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Avatar: The Last Airbender: Imbalance (Part 1 and 2)

Avatar: The Last Airbender: Imbalance, Part One (Imbalance, #1)

Avatar: The Last Airbender: Imbalance, Part One by Faith Erin Hicks

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Avatar: The Last Airbender: Imbalance is the newest storyline in the continuation of the Avatar series. When I began reading it, I felt like I was watching the beginnings of a very familiar storyline from the show and wondered if it was just a comic version of that – but it diverged after a while. Although the art style in this adventure for the characters is different, I really liked it.

In Imbalance, the Avatar and his friends make a ‘quick’ stop for Toph. She wants to check in with her dad after receiving a letter from him – but they find out that they really want the Avatar around. The area has exploded through development and innovation, so what was once a small town is now a cramped and bustling pseudo-city. Plus: tensions are building between the benders and non-benders in town. So they’ve asked the Avatar to step and help facilitate a solution that will appeal to all.

I liked seeing the seeds of elements that will come into play in Legend of Korra, even though they are decades down the line. Aang is still building a new world that Korra will inhabit, like Republic City. I cannot wait to see where this series takes us next and the innovations that we will see setting the stage for Legend of Korra. The world is changing and Aang must learn how to help the people adapt with it.

I loved getting to see familiar characters again, especially the inclusion of Suki in this one (we don’t get enough of her). This is definitely a must read!

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