|Bearclaw vs. Madcoil|
Jump forward in time almost 26 years. I picked up my copy of Journey to Sorrow's End (1982), I guess one of the rare Ace printings to feature the original cover, for the first time since the early 1990s. But I have been thinking about how much I really do miss the World of Two Moons and its elfin inhabitants. It is also one of the few novels I have where it feels right to see an occasional illustration pop up. Because it is, still, a very visual story.
Unfortunately for me, what I imagined while reading the book again was simply the panels of the first graphic novel. I shouldn't make that sound like a complaint. I think that it is great that Wendy's artwork is forever in my mind, but there wasn't a whole bunch on the written page to draw that same imagery out. If I didn't know exactly how the elves looked – or what a Zwoot was – I don't think the novelization would have been enough for me.
|Ral Partha mini of Kahvi|
Anyway, the whole of the ElfQuest catalogue – the comics that it – is available for free at ElfQuest.com. I cannot be clear enough in my hope that everyone at least take a look at the stuff from the Original Quest. As for novelizations, I think Journey to Sorrow's End works in that it is both true to, and evocative of, its source material. But it does not surpass it. It just gives another format in which to enjoy it.