I have read Elfquest issues 1-7 and they are fabulous! It is such a great story and I get excited when I get each new issue! But there are three questions I have about Elfquest. First, why do they call horses "zwoots?" Second, why don't the Sun Folk know what a soul name is? And third (but most important), in issue #1 you said that the elves' powers were weak; so in issue #7, how did Redlance make the seed grow?
1) Because the critters are
zwoots, not horses; they look
2) Since the Sun Folk have all but forgotten how to "send," they've lost the need for that secret name to protect their inner selves.
3) When the High Ones first arrived, their powers were greatly weakened by the World of Two Moons, but since then some of the elves have been trying to hone their magic skills to make life more endurable. --RP
I'm already up to issue #6. I have one question. What did Madcoil do with the elves, like Joyleaf and Foxfur, that he had captured? Keep up the good work!
Although we may never know for certain what happened to all the missing Wolfriders, there is one sad clue to their fate in the top two panels of page 16 of that issue. --RP
I have just finished Elfquest #7 and I loved it to pieces. I am glad you are showing the Wolfriders and the Sun Folk together more. One question, though: What's with Strongbow? While everyone else is enjoying himself, he isn't. Why?
Bent Mountain, VA
Most probably because as one of the tribal elders, it is his duty to keep "the Way"-- the traditional life style of the Wolfriders -- alive, and so he resists anything new or different. Or maybe he's just a sourball. --RP
I would like some background information on Foxfur. My boyfriend tends to identify with Skywise, so I am extremely curious about Foxfur and her relationship to Skywise. By the way, is it my imagination or is Foxfur the only left-handed Wolfrider? In the bottom panel on page 8, issue #6, she is holding the dagger in her left hand. I would like to see more about her in the future, if only in a flashback.
Skywise and Foxfur were what we in the media call "very good friends." KnoWhutIMean? And not that the information should affect your own relationship in any way, but Skywise is probably the original ladies' elf, as we will see. Foxfur was by no means the only southpaw; most of the Wolfriders are ambidextrous. --RP
What I'd like to say is that I love Elfquest-- it is the greatest science-fiction fantasy story I have ever read or hope to read. Oh yeah, I was wondering. Will the Wolfriders and Co. be part of the Mighty Marvel Universe?
Mill Neck, NY
You might not know what I'm talking about for a few issues yet, but this insane image came to mind of Spider-Man swinging merrily along with a couple of Preservers strapped to his wrists, spitting webbing at Madcoil. But no, the two universes are separated by barriers not even the Beyonder can penetrate. --RP
First I want to say that I love Elfquest, but I have some questions. First, what is the difference between a life-mate and a love-mate; and second, what is Recognition?
Calling Dr. Ruth... Love-mates are those elves who very much enjoy the pleasure of being with each other. Life-mates have gone one step further in their own minds and decided to spend their lives (or at least a very long time) together. Recognition is an irresistable urge that two elves feel which forces them to mate and have offspring; it is a genetic command that ensures that the race will continue. --RP
By the way, I've always wondered but was afraid to ask-- how do you select the letters that will be printed in Quests and Answers?
Well, it's easy and it's difficult. I try to choose those letters that ask questions on points that haven't yet been brought up, or that offer an interesting insight, or that provoke, or that challenge, or that relate something from the story to the letter writer's life, or... Get the idea? So keep those interesting, provoking, challenging letters coming in-- and shade and sweet water. --Richard Pini