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Enter the Forgetful Valley! As Fire Lord Zuko continues his quest to uncover his mother's fate, a shocking revelation causes him to question everything he knows. It's an opportunity that his sister, the deadly and insane Azula, will not fail to take advantage of as she joins Zuko and his friends, Aang, Katara, and Sokka on their journey into a mysterious forest from which s Enter the Forgetful Valley! As Fire Lord Zuko continues his quest to uncover his mother's fate, a shocking revelation causes him to question everything he knows. It's an opportunity that his sister, the deadly and insane Azula, will not fail to take advantage of as she joins Zuko and his friends, Aang, Katara, and Sokka on their journey into a mysterious forest from which some people never reemerge...


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Enter the Forgetful Valley! As Fire Lord Zuko continues his quest to uncover his mother's fate, a shocking revelation causes him to question everything he knows. It's an opportunity that his sister, the deadly and insane Azula, will not fail to take advantage of as she joins Zuko and his friends, Aang, Katara, and Sokka on their journey into a mysterious forest from which s Enter the Forgetful Valley! As Fire Lord Zuko continues his quest to uncover his mother's fate, a shocking revelation causes him to question everything he knows. It's an opportunity that his sister, the deadly and insane Azula, will not fail to take advantage of as she joins Zuko and his friends, Aang, Katara, and Sokka on their journey into a mysterious forest from which some people never reemerge...

30 review for Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Search, Part 2

  1. 4 out of 5

    sunny

    Mini review is up. This picks up after the horrible cliffhanger we were left off at book one. In all three books, the past of Forelord Ozai and Ursa's relationship is revealed. Ozai was so controlling and came off as abusive, yikes. His behavior toward his wife and his son is just so cruel and gross and this guy needs to die in a ditch. The more we get to know about him, the more I hate him. We also see Azula's inner struggle with herself and her mother. She's such a complex character and I'm exc Mini review is up. This picks up after the horrible cliffhanger we were left off at book one. In all three books, the past of Forelord Ozai and Ursa's relationship is revealed. Ozai was so controlling and came off as abusive, yikes. His behavior toward his wife and his son is just so cruel and gross and this guy needs to die in a ditch. The more we get to know about him, the more I hate him. We also see Azula's inner struggle with herself and her mother. She's such a complex character and I'm excited to see how she develops further and NEED to know more about her struggle with her mother! What made her into such a monster?? Why is she so damn cruel and heartless?? Anyways, these books are so fun and perfect for Avatar fans. My only complaint is that there is no Toph!! Wtf!! She's part of team boomeraang and she's not even in the books!! I want the greatest earthbender back and part of the team omf. ____ Oh my god, this is literally perfection. Well, anything having to do with The Last Airbender is perfection. I hate the freaking cliffhangers the author leaves us off at everytime in every book!!! Anyways, I love everything about this??? Um yeah???

  2. 4 out of 5

    Iryna *Book and Sword*

    This was great. Azula's facial expressions?? I can't even! I can't wait to see where this goes. Ursa might be one of the most interesting side characters ever. I only wish that Toph was in this one too. But I guess you can't have everything. My WEBSITE My INSTAGRAM My WORDPRESS BLOG This was great. Azula's facial expressions?? I can't even! I can't wait to see where this goes. Ursa might be one of the most interesting side characters ever. I only wish that Toph was in this one too. But I guess you can't have everything. My WEBSITE My INSTAGRAM My WORDPRESS BLOG

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jahanzaib Asim

    EVEN BETTER THAN THE FIRST ONE AAAAAAAAAA I'M AVATAR TRASH EVEN BETTER THAN THE FIRST ONE AAAAAAAAAA I'M AVATAR TRASH

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Elend Wolf

    "I am the mother of faces." This was slightly creepy. What with all those faces in things and what not. Some of those faces were actually disturbing. I love that we have these flashbacks of Zuko's parents, they make it more fun! Especially when they go back to a scene that we saw on the show, that made me go full fangirl. As always Zuko is my favorite character ever and just seeing how much he has grown and matured over the show and now the comics is absolutely amazing. He's become such a kind "I am the mother of faces." This was slightly creepy. What with all those faces in things and what not. Some of those faces were actually disturbing. I love that we have these flashbacks of Zuko's parents, they make it more fun! Especially when they go back to a scene that we saw on the show, that made me go full fangirl. As always Zuko is my favorite character ever and just seeing how much he has grown and matured over the show and now the comics is absolutely amazing. He's become such a kind person. It truly is like looking at another person. I don't know what is gonna happen now. I don't know what's Zuko gonna do with the new information that he has now. But I do hope he doesn't do anything stupid, because it doesn't matter whatever that letter said, he's the right man for the job he's doing. Obviously, everything is about to end -for this story- and even though I already know what's gonna happen -yes, I spoiled myself- I'm excited to actually see it happening and get more context into things. "So,uhh... You guys aren't fighting anymore? We've arrived at an understanding. That's what you said when this whole thing started! Since then she's tried to kill us, like, twelve times!"

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    The gang continues the search for answers! I am loving how this mystery is slowly being told to us through the use of flashbacks. I love the dynamic between Azula and the rest of the gang; it creates tension and an interesting look at the relationship between siblings. I am so looking forward to what happens next and how the gang deals with the answers to their questions!

  6. 4 out of 5

    SJ

    As with the first installment of this three-part series, I am trying to with-hold my final judgment until I see the ultimate resolution of the storyline. But it's getting harder not to just be flat-out irate over what is, from my perspective, a bastardization of beloved characters from a complex and layered story that are now being flattened into a book that appears to be aimed at seven-year-olds. There are reveals in this Part Two that I find discontinuous from the characters as portrayed in th As with the first installment of this three-part series, I am trying to with-hold my final judgment until I see the ultimate resolution of the storyline. But it's getting harder not to just be flat-out irate over what is, from my perspective, a bastardization of beloved characters from a complex and layered story that are now being flattened into a book that appears to be aimed at seven-year-olds. There are reveals in this Part Two that I find discontinuous from the characters as portrayed in the show, such as (view spoiler)[Ursa bargaining with Ozai to simply supply him with poison, and then to simply agree to leave the palace so he wouldn't be afraid she might poison him? (WHY WOULDN'T HE JUST KILL HER THEN?!) The show implied that she had actually committed the treasonous act of killing the Firelord and was banished to be spared from execution. I mean, it just makes NO SENSE for Ozai to have wanted to protect her at all if he really thought she was unfaithful to him. Also, in this installment, when Ozai confronts Ursa about Zuko's paternity her response is "don't be a fool--," which is such an obvious non-answer narrative avoidance device it is laughable. Is there anybody that actually buys this and is going to be shocked when it's revealed in part 3 to have all been a misunderstanding? For real. Because I don't see how anyone could fall for it and it's really pissing me off that the books are proceeding as if they've convinced me and I should be in suspense. HINT: I'M NOT. (hide spoiler)] It felt like this book relied far too heavily on allusions to moments on the original show, instead of being well-written as a stand-alone. For instance, all of the Ursa flashbacks this time tied directly to scenes we've already seen pieces of. Also, the Yuan archer (view spoiler)[ that Ozai hires to assassinate Ikem feels like a forced "remember how the show had these cool guys?" reference, especially because Ozai starts the conversation by asking about how accurately he can shoot from far away, but then tells him "don't bother with secrecy, you tell that dirt-stained commoner his demise was personally ordered by PRINCE OZAI OF THE FIRE NATION!" Dude, why not send an assassin with knives or something, then? Archery is a distance weapon. A Yuan archer wouldn't need to get close enough to tell his target anything before taking him out, and if you want him to then his skill is wasted. Whatever. (hide spoiler)] Surprisingly, one of the character bastardizations that I'm most upset about in this book is Azula. While unarguably badass, she was never one of my favorites on the show, but her treatment here is totally unfair. Azula is portrayed as crazy, not sympathetic or understandable crazy, and not anything OTHER than crazy, at any point. (view spoiler)[The hallucinations of and fixation on her mother's supposed interference are now a tiresome and too-convenient trope; don't let Azula have to develop actual relationships with other characters! Don't let her have to cope with any new conflicts, situations, or information! Don't give her a chance for growth or development! Just keep her stunted in a cycle of crazy the whole. entire. time. (hide spoiler)] It's the same problem with Ozai in this series: he is horrible, not ever the least bit sympathetic, there-is-a-backstory-to-why-he's-so horrible, and never anything OTHER than horrible. WHICH IS NOT actually in keeping with the show; yes, Ozai was the primary villain and throughout the timeline of the original show he functioned as little else, but in the episode The Beach, Zuko's memories reveal that there was a time when his father acted lovingly towards him. (And why shouldn't he?! HE'S HIS FATHER!) And even if the show hadn't revealed these aspects of Azula and Ozai, no person is one-dimensional and no character should be, either. This was the most frustrating of all the Avatar tie-in books yet, but it wasn't a complete bust. The art was good, Sokka had one good line that was so fitting for him I could totally hear him saying it, (view spoiler)[("Nature hates you!") (hide spoiler)] , and I did like that Aang (view spoiler)[suggests they should lie and cover it Zuko's alleged illegitimacy, that he thinks its better for Zuko to be in power than the rightfully rule. It's a lapse in judgment that serves as a welcome flaw in a character that's too often annoyingly squeaky-clean. (hide spoiler)] Oh, and the waterbenders in the forest are interesting, mainly because they're actually an original addition. As are the mysterious spirits that have been introduced so far. I do have a theory about what really happened to Ursa and Ikem, by the way. (view spoiler)[ I think Noren and his wife are actually Ikem and Ursa and they've been given new faces by the Mother of Faces spirit. Although, if they are, I don't know why she wouldn't recognize or say something significant to her son... (hide spoiler)] Guess I'll be reading Part Three to see if I'm right, and with the hope that the conclusion isn't as disappointing as it's shaping up to be.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Aleksandra

    4.5 stars! Great volume! I love the illustrations, their consistency especially. I like the coloring, the way to show past events, present day and night was stellar. The characters' designs are so cool! It is great storytelling, I'm feeling all the emotions I felt while watch the original series, the comics are just as good! I love the focus on sibling relationship, I love seeing Ursa in flashbacks, also damn that plottwist! I didn't see it coming. 4.5 stars! Great volume! I love the illustrations, their consistency especially. I like the coloring, the way to show past events, present day and night was stellar. The characters' designs are so cool! It is great storytelling, I'm feeling all the emotions I felt while watch the original series, the comics are just as good! I love the focus on sibling relationship, I love seeing Ursa in flashbacks, also damn that plottwist! I didn't see it coming.

  8. 5 out of 5

    tammy

    "from the day you were born, you've put me through so much! why, azula?! why'd our relationship have to be like this?!" actual rating: 3.75 it was fine the pace was a little too slow for my liking anyway "she was born lucky. you were lucky to be born." "from the day you were born, you've put me through so much! why, azula?! why'd our relationship have to be like this?!" actual rating: 3.75 it was fine the pace was a little too slow for my liking anyway "she was born lucky. you were lucky to be born."

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sophie_The_Jedi_Knight

    *3.5 Well, this was better than the first volume. I love Avatar very, very much. But this series is a bit strange - it's pulling some weird retcons. I do like the focus on Azula and Zuko's relationship, though, and the sibling parallels. It's really cute. And the flashbacks about Ursa were neat here. Ooh, and "Your sister was born lucky. You were lucky to be born." Ooooh. I think I'm going to read the next volume today because I'm intrigued. 3.5/5 stars. *3.5 Well, this was better than the first volume. I love Avatar very, very much. But this series is a bit strange - it's pulling some weird retcons. I do like the focus on Azula and Zuko's relationship, though, and the sibling parallels. It's really cute. And the flashbacks about Ursa were neat here. Ooh, and "Your sister was born lucky. You were lucky to be born." Ooooh. I think I'm going to read the next volume today because I'm intrigued. 3.5/5 stars.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)

    I’ve got a bad feeling about where this is going.... hope I’m wrong!

  11. 5 out of 5

    karla. (exodusqueen)

    She was born lucky. You were lucky to be born. Un clásico.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Estrella

    We finally find out what the "treasonous things" are Ursa did the night she disappeared! We finally find out what the "treasonous things" are Ursa did the night she disappeared!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Wells

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. “Nature hates you!” I feel so bad for Azula, I hope she can find peace. Sleepy Appa :))) “The heartbroken go there to forget their lives.” Poison maker fuck. “Everything I’ve done, I’ve done to protect you.” Frogs, flutterbat, leafs too!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ky Smith

    OOH!!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jen • Just One More Page

    Review for all three parts under the cut. (view spoiler)[SECOND COMIC OFFICIALLY DONE! Part one: FUCK IT ALL AZULA ESCAPED. AND IS ALLOWED TO TRAVEL WITH EVERYONE. UNBOUND. OH MY GOD. And WELL WHADDYA KNOW OZAI IS AN ABUSIVE PIECE OF SHIT EVEN TO HIS OWN FAMILY. WHO KNEW. And also - HOLY SHIT PLOT TWIST. WHAT THE WHAT. ZUKO’S - WHAT. AHHHH. These were REALLY TESTING MY RESOLVE TO READ THESE SLOWLY. Part two: WAAHHH. SO CLOSE YET SO FAR. IT’S SO CLOSE I CAN FEEL IT. I was fully expecting this part t Review for all three parts under the cut. (view spoiler)[SECOND COMIC OFFICIALLY DONE! Part one: FUCK IT ALL AZULA ESCAPED. AND IS ALLOWED TO TRAVEL WITH EVERYONE. UNBOUND. OH MY GOD. And WELL WHADDYA KNOW OZAI IS AN ABUSIVE PIECE OF SHIT EVEN TO HIS OWN FAMILY. WHO KNEW. And also - HOLY SHIT PLOT TWIST. WHAT THE WHAT. ZUKO’S - WHAT. AHHHH. These were REALLY TESTING MY RESOLVE TO READ THESE SLOWLY. Part two: WAAHHH. SO CLOSE YET SO FAR. IT’S SO CLOSE I CAN FEEL IT. I was fully expecting this part to be just as hard to read as The Promise part two but NOPE! It revealed more of just how terrible of people Ozai and Azula really are (not like we didn’t already know) and that was about the hardest of it to get through, but otherwise-! PROGRESSING STORY AND SO CLOOOOOSE. I can only IMAGINE how this must feel for someone who’s never known all this and has been into the series for years. I’ve only been a fan for a few weeks! Part three: WOW WOW. PLOT TWIST OF THE PLOT TWIST. HOLY CRAP. AND FUCK AZULA. I WAS LIKE GAAHHH WHEN SHE JUST RAN OFF I AM MORE THAN READY TO SEE PROPER VENGEANCE AGAINST HER IT HAD BETTER COME SOON CAUSE GAHHHHHHH. And I honestly can’t wait to see if anyone will make the grand revelation that family doesn’t mean SHIT. Your family is who you choose, and nothing less. Just because someone is a blood relation does NOT mean they’re your family or need to be treated with mercy or respect and I’m going aliuSHDLIUASHFLIUHD that no one yet seems to get this. BUT. OTHERWISE. THIS WAS GREAT and it’s SO GOOD to see it Zuko-focused and to let him have some *closure* for once and MAYBE HE’LL BE A GOOD FIRE LORD NOW? ???? Overall, massively drama filled and MUCH MORE PERSONAL than The Promise, and mostly satisfying and reassuring that maybe Zuko FINALLY got what he needed to find peace within himself. (THE ‘MOSTLY’ IS ONLY CAUSE FUCKIN AZULA.) It didn’t really lead smoothly into the next and final comic like the first one did, so I have no idea what it’ll be about! Likely that’ll be a good thing? :o Everything still held the exact same flow and feel as everything that came before it, so-! Comic three incoming! (AND I CAN ALMOST START WATCHING KORRA) (hide spoiler)]

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    SPOILERS FOR THE AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER TV SHOW! Well a character in this has well and truly lost her mind. I am loving reading these graphic novels. It's like watching an episode of Avatar all over again. They manage to capture the charm and the fun of Avatar while also putting life lessons into the graphic novels. I love the art as it is so perfect for Avatar and it is so distinct. This particular graphic novel is about Zuko trying to find his mom again with Aang and the rest of the gang. SPOILERS FOR THE AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER TV SHOW! Well a character in this has well and truly lost her mind. I am loving reading these graphic novels. It's like watching an episode of Avatar all over again. They manage to capture the charm and the fun of Avatar while also putting life lessons into the graphic novels. I love the art as it is so perfect for Avatar and it is so distinct. This particular graphic novel is about Zuko trying to find his mom again with Aang and the rest of the gang. The story flashes between Zuko's current quest and his mother's past. Zuko's mother, Ursa, is a woman who had a troubled past. Seeing her backstory has been so heartbreaking. In Ursa I can see Zuko as well. He has a lot of her nature and I love seeing that. I can't wait to continue on with this graphic novel series. It's really interesting to me to explore the characters not only a little bit older but to also tie up loose ends.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cath

    4/5 stars This one was way better than Part 1. Azula didn't annoyed me as much...but now and again she has moments. *sigh* That panel where Katara was waterbending the vines made me want to weep, it was so beautiful. 4/5 stars This one was way better than Part 1. Azula didn't annoyed me as much...but now and again she has moments. *sigh* That panel where Katara was waterbending the vines made me want to weep, it was so beautiful.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Paz

    Re read on november thanks to believathon!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)

    Now that was an amazing volume! I can't believe how much we're learning about certain people. Onto volume 3 Now that was an amazing volume! I can't believe how much we're learning about certain people. Onto volume 3

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mieke

    aang's face kept making me laugh SO HARD. I love these comics aang's face kept making me laugh SO HARD. I love these comics

  21. 4 out of 5

    qershore

    nothing compares to the actual series but, I cite Holt: Hot Damn

  22. 5 out of 5

    Yesenia

    The first part of this trilogy introduced some background on Ursa, Zuko's mother. We learned where she grew up, and a little of what life was like before she was forced to marry Prince Ozai. It was revealed that she tried to maintain contact with her boyfriend (fiancee? I've forgotten) Ikem by way of letters that were intercepted by Ozai's subjects, thereby never reaching their destination. Finally, it is hinted that Zuko may not even be the legitimate heir to the throne; he could be Ursa and Ik The first part of this trilogy introduced some background on Ursa, Zuko's mother. We learned where she grew up, and a little of what life was like before she was forced to marry Prince Ozai. It was revealed that she tried to maintain contact with her boyfriend (fiancee? I've forgotten) Ikem by way of letters that were intercepted by Ozai's subjects, thereby never reaching their destination. Finally, it is hinted that Zuko may not even be the legitimate heir to the throne; he could be Ursa and Ikem's lovechild. Though I still maintain that the possibly of Zuko not being Ozai's son negates his character progression in the television series, I have to say, regrettably, that after reading the second installment, I prefer the first book much better. While it had its flaws, the first book at least tried to give us a glimpse into things we had never seen before regarding Ursa's life. However, the Search Part 2 seems to be trying too hard to weave elements of the original series into this storyline, and this causes it to stumble on its own explanations and fall flat on its missing face.* *You'll know what this means when you read it. [SPOILERS AHEAD] The most notable example of story-weaving gone wrong is the incorporation of the infamous "She was born lucky. You were lucky to be born," line as it appears in page 21. To quote directly from Ozai's speech, he mentions the previous line after saying the following: "When you were born, we weren't sure if you were a bender at all. You didn't have that /spark/ in your eyes. I planned to cast you from the palace. How embarrassing for a Prince of the Fire Nation to have a /nonbender/ as his firstborn! Lucky for you, your mother and the Fire Sages pleaded with me to give you a chance. Azula, on the other hand, never needed that kind of luck. She was born /lucky./ You were lucky to be /born./" Now, it's been a while since I heard this quote in the series and so my memory of it may be a bit fuzzy, but when I first heard Zuko mention what his father had said, I was under the impression that Zuko had perhaps always been the "weak" one, that perhaps Ursa's pregnancy had been a difficult one, signaling further "disappointing" behavior once he was born, and that he had not been expected to survive the birth at all, whereas with Azula there was no doubt in anyone's mind that the baby would be a strong Fire Nation citizen once she grew up. But the quote, as it is thrown here, does not make much sense given Ozai's explanation. Luck had absolutely nothing to do with either of them being born, particularly in Zuko's case because it is only after he is born, obviously, that Ozai is able to look into his eyes and pass a judgment that he may be a nonbender. To me, it's really not a case of whether Zuko was lucky to be born, but rather that he was lucky to be /alive/, which carries a much heavier connotation. Similarly, we are given a glimpse of Ursa's departure, much like how we see it through Zuko's memories in the series. But again here, the explanation we are given for her departure does not make much sense and still leaves me puzzled as to why it was necessary. If Ursa knows how to make an undetectable poison, why did she not slip it into Ozai's drink to escape her abusive lifestyle? My only assumption would be that her conscience would have gotten in the way, but it certainly had no effect on her helping to kill the current Fire Lord in exchange for Zuko's life. Could she not have applied the same logic to herself? Could she not have poisoned Ozai, and saved herself and Zuko and Azula in the process? That would have been a much better protection, I think, than allowing Ozai to emotionally scar both children in exchange for their "protection." I understand that some elements from the original series will inevitably have to be explained if we're delving into the great mystery that is Ursa, but so far the explanations to her mystery seem a bit lackluster and I think I preferred it when I didn't know anything about her. Being a completionist, I will still read Part 3 when it's released in November, if only for the hope that I see some progression to the bland, caricature-like versions of the Gaang.

  23. 5 out of 5

    (inactive)

    really trying to pace myself with these comics but i CAN’T STOP READING THEM

  24. 5 out of 5

    Madeline O'Rourke

    The Search, Part 2 continues to unfold the mystery of Zuko's mother's fate. Yang does a really great job at integrating Azula into the team but still maintaining Azula's character, with all of its difficulties and quirks. The art in this issue is also particularly beautiful! The Search, Part 2 continues to unfold the mystery of Zuko's mother's fate. Yang does a really great job at integrating Azula into the team but still maintaining Azula's character, with all of its difficulties and quirks. The art in this issue is also particularly beautiful!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Swankivy

    "She was born lucky. You were lucky to be born." 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 force "She was born lucky. You were lucky to be born." 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!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Samrat Dey

    The greatest cliff-hanger at the end of the original series was the undisclosed fate of Zuko's mother, the banished Princess Ursa. The Dark Horse graphic novels, written in collaboration with the creators of the original series, continued the story. While the previous Promise trilogy addressed the socio-political crises faced by the Fire Nation colonies after the war, the ongoing Search trilogy is a more personal story, attempting to address the mystery surrounding Zuko's mother. Whether it succe The greatest cliff-hanger at the end of the original series was the undisclosed fate of Zuko's mother, the banished Princess Ursa. The Dark Horse graphic novels, written in collaboration with the creators of the original series, continued the story. While the previous Promise trilogy addressed the socio-political crises faced by the Fire Nation colonies after the war, the ongoing Search trilogy is a more personal story, attempting to address the mystery surrounding Zuko's mother. Whether it succeeds in this attempt is up to the reader. As of the newly published Part 2, Zuko's parentage is still in confusion, which may irk quite a few old fans.In this part, quite a large number of new characters are introduced, perhaps unnecessarily. The story progresses slowly through intermittent flashbacks which elaborate on some original plot points but don't really establish anything new. Zuko's and Azula's characters become more prominent in comparison to Aang and the others (Toph's still missing, alas). Azula's psychosis, fueled by paranoia and repeated, vivid hallucinations of Ursa, reaches a fantastic crescendo. However, Ozai's characterization in the flashbacks is disappointingly simplistic and one-dimensional for a franchise which otherwise prides in complex characters and mature story-lines. There is an interesting subplot featuring two Water Tribe siblings, and parallels are drawn between the main characters' interrelationships. The world of Spirits takes an important, perhaps crucial role. Part 2 predictably ends with a cliffhanger as Aang confronts a particularly eerie Spirit, who somehow looks familiar.... Definitely one for the shelf of a die-hard Avatar fan.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Eddy

    A bit more interesting than the first book in this series, but I was left wanting more. While fans who have obsessed over Zuko and the fate of his mom (ie not something I ever cared that much about) will probably enjoy some extra details, I found the cut-and-paste nature of some of the flashbacks to be wasted space in what is a very precious limited resource of pages. Introducing new characters when the ones currently taking the journey are being narratively ignored (see: Sokka & Katara) is also A bit more interesting than the first book in this series, but I was left wanting more. While fans who have obsessed over Zuko and the fate of his mom (ie not something I ever cared that much about) will probably enjoy some extra details, I found the cut-and-paste nature of some of the flashbacks to be wasted space in what is a very precious limited resource of pages. Introducing new characters when the ones currently taking the journey are being narratively ignored (see: Sokka & Katara) is also a bit disheartening. I really like the little touches of symbolism and theming in regards to the sibling relationships, but where this could be a story arc showing just how close Katara and Sokka are as family and foiling it against Zuko and Azula, it instead is just wandering around, somewhat in circles, introducing new minor characters with no sign of what the payoff will be. The art and framing of the pages is once again fantastic, and the script itself, in terms of character voice, is quite sound, as well. It just doesn't strike nearly as strong a chord for me as it could. Here's hoping Book 3 can tie this all together into something more meaningful. A must-read for hardcore Avatar fans, but keep your expectations in check. This story arc seems to be less about the classic 'Gaang' and more about some world-building and background information on the Fire Nation Royal Family.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    4.5 stars! I don't think this one is as good as the first one, but this one is still great! The artwork is fantastic and writing is wonderful, I love these characters and the writers do a great job of making the characters exactly as they were in the show. It was great to see the reason behind why Zuko's mother disappered. I also adore the parallels between Sokka and Katara's lovely sister-brother relationship and the complicated angry sister-brother relationship between Zuko and Azula. I enjoy 4.5 stars! I don't think this one is as good as the first one, but this one is still great! The artwork is fantastic and writing is wonderful, I love these characters and the writers do a great job of making the characters exactly as they were in the show. It was great to see the reason behind why Zuko's mother disappered. I also adore the parallels between Sokka and Katara's lovely sister-brother relationship and the complicated angry sister-brother relationship between Zuko and Azula. I enjoy this graphic novel trilogy a ton so I would definately recommend this, especially if you want questions answered.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sonja ✧・゚。★・゚☾

    I'm addicted to these ATLA graphic novels! They are fantastic! "She was born lucky. You were lucky to be born." "No matter how things may seem to change, never forget who you are." I'm addicted to these ATLA graphic novels! They are fantastic! "She was born lucky. You were lucky to be born." "No matter how things may seem to change, never forget who you are."

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I love it when the Avatar does spirit stuff. Azula is CRAZY. WHERE IS ZUKO'S MOM. I love it when the Avatar does spirit stuff. Azula is CRAZY. WHERE IS ZUKO'S MOM.

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