When Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph return to Earthen Fire Industries--the factory owned by Toph's father--Team Avatar finds that the once small town is now booming. Expecting a warm welcome, Aang is surprised when their arrival is met with unimpressed, cold-shouldered spectators. As soon as the team is asked for help at a business council meeting, the reason for the slight becomes clear--a massive bender versus non-bender conflict has gripped the town and is threatening to turn violent.
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- January 1, 1970Holly HughesThank you to Dark Horse Comics, Random House, and Edelweiss for the e-arc in exchange for an honest review Another wonderful continuation of one of my most beloved series/franchises (and with each new trilogy, it gets closer and closer to completing the bridge between Last Airbender and Legend of Korra.The illustrations - and the colouring, in particular - were beautiful. A must-have addition for any ATLA fan.more
- January 1, 1970Online Eccentric LibrarianMore reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Set not long after the original animation, this series now explores how the world came to be industrialized as seen in the Korra arc. With industrialization comes tensions, many of which mirroring the Luddite rebellions in English during the middle of the Industrial Age in that country. In this instance, we have machines taking the jobs of benders, issues of housing with rapid growth, and the tensions they creates.Story: More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Set not long after the original animation, this series now explores how the world came to be industrialized as seen in the Korra arc. With industrialization comes tensions, many of which mirroring the Luddite rebellions in English during the middle of the Industrial Age in that country. In this instance, we have machines taking the jobs of benders, issues of housing with rapid growth, and the tensions they creates.Story: On the way to visit Suki, the gang takes what was supposed to be a quick stop in the town where Toph's father has his factory. To their surprise, the little village has grown to a huge city - with all the ills of rapid growth (shoddy housing, trash, and crime). Toph's father convinces Aang to help quell the discord between benders and non benders. But Aang worries that things are going beyond his ability to help in this newly developed world.It is always lovely to see history interwoven in a fantasy series; in this case, the good and bad of the Industrial Revolution as it happens in the Avatar world. This is a nice starting point and bridge to Korra's world of cars and factories, highrises and inventions. Still in its infancy, industrialization has meant rapid growth and a change in how people work and earn a living - with machines replacing benders and out-of-work benders turning to crime to survive.I greatly enjoy every Avatar graphic novel - they are always well done and well thought-out. I admit that this series doesn't quite nail the characters - either illustration-wise or personalities - as successfully as previous books. The panels are a bit more crowded and missing that almost technicolor dreamwork that was so visually appealing in the animation. Even in Korra, with all the modern trappings of a New Meiji era world, the colors were much more vibrant and the illustration work clean and uncluttered.There is no groundbreaking storyline here - the usual betrayals and those appearing to be friends but actually working against the Avatar. And oddly enough, of all the characters, Kitara suffers the most - we see very little of her and when we do, she's an accessory rather than a strong addition to the story. It's kind of a shame since Sokka, Aang, and Toph get a lot of time/writing attention. It's almost as if the writers didn't really know what to do with her.In all, it's going to be a solid story arc and a smart way to continue to bridge the time between Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. Reviewed from an arc provided by the publisher.more
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