Authors: Gene Luen Yang, Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Released: February 5th, 2014
Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search is the second plot arc to stem from the animated series fans have fallen so in love with. After the popularity bump that came when Avatar: The Last Airbender moved to Netflix, I was inspired to read through as much of the comics as possible. So far, it’s been absolutely worth it!
The Search is more than half the reason why I wanted finally sit down and read the comics, if I’m being honest. This is the story of Zuko’s mother – where she went, and why she left. It’s more than that as well, as readers will quickly find out.
Looking back on it, I’m glad that I read Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search in a complete collection. Likewise, I’m pretty happy to be binging the entire series right now. It really lets one delve further into the material, and all the potential implications.
It’s safe to say that some of the subject matter in The Search is a bit…heavy. After all, it does predominantly focus on all of the reasons why Zuko’s mother left in the first place, and why she stayed away.
Some of the answers were not what I was expecting. Yet, at the same time, I do have to admit that they make sense, and fit in nicely with the larger world that is Avatar. I’m not going to say more than that, on the off chance that spoilers are still a risk (I know it’s been six years, but better safe than sorry!).
Most of the artwork looks exactly like what I’d expect: the characters we know and love have been carefully transported into comic format, and it shows. Gurihiru did a fantastic job of staying loyal to the character designs and thematic styles of the series.
Overall, Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search is absolutely worth diving into, especially for those fans that still have lingering questions from the series. While this won’t answer all of them it will go a long way in doing so.