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Elfquest Returns at Dark Horse Comics

All for the big 35th Anniversary

By Robert T. Trate     April 28, 2013
Source: Dark Horse Comics

C2E2 was last weekend and Dark Horse released some big news. One of the biggest being the return of Elfquest. Yes, that’s right, Elfquest is returning to the comic racks. All this transpires with the 35th Anniversary of the original series. Here is the official press release from Dark Horse. 

Press Release: Dark Horse kicked off C2E2 in style, with what is sure to be some of the biggest news of the weekend. Attendees of the Diamond Retailers Summit were the first to hear the publisher’s announcement of an all-new series in one of comics’ most storied worlds!

For generations, the Wolfriders sought a safe haven. Now, in the Palace of the High Ones, they have found it. But with security, the elves lose the skills that made them superb survivors in a harsh world. Elfquest: The Final Quest poses dire questions: Who stays? Who goes back to the forest? And what grim price will the Wolfriders pay?

“Dark Horse is a company I’ve admired ever since it sprang on the scene in the 1980s. Somehow, as large as they’ve grown, they’ve retained an independent spirit that Richard and I totally identify with. The quality of their offerings is legendary and I’m extremely happy that Elfquest is part of their lineup,” said Elfquest cocreator Wendy Pini.

“Mike Richardson and Dark Horse come from the same publishing DNA as our own company, Warp Graphics, and he retains that gut-deep love of getting comics out into the world. We’re jazzed at all the plans, both traditional and new, they have for Elfquest,” added Elfquest editor and cocreator Richard Pini.

“I’ve known Richard from our very first year and read Elfquest from its inception. I’ve also pursued him and Wendy for nearly as long as Dark Horse has existed. Elfquest has been a lifetime project for Wendy and it is one of comics’ great epics. I am extremely proud to bring their wonderful book to Dark Horse and particularly excited to see what is in store for us over the next three years,” Dark Horse President Mike Richardson continued.

In celebration of the thirty-fifth anniversary of Wendy and Richard Pini’s cult comics classic, Dark Horse proudly welcomes the Wolfriders, the Sun Folk, the Gliders, the Go-Backs, and the High Ones to its own rich history!

The first release will be the prologue to an all-new fantasy epic, Elfquest: The Final Quest, arriving in the fall of 2013! Following that, Dark Horse will release this new story alongside all-new editions of the previously published material from this best-loved series! Look for more details shortly!


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Roqueja 4/28/2013 9:53:11 PM

That is afrikkinmazing.  I am totally on board with this.  Elfquest back in the spotlight could be a great thing for the Pini's.  I really do hope that the timing is right for them to get a deal done for a good adaptation in another format.

GothicStorm 4/29/2013 12:55:07 AM

Excellent news! Elfquest is how I got my wife (who I was dating at the time) into comics! We met the Pini's at Dragon Con one year and had all of our comics signed by the entire team. It looks like we'll be picking this title up at the comic bookstore once again!

karas1 4/29/2013 8:01:02 AM

Excellent!  Will the original graphic novels be rereleased?

RaithManan 4/29/2013 12:06:39 PM

Elfquest back in the day with Marvel was really edgy and risque reading.  Adult themes, sexual overtones and deep storytelling made it one of the more interesting properties that in this day parents would shudder at the thought of their kids reading, given the fact much of them grew up at the time it was out and probably read themselves when they were kids.  There had been talk since the mid-90's about wanting to make it into a movie, but it never materialized.  

Trying to find old issues of it are somewhat hard to find, if you look in the right places.  When there were whispers of its comeback 8 months ago, I was hoping it happen and now it has.  I actually hope it does have a shot at being a movie, if done right and sticks to what it is and not watered-down to the kid-friendly demographic.     

raynardmuldrake 4/29/2013 3:24:20 PM

Elfquest! OMG no way!! i DO got time fo dat!

Tevii 4/29/2013 6:59:26 PM

Excellent . I have all the original versions before marvel colored them and all the marvel versions. But when they reprint new trades, with her new colors i may have to get them all over again to have one really nice set

steppingrazor66 4/30/2013 10:22:35 AM

 Weird, I just reread my old Graphic novels not too long ago. Great to hear!!




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