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Avatar: The Last Airbender is, Honestly, the Best Cartoon of All Time

So, Avatar: The Last Airbender came to Netflix a couple weeks ago and everybody is either discovering or re-discovering it’s awesomeness. I don’t have time to watch the whole series again — though I should probably make time — so I’m just going to settle for the new Honest Trailer.

Man, that really was a great show. I should make time to watch it again.

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The Game of Thrones/Last Airbender Video of Our Dreams

Oh Internet, I love you so much! Check out the video to see the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender created like the Game of Thrones opening credits!

This is a thing of beauty! Perfectly animated, perfectly built; ryantheram719 has done a pretty great job.

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Trailer for the Final Season of Legend of Korra Hits Web, Fails to Impress

I can’t be the only one who hasn’t been all that impressed with the Legend of Korra, right? Every season has essentially been the same, and none of it has been all that great. It’s nowhere near the grand scale and majesty of The Last Airbender. Korra tries, don’t get me wrong, but meh.

Anyway, Nickelodeon is rushing out the final season online next week, and they’ve dropped a sizable trailer. I can’t say as how I’m all that impressed by the trailer, since it’s basically just a bunch of random people bending. The final season is set 3 years after the last one, so it’s also kind of hard to tell characters apart, since some of  the kids have grown into puberty. Which one is Korra and which one is Jinora? Also, stay until the very end for the reveal of a nice cameo.

Looks to me like metal-benders are going to be the new Big Bad of the season, and that’s my problem with Legend of Korra in a nutshell: every season is about some new evil person stepping up, and then Korra and her friends struggling all season until they finally pull out a win. The three seasons of The Last Airbender told one massive, epic story, that rightfully focused on he personal and spiritual growth of its characters until they were ready to save the world. Legend of Korra is all about Korra and her dumb friends chasing after a bad guy until the final episode, where she pulls out the win because that’s how this works. There’s been very little personal growth for any character over three seasons, let alone the world as a whole.

I’m gonna watch Season 4, no doubt, but more out of duty than an actual desire to see what happens.

Review: Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part 1

Hey Aang Gangers, did you remember that Dark Horse Comics was going to publish a direct sequel comic book to Avatar: The Last Airbender? I had forgotten all about it, until I randomly saw it mentioned online about a week ago. Well the first chapter was released all the way back in January, and I’ve finally gotten my hands on a copy! We all know that Legend of Korra started this past weekend (I haven’t seen it, don’t spoil it for me!), but this comic book The Promise, is all about our favorite characters from the original series. It’s set one year after Aang defeated Fire Lord Ozai, and it’s about the work that must be done to bring peace back to the land.

The Promise: Part 1

And so far, it’s fantastic! All the characters are back, and almost all of them are growing from where we last saw them at the end of the cartoon. This isn’t just the continuing adventures of Avatar Aang and his friends, this is real, in-continuity growth and exploration of their world. This is everything you could want in a direct Avatar: The Last Airbender sequel.

Comic rating: 4/5: Good!

Written by Gene Yang, the titular ‘Promise’ is one that the new Fire Lord Zuko asks of Avatar Aang, and it drives this first graphic novel. As Fire Lord, Zuko is dealing with an incredible amount of pressure to try and end the machinations of the 100 Years War. Fighting a bad guy is easy, governing in his place once he’s gone is hard. So the comic has a lot of nice political issues to deal with, while giving Aang a challenge that can’t be fought physically. The cartoon series was all about preparing Aang for the showdown with Ozai. But now that the fight is over, Aang has to get to the real task of maintaining peace. That can be much harder, with far more complications.

So the story is quite fascinating, and it’s great to revisit the characters. Though one complaint I have is that some of them don’t seem to have grown or changed at all. I realize that it has only been one year since victory, but I would have liked a bit more depth in exploring these familiar characters. I suppose keeping them the same will make it easier for younger readers, but I wanted more.

Especially since Zuko seems to be regressing very very quickly.

A lot of the comic is definitely very light on plot and character development. This book is geared towards the younger set. But it’s still a good read. Click the jump to read a full synopsis of The Promise, in case you can’t get a copy for yourself! The next two parts are due out in May and September, and I’ll definitely be checking those out as well!

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