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Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search, Part 1
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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My husband, my son, and I are all huge Avatar fans. Huge fans. This manga installment undertakes to answer one of the major hanging threads left at the end of the anime series, and as The Search gets underway, we get some surprising bits of back story and new insights on old favorites (or maybe not so favorites).

I really do not want to spoil this story for anyone and do not want to spoil the stories from the anime for anyone who might be just getting into the show, but, briefly, Zuko needs help with a family matter and enters a surprising alliance.

The book ends with an excellent cliffhanger.

Parents should be aware that in this book, there is kissing. And mild violence. And an issue that involves an implied sexual relationship.

Other than that, the book is well-written, beautifully drawn, and within reading/vocabulary/maturity levels of about 4th grade and up.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2013
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in short if you are a fan of avatar or have read the promise start reading this series, it is great
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2013
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It's like a sequel to tv episodes, or movie. If you haven't seen the tv episodes or the movie it might be harder to understand. I loved it! (Astrid, age 8)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2013
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It is a great comic I really want to read it one million times
It was the first comic really like
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2013
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My children and I were going crazy not know what happened to his mom. So happy I can learn the truth.
Can't wait for the next book!!!
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on April 3, 2015
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A key bit of dialogue comes early on in this continuation of the Avatar story. Fire Lord Zuko is listening to an Earth Kingdom professor discuss the reunification issues and hones in on "an ancient Earth Kingdom philosophy: Family is in essence a small nation, and the nation a large family...In treating his own family with dignity, a ruler learns to govern his nation with dignity." Zuko takes the words to heart. Zuko decides he needs to restore order and dignity to his family to be a better ruler. He wants to find his banished mother Ursa. But he has no clues where to start. He can't get anything out of his imprisoned father so he has his institutionalized (as in mental institution) sister Azula talk to their father. She finds out about a stash of letters their mother sent back to her hometown of Hira'a. Zuko begins his investigation by traveling there. He brings his crazy sister and asks the Avatar to join them. Naturally, Katara and Sokka come along. They take turns keeping an eye on Azula, who threatens at least to run off, if not to kill them all.

The main story is intercut with Ursa's story of how she left Hira'a and began her life at the royal court. That story gets far enough to match up with the shocking revelation about Zuko at the end of this book.

I like the idea that generate the story. The family is the building block from which societies and nations are built. Zuko's actions are motivated by this insight, enabling him to make some bold and risky decisions for the greater good of himself and the Fire Nation. I am curious to see how it will play out in the next two issues!
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on December 23, 2014
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As a huge fan of this series, though admittedly not until after the series had nearly ended on TV, I want to love every bit of ancillary Avatar: The Last Airbender fiction. I got so hyped for the live action movie, and was so let down. I wanted mote Avatar, more GOOD Avatar, and eventually went searching for news from the creators of the cartoon. That's when I stumbled on the existence of the comics, and I knew I had to buy them. So I gathered up old Amazon gift cards to alleviate the strain on my wallet, and bought The Promise and the first two parts of The Search (part three was not published yet) all at once, and I am so glad that I did. The art is beautiful, and the story so immediately captures the tone and pace of the cartoon that before long it was like watching the show again, which was in turn like revisiting an old friend.

As for this particular installment, it is a fantastic beginning to a story that, as an Avatar fan, I felt genuinely NEEDED to be told. The decision to include the antagonistic Azula in the party for this adventure was a stroke of genius (she's my favorite character) as this is the closest that the protagonists and she have ever come to having common goals. All in all, I could not be happier that I own this, and re-read it as regularly as I re-watch episodes of the show.
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on August 20, 2013
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I've been in the Avatar fandom for a good long time, and, of course, I had jumped at the opportunity of the printed comics: The Promise, and The Search. I had been waiting for the Gaang's new adventures, and the idea of solving the mystery that is Zuko's mom, Ursa? That sounds better than finding out who Lin Beifong's dad is.

In comparison to The Promise trilogy (a sequel to the original series, a prequel to The Search), The Search, is, well, more promising. The art style is the same as the Promise: slightly rounder than the cartoon, but still easily recognized as our favorite characters. The characters seem a little more in-character. And I've always had a soft spot for Azula, our beloved crazy princess. Her prominence in this story, as well as the parallels between Zuko and Azula and Sokka and Katara, still leave me hope for the rest of this trilogy. The plot is pretty intriguing, Azula's insanity drives the story, and with a bit of imagination, it's almost like we had the old series back. But not quite.

I do miss the presence of Toph, and I still wonder if Mai will ever make another appearance. That aside, I'll keep up with this plot. The chances of actually finding out what happened to Ursa, though... That's a whole different story. We'll just have to see.
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on May 5, 2013
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I love love Avatar TLA, and this comic did not disappoint. The storyline continues to excite, easily building up suspense page after page. It continues almost right where we last left off from the Promise, and it is so heartbreakingly beautiful. It is not in whatever way predictable, in my opinion, and the complicated relationships in the Royal FIre Nation family are more fleshed out than ever before. Every family member has great character development, most noticeably and importantly Ursula.

As for the artwork, the artistic team continues to produce illustration that shows great attention to detail, including the very obvious physical and mental changes that the characters experience as they go through adolescence. The colors are vibrant, and the costumes are fresh yet loyal to each character's personality.

This comic cannot be fully experienced through any kind of online media; you just have to buy it. If not for the experience itself, then buy this comic to support the wonderful creative team that created this universe. I have never seen an animated series that had such consistent high quality, a series that continued to improve with each episode, challenging viewers to question and reflect upon our own society. BUY IT!
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on April 26, 2013
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If you have not read "The Promise", you should read it then begin The Search. These adaptations to the "Avatar: The Last Airbender" series are following a smooth order which ultimately leads to "The Legend of Korra" which aired last year on Nickleodeon. It is a fun way to learn what happened to Team Avatar all those years before Korra drops on the scene.

In Avatar: The Last Airbender-The Search Part 1, the novel starts immediately with a flashback to Hira'a- the Fire Nation land from many years ago. This was the year of Ursa(Zuko and Azula's mom) falling in love. Not with Ozai. But with a childhood friend named Ikem. Unfortunately her parents allowed Firelord Ozai's father to marry them because he was much richer and more powerful than Ikem. It is a tale too sad to bear but we must press onward to more mysteries in this book.

My reaction to this book is the same as from The Promise: I want more. Ursa is still missing, but now that we know what broke her heart and now that Zuko is trying to trust his family again, it leaves room for more mystery, more answers...and questions. A really good follow up to the series!

*This book was received for my unbiased review from Netgalley.
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