Thursday, February 23, 2017

Graphic Novel Review: Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search Part 1 by Gene Luen Yang

ISBN: 1616550546
Published: March 20th, 2013
Publisher: Dark Horse Books
Received: purchased
Read February 15th, 2017
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.

It took me years to finally read this. That's pretty ridiculous considering how much I wanted to know what happened in it. However, The Promise wasn't my favorite, which did soften my enthusiasm when I picked this one up.

However, The Search had a better start than The Promise. It's probably helped by the fact that it centers around Ursa's fate, which is a question the fandom had for years before this graphic novel came out (and that I didn't get answered for myself until now because I somehow managed to avoid those spoilers). I've wanted to know what happened to Ursa as much as everyone else did, so the story already had me interested in it for that reason.

One aspect of The Search that I enjoyed in Part 1 was Zuko reflecting on family. Immediately, I was looking forward to seeing how that carried out through the rest of the stories and seeing what happened between him and Azula.

Speaking of Azula, I would have liked to see that they were doing something to help her and not just keeping her locked up. We never really get evidence that they're doing anything at all, and that bothered me.

Still, Part 1 was a promising start, if a little predictable at times. It made me want to keep reading and see how the story would play out.

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