” is here, and with it comes the completion of the epic Hero’s Journey of Cutter Kinseeker, the Blood of Ten Chiefs, introduced by Wendy and Richard Pini on this very day forty years ago.
Get the issue from your local comics shop, order it from TFAW or download it from Dark Horse Digital or Amazon’s Comixology.
The Final Quest draws ever closer to its conclusion. In this episode, Ryan and David tackle issue #23, an emotional rollercoaster with heart and heartbreak in equal measure and the penultimate chapter of the saga. They discuss Windkin’s lethal work, Dewshine’s threat, Dart’s full circle, Two-Edge’s valor, the Go-Backs’ armor, Treestump’s dream, the mystery of the Little Palace, Kimo’s sacrifice, Leetah’s song, the Wolfriders’ naivete, Shuna’s fate, Strongbow’s choice, the end of the Way, and more. One more issue to go!
The penultimate issue in the ultimate Elfquest series–Final Quest 23–is here!
His forces decimated by Cutter’s fierce warrior tribe, the fanatical human commander presses on, risking all to destroy the elves in their forest lair. Lives are lost on both sides. To stop the bloodshed, Cutter’s adopted human daughter Shuna risks more than even she realizes. Should she fail, the price will be war everlasting among the native humans, the elves, and the Djunsland invaders. Must Wolfrider chief Cutter, having fulfilled his bond with High One Timmain, now witness the utter destruction of all that has brought him to this fateful moment?
Dark Horse Comics has released an exclusive four-page preview of issue 23 of the Final Quest via Bleeding Cool. The full issue will be released in comics shops and online on December 27.
See the full preview here.
Dark Horse Comics has released the cover of Final Quest issue 24, the final issue in the series. Learn more about this milestone issue in this Comic Book Resources exclusive.
The grand finale!
What words can possibly do justice to this, the grand finale to the greatest ElfQuest series of them all? Forty years in the planning and making, heroes’ journeys that were begun in the Original Quest will find their resolutions here. Fateful events set in motion last issue continue to have unstoppable consequences, as dire battles are fought on both the physical and the spiritual realms.
Issue #22 of the Final Quest is a pivotal issue not only in the Final Quest series but in the entire 40-year-old ElfQuest saga–so much so that it took David and Ryan two episodes to discuss it. They talk Yun’s character development, the significance of High Winds Holt, the WaveDancers’ newfound purpose, Old Maggoty’s choice, the birth of Venka’s child, Leetah’s new role, the fulfillment of Skywise’s quest to reach the stars, his relationship with Cutter and Timmain, the ultimate fate of Moonshade and Strongbow, and the impact of saying goodbye.
Issue 21 of Final Quest is here!
Sometimes paths meet, and sometimes they diverge. On the World of Two Moons, both are happening–can nothing stop the process? Human warriors who have invaded the Wolfriders’ land press ever closer to the sacred Father Tree, bringing death. The ancient Glider called Door presses closer and closer to his dream to conquer the Palace of the High Ones. And for Cutter and Skywise, “brothers in all but blood,” has the time come for their paths to separate once and for all?
Here’s a teaser of issue number 21 of ElfQuest: The Final Quest. This one has some major revelations, so we are giving an extra spoiler alert this time!
Throughout the entirety of ElfQuest, Cutter and Skywise have been ”brothers in all but blood.” Now the Stargazer must make an inescapable choice–remain on the World of Two Moons with his heart-family, or travel among the stars as he has always longed. Can his bond with Cutter survive? Meanwhile, human invaders once again threaten a sacred elf-home with fire, and there is only one who can stand in their way.
Dark Horse Comics has released the cover art and teaser synopsis for issue 22 of Final Quest:
Only three issues left to go in the Final Quest story, and the peril ramps up to levels never before reached in ElfQuest. Out on the open waters, the Wavedancers renew their efforts to keep the seas free of human warships that carry deadly weapons. Yet even as the invaders press closer and closer to the sacred Father Tree, there is time for final farewells, for new lives beginning and old lives ending, as the Palace of the High Ones makes ready to depart the World of Two Moons .
Final Quest #20 is here and it’s party time in Father Tree Holt. The impending threat of gun-wielding humans doesn’t stop the elves from celebrating a new lifemating and a surprise Recognition. With Ryan off on vacation, David and special guest hosts Lisa Lannen and Katie La Salle-Lowry discuss these joyous events, plus the handing over of the mantle of chieftainship, new developments in Moonshade and Strongbow’s troubled relationship, a new look for some trolls, a lovemate for Two-Edge, Rayek growing up, the spectre of death by fire for some ancient elves, and the answer to the question, “who stays, who goes?”
Issue 20 of Final Quest is here!
The season of white cold is in the air, but at the moment the Wolfriders are more caught up in celebration than preparing for difficult times ahead. As they learned in the First War, so many years ago, the elves know that there may be hard choices to make—and harder battles to fight. So while the blood still runs hot in their veins, Cutter and Leetah and the rest of the combined tribes party as if tomorrow will never come!
Dark Horse Comics has released a five-page preview of Final Quest issue #20.
Winter is coming, but love is still in the air! Among the Wolfriders, some celebrate new bonds while others welcome new life. Cutter holds a fateful council: it’s now time for all elves to choose-travel with the Palace back to the Star Home, or remain on the World of Two Moons. Meanwhile, the invading human warriors press closer to the very center of Iceholt, the home of the elves’ sacred Father Tree-and they bring the most fearsome weapon of all!
Dark Horse Comics has released a preview of the new graphic novel ElfQuest: Final Quest Volume 3, which collects issues 13-18 of the comic series into one full-color volume.
The book becomes available on June 28, 2017. Check it out and order your copy today.
Dark Horse Comics has released the cover art for issue #20 of The Final Quest. Can you say “party time”?
Here’s the teaser blurb:
“Winter is coming, but love is still in the air! Among the Wolfriders, some celebrate new bonds while others welcome new life. Cutter holds a fateful council: it’s now time for all elves to choose—travel with the Palace back to the Star Home, or remain on the World of Two Moons. Meanwhile, the invading human warriors press closer to the very center of Iceholt, the home of the elves’ sacred Father Tree—and they bring the most fearsome weapon of all!”
In this episode of the ElfQuest Show podcast, Ryan and David discuss issue #18 of the Final Quest. Cutter completes his latest quest in the Frozen Mountains and the guys muse on the implications of his powerful apology for both elves and trolls. They also talk about the evolution of Strongbow and Moonshade’s troubled relationship, the growing powers of the Palace Dwellers, the poor treatment Two-Edge has received in his long life, Skywise’s foibles and Venka’s big surprise.
Ryan and David cover all this and more in this episode of the podcast!
Issue 18 of Final Quest is here!
It’s been thousands of years since the hidden key in Cutter’s sword, New Moon, was first used. The Wolf Chief’s followers are stunned as the goal of their mysterious new quest is revealed. Elsewhere, Shuna feels a resurgence of the warrior spirit she once embraced as she and her elfin allies prepare Iceholt’s native humans for invasion. Bonds of love and loyalty deepen, and Cutter’s leadership is needed more than ever. But is he, after all he has endured, up to the task?
Dark Horse Comics has released a four-page preview of issue #18 of the Final Quest. Check it out here in this exclusive from Bleeding Cool (click on each page to view, then click again to zoom in) or directly on Dark Horse’s site here.
The full issue is out in comics shops and Dark Horse Digital on January 25.
Final Quest #17 raises as many questions as it answered. Cutter seems on the path back to sanity, but what is his newest quest all about? What does he need Two-Edge for and why is the key so important? Who is this new troll king? Will Venka crush Rayek, or will she sense the profound change in her sire? Are all the Howling Winds Holt Wolfriders moving to the Father Tree Holt? How will Shuna’s idea of teaching the human tribes of Iceholt the Djunsland tongue possibly help them survive the coming onslaught?
Issue 17 of Final Quest is here!
One who is dying is given an opportunity to make amends for a terrible choice that could change the world forever. One who has been saved from darkness is given a chance to demonstrate a change of heart and mind. One who has returned from among the lost makes a perilous decision that could affect the lives of all. And, at the top of the world, waits in old, brutal enemy.
Get the issue from your local comics shop, order it from TFAW or download it immediately from Dark Horse Digital.
The Final Quest Volume Three is now available for pre-order from Amazon and TFAW. This graphic novel will collect issues 13-18 of the Final Quest comic series into one volume. The book will be released on June 28, 2017.
Final Quest Volume One and Volume Two are available from your favorite book retailer. Also, both volumes (as well as many others) signed by Wendy and Richard Pini are for sale right here in the Elfquest Shop!
Issue #15 of The Final Quest is packed with movement and action, and Ryan and David discuss it all in episode 25 of the ElfQuest Show podcast. Cutter's heart circle's meeting of the Scary Ones, insights into Dre-ahn's unique magic, Moonshade's doubt, Spray and Salt's choice, the symbolism of Cutter's new clothing, the Palace as a weapon, Ekuar and Two-Edge joining forces, Daboi's redemption and a some surprise reappearances are all explored. Plus, some special music from Slammerkin.
Dark Horse Comics has released the cover art of issue #16 of the Final Quest, which will be out on September 28, 2016. Don't miss this special 32-page issue! Click through to read the preview blurb (but beware spoilers).