Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Search Part 1 (英語) ペーパーバック – 2013/3/19
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For years, fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra have burned with one question—what happened to Fire Lord Zuko's mother? Finding a clue at last, Zuko enlists the aid of Team Avatar—and the most unlikely ally of all—to help uncover the biggest secret of his life.
* This is the perfect companion to The Legend of Korra!
* The official continuation of Airbender from its creators!
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The Promise delivers on all levels, it captures the essence of what made the show so great; the humor, the action, and yes, the romance... fans of Kataang will love this book, (even though the name they end up calling each other is a bit cringe worthy and very much oogie). The artwork is beautifully done, and all the main characters are perfectly portrayed; i could literally hear the voices of all of the characters. Another great thing about this book is that it combines all three parts of The Promise into one neat book, with some very interesting bonus content. My only complaint is that the plot is a little weak, though still good. Other than that, The Promise is a wonderful addition to the Avatar series, and if you loved ATLA, then you are in for a treat with this book.
As for the story, it's no worse than the other avatar comics. It's not better either, but maintains the same level of quality that you would expect from the avatar universe. The plot features Zuko as the main character, as does 2/3 of the other comic series, which can be disappointing if you're expecting much from other characters. The only plus to this is that Zuko's supporting characters are incredibly interesting, and the lore of the fire nation doubly so.
Overall, this is an amazing book and I will continue to look forward to purchasing future avatar series comics.
If you haven't seen the Avatar: The Last Airbender cartoon from Nickelodeon, don't buy this until you've seen all of it and read the other two books in the series. There is a lot of back story you need to understand in order to read this.
The art in this book is SIMPLY STUNNING. I am not a comic-book reader, but my husband is, so we have quite a few. Compared to other comic books I've seen, the printing inside this book is so high-quality that the price I purchased this for (about $25US) felt like a steal. The colors are vibrant, the pictures are clear and the binding is impeccable. There are storyboard-style sketches in the back of the book so you can see what drawing any character looks like from beginning to end and understand why they changed the final drawings the way they did. These feel like a true collectors item and would look fantastic on anybody's bookshelf.
I purchased this book because my husband brought back the first in this installment from Emerald City Comiccon and I LOVED IT. I had to have the next books, and I was not disappointed when I got them from Amazon. The commentary from the makers of the series and graphic novels is featured on the margins of the pages. It's fun and helpful in understanding the authors' motivations for art style and storyline creation. These books tell the continuing story so believably, and grow the characters in ways you can understand and FEEL. For instance, you can FEEL Toph's emotions just as much as she can. Yes, I know she's not real, but come on! She COULD BE from the way they write these books. I found my jaw dropping to the floor several times, and I found myself in tears on more than one occasion.
...Rumor is that Nickelodeon and Dark Horse are doing a final comic book to tie together The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. This is supposed to happen at the end of 2015. I'm DYING to see what happens... and hoping it will be available by Christmas.
Good thing The Rift Part One came out.
Let me start by saying, no Zuko is not in this one. The cover doesn't include him and the first dialogue is pretty much saying that he is not going to make an appearance. Even though I'm a major Zuko fan, I understand considering The Search focused on him and his relationships. But, that doesn't mean it can't still be an excellent story!
A lot of this story seems to focus on the fact that Toph and Aang are foils to each other. Since Toph is generally more vocal, Aang is accompanied by three air acolytes so he can throw passive aggressive jabs at her and say he's teaching his students... this in unlike Toph who outright calls Aang's ideas foolish. Depending on how and where you were raised, you can feel either side is more right. However, both of them have solid reasons as to why they feel the way they do.
The conflict and tension between these two characters continues to rise throughout the story. I almost feel it's a conflict that was bound to happen. Even in flash backs with Toph and Aang during the Legend of Korra you can see that even though they are really close friends, their completely different demeanor causes some tension and fights.
Sokka is funny as always and the mild, loving sibling banter between him and Katara is always amusing and relateable to anyone with a sibling.
As we've come used to with the Avatar Comics, it ends in a twist. You do kinda see it coming with the stories set-up, but it ended at a perfect scene that makes you hungry for more!
The only complaint that I have is that I feel that Katara is a little out of character. She is usually extremely protective over Aang and tends to act as his more aggressive voice. We already know that her and Toph have had conflict in the best so I'm not sure why she just took such a backseat in this book. The reasonable answer, I assume, is she is two or three years older by this point and has matured, but she is still pretty young.
Anyway, definitely worth the buy if you've been reading the comics or just a fan of the series. If you are new to the comics, I highly suggest buying The Promise and The Search trilogies first.