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If you’re having trouble deciding whether to pick up the first volume of The Bunker, out this week from Oni Press, Boing Boing may make things a little easier: The website is playing host to the complete first issue of the acclaimed sci-fi mystery by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joe Infurnari — meaning you can read it for free. It’s good, too; it was one of my favorite comics of 2013.
The series centers on five friends who, while on their way to bury a time capsule, discover an underground bunker where they find letters addressed to each of them … from their future selves. Warned that they’ll soon destroy the world, the friends grapple with their own deteriorating relationships as they struggle with bigger issues, such as whether their decisions can change the future, or only make things worse.
Thirty-five years after Elfquest was introduced, helping to usher in the black-and-white comics boom, Wendy and Richard Pini’s epic fantasy adventure will makes it online debut with a new story serialized on Boing Boing.
Called Elfquest: The Final Quest, the new tale begins Monday, with a new page appearing weekly. It marks the popular website’s first foray into comics.
“Wendy and I never set out, thirty-five years ago, to take the indie comics world by storm,” Richard Pini said in a statement. “But there the history is, in the sales and — more importantly — in the fandom that’s stayed with us. Now we get to relive those scary, heady days once again as Elfquest makes its online debut to fans old and new.”
Debuting in 1978, Elfquest follows the Wolfriders, a tribe of feral elves in search of a new refuge and of their cosmic origins. Along the way they come into conflict with humans and trolls, and encounter other elf tribes like the Sun Folk and the Gliders. Over the decades, the series has gained a devoted following, and boasts a large female audience.
“Elfquest‘s World of Two Moons—its landscapes, inhabitants, dangers—is familiar yet always unpredictable territory,” Wendy Pini said. “After five years’ hiatus, I’ve come home to the Holt and to my main characters, Cutter and the Wolfriders, only to wreak storytelling havoc on them as never before. In Elfquest: The Final Quest sturdy, stable characters will react in totally unexpected ways as they face devastating, unavoidable change. I’m scared and exhilarated by what’s going to happen!”
The entire 6,000-page story to date can be read on the Elfquest website.