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Shards (Elfquest Graphic Novels (Warp Paperback)) Paperback – Apr 1998


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wolfrider Books (April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936861428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936861425
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 17.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,094,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on 23 Jan 1999
Format: Paperback
Sadly, you must be forwarned. First, the stories are in black and white: not pen and ink, but half-toned copies of color originals. Secondly, this is not the entire tale of the broken palace's saga. The book ends in the tell-tale "To be continued in Shards #1"... So, you'll have to follow the battle for the palace in Collection books #11b - Ascent and #12b - Reunion. And, Ember's tribe's story in #11a - Legacy and #11b - Huntress.
That being said, the artwork is exceptional, concidering the varying artists compiled. Good form, WaRP! Pleasingly Pini-esque! And, the story does indeed flow with characteristic Pini style: quick, crisp and can't put it down! If you're unfamiliar with the Quest, recommend reading Kings of the Broken Wheel, at least, to get a better feel for the story line. And, of course, Collection books 1 - 4 (the original Quest) to get a good handle on who's who.
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By A Customer on 3 Aug 1998
Format: Paperback
I was pleasantly surprised by Shards. As an Elfquest fan since 1985, I had been reluctant, in recent years, to read stories that weren't strictly written and drawn by the Pinis. But this book has rekindled my interest in the series. Although the artwork does vary from section to section, it is pretty faithful to Wendy Pini's original style. The storylines were intriguing, and I can't wait to find out how they are played out in further installments of Elfquest. I would, however, SERIOUSLY suggest reading Elfquest graphic novels 1 through 8 and The Hidden Years before reading Shards, in order for the plot to make complete sense and to understand the long character histories.
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Format: Paperback
This is one of the most moving books of the series. It has art and words that make you part of their world and make you feel thier emotions. Reading this book leaves you as a changed person as the "elves" show human likieness and emotion.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 April 1999
Format: Paperback
Why has the quality gone down? This black and white monstrosity looks like something I could have photocopied in my office.What the hell is going on woth these people! They have raped their own creation by letting the spark, the very life of their characters disappear!!Not only have they handed their livelihood over to mostly incompetent hacks, they don't seem to give a goddamn! The comic has bit the dust and the books should do likewise . . because all of the old favorites are being reprinted in this cheap form. It's obvious that the author-ex artist, whatever they are, want to wring as much money as possible so that their pipe dream of a direct to video movie can become reality. The originators of theis fabulous epic . . and you should have seen it in it's heyday! have become enamoured of the almighty dollar - which is fine, except they continually prech otherwise throughout their own work . . .hypocrite pie, anyone? Buy this, like I did, as a sort of salute to what EQ used to be. And weep for the loss.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jan 1999
Format: Paperback
When Wendy Pini stopped drawing, the life went out of her characters. The storyline began to drift from being fresh and exciting to the type found in dime romance novels - the same thing over and over again. At the time this was first published, there was a great cry from long-term Elfquest readers stating that the art and story were deteriorating and the response from Richard Pini was that they were "going to take all the negative letters and put them in a blender." When fans stopped buying the new artists' work, Wendy began to draw again (see "Dreamtime") but I wonder if she can truly salvage what has been lost. The beginning of the death of the Elfquest Universe, sadly, is in this book.
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