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Michael Dante DiMartino is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and the co-creator of the award-winning animated Nickelodeon series" Avatar: The Last Airbender" and its sequel, "The Legend of Korra". He lives in Los Angeles with his wife. The Rebel Genius series is his debut prose work. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00D9DCSIW
- Publisher : Dark Horse Books (July 23, 2013)
- Publication date : July 23, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 33703 KB
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- Print length : 80 pages
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- Best Sellers Rank: #118,443 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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That's a pretty harsh thing for a dad to say. But it fits Fire Lord Ozai perfectly. In this story, we see how ruthless he was through some flashbacks that are interspersed with the current adventure. Zuko and Azula as children--Azula already cruel and calculating, hiding behind her childishness to portray false innocence--are caught up in a plot that puts Ozai's deep cruelty on display, revealing why Zuko's mother disappeared and what she was forced to sacrifice.
In the present, we see Azula continuing to butt heads with Zuko and with Katara, disturbing every scene with her outbursts and violence as she struggles with visions of her mother telling her her destiny lies beyond the throne. Aang and his crew continue to hunt down Ursa's past, following her trail to the thespian group she was once a part of and finally into the Forgetful Valley.
The art is really top notch in this, conveying every mood with depth and implied action where appropriate, and there's that really nice humor that's familiar from the animated series in moments like Aang being asked if he has secret knowledge because of his Avatar powers only to have him reveal he read it on a sign. And theme-wise, I LOVE the extra layer of brother-sister relationship exploration. We already had Katara and Sokka contrasted powerfully with Zuko and Azula, and now we have the story of Misu and Rafa. Another sister who is loyal to her brother and wants the best for him--and is willing to sacrifice for him. It says so much about their characters when Katara recognizes herself in Misu's actions, but Azula hears nothing but a sob story. She would be an entirely unlikable character if not for her desperation that betrays deep insecurity.
I'm looking forward to finding out what happens with the Mother of Faces and Zuko's mother in the final chapter!
Continuing where part one left off, this installment suffers a bit from the "middle installment syndrome" that is a necessary part of so many trilogies. It had a lot to set up, and did this effectively, but it didn't actually resolve anything. Also, while this isn't glaring enough that I would lower my score over it, I thought the foreshadowing for the big twist in the next installment (you'll see what I mean if you read these) was a slight bit too heavy-handed, as I caught on immediately. Of course this could just be something that I picked on for some inexplicable reason that no one else would, so this complaint might not even be valid. Either way, this comic is as much a must have for fans of the series as any of them are.
With that said, I forgot to keep in mind that a third one has to come out as well. This means that they can't reveal too much in Part Two. Almost half the book is flashbacks and basically they confirmed everything they had set up about Lady Ursa and Prince Ozai. Nothing came as a surprise, but it was almost nice to have affirmation. It was like the author wanted to say, "yes, this is exactly what happened, you were right."
I did enjoy the ending. A trip into the spirit world is always welcome. And the spirit they introduced is really cool looking and I can't wait to find out what happens with her.
I was happy that the characters were staying true to who they are (something I thought was lacking in The Promise series). Zuko is the Zuko that I've grown to love (and fangirl over) to a tee.
Overall, it was a decent addition, but really leaves the readers itching for book three... which I guess is what they want you to do.
The drawings are excellent. The characterizations are true to the anime series, with some surprising additions to the back story making at least three relationships easier to understand. Or more complicated. Depends on how you look at it.
Mild violence. Complicated parental relationships. Other than that, completely appropriate for any age group.
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Without spoiling anything, I have heard some opinions are divided on the actual story to both series, with some fans disagreeing with the plot arc but I (along with the majority, I hope) personally think that it's very well done. Most of the plot is strong and well written, with a very open approach to introducing new and exciting characters. Of course, this particular series hasn't finished yet and the plot arc hasn't completed its journey but I for one am very excited to read it!
All in all, a good comic and one that I'm very happy with.