Title: The Search
Author: Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko et al.
Rating: Five stars
“The biggest mystery of Avatar—the fate of Fire Lord Zuko’s mother—is revealed in this remarkable oversized hardcover collecting parts 1–3 of The Search, from Airbender creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko! Featuring annotations by Eisner Award–winning writer Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese) and artistic team Gurihiru (Thorand the Warriors Four), and a brand-new sketchbook, this is a story that Avatar fans need in an edition they will love!”
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I’ve already read and reviewed the prequel to this book: The Promise, which you can check out here. Both are graphic novels that follow on from the TV show Avatar: The Last Airbender and all three are amazing! If you haven’t seen the TV show I highly recommend it for easy but awesome entertainment. (It’s on Netflix right now!)
The Search answers one of the biggest questions that Avatar fans have asked themselves for years: what happened to Zuko’s mom? No spoilers here, but this question is finally answered and I can finally die happy. You know, in 70 years.
The story follows Zuko, the Avatar and friends, plus Zuko’s unhinged sister Azula as they search for Zuko and Azula’s mother who went missing when they were young under suspicious circumstances.
Zuko wants to find the mother who loved him, while Azula wants to end the woman who she thinks ruined her life and wants her to suffer. But finding their mother is no easy task because she appears to have disappeared off the face of the earth. It’s only with the help of the spirits that Zuko and the Avatar can find his mother, uncover her new identity and reunite her with her children again.
This is a really great book. I read it straight through in one hour. The characters are all consistent, the artwork is beautiful and it’s a real page-turner. The plot focuses on relationships between siblings and dealing with the trauma of separation. It’s beautifully done, as ever, and the characters look as though they are drawn a little bit older than they are in the TV series and The Promise which is a little scary and totally awesome. Our little guys are growing up!
I couldn’t recommend this book more as it’s a hardback library edition and it’s just gorgeous. You’ll read through this book in half an hour because it’s so beautiful and you might even cry a little bit, too. Nobody will blame you, in fact, I’ll probably cry with you.
It would help if you’ve seen the TV series to understand what’s going on but you don’t have to have read The Promise to follow the plot. So, there’s your homework if you haven’t seen it already. You can thank me later.
So The Search gets a full five-star review and, if the authors want it, The Secret Library Recommended Reads seal!
Thanks for reading!