Avatar (Smoke and Shadow, #2)
What is the secret of the Kemurikage? The shadowy spirits known as the Kemurikage are abducting children throughout the Fire Nation Capital, sowing widespread fear and panic in their wake. Desperate to determine what has angered these spirits, Aang and Zuko search for clues deep in the Dragonbone Catacombs underneath the Fire Sages Capital Temple. Can they uncover the hidden history of the Kemurikage and solve the mystery in time, or will more children be taken?

Avatar (Smoke and Shadow, #2) Details

TitleAvatar (Smoke and Shadow, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 16th, 2015
PublisherDark Horse
ISBN-139781616557904
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GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics, Childrens

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Avatar (Smoke and Shadow, #2) Review

  • Jim
    January 1, 1970
    Avatar Aang finds out that the Kemurikage spirits are not a legend, they exist. He also finds out that they have nothing to do with the kidnappings in the Fire nation’s capital. But if they not the responsible for the disappearance of Mai’s little brother and all the other children who is? Is that “name” behind the mask? Can’t wait to find out what is going on4 stars because after not including Toph in the first part, now we don’t see Sokka and Katara.Also I hope that Aang will get in the Avatar Avatar Aang finds out that the Kemurikage spirits are not a legend, they exist. He also finds out that they have nothing to do with the kidnappings in the Fire nation’s capital. But if they not the responsible for the disappearance of Mai’s little brother and all the other children who is? Is that “name” behind the mask? Can’t wait to find out what is going on4 stars because after not including Toph in the first part, now we don’t see Sokka and Katara.Also I hope that Aang will get in the Avatar state in the last partimage:
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  • Alexandra Elend Wolf
    January 1, 1970
    "You can still learn from the past, even if you officially deny its existance." And that final punch was really something! I love this, is that even a surprise by now? I mean Zuko is one of the main characters so...I honestly don't have that much to say. I just love it. The art is beautiful -obviously- and the fighting is well choreographed and delightful to watch. There is a good balance between humor and seriousness, and we get to see our favorite characters together again. What else is "You can still learn from the past, even if you officially deny its existance." And that final punch was really something! I love this, is that even a surprise by now? I mean Zuko is one of the main characters so...I honestly don't have that much to say. I just love it. The art is beautiful -obviously- and the fighting is well choreographed and delightful to watch. There is a good balance between humor and seriousness, and we get to see our favorite characters together again. What else is there to wish for? More Iroh! But I think will see him a bit more in a bit *wink, wink*
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not doing a full review for this. I just want to say how continually glad I am that we get to keep having new stories in the A:TLA universe. It might be time for my annual rewatch . . .
  • Britt
    January 1, 1970
    Avatar just gives me so much nostalgia. I love it. So five stars.
  • Gretal
    January 1, 1970
    I really love it when these dive into history and lore.
  • iyreads
    January 1, 1970
    I love it! Avatar gives me so much nostalgia.. we are never too old for Avatar! Five stars because of the art and beautiful story.
  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    These kinds of situations, as the one in the book, make me very uneasy and uncomfortable. It always feels like a giant miscommunication, and people acting on impulses rather than rational thinking. In that sense, it is very realistic with how I see our own society. Poor Zuko.
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  • ambyr
    January 1, 1970
    So on the one hand this is a sort of a mess of a book--the pacing is wonky, with the beginning stretched and the end rushed, and the scene to scene transitions are sometimes super abrupt--and on the other hand it gave me all. the. feels. I love Yang's Mai so much. And that ending. THAT ENDING. Definitely looking forward to seeing where Part Three takes things.
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  • Naailah
    January 1, 1970
    I WAS RIGHT I WAS RIGHT I WAS RIGHT! I read this in under 30 minutes, I was sitting in suspense until the last page and that CLIFFHANGER?! I really want Maiko to be together again, I don't really like Kei lo. He seems a little to perfect for my tastes and I still think he's hiding something.
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  • Bobby
    January 1, 1970
    3.25 stars
  • Annie (Putt)
    January 1, 1970
    This review will cover all three volumes of Smoke and Shadow.Why I liked this story: It shows how blatantly people dislike Zuko because he isn't the tyrannical, power-hungry Fire Lord that Ozai was.  This book also shows the consequences of Ursa's choice to have her face changed not once, but twice, from herself to a new person and from a new person back to her original face.  Also we get to see some stuff about how the world was BEFORE the Fire Lords existed and legends about the first Fire Lor This review will cover all three volumes of Smoke and Shadow.Why I liked this story: It shows how blatantly people dislike Zuko because he isn't the tyrannical, power-hungry Fire Lord that Ozai was.  This book also shows the consequences of Ursa's choice to have her face changed not once, but twice, from herself to a new person and from a new person back to her original face.  Also we get to see some stuff about how the world was BEFORE the Fire Lords existed and legends about the first Fire Lord.  That was awesome.  OH and the Fire Nation Priest from the show who helped Team Avatar when he had to talk to Roku was there! I love that guy.  He has meditation classes now.Why I didn't like this story: Azula was back.  Joking, I actually don't mind her despotic, insane mind.  I have no complaints about this book at all.  It was pretty freaking awesome.  Since everything else will be spoilers for books two and three of this series, cover thine eyes or leave because below will be spoilers....SPOILERS STARTING NOWOkay, so I loved the idea of the New Ozai Society people.  Of COURSE there would be Fire Nation citizens who would still want to kill and conquer the whole world.  What made it even better was that Mai's father was their leader.  Holy. Crap. It was perfect because not only was he related to a secondary character we know pretty well, but he was Fire Nation gentry! So it makes sense why a noble from the Fire Nation who did well under Ozai would not like Zuko at all.  I was kinda turned off by the fact that his wife abandoned him, though.  Even though Aang saved Tom Tom way back when, she never seemed like she cared about the other people in the world.  I feel like they made her leave her husband just so Mai wouldn't be the only one in the family who was on Zuko's side.  So that's my only complaint.Watching Zuko's little sister have to adjust to Ursa's face was fascinating.  The Search made it seem like everything was OK with that, but it wasn't!  And it makes sense why Kiyi wouldn't feel comfortable with her mom.  Her mom lied to her (Ursa didn't remember her past, but she still "lied"), and then her mom suddenly looks completely different than the mom she's had all her life.The Fire Lord catacombs!  Can we please have more on that?  I want to know more about the ancient nations, especially that the Fire Nation was a feudal place.  That's so cool!I needed more info on Azula.  She vanished in The Search and was insane, and suddenly she's back and mentally stable.  Didn't make a lot of sense, but OK.  Also who were all the people she had broken out of jail?Kiyi can firebend; that was adorable.OZAI AND URSA'S SHOWDOWN YAS.  This scene was something that needed to happen for so long because it shows what Ozai is: a bully.  Strip him of his power, and all he is is a giant boogey man from the past who screams.  I love that Ursa had PTSD about the palace, and I wish they had shown more of that.  I loved her reunion with Iroh because it showed just how freaking awesome Iroh is.  He was born in a horrible family and came out 100% perfect.I feel like instead of Korra, it would have been cooler for them to do all of these comics as mini series or something, and then have the next show be the lives of Team Avatar when they're in their 40s, but that's just me.
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  • Xiomy's Book Tales
    January 1, 1970
    I guess the surprises keep coming lol I also really enjoyed this one! I had a feeling that there was something fishy about the Kemurikage and when Tom-Tom mentioned something I was like nah it can't be! But oh boy am I excited for the next installment because that cliffhanger of an ending, ahh! I also did like seeing Zuko a bit jealous I still miss Toph, Momo, and Appa but I'm excited for this story!
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  • Aleksandra
    January 1, 1970
    This was all kinds of intense!!!I have many questions and I have guesses about what's happening, this is fun!Poor Zuko...istg these Make Fire Nation Great Again dudes remind me of somebodies... who could they be?...
  • Serena
    January 1, 1970
    I really don't like mai
  • Shravanthi
    January 1, 1970
    Dayummm! So good!
  • Mel (thebookishmel)
    January 1, 1970
    IT MAKES SENSE NOWOH MY GODIM SCREAMING LITERALLYIM WOW
  • Alysa Craigie
    January 1, 1970
    Me, through stifled screams, "ZUKO NOOO!" A great read. I expect nothing less from Avatar.
  • Sophia
    January 1, 1970
    I’m really loving where this story is going! It has so much depth and emotion to it. Plus a really great mystery! I love how each piece of the puzzle is slowly being revealed to us. Something these comics do really well is tell a story not only for the main characters but also for the secondary characters. For example, this conflict between Kiyi and her mother. I am so excited for the next part to see where all this has been leading up to!
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  • Jen • Just One More Page
    January 1, 1970
    This review is also posted on my blog. Review for all three parts under the cut.(view spoiler)[THIS WAS SUCH A GOOD STORY ARC OH MY JESUS H. CHRIST. Probably my favorite one of the post-show comics to date!Part one: Aaahhh man, it’s been a long time since I’ve delved into anything ATLA. And I was very quickly reminded WHY I loved it all so much! The art was spectacular, the characters were all true to story, there were several parts that made me giggle, and most importantly, it reminded me of This review is also posted on my blog. Review for all three parts under the cut.(view spoiler)[THIS WAS SUCH A GOOD STORY ARC OH MY JESUS H. CHRIST. Probably my favorite one of the post-show comics to date!Part one: Aaahhh man, it’s been a long time since I’ve delved into anything ATLA. And I was very quickly reminded WHY I loved it all so much! The art was spectacular, the characters were all true to story, there were several parts that made me giggle, and most importantly, it reminded me of all the plot points in the last comic that I read over a year ago in a way that did *not* beat me over the head or seem at all degrading. That is RARE.And I am loving all of the plot points covered in this part, and MAY I JUST REITERATE MY LOVE FOR ALL THESE LADIES.AND MOSTLY I JUST REALLY LOVE THIS UNIVERSE.I AM SO READY FOR PART TWO.Part two: FUCKIN AZULA.THIS BITCH.OH MAN.FUCKING FEAR MONGERERS MAN I JUST AHDLIUSHIFLHLDHF.MAN that one was good too I can’t even.I’m super glad we get to see more of Aang in this part! Maybe we’ll get more of Katara and Sokka in part three? ♥AND THEN THERE’S AZULA.IDK I’M JUST ALL HEART EYES OVER ALL THE DIVERSE WOMEN IN THIS SERIES. (AND ALSO DIVERSE CULTURES AND PEOPLE OF COLOR I NEED MORE ATLA IN MY LIFE)PART THREE HERE I COME AW YISS AW YISSPart three: Oh, man. Oh man oh man oh man.The women of this series are made of fucking IRON.KIYI.AND URSA. That made ME feel fucking powerful holy f'ng SHIT.And fuck if Azula isn’t one of the most interesting and complex fictional characters I’ve ever known, but I will be SO FUCKING GLAD when she finally dies holy shit. She’s starting to be worse than Joffrey.It turns out that there was no Katara or Sokka in this part, but that’s okay. Cause what was there was just ahlIDUHLFIHDF.I think I would have preferred for Mai and Kei Lo to stay together, just because that would have gone against what I was predicting, and would have meant Mai and Zuko would have had to get over each other and move on as friends. That would have been a refreshing change. But, ah, well. It’s my only true criticism in this entire arc.And can I just say PRECIOUS ZUKO IS PRECIOUS. YOU GO BBY, YOU DEVELOP THAT CHARACTER AND YOU KEEP SHOWING EVERYONE WHAT A FUCKING BOSS YOU ARE.And Mai’s father TOTALLY developed as a character and CAN I JUST SAY HOW MUCH I LOVED THE MOMENT WHEN KIYI MELTED THE FUCKING DOOR.Fucking christ I love this series.Have I mentioned that I love this series? BECAUSE I LOVE THIS SERIES.I am TOTALLY gonna start watching Korra over again from the beginning as soon as I get a chance, and I can’t WAIT for the fifth comic arc to be finished!!CAUSE I REALLY, REALLY LOVE THIS SERIES. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Kailey (BooksforMKs)
    January 1, 1970
    I love seeing Aang and the whole cast of Avatar characters growing and dealing with new problems, supporting each other through adventures, but also finding their own independence apart from the other characters.In this book, a lot of children are being kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Spirits of legend in the Fire Nation. Aang's job is to find out if the old legends are true, and what these supposed "spirits" want from the new Fire Lord, Zuko. Zuko is struggling to appear as a strong and confid I love seeing Aang and the whole cast of Avatar characters growing and dealing with new problems, supporting each other through adventures, but also finding their own independence apart from the other characters.In this book, a lot of children are being kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Spirits of legend in the Fire Nation. Aang's job is to find out if the old legends are true, and what these supposed "spirits" want from the new Fire Lord, Zuko. Zuko is struggling to appear as a strong and confident leader, but the truth is he doesn't have all the answers, and his people don't always trust his decisions. On top of it all, seeing Mai brings back a lot of old hurt and emotional stuff for Zuko. He's such a deliciously complex character!The artwork is perfection, flowing between scenes with lots of action. The dialogue really tells the story along with the character's facial expressions. It's a perfectly written comic!
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  • Rottgrl88
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic sequel in this chapter. This is continuing the threat of the so called spirts, Kemurikage. Aang is brought in to help mediate between the people and the spirits as the kids of the colonies have been kidnapped. And of course battles ensue! The artwork is phenomenal and the story lines have been fantastic. If you are a fan of Avatar: The Last Airrbender television show then I highly recommend that you check out these comics. Fantastic sequel in this chapter. This is continuing the threat of the so called spirts, Kemurikage. Aang is brought in to help mediate between the people and the spirits as the kids of the colonies have been kidnapped. And of course battles ensue! The artwork is phenomenal and the story lines have been fantastic. If you are a fan of Avatar: The Last Airrbender television show then I highly recommend that you check out these comics.
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  • CoolNameGuy
    January 1, 1970
    Damn! Why must it leave me hanging? This book was so good. The right amount of character and suspense, a weaving story that kept me guessing, amazing art and writing, and two big twists at the end. I was so taken aback that I flew through it so fast and was left with such a big twist on the last page that I almost took it down a star, then realized caring so much should solidify this rating for me.
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  • Sunil
    January 1, 1970
    Smoke and Shadow recalls "City of Walls and Secrets" in its dark subversive political tone, as Zuko teams up with Aang to learn more about the Kemurikage and why these spirits would be stealing children. Meanwhile, Mai has a new boyfriend and Zuko is not happy about it. I suspected one plot development here but not...the other one. Nice build-up of intrigue!
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  • Books on Stereo
    January 1, 1970
    Initial Thoughts1. I loved seeing Mei, Ty Lee, and Suki2. The plot was incrediblely interesting and mysterious3. The story worked well in a three part structure4. I loved seeing Zuko step up as a leader and how is always clashes with Aang5. Loved the twist6. I am lving Mei new love interest and how Zuko gets jealousCheck out my review: https://youtu.be/zVmRZRJLsuQ Initial Thoughts1. I loved seeing Mei, Ty Lee, and Suki2. The plot was incrediblely interesting and mysterious3. The story worked well in a three part structure4. I loved seeing Zuko step up as a leader and how is always clashes with Aang5. Loved the twist6. I am lving Mei new love interest and how Zuko gets jealousCheck out my review: https://youtu.be/zVmRZRJLsuQ
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  • Yohanna Sharianaskhan
    January 1, 1970
    I know a lot of people don't like the zuko and mai pairing, but i'm one of those who do HAHAH so i can't wait for part 3 T^T WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN I NEED TO KNOW THE FATE OF MY SHIP HUHUHHUHUHUHUHU WILL IT SINK LIKE THE TITANIC WHO KNOWS ONLY IN APRIL WILL WE KNOW
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  • Chloë ( *ˊᵕˋ)
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this a few volumes ago but will it turn out Zuko x Suki??
  • Raquel
    January 1, 1970
    damn azula back at it again with lighting.
  • Katrina
    January 1, 1970
    I suppose I really am biased toward the Zuko-centric stories, but I'm still enjoying this series. Zuko, attempting to find his footing as the new fire lord and struggling with betrayal and distrust on all sides, still feels very much like he did as a teenager fighting for his honor and a more concrete understanding of himself. He's earnest, well-meaning but occasionally brusque, and intensely awkward at times. In other words, he has all the endearing qualities that made him my favorite character I suppose I really am biased toward the Zuko-centric stories, but I'm still enjoying this series. Zuko, attempting to find his footing as the new fire lord and struggling with betrayal and distrust on all sides, still feels very much like he did as a teenager fighting for his honor and a more concrete understanding of himself. He's earnest, well-meaning but occasionally brusque, and intensely awkward at times. In other words, he has all the endearing qualities that made him my favorite character to begin with.Now that Aang has joined the action, there are opportunities for some nicely woven in callbacks to events from the show. This storyline is somewhat slow-moving, which I appreciate; there's space given for character interactions and the type of fire nation backstory that we didn't really get to see when they were primarily the antagonists to our heroes from the other nations.I'm already sad to be moving on to the third book, because I'd like to spend much more time getting to know the fire nation and watching Zuko become the leader he's meant to be.
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  • Manisha
    January 1, 1970
    A solid continuation. The Avatar joins up and tries to break the tension between Mai and Zuko. I am loving Mai's new boyfriend by the way. He's a keeper. Children are being kidnapped all around the Fire Nation and a new movement is placing the blame on Zuko. And while Zuko and Aang work together to investigate as to why the spirits are interfering in the mortal world, an old "friend" whose allegiance is never known, pops up. What an ending!
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  • Rashida
    January 1, 1970
    I love that this is so Mai-centric. Anyone who knows me will tell you that my love for Zuko/Katara still runs deep and they belong together etc etc, but Zuko and Mai had their moments and they get a few more in this. Mainly though, I like how Mai feels more developed as a character here than she ever felt to me in the show. The story here is quite intriguing too, more so than in The Rift, which I mainly liked because Toph was so heavily featured.
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