Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Search, Gene Yang (Review)

Amazon Summary: 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. Written and drawn by the creative team behind the bestselling Avatar: The Promise, Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru, in collaboration with Avatar and Korra creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, this is the perfect companion to The Legend of Korra!

Rating: 3.5/5

Review: If you don't consider yourself a fan of Avatar, it could only possibly be because you have not seen it yet. What are you waiting for?! Sit your ass down at the next available opportunity and WATCH IT because it's easily one of the best television series I have ever seen.

Apparently, there is a 3-part ATLA graphic novel (The Promise) that pre-dates this one, but I somehow missed that and haven't read it yet. I'll definitely get around to it now - but as for how they match up unfortunately I cannot say.

Overall, I enjoyed this book! It's a super quick read and the ATLA world translates nicely through the graphic novel medium. The characterization was a little flat and relied on some overdone humor - I wasn't really a fan of how Sokka was portrayed nor the weirdly forced Katara/Aang romance. I actually like them together - but it didn't feel natural at all throughout this story. I still enjoyed the read though, and they certainly give you enough backstory to keep you satisfied. It was nice going back and re-engaging with the characters, and for that alone I would recommend giving it a quick go through.

Final Thoughts: Recommended read for any Avatar fans! Just don't expect too much - and be wary of some cheesiness.

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