Mind Capsules – ElfQuest: The Final Quest #5 and Inhuman #6

ElfQuest The Final Quest #5
ElfQuest: The Final Quest #5

Writer – Wendy Pini, Richard Pini
Artist – Wendy Pini
Colours – Sonny Strait

With Teir drowning, Ember sends out a summons for help and it reaches the palace where the spirit of Kahvi answers.  She and the other spirits form a crystal ship and gather Cutter, Leetah and a few other elves to race to Teir’s aid.  After some family revelations, the ship races over to the Djunn’s residence and the rescue mission for one elf now becomes one for two, as they save Ember from anymore humiliation and torture.  The Pini’s deliver another great issue featuring everyone’s favourite elves, finally seeing them reunited once again.  Angrif Djunn is none too happy about it and swears revenge and it can only mean bad things for the tribe as they should have killed him when they had the chance.  Ember’s story has been progressing nicely over the years and with her recognition now on the fritz, it is just one more twist in her saga that will continue to be explored by creators and readers alike.  It is nice to see that Two-Edge might possibly appear in the series at some point, now all that is needed is Rayek’s return and even Winnowil if it can be managed somehow.  The artwork looks just as fantastic as it did so many years ago when the elves made their first appearance and seems like no time has passed at all.  That leads into the only downside of the book, which is its schedule.  It would be nice to see it come out monthly instead of bimonthly, but any ElfQuest we can get is better than none at all.  A great issue that leaves us on a cliff-hanger guessing what might be coming next.

4 out of 5

Inhuman #6
Inhuman #6

Writer – Charles Soule
Artist – Ryan Stegman
Colours – Marte Gracia

The Unspoken now rules Attilan, having overthrown Medusa and those loyal to her.  Inferno and Jason mean to get back to Attilan as Inferno’s pregnant sister is locked up inside with everyone else and he is noticeably worried.  After they succeed, the Nuhumans with the help of the Inhuman doctor create a plan to try and take the palace back, and soon set about doing so.  While it might seem unlikely, the boys manage to do so and with everyone free including Medusa, the question that remains on everyone’s lips is, where is Black Bolt?  Charles Soule wraps up what is assumedly the first arc of the book with a fairly entertaining story.  It does seem a little unbelievable though that three of the Nuhumans could defeat The Unspoken, a man who used to rule the Inhumans and had essentially, limitless powers due to the Terrigen crystals.  The Unspoken should have been able to wipe the floor with these three, and not only that, it makes Medusa and the rest of the royal family look weak by comparison.  Ryan Stegman’s art keeps getting better and better and proves he was a great choice to follow in Joe Madureira’s footsteps.  Hopefully we get to see Black Bolt return to the book soon and start turning things around for his people.  The Nuhumans are interesting, but it would also be nice to see a little more focus on the Inhumans we all know and love.  Ultimately it was a good issue, but could have been much better.

3.5 out of 5

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