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Within the corridors of Blue Mountain, Winnowill has hatched her most ambitious plan ever -- to take her people away from the World of Two Moons and back to the stars. To accomplish this, she must be rid of the Wolfriders. As her human slaves and Cutter's tribe fights for its survival. Winnowill prepares her final, mind-boggling assault. Within the corridors of Blue Mountain, Winnowill has hatched her most ambitious plan ever -- to take her people away from the World of Two Moons and back to the stars. To accomplish this, she must be rid of the Wolfriders. As her human slaves and Cutter's tribe fights for its survival. Winnowill prepares her final, mind-boggling assault.


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Within the corridors of Blue Mountain, Winnowill has hatched her most ambitious plan ever -- to take her people away from the World of Two Moons and back to the stars. To accomplish this, she must be rid of the Wolfriders. As her human slaves and Cutter's tribe fights for its survival. Winnowill prepares her final, mind-boggling assault. Within the corridors of Blue Mountain, Winnowill has hatched her most ambitious plan ever -- to take her people away from the World of Two Moons and back to the stars. To accomplish this, she must be rid of the Wolfriders. As her human slaves and Cutter's tribe fights for its survival. Winnowill prepares her final, mind-boggling assault.

30 review for Elfquest Graphic Novel 6: The Secret of Two-Edge

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michael Jandrok

    Still continuing my quest to complete the first eight volumes of the collected Elfquest, plus a bit of accessory material….obviously this is my little disclaimer. Go back to the beginning if you have wandered here in curiousity or error somehow. You MUST start at the beginning, this is no place for the uninitiated. I don’t care if you found this volume in a stack of your Dad’s old porn mags or at a garage sale or what. Put it down and find a way to get yourself a copy of the preceding books. Do Still continuing my quest to complete the first eight volumes of the collected Elfquest, plus a bit of accessory material….obviously this is my little disclaimer. Go back to the beginning if you have wandered here in curiousity or error somehow. You MUST start at the beginning, this is no place for the uninitiated. I don’t care if you found this volume in a stack of your Dad’s old porn mags or at a garage sale or what. Put it down and find a way to get yourself a copy of the preceding books. Do it. Now. Boox Six is titled “The Secret of Two-Edge,” but the half-elf, half-dwarf anti-hero plays only a peripheral role in the HUGE events of the saga in this volume. Yes, his madness is revealed for what it is, but it’s hardly a shocker given what has come before. His fate is to be a catalyst, which is what he been to the Elfquest universe all along. But I’m getting ahead of myself. “The Secret of Two-Edge” concludes the two-volume sequel to the first quest. The siege at Blue Mountain comes to a violent and fitful end as Winnowill and her machinations are finally revealed in all of their sinister glory. In truth, this book should have been titled “The Secret of Winnowill,” as our favorite Evil Queen is unmasked completely as the story progresses. Cutter and several of his band have managed to invade Blue Mountain just as Winnowill threatens to bring the entire outpost down around them in a cacophony of falling rock and scattered lives. Leetah, her son Suntop, and the now super-powered Rayek also manage to enter the fray in an attempt to “heal” the mental wounds that drive Winnowill forward in her desire to commit Elven genocide and escape the world of Two Moons. There can be no more secrets now as the battle comes to its ultimate conclusion. There is still this great sense that Wendy Pini picked apart Michael Moorcock’s “Elric of Melnibone” series for a good chunk of the inspirational bones of this project. The dark, eldritch beauty of the Blue Mountain and its amoral and evil inhabitants reminds me of nothing so much as Moorcock’s vision of the latter days of the decline and destruction of Imrryr, The Dreaming City at the center of the Melnibonean empire. Derivative or not, this similarity to the Elric mythos gives these two volumes of Elfquest a sort of shimmering and slightly glamorous sense of darkness and corruption. We are way past the the events of the first Quest, when the characters still had a wide-eyed sense of innocence and optimism. There is far less humor or playfulness in these pages. Even the scenes of Elven frolic at the end of the story are drawn in muted, dusky tones. And maybe that’s good. Brightness and light and a happy ending were fine for the original Quest. This story is more about finding out what evils lurk beneath the surface of the world. It’s a more grown-up Elfquest here, one that doesn’t shy away from the hideous motivations of a dank character like Winnowill, whose desire to bend the Gliders to her perverse intentions proves to be the ultimate in betrayals. This is intense storytelling, and I’ll give the Pinis credit for taking the story in a direction that I really didn’t see coming after the end of the initial 20-issue run. The art is beautiful, the colors rich and vibrant. Wendy Pini manages to bring out a lot of emotion and drama though her character drawings, The backgrounds are full of detail, and it’s worth taking a long look at each panel to get the full sense of what’s happening in the story. I like the fact that the Pini elves continue to grow and develop like real, living….well, elves, I guess. Lessons are learned, lives are lost, and an entire Elven culture is brought down in a cascade of rock and ruin that lays waste to both alien and human continuities. Overall, I loved the book, but I still get a sense that the initial Quest and the main ideas behind it have been lost a bit in these pages. That sense of a search for home…..a search for place….has been subjected to a bit of revisionist history. I don’t get a sense that the Pini elves can ever really go home. There has been too much lost in the transition from the High Ones to those who came “after.” Too much time has passed, too much blood has been diluted through the passing of generations and the melding of the Wolfriders to the world of the Two Moons. The story has lost a bit of its initial sense of wonder and fun in exchange for a more robust and complex style of storytelling and plotting. We are moving into epic fantasy territory now, kids. Don’t let the big eyes and delicate physical frames fool you, this is some heavy shit we’re dealing with. Volume Six concludes with all of the cover art for the original comic book releases as well as an 8-page stand alone story featuring the Preservers that was published in 1980 in a Marvel Comics teaser magazine titled “Epic Illustrated,” which was a short-lived attempt to reach a more mature segment of the comic and graphic novel audience. So onward I shall go. I have two more collected volumes and a couple of Compendiums and at least one peripheral story yet to go to complete my personal Elf Quest. It’s been fun thus far spending time with Cutter and Winnowill and the rest of the gang, even though I now want to go and spend a little more time with The Albino Price and his doomed City again as well……..

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kendall

    <3

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Feld

    After the dip the series took in book five, the Pinis make a strong showing in book six. The art is graceful and emotive, the plot filled with suspense, and several characters get wonderfully developed, including Adar, the human man who's a dead ringer for Richard Pini. The story hinges on whether people can ever move on, or whether they're permanently trapped by their past: the humans whose gods have betrayed them, Clearbrook mourning her lifemate, Strongbow trying desperately to hold on to the After the dip the series took in book five, the Pinis make a strong showing in book six. The art is graceful and emotive, the plot filled with suspense, and several characters get wonderfully developed, including Adar, the human man who's a dead ringer for Richard Pini. The story hinges on whether people can ever move on, or whether they're permanently trapped by their past: the humans whose gods have betrayed them, Clearbrook mourning her lifemate, Strongbow trying desperately to hold on to the Way, Rayek wishing for a way to fix the mistakes of the First Ones, Winnowill warped by choices she made long ago, and Two-Edge fighting to overcome the trauma of his childhood. And what's great about the writing is that there isn't a clear answer for any of them because life is messier than that. The story is complex and thought-provoking and very worth rereading.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Boyd

    Fantastic blend of fantasy and comics. Incredible characters and story line. Highly recommended

  5. 5 out of 5

    Camilla Hjertø

    Note to self: Read this online. Rgis is part 2 of Siege at Blue mountain (#5-8).

  6. 4 out of 5

    ~Annaki~

    Read this series over and over again as a young teen and absolutely LOVED it, I got completely lost in the universe. Re-reading these was such at trip down memory lane <3

  7. 4 out of 5

    Conan Tigard

    The Secret of Two-Edge takes place shortly after the end of Siege at Blue Mountain. This being the last book that I have, but not the end of the ElfQuest, I was quite pleased with how this mini-series ends. Once again, the artwork is wonderful and the storytelling is superb. But like Siege at Blue Mountain, the story is only four comics long and this time there aren't a lot of goodies at the end of the book. But, if you have read all the other books in this series, this one is a must pick up. Th The Secret of Two-Edge takes place shortly after the end of Siege at Blue Mountain. This being the last book that I have, but not the end of the ElfQuest, I was quite pleased with how this mini-series ends. Once again, the artwork is wonderful and the storytelling is superb. But like Siege at Blue Mountain, the story is only four comics long and this time there aren't a lot of goodies at the end of the book. But, if you have read all the other books in this series, this one is a must pick up. The story moves along at a fast pace and is a lot of fun to read. ElfQuest is an excellent Fantasy series that really shouldn't be missed. I rated this book an 8½ out of 10.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rhiannon Graye

    These are a series of graphic novels that I first read in my tweens and hold a special place in my childhood reading. I have since come back to them and re-read them several times, and for me, they continue to stand to the test of time. This series changed drastically in plot and voice after the eighth volume, and increasingly became more and more of the saccharine sweet fantasy fluff that I can't bear to read. The first eight volumes are literary treasures that I continue to cherish. These are a series of graphic novels that I first read in my tweens and hold a special place in my childhood reading. I have since come back to them and re-read them several times, and for me, they continue to stand to the test of time. This series changed drastically in plot and voice after the eighth volume, and increasingly became more and more of the saccharine sweet fantasy fluff that I can't bear to read. The first eight volumes are literary treasures that I continue to cherish.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jewels

    The struggle between the two natures of Two-Edge was a fascinating story. The revelation of how he came to be and why he was so torn between trolls and elves was just amazing. I love how the Pinis deal with psychological issues in their characters as well as how it effects not only family ties but the greater tribe of 'elf'. The struggle between the two natures of Two-Edge was a fascinating story. The revelation of how he came to be and why he was so torn between trolls and elves was just amazing. I love how the Pinis deal with psychological issues in their characters as well as how it effects not only family ties but the greater tribe of 'elf'.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lafcadio

    Among the glum faces in the captive war party, Dart sees one whose smile he gently returns... ...For youth knows a brother of its own heart and hope - no matter what physical differences exist.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Waterfall

    (I actually read the Norwegian translation of the individual comics, but adding those on here is a pain...)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Canita

    Read review for Book 1

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨

    Towards the end the story started to get a little tangled, but I still loved it to pieces! And all the wonderful characters!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    A personal favorite.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Timothy McNeil

    Everything after the original quest felt somewhat forced to me, but there is still enough development of the characters in this to keep me excited about it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    2bnallegory

    I enjoyed this series more in the beginning before they had assistants to help with the art work because it definitely suffered.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    This is the part where the story starts to feel too cluttered.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Fernando Santos

  19. 5 out of 5

    Fiona Rogers

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anna

  23. 5 out of 5

    Irene Helmich

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessie

  25. 5 out of 5

    J.S.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Krys Blake

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katisha

  29. 4 out of 5

    John Davies

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cynk Napp

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