Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Search Part 1 by Gene Luen Yang, Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko, Dave Marshall & Gurihiru

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Set a year after the ending of Avatar : The Last Airbender, “The Search” concentrates on mainly the plot of Zuko’s mother and Zuko relationship with his family. Basically providing some closed loop between the events in ‘The Last Airbender’ and ‘Legend of Korra’ since on the later, Zuko is already dead and we only see his grandson rather briefly without character development whatsoever so since this is the ‘Official’ continuation from ‘The Last Airbender’.

I wouldn’t lie that I was quite disappointed by this volume particularly on the last pages where the big cliffhanger erupted out of nowhere which brought us to the characterization of thismanga? comic, besides Ursa’s there’s no development at all. Azula is still more crazy-assed than ever like the former firelord. Iroh is still laid back. The whole Team Avatar is like as it was only with Zuko slightly more emotionally vested in the whole storyline (obviously).

I felt that the only thing that matter in this series was Ursa’s story. Its not a bad thing but it is still an Avatar story, maybe its hard to look at it this early in the series with merely a couple pages but its still not enough for me atleast. A year later and the kids is still their untraumatized happy-go-lucky self, and there’s not even Toph in this! For a series designed to fill in the loose holes concerning Zuko, it does pretty bad on delivery concerning the rest of the group which got sidelined and only good for comic relief.

Considering Korra is more young-adultish in nature, I wish the creator would aspire to keep the continuation in that spirit rather than dwelling their pre-“Save the world” state. Even if they’re kids, saving the world should have make them grow up even to a degree instead of bickering as they do. So far, I like Korra’s flashbacks of Aang in the past more than this ‘canon but read like non-canon’ version. I hope this will improve in the future version, but please drop the unnecessary bickering for once. Its wasting space in an already small volume and I want more than this. Don’t deprive me years of Avatar character developments for this.

The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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