Grade 7 Up-Elfquest has always been the Comic That Could. Starting from the underground, the series has won legions of fans who revel in its purest of pure fantasy setting and delight in its sassy and indomitable main characters. And all this without being part of any big-budget Hollywood movies, toy tie-ins, or TV shows. This volume reprints five early issues, in color. The story continued from volume one has Cutter, the elf leader, and his sidekick, Skywise, roaming their planet and getting into various misadventures. Some are comic, such as when they are captured and must drink with a group of engaged trolls in the troll bar. Others are darker, as when they meet up with a group of humans who are more like aboriginals. Someone loses a thumb, and the two races exchange swordplay. Cutter's love interest, Leetah, and most of the female cast, have the look of belly dancers, and the men's flowing locks and athletic appearances make Elfquest definitely a beautiful people comic. Older teens will find the fantasy not dark enough, but it will be popular with middle schoolers or those who already love Elfquest (such as adults who want to rediscover their youthful reading).-John Leighton, Brooklyn Public Library, NY Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.