Avatar (Smoke and Shadow, #1)
Unrest in the Fire Nation!Returning with his family after the events of The Search, Zuko discovers that not everyone in the Fire Nation celebrates their homecoming. Believing that the young Fire Lord is not fit to succeed his father--and spurred on by the Kemurikage, menacing spirits long thought to be only myths--an undergroundorganization called the New Ozai Society plots to assassinate Zuko and restore Ozai to power! Written and drawn by the creative team behind the best-selling The Promise, The Search and The Rift, Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru, in collaboration with Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, this is the ultimate continuation of Avatar and the perfect companion to Legend of Korra!

Avatar (Smoke and Shadow, #1) Details

TitleAvatar (Smoke and Shadow, #1)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 6th, 2015
PublisherDark Horse Books
ISBN-139781616557614
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GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics, Young Adult

Avatar (Smoke and Shadow, #1) Review

  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, man. I love that these comics exist, and are an official continuation of the story. Avatar: The Last Airbender is my comfort food. I watch it when I’m sick and it’s so happy and lovely and colorful. And look, I know it’s a kid’s show, but UGH IT’S SO GOOD. I also love Legend of Korra, and am super looking forward to the comics continuation of that show that’s supposed to be coming out soon.With all that said, this wasn’t my favorite of these comics. Aang is escorting Zuko and his new-found f Oh, man. I love that these comics exist, and are an official continuation of the story. Avatar: The Last Airbender is my comfort food. I watch it when I’m sick and it’s so happy and lovely and colorful. And look, I know it’s a kid’s show, but UGH IT’S SO GOOD. I also love Legend of Korra, and am super looking forward to the comics continuation of that show that’s supposed to be coming out soon.With all that said, this wasn’t my favorite of these comics. Aang is escorting Zuko and his new-found family (mother, half-sister and step-father) back to the capital. Also going on is unrest from a particular small section of the Fire Nation. They want to remove Zuko as the Fire Lord, and reinstate his disgraced and imprisoned father. They call themselves the New Ozai society, and they are kidnapping children to further their own ends. Turns out one of those kids is Mai’s younger brother.Not really much to say about this one. I should have read it like I’ve read the others: waited for all the volumes in the story arc to be published, and then read them all at once. It’s way more satisfying.[3.5 stars]
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  • Alexandra Elend Wolf
    January 1, 1970
    "Iroh, what are you apologizing for? Your presence in the family always gave me hope." Oh, how I loved this! A story centered in Zuko, need I say more? For me, that's more than enough. So, basically, the plot of Smoke and Shadow is to show us the discontent and period of adjustment for the Fire Nation. After being the most powerful nation in the world now they are retreating and acting more consciously, which doesn't make happy to some people. Is in this time of instability that Zuko's moth "Iroh, what are you apologizing for? Your presence in the family always gave me hope." Oh, how I loved this! A story centered in Zuko, need I say more? For me, that's more than enough. So, basically, the plot of Smoke and Shadow is to show us the discontent and period of adjustment for the Fire Nation. After being the most powerful nation in the world now they are retreating and acting more consciously, which doesn't make happy to some people. Is in this time of instability that Zuko's mother, Ursa, finally is returning to visit the Fire Nation capital with her son, husband, and daughter, which brings a lot of painful memories. So, yeah, lots of drama are on the horizon and I couldn't be happier about that. "What do you think? Is my hand-waving filled with enough angst? I've been practicing all morning." I was a little bit confused though, in figuring out the time when the comic starts. For what I've figured out I believe that Smoke and Shadow starts a bit, or right, before The Rift and will at the same time continue right after that, from the next issues and forward. A bit confusing but nothing too bad. Obviously, I love Zuko, and every time he appears I gain a bit more life again. So I'm gonna be extremely happy while reading this! "If we're up against spirits, though, we'll need more than just me. We'll need the Avatar." ____________________________One word Zuko, need I say more?I didn't think so.Also, I believe Azula will appear too, and, let's be real, I'm a sucker for her too. She always spices up the situation and makes them ao much more complicated and messy. Simple perfection.
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  • Jim
    January 1, 1970
    Once again we travel to world of the Avatar or of the four nations. In "Smoke and shadow" we have see many of the old faces ( Mai, Mei li, uncle Iroh ) and some fresh ones ( Mai's father ). Fire lord Zuko goes back to the fire nation with his mother, there are people who already waiting for him and to praise him. Trouble awaits the fire lord and his family and his best friend the Avatar is not with him. Will he be killed by his enemies or will he defeat them?Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru continues Once again we travel to world of the Avatar or of the four nations. In "Smoke and shadow" we have see many of the old faces ( Mai, Mei li, uncle Iroh ) and some fresh ones ( Mai's father ). Fire lord Zuko goes back to the fire nation with his mother, there are people who already waiting for him and to praise him. Trouble awaits the fire lord and his family and his best friend the Avatar is not with him. Will he be killed by his enemies or will he defeat them?Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru continues they're great job. The only bad thing is that Aang , Katara and Sokka have a very small part and there is no Toph
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  • Rottgrl88
    January 1, 1970
    Another great first start to another chapter in the Avatar comic series. This one mainly follows Fire Lord Zuko reconnecting with his mother and her new family. This shows Zuko also having to take care of his people and help to resolve conflict that has started in the town of New Ozai. The threat of the Kemurikage is brought up and the Fire nation is put to the test. There is action, betrayal, sabotage and compassion. Such an entertaining read.
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  • Calista
    January 1, 1970
    Loved the movie. The art is bright and happy. The story seems to be setting up the rest of the story. It's good and interesting. I like that someone sees aura's. That's why I'm reading it.
  • Britt
    January 1, 1970
    I loved it. But I love the Avatar World and the characters.It was so nice to see Mai and Ty Lee again. I missed their dynamic duo.This story is more focused on Mai's family. Aang, Katara and Sokka aren't in it so much, but to me that doesn't really matter. I'm really glad we see how Mai and her family is doing. It was weird to see her acted so happy though.I wanted to talk about Ursa, Zuko's mother, too. I get that she most be terrified to return the palace. Her memories are probably not that gr I loved it. But I love the Avatar World and the characters.It was so nice to see Mai and Ty Lee again. I missed their dynamic duo.This story is more focused on Mai's family. Aang, Katara and Sokka aren't in it so much, but to me that doesn't really matter. I'm really glad we see how Mai and her family is doing. It was weird to see her acted so happy though.I wanted to talk about Ursa, Zuko's mother, too. I get that she most be terrified to return the palace. Her memories are probably not that great. But why are her hands so cold all the time? Or is it like Noren said, just because she's really really nervous.I really liked that Kiyi's still processing her mother's face change, because kids aren't just okay with that. I don't know what to think about the Kei Lo x Mai relationship but that's more because it started in the last few pages. So I'll see how that develops. I hope that there won't be a Kei Lo/Mai/Zuko love triangle though. Love triangles are just everywheree... But if it's done good I'll be okay with it.Iroh was very funny and I really loved how HAPPY Zuko was. He deserves that.So good writing, Gene Luen Yang!! Keep up the good work :) I'll be looking forward to Part 2, especially with the end.
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  • Xiomy's Book Tales
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed Smoke and Shadow it had entertainment, a great start to the story, we see old faces, Iroh made me laugh, and we got more from the threat on Zuko' reign as Firelord!
  • Cherise
    January 1, 1970
    -- AN ARC REVIEW --I honestly just got approved to read this first comic in the new series and I finished it in one sitting. I was utterly hooked, despite the fact I hadn't been able to get my hands on the other atla comics that have been released so far (sadly, they don't sell them at the local bookstore). And it was very easy to slip into this story despite that fact, even if there were a few parts that I wasn't overly sure about.The story itself was interesting and made me think of the secret -- AN ARC REVIEW --I honestly just got approved to read this first comic in the new series and I finished it in one sitting. I was utterly hooked, despite the fact I hadn't been able to get my hands on the other atla comics that have been released so far (sadly, they don't sell them at the local bookstore). And it was very easy to slip into this story despite that fact, even if there were a few parts that I wasn't overly sure about.The story itself was interesting and made me think of the secret groups in LoK and how they're finally working they're way into the original series in a different way than the White Lotus. It was an interesting idea and one that I really do want to learn more about and know more about. In finishing this comic, I found myself sitting there on the edge of my seat because I needed to know what happened next.The art was beautifully done, which I'm not surprised by from the other clips from the other comics I had seen. I found it really enjoyable to look at it and to see how the artists captured the characters.One thing I loved about this story - the Girl Power in it. It brought together a lot of the 'minor' characters from the series that we all know for being bad ass, but didn't get that much screen time, now giving them a chance to shine. They were able to do just that in this comic and it leaves me excited to see more from them in the future comics to come.
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  • Miss Clark
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsAnother stand-out installment in the continuing adventures of the Avatar and gang. The art continues to impress and delight, nearly identically recreating the art of the television series.This time as Zuko returns home with his long-lost mother and her new family to the Fire Nation's capital, unrest is brewing, fomented by national zealots who feel that Zuko's tolerant views are weakening their country. There is an attempt made on Zuko's life by Mai's father, the leader of the dissident 3.5 starsAnother stand-out installment in the continuing adventures of the Avatar and gang. The art continues to impress and delight, nearly identically recreating the art of the television series.This time as Zuko returns home with his long-lost mother and her new family to the Fire Nation's capital, unrest is brewing, fomented by national zealots who feel that Zuko's tolerant views are weakening their country. There is an attempt made on Zuko's life by Mai's father, the leader of the dissidents, and her new boyfriend, another member of the group. (Yes, cue unwanted love triangle.) Suki and Ty Lee, along with other warriors, are in residence to protect Zuko and his family in these tumultuous times. As the children of the capital begin to disappear seemingly stolen by figures straight out of ancient folklore, Zuko takes drastic measures to try to maintain order, against Aang's advice.
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  • William Tracy
    January 1, 1970
    Another great Avatar comic. This one focuses on Zuko, who was missing from the last one, and events in the fire nation.
  • Cath
    January 1, 1970
    4/5 stars.This was pretty good, it was nice to hear more of the story from Zuko's point of view. This story arc seems exciting and interesting, can't wait to read more!
  • 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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  • Kylie
    January 1, 1970
    I think I might have missed something because I have no idea how Zuko’s mom was found. But this was a super fun continuation of the series. I believe there is a book about Zuko’s mom so I will make sure to read that one because this one made me super interested to know the story!
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  • Jessica Mae
    January 1, 1970
    All right, so Zuko is probably my favorite character so of course I love this book. He is so cute with his mom and step sister I CAN'T HANDLE IT.
  • Taylor Guffey
    January 1, 1970
    I feel like I should explain that I read this so I could create an Accelerated Reader test for my students... It actually wasn't half bad though!
  • Serena
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVE THE FIRE NATION KIDS SO MUCH
  • Sonja ✧ Badass Wanderer ✧
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars
  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    Zuko can't catch a break. There's always some kind of group of people that's against him. Regardless, he's still one of my favourites.
  • Amanda Koger
    January 1, 1970
    i don't like mai kissing another character, but i loved this.
  • Online Eccentric Librarian
    January 1, 1970
    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Avatar: The Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadows Part 1 continues from the events in the the previous series, The Search, in which Zuko finds his mother. This first book sets the foundation of unrest in the Fire Kingdom and new mysterious enemies. The art is lovely but this does appear to be intended for a younger audience, missing a lot of the wit and nuances of the animated series.Story: Zuko bids fairwell to Sokka, Aang, More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Avatar: The Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadows Part 1 continues from the events in the the previous series, The Search, in which Zuko finds his mother. This first book sets the foundation of unrest in the Fire Kingdom and new mysterious enemies. The art is lovely but this does appear to be intended for a younger audience, missing a lot of the wit and nuances of the animated series.Story: Zuko bids fairwell to Sokka, Aang, and Katara and prepares to bring his new family back to the Fire Kingdom. But unrest is brewing and a new enemy has surfaced - the mysterious spirits known as the Kemurikage. They are influencing events in the Fire Kingdom: most specifically, they threaten to harm Mei's father Ukano and his family if the statesman doesn't do away with Zuko. A plot by the New Ozai (Urkano's rebel organization) to overthrow Zuko by ambushing him as he returns to the palace goes into motion - one that a traitor in the organization (and love interest for Mai), may or may not have the correct information about in order to save Zuko. It is betrayals and twists, plots and counterplots aplenty as Zuko attempts to bring his mother and her new family home.Several lesser characters appear in this chapter; it's always great seeing reserved Mai and her interactions with the effervescent Ty Lee (who is now a Kyoshi warrior) are always amusing. Mai plays a large part in this book owing to her estranged father heading the rebellion against Zuko. She is very useful in ensuring that Zuko isn't harmed. But in addition to seeing the returning characters, new characters such as Mai's love interest Kei Lo, add more to the Avatar canon.Quite a bit of space is given to Ursa, Zuko's mother, and her trepidation over her new family and fear of returning to the palace where there was so much pain with Zuko's father. It's a nice touch that it wasn't forgotten but it will be interesting if she grows in strength and stops being a nervous nelly all the time.The full color pages are gorgeous - rich and vibrant - and the illustrations are clear and true to the series. Avatar fans will enjoy continuing the story after the animated series ended. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.
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  • Annalisse
    January 1, 1970
    5/5 StarsI have a love for all things Avatar the Last Airbender and Zuko is a personal favorite of mine. I read and own every single ATLA comic since I cannot get enough of this world and was ecstatic for the start of this new series. Zuko's reign over the Fire Nation is under threat from a fanatical society and legendary spirits. With the help of his friends, will he be able to withstand the onslaught?The heavy weight of leadership on Zuko's shoulders is unrelenting and there are those who wish 5/5 StarsI have a love for all things Avatar the Last Airbender and Zuko is a personal favorite of mine. I read and own every single ATLA comic since I cannot get enough of this world and was ecstatic for the start of this new series. Zuko's reign over the Fire Nation is under threat from a fanatical society and legendary spirits. With the help of his friends, will he be able to withstand the onslaught?The heavy weight of leadership on Zuko's shoulders is unrelenting and there are those who wish for the old ways to return. He must protect his family and friends and yet not compromise the safety and security of the Fire Nation. But in true ATLA fashion, he has support, people to look out for him, and he is not as weak as many have been led to believe.With Aang, Katara, and Sokka all heading off to prepare for the Yu Dao celebration, Mai, Suki, and Ty Lee all gather to assist the new Fire Lord. Mai bridges the gap between Zuko and the New Ozai Society; her loyalties entangled, her family in the balance. Suki and the Kyoshi Warriors are tasked with protecting Zuko, willing to lay traps and fly into battle for him. All the girl power that I love ATLA for!Full review here: http://wp.me/p6xfg7-tL
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  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    Whilst I enjoyed The Rift for what it was, it wasn't really very linked to the overall storyline of the series as far as I can remember, especially in comparison to The Promise and The Search, so it's great that Smoke And Shadow has gotten back to that.Following Zuko as he returns to the Fire Nation with his mother, he comes under attack from the New Ozai Society who threaten to depose him, but a more sinister, spiritual plot bubbles away in the background too. There are some surprising themes i Whilst I enjoyed The Rift for what it was, it wasn't really very linked to the overall storyline of the series as far as I can remember, especially in comparison to The Promise and The Search, so it's great that Smoke And Shadow has gotten back to that.Following Zuko as he returns to the Fire Nation with his mother, he comes under attack from the New Ozai Society who threaten to depose him, but a more sinister, spiritual plot bubbles away in the background too. There are some surprising themes involved here, such as the fallout of Zuko's search for his mother and the revelations of The Search and their effects on Ursa and her daughter. Mai and Ty Lee also make a triumphant return, as does Uncle Iroh. In fact, Aang, Sokka, Katara, and Toph barely appear in this volume if at all, but the strength of the politics and the character arcs going on in the Fire Nation mean that their absence is barely felt.Guruhiru's artwork remains perfect for this series, capturing the essence of the TV show whilst keeping things grounded in the comic medium; their timing with the background jokes is excellent as ever, really playing off of the dialogue too.
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  • Kailey (BooksforMKs)
    January 1, 1970
    I'm loving the continuing story of Team Avatar in these graphic novels! In this one, there is political unrest in the Fire Nation as a band of traitorous rebels try to put the evil Ozai back on the throne. Zuko must fight to protect his newly-found family, but there are spies and enemies around every corner, and Zuko will have to call on Avatar Aang to help.I love the artwork, and you can really feel the action moving the story forward. It's easy to imagine it playing in your head like a movie, I'm loving the continuing story of Team Avatar in these graphic novels! In this one, there is political unrest in the Fire Nation as a band of traitorous rebels try to put the evil Ozai back on the throne. Zuko must fight to protect his newly-found family, but there are spies and enemies around every corner, and Zuko will have to call on Avatar Aang to help.I love the artwork, and you can really feel the action moving the story forward. It's easy to imagine it playing in your head like a movie, because the dialogue and facial expressions and fight scenes all flow so well.I love seeing Zuko settle into his role as Fire Lord! He's so confident now and radiates power. He's like a rock of safety instead of the angsty teen we knew before. I like that Mai and TyLee are major characters in this story. I missed them in the last ones. They have some great dialogue and funny scenes! Mai has some big decisions to make, and I'm hoping to see a softer side of her character. Of course, the Kyoshi Warriors make an appearance and have some great fight scenes too.I love it!
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  • Selena
    January 1, 1970
    Maybe I'm supposed to feel lost with this. Maybe this is supposed to be confusing.I don't know.I like the premise, but I feel like I'm missing something, and I've read the all the previous books. Maybe it's just been too long between series for me.So... yeah.I'm just confused.
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  • Happy White
    January 1, 1970
    ofc i would love everything about Zuko.
  • Fabian
    January 1, 1970
    It was not as good as I had hoped, mostly it was very predictable, it was entertaining though.
  • Naailah
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, I loved this, I just can't help feeling bad for Ursa.
  • Katrina
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not sure why The Rift came between this trilogy and The Search, since this is a pretty seamless continuation of the story of Zuko's quest to find his mother. I suppose they're trying to vary the storylines a bit to give us equal time with all the characters - and since they're not all traveling together anymore, that requires some jumping around to make sure everyone fits in.I already love this one, though. The art is exquisite. It feels like the series animation in a way the last set of boo I'm not sure why The Rift came between this trilogy and The Search, since this is a pretty seamless continuation of the story of Zuko's quest to find his mother. I suppose they're trying to vary the storylines a bit to give us equal time with all the characters - and since they're not all traveling together anymore, that requires some jumping around to make sure everyone fits in.I already love this one, though. The art is exquisite. It feels like the series animation in a way the last set of books never really did for me; perhaps it's the richness of the colors in the Fire Nation, or the strong character designs for Zuko, Mai, Iroh, and the others. But I enjoyed every page of it and spent much more time lingering over the panels to catch details.I must've missed or forgotten something with the long gap before I resumed this series - I don't remember Zuko and Mai breaking up? Regardless, I'm glad to see her and Ty Lee back, with the repercussions of their betrayal of Azula still hanging over them. This installment comes out swinging and hits all its emotional moments hard. There's a lot going on, and it all works. Although this isn't their story, there were excellent opening appearances by Aang, Katara, and Sokka. Giving space for Katara's and Sokka's fantastic sibling dynamic was a great choice; it'd be nice to see more of that in future books. But this is about Zuko's family - the one that he's been piecing together after the so-called family he'd grown up with inevitably splintered apart. It's also about his still-new connection to his throne, and the dangers that come with a populace that still has some loyalty to the previous Fire Lord.There's a stunning sequence near the end where the word "IMPOSTER" is repeatedly splashed over a panel - it's a chant targeted at Zuko by those attempting to ambush and dethrone him, but the characters on-screen at the time are Zuko's mother and little half-sister. During The Search, Zuko's mother's face was returned to her; although this restored his connection to her, it severed something between her and her young daughter, who doesn't recognize her mother anymore. This new woman is an imposter, someone who frightens her and whom she doesn't want touching or holding her.It's a reasonable reaction for a little kid. It's painful to watch. Zuko's mother sacrificed a lot when she left him, and she's sacrificing again - this time the peace that she'd established for herself in a distant town, with the safety that came from anonymity. Seeing her walking back into her old home, terrified and trying to convince herself it's different now than when she left - it's beautifully rendered, both textually and visually.A beautiful book that I hope continues at this level for the next two.
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  • Manisha
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this!!!!This hit all the perfect tones of Avatar. It was fun, it was funny, we had teamwork, we had friendship, and we had returning characters who ALL contributed to this story in one way or another.Zuko is on his way back home to the Fire Nation with his mother and her family when he finds out about the New Ozai Society, a group of rebels run by Mai's father who want to put Ozai back in power. We see a small glimpse of Aang, Sokka and Katara, but it's Mai, Suki, Ty Lee and the Kyoshi W I loved this!!!!This hit all the perfect tones of Avatar. It was fun, it was funny, we had teamwork, we had friendship, and we had returning characters who ALL contributed to this story in one way or another.Zuko is on his way back home to the Fire Nation with his mother and her family when he finds out about the New Ozai Society, a group of rebels run by Mai's father who want to put Ozai back in power. We see a small glimpse of Aang, Sokka and Katara, but it's Mai, Suki, Ty Lee and the Kyoshi Warriors who come to Zuko's aid. And let's not forget Iroh!!! - Only Iroh would want to wave with angst to accurately portray Zuko. He made me laugh every time.I loved how strong and confident Zuko was in this installment. He has truly embraced being Fire Lord, which was a great thing to behold. And as Iroh said, Zuko has started thinking like his Uncle, which proves that he is becoming wiser each day. The return of Ursa to the Fire Nation, however, was a sad thing to behold. She was in an abusive relationship, and it shows as she steps back into her old home and came face to face with her former husband's portrait. Quite a lot happened here, and it was great seeing old friends working together.
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  • Scott Moore
    January 1, 1970
    There is a soft spot in my heart for Avatar. I really enjoy the immersive world, ideas, culture, and stories that the comics and television show brings. This volume was not filled with twist and turns, or amazing revelations. It was, however, filled with great characters and development. It held the story together by providing the reader with an emotional investment in the people. There were several small intriguing storylines but most of them were not held together by some amazing new scope. Th There is a soft spot in my heart for Avatar. I really enjoy the immersive world, ideas, culture, and stories that the comics and television show brings. This volume was not filled with twist and turns, or amazing revelations. It was, however, filled with great characters and development. It held the story together by providing the reader with an emotional investment in the people. There were several small intriguing storylines but most of them were not held together by some amazing new scope. They were held together by characters and setting. It enthralled me enough to keep reading to the second book and that is what its job was. The art in this issues, as always, is superb. It follows exactly what we have come to expect from the series as a whole.
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