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22 January 2017 @ 10:26 pm
Final Quest #17  
Had to take a few days to recover from nr 16. Here we go with nr 17. Oh boy.

Savah has traveled in a piece of the Palace to the swampelves, together with Sunstream. They have a naked, silent reunion. It is exactly as awkward as you're picturing it. Savah giggles.

Cutter remembers Sunstream, though calls him Suntop. Redlance, Nightfall, Skywise and Leetah keep being referred to as Cutter's "Heart Circle". I keep trying to remember if this was a concept before Final Quest. Also, Leetah sends with Cutter, talking about how the swampelves are tied to the World of Two Moons. Leetah commenting that the same thing is very true for Cutter.

The Djunslanders have arrived on the continent where the Wolfriders live. Shuna, human!Shenshen and currently-not-wolf!Kimo discuss strategies for dealing with them.

Then we're in the desert with Rayek and...Daboi. Now that I read his name again I can't help but think of it as some sort of stage name. Oh well, that's always the danger of made-up names. And real names, actually.

No matter. Daboi says he sucks at surviving in the wild and begs Rayek not to leave him in the middle of nowhere. Rayek owes Daboi one for helping save his life, sparing elves and humans both from Winnowill's freedom.

Now, Daboi refers to Winnowill as "The Evil One", which has Rayek go on a snooty 'we elves are above such petty words as evil' speech, along with explaining how recent events have changed him. Because telling is much better than showing, right?

...sorry I'm really having to force myself to read the comic at this point. All these clumsy hints that elves think differently than humans clash with all memory I have of Elfquest as a series. I miss the beautiful show not tell of the Original Quest. Just. Ugh.

Rayek says he'll take Daboi to Shuna, then thinks to himself how he needs to seek Ekuar's and Venka's forgiveness.

We cut to Venka, Aroree, Ekuar and Windkin watching over a wrapstuffed Two-Edge who is close to death. Cutter & co show up in the Palace, Cutter still not quite himself. Leetah heals Two-Edge. Cutter says he needs to speak with Two-Edge, related to the war, and won't say more to his worried tribemates than "Don't worry". Oh boy.

Over at High Winds Holt everyone is preparing to move again. Apparently Dart and Mender are so caught up in new love that the rest of the tribe are making fun of their very long hunting trips (one of which is going on now). And yeah, Dart basically acts like he's high. But this is interrupted by Ember sending to her people, with the help of Sunstream. She tells them all Cutter has been found, but that he's not coming home. Everyone is confused.

Back at Two-Edge's sickbed Venka let's Two-Edge down gently when he makes further romantic advances towards her. He thankfully takes the rejection with calm and acceptance. Kudos to you Two-Edge.

Cutter now reveals his plan: For Two-Edge to lead them to the Frozen Mountains so he can open the door that New Moon's key leads to. Because that will help. Somehow. (Really old armor will stop bullets???) Two-Edge isn't too into this, since the trolls there have begun to act strange, worshipping their current king and building weird things.

Ekuar says they'll need him for this journey, but Venka stops him. She wants him with her when she next meets Rayek, saying she will force Rayek to give Winnowill over to the Palace for healing; if he refuses she'll have do all she can to end his abuse of her power, and Rayek will need Ekuar in either case. Ekuar looks very worried at this. (I would be more drawn in by this plot if we didn't know that Rayek is heading back to beg both their forgiveness).

Btw, Two-Edge comments on how Cutter seems as mad as him, at which Cutter comments that Two-Edge isn't the only one with two in him.

They head off to the Palace to get Ahdri instead of Ekuar, then fly off to the Frozen Mountains. All but Ahdri immediately have private flashbacks to the Palace War. But on a brighter note Cutter is now fine with sending again. Leetah cautions Skywise not to use Cutter's soul name yet, so he's not completely fine.

Things are going smoothly until Skywise starts scolding Cutter for taking risks. Cutter goes "well you'll lose me one day no matter what, mortal and all that". Skywise again brings up the get-rid-of-your-wolf-blood discussion. Cutter 'solves' this problem by saying he'll accompany Skywise to the stars...as a spirit.

As you can imagine Skywise is not okay with this. He starts pushing Cutter around a bit, trying to get him to see he doesn't want a disembodied, time-free spirit for company. This all finishes with Cutter's calm breaking and he out right attacks Skywise. The comic ends with them brawling.

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Listening to: Dark Souls background noise
Nonesane: Bloody long booknonesane on February 3rd, 2017 04:47 pm (UTC)
Glad that my summaries entertain! Or at least inform. I mean, I still love Elfquest as a whole, but Final Quest really doesn't feel like a whole story - more like illustrated cliff notes and a lot of plot twists based on no foreshadowing.

I'll keep these summaries coming until the very end though! I'm far too stubborn to stop, not matter what happens XD
paintstroked on February 4th, 2017 08:38 am (UTC)
I know! Maybe this Final Quest will be something like the Forevergreen arc, where I don't read much of it and pretend it didn't happen. I really love things before Kings of the Broken Wheel... I guess at least that had a thought out plot but this... this is quick and confusing, as you've pointed out.

Super glad you're so stubborn! I'm looking forward (I think? Is that the right term? I don't even know anymore) to the next update. :)

Nonesane: Bloody long booknonesane on February 4th, 2017 07:09 pm (UTC)
It's definitely heading towards Forevergreen territory for me. There is, as you just pointed out, soooo many plot twists that feel like they're pulled out of thin air!

Remember how awesome a twist it was to find out that all elves actually were shapeshifting aliens from a long ago crashed spaceship? Remember all the build-up and foreshadowing of that? Now there's just a ton of strange twists being dropped, left and right, "Timmain and Cutter are the same person!", "Healers can make Recognition go away completely!", "A lot of elves are completely obsessed with the Palace for no clear reason!", "The entire planet is some sort of weird cosmic being, so frogs and deer will volunteer as food if you let them know you're starving!", etc., etc. It doesn't feel like the same story universe any more, to me.

#18 is out now, even here in Sweden, but I'm currently on vacation far away from any comic shop that has it in stock, so I'm afraid that review will have to wait until the end of February. It will be coming though! May the High Ones have mercy on our minds.

PS. Updated this review and the #16 review, since they were full of typos and bad grammar.
paintstroked on February 4th, 2017 10:54 pm (UTC)
Did that revelation come up late in the original quest? Maybe the shapeshifting bit with Timmain? But I think they'd already pretty much spelled it out when Cutter and Skywise went to rescue Redlance in issue 1 where it was just a really cool piece of background for a story that focused on things like finding a home, and understanding other cultures and personal relationships and flaws...

It really disturbs me when a world gets so completely upended like this. And in this case I can't even blame another author/artist's interpretation! *scratches head*

Hope you have a great vacation!