Avatar: The Last Airbender: Imbalance, Part 1 MOBI Ë

Avatar: The Last Airbender: Imbalance, Part 1 MOBI Ë When Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph return to Earthen Fire Industries the factory owned by Toph s father Team Avatar finds that the once small town is now booming Expecting a warm welcome, Aang is surprised when their arrival is met with unimpressed, cold shouldered spectators As soon as the team is asked for help at a business council meeting, the reason for the slight becomes clear a massive bender versus non bender conflict has gripped the town and is threatening to turn violent This is the first ATLA book with the new writer illustrator team It s hard for me to tell how I feel about the new creators, since the storyline returned to what was my least favorite of the series thus far Earthen Fire Industries Let s start with what I liked Aang looks older in Wartman s style, or perhaps it s a conscious attempt to start aging the characters up to show the passage of time Hicks, as the new writer, thankfully tosses out the sickening sweetie interactions between Aang a This is the first ATLA book with the new writer illustrator team It s hard for me to tell how I feel about the new creators, since the storyline returned to what was my least favorite of the series thus far Earthen Fire Industries Let s start with what I liked Aang looks older in Wartman s style, or perhaps it s a conscious attempt to start aging the characters up to show the passage of time Hicks, as the new writer, thankfully tosses out the sickening sweetie interactions between Aang and Katara Perhaps she was as irritated by this dynamic as I was They have a few genuinely nice moments together that focuson their friendship and actual conversations, which makes the romance element farnatural and believable.Unfortunately, there was a lotthat I didn t like, starting with the kind of confusing and boring storyline, with too much text per panel Hicks is a graphic novelist, which makes it odd that she s attempting to cram too much story into too few pagesbut I actually had the same issue with her The Nameless City series as I do with this She s not good at big plotty political writing While I think she s got a good overall grasp of the characters and I d like to seeof what she does with them, I m not sure she was the right person to helm the shift from the ATLA world to themodern, cluttered, machine focused, politically complex setting that had taken over by the time Korra became the Avatar.Then again, maybe I just don t like that setting as much, and I d find fault with anyone struggling to write within those constraints While I like Korra as a series and books, I do find them much less interesting and well written than ATLA At one point, Aang says, What s happening here doesn t feel like progress, it feels like chaos He means the city s rapid growth, leading to bender and non bender fighting, increased crime rates, rampant unemployment, housing crises, and a number of other issues that accompany unplanned urbanization It s also how I felt about the plot There s a lot thrown on the page, but nothing much actually happens by the end I know these are always three part series, so there s going to be some sort of big dramatic showdown in the third volume, but honestlyI m not that invested in finding out what it is.It makes me want to rewatch the show instead, honestly I miss the story being about the characters They largely feel like props here the story s not really about them, and no one other than Aang has much to do I guess that s what happens when you expand your world and find out there s a lot left to do after you save it But maybe some of those stories just Aren t as interesting to tell And I m the guy who s gonna take you down No, I don t think you are But I respect your ambition It s good to have goals It s so interesting to continue seeing how things evolved and how it came to be as we know it Following a minor detour, Team Avatar encounters a web of deceit and lies under a lot of tension generated from personal differences and they must find a way to makebalance I continue to be astounded as to how trouble follows the gang They really just wanted to get to Yu DAnd I m the guy who s gonna take you down No, I don t think you are But I respect your ambition It s good to have goals It s so interesting to continue seeing how things evolved and how it came to be as we know it Following a minor detour, Team Avatar encounters a web of deceit and lies under a lot of tension generated from personal differences and they must find a way to makebalance I continue to be astounded as to how trouble follows the gang They really just wanted to get to Yu Dao and now they re mixed in the chaos that s rising in this rapidly growing city At least the prospect of seeing Suki is strong and a ray of sunshine As I was fearing this new art style was throwing me a curve and making me uncomfortable, but, I believe, after having read 80 pages like this, that I can actually get accustomed to it Yes, I don t think I ll ever like it as much as I did the previous one, but it s not the worst we could get.Small victories people It s all about the small victories.This is my last catch up read in this series, sinceImbalance Part 1is the last issue out, right now anyway.We have a change in illustrator and writer I believe and I don t know how I feel about that because the art of the previous ones has always been one of my favorite styles All in all, it shouldn t be that bad, the cover certainly doesn t look terrible I mean, I m not in love with it, but I don t hate it either.I suppose the only way to actually find out how I like it is by reading it So, here I go Not enough Zuko. Faith Erin Hicks does a wonderful job continuing the series The art looks like the next season you haven t watched yet If you re a fan of the cartoon, you ll dig this Received a review copy from Dark Horse and Edelweiss All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

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