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Avatar: The Next Shadow TPB Pre-Order

Avatar: The Next Shadow TPB Pre-Order

Clan rivalries erupt amid turmoil in an untold story set immediately after the events of James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster film Avatar! Jake Sully maintains his position as leader of the Omatikaya Na’vi clan, but with their Hometree destroyed, he begins to doubt his place among them. As the Na’vi and human feud persists, tensions between the clans begin to escalate as longstanding family animosities ignite–spawning treachery and betrayal!

Pre-order the upcoming Avatar: The Next Shadow trade paperback (TPB), at TFAW.com now. It collects all four issues of the mini series and is currently only $13.99, with a $19.99 suggested retail price, releasing on 8/11/21. I have the TPB for Tsu’tey’s Path and it is worth having even if you already own each individual comic already. This looks to have a cover we didn’t get in the main run showing Arvok and Jake Sully facing off in the First Blood ritual. I am very excited to see how this series finishes up with issue 4 coming out this coming Wednesday 4/14. If you still need a copy of issue 4 you can still pre-order on TFAW as well. Or you can buy it directly from Dark Horse digitally. You can save a few dollars going to digital route, as issues 1-3 are only $1.99 currently, with issue 4 at the cover price of $3.99 to pre-order.

A new Grace Augustine photo and Happy International Women’s Day

A new Grace Augustine photo and Happy International Women’s Day

Avatar social media has shared several photos of the many women who’ve helped make Avatar a success in honor of International Women’s day. So first let me say thank you to all the amazing women out there, I hope you all have someone to appreciate you on this day of honor and recognition.

One of the photos posted today by Avatar was of Dr. Augustine. I did a little digging and we have seen her with what appears to be the same blue and white shirts while in The Shack. That leads me to believe this is a flashback scene, however how is she able to breath without a mask, is this a controlled environment she had on Pandora or are there areas the humans can breath without a mask, what kind of plant is this, it looks really interesting with that bright green light, is this going to be a flashback or will Grace be alive again some how?  The Avatar social media accounts haven’t made any mention of the new photo specifically so there doesn’t seem to be any new information on it just yet. I am heavily leaning towards flashback though.

Here we can see Grace in The Shack from a screenshot in Avatar 1. She appears to be wearing what seems to be the very same shirts just without the tan vest.

For good measure this was posted on 4/29/20 by Jon Landau. This one also looks like a flash back, again in The Shack. We saw Grace and Norm both wearing these clothes in Avatar 1. For reference Grace had this outfit on when she was shot by Quaritch, and Norm can be seen with his tank on during the final battle scenes.

 

 

Behind the scenes and set photos from the last few months

Behind the scenes and set photos from the last few months

Since I last covered the behind the scenes and set photos that have been posted by Avatar, Jon Landau, and James Cameron, and as I always say, three accounts you should be following, there has been several exciting ones posted, so lets dive in!

This is Britain Dalton (Lo’ak) doing underwater motion capture, it looks like he is possibly riding something under the water, maybe an Ilu from Pandora’s oceans, which we will be seeing in the sequels. We have seen very little of Lo’ak so far and know almost nothing about his character at this point, besides the fact he is Jake and Neytiri’s second oldest child. He has an older brother, Neteyam, and a younger sister Tuktirey.

This is Kate Winslet, who is going to be playing Ronal. Little is known about her character so far, what we do know is that in 2017 James Cameron had this to say about Kate, “She plays a character who’s part of the Sea People, the reef people.” Kate was recently on Stephen Colbert and had this to say about her character when the photo was taken, “That’s actually a birth giving ceremony, that my character, who is a water goddess, is essentially hosting. ” She also confirmed to Colbert that she is in Avatar 2 and 3.

How interesting, one can only speculate with what we know about Ronal, but it sounds like she may be part of the new Metkayina Clan, described as a reef people Na’vi clan, who dwell on giant oceanic atoll reefs under the rule of a leader named Tonowari. Perhaps she is their Tsahìk or something entirely different than a Na’vi. I know this, she is a very talented actress and I am excited to learn more about her character.

 

Next we have two images of the character Javier “Spider” Socorro, played by Jack Champion. What we know about Spider so far is that he is a teenage human born at the Hell’s Gate military facility. The second photo really intrigues me, no new information is shared with it apart from it being a thank you from Jon Landau to Jack, as Spiders filming was complete. The first one is Jack rehearsing for a scene.

Judging by the second photo alone he looks to be very Tarzan like. Wild, matted hair, little clothing, even his movements look like they could be similar to that of a primate. I am very intrigued by this character, how he fits in, why he appears to possibly be off living away from humans. Does he survive on Pandora without a mask? Is he an ally to the Na’vi?

Another great photo from the sequel rehearsals as James Cameron shows part of the cast some concept art. Sadly a lot of it hanging on the wall is edited out. From Left to Right, CCH Pounder (Mo’at), Sam Worthington (Jake Sully), Cliff Curtis (Tonowari), Sigourney Weaver (Grace Augustine/unknown), Zoe Saldana (Neytiri), Oona Chaplin (Varang), Stephen Lang (Col Quaritch/unknown), Joel David Moore (Norm Spellman), and James Cameron.

It’s really great seeing a couple new faces mixed in with the old ones. I would love to know who Sigourney and Stephen are going to play. I believe Stephen will be back as Colonel Quaritch in some manner, perhaps as a clone. He was a fantastic villain and I look forward to seeing how they bring him back. Will we see Grace in some flashbacks as well as her new character? I believe we already have seen proof of that. Jon shared a photo you can read about HERE that mentions them being back in The Shack for the sequels and showing himself with Grace and Norm. It will be interesting to see. My gut still tells me she will be the “voice of eywa” or something similar, however I’ve noticed something in the next photo that makes me question my gut…

Here we see Sigourney doing underwater motion capture. Something I noticed though is it looks like the blue “rope” coming from her head is representing a Na’vi queue. Sigourney is on record of saying she doesn’t play the same character, which can mean a lot of things, especially in science fiction, but I feel like she very well may be a Na’vi or Avatar again, as well as being Grace in flashbacks.

James Cameron captioned this photo as- “The last set for 2020 filming —The Matador (a 50’ forward command boat) on a 16-ton, 360 degree motion-control base.” If you remember back in May of this year we saw another photo of The Matador, HERE, it was from up above and more clear. An interesting note, this ship also says “CET-OPS” on it, we’ve now seen that on multiple vessels from the sequels as it is confirmed to be on the Crabsuit as well. I am curious if that is a just another branch of SEC-OPS from the first movie, possibly they handle the aquatic portions of Pandora. Speaking of SEC-OPS…

Jon Landau had this to say about these two photos- “Garrett Warren, 2nd Unit Director, gives stuntman Steve Brown some notes before a take.” This is interesting, this is the second time we see Steven Brown, the previous time was the photo with General Ardmore (Edie Falco) and Dorman (Kevin Dorman), on the factory ship Sea Dragon. He is directly behind General Ardmore, you can see that HERE. In this photo Steve’s uniform gives off a very naval vibe, with blue and safety orange.

James Cameron captioned this as, “Three Technocranes and a Russian Arm mounted on top of a Mercedes-Benz. Just another day on the set of the Avatar sequels.” Wow, I would love to know what they are filming with the Mercedes. I’ve seen lots of behind the scenes using vehicles like this and it’s normally car chase sequences, so it is interesting to think how it may be used in the sequels. If you look at the photo right before this it would appear that the Russian arm and camera from the Mercedes is being used to film that shot. So possibly they are using it to get close to film particular shots of the large boat sets.

Jon Landau captioned this as, “Celebrating the wrap of live action photography—with Jemaine Clement, Brendan Cowell and James Cameron. Congrats to the entire crew in both New Zealand and Los Angeles. Incredible work!” It sounds like Avatar 2 is headed to post production with almost two years to get things finished to the level James Cameron envisions.

Metkayina Clan Village Concept Art

Metkayina Clan Village Concept Art

This is Avatar concept art of a Metkayina village, created by Jonathan Bach, that Avatar and Jon Landau recently shared. How beautiful is that picture? From this one image it takes me back to seeing the Omatikaya in Hometree for the first time and instantly makes me want to go live among the Metkayina. It makes me even more excited to learn more about this clan. I thought I’d go over what we know so far about them, although I must say it isn’t a lot at this point.

The Metkayina are lead by clan leader Tonowari, played by Cliff Curtis. They are referred to as the reef people clan and are said to dwell on giant oceanic atoll reefs. Tonowari has a son named Aonung who is played by Filip Geljo, he’s been described as a young male hunter and free diver. Two more members of the Metkayina are Tsireya, played by Bailey Bass, who is described as a graceful strong free diver and the Neytiri of the ocean, and Rotxo, played by Duane Evans Jr, who is a young male hunter and free diver. The last thing we currently know is that the reef clans ride the ilu, which is a large plesiosaur-like sea creature that is described as the direhorse of the Pandoran ocean. You can see a pair of ilu below in some previously shared Dyan Cole concept art.

The Metkayina seem to be a big part of the sequels, especially Avatar 2, I look forward to learning even more about their clan in the lead up to the Avatar 2 release.

Happy Avatar Day 2020

Happy Avatar Day 2020

Well friends today is 12/18 meaning Avatar released in 2009 in the United States 11 years ago today. I can’t believe it has already been a year since we celebrated the 10th anniversary with the official Avatar account on twitter. I am celebrating 11 years by re-watching that stream. If you missed that, or just want to go back and re-watch your favorite parts, you can still do so here- Avatar 10 Year Anniversary

I’m thankful for all the Avatar fans who are still out there, who still are waiting on the sequels, and who can’t wait to go back to Pandora. It will be worth the wait!

In the short term I am very excited for Omaticon 2021, and for the upcoming comic series, Avatar: The Next Shadow. Omaticon should be a fun online fan gathering, and The Next Shadow is the first time since 2009 we get to see what Jake, Neytiri, and the Omatikaya people have been up to since we saw them on screen. Lets hope ’21 will be a great year for us Avatar fans, and the movie theater industry can bounce back in time for the 2022 Avatar 2 release.

Preorders open for Avatar: The Last Shadow issue 2

Preorders open for Avatar: The Last Shadow issue 2

Preorders are now up for the second issue of the new Avatar comic miniseries coming out from publisher Dark Horse, Avatar: The Next Shadow. On sale 2/3/21, 32 pages in length. The first issue in this series releases in one month from today on 1/6/20.

With grievances of the past compounding and the Omatikaya refuge in unrest, an uprising begins! A member of the tribe challenges Jake’s claim to leadership–invoking a trial by combat!

Preorder both issue 1 and 2 HERE

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Preorders now open for Avatar: The Next Shadow

Preorders now open for Avatar: The Next Shadow

Preorders for Avatar: The Last Shadow are now up for issue 1. Plus we get a look at the actual cover of the first issue. So far I don’t see any alternate covers, so it will be interesting to see if any are added in the near future. The issue releases on 1/6/21 and is 32 pages in length.

Jake Sully maintains his position as leader of the Omatikaya Na’vi tribe, but with their homeland in ruins, he begins to doubt his place among them. As the Na’vi and human feud persists, tensions between the tribes begin to escalate as longstanding family rivalries ignite–spawning treachery and betrayal! * An untold story set immediately after the events of Avatar!

I find it very interesting we have a human on the cover of the first issue. This is a continuation of the Avatar story from the first movie, I’m curious if all the RDA aligned humans weren’t expelled or if more have already shown up. The story the Hollywood Reporter shared said this story takes place in the immediate aftermath of the movie, so I look forward to finding out more about what’s happening on the cover.

My personal online comic shop is TFAW.com as they are part of the same company as the Avatar series publisher Dark Horse. Click Here to preorder.

New photo from the sequels featuring General Ardmore and Dorman

New photo from the sequels featuring General Ardmore and Dorman

Yesterday Jon Landau dropped another fantastic behind the scenes look at a scene in the sequels. This time we get a chance to see Edie Falco and Kevin Dorman prepping for a scene on the factory ship which is called the Sea Dragon. If you’ve ever watched Whale Wars the term factory ship will have meaning for you. The real life whalers on that show use a ship called the Nisshin Maru to harvest whales after they are killed by other vessels. It is a floating whale processing factory. That makes me think this ship will be used in a similar capacity in the Pandoran waters. Perhaps we will see them harvesting the massive nalutsa, which are whale like creatures that can be seen on Flight of Passage. This picture is significant because we get to see Edie for the first time as General Ardmore. Kevin is playing an unknown character, but if you zoom in you can see they are using his actual last name of Dorman. You might remember Kevin from the first movie, he played a lot of roles but the one you might remember the best is of the remote bulldozer operator.

Some new things I noticed are the Hell’s Gate patch has been updated, which I find interesting that the pentagon design is still being used as we saw the Na’vi and Avatars had taken over Hell’s Gate. I refer to it as the Hell’s gate patch simply because it is in the shape of a pentagon, which we know Hell’s Gate was fenced off in that shape. Also General Falco has a new breast patch that says Sec-Ops and a new patch on her shoulder with what appears to be an eagle grasping a snake, on top of a pentagon with the letters BSO at the top. We also see a move away from the AVPAT camo pattern in the first movie to an even bettering looking style. Directly behind the General is stuntman Steve Brown wearing the same camo, and behind Dorman we see three more actors wearing what looks to be a more Navy styled solid blue uniform. Dorman also has some sort of metal bracelet, as does the crew member directly behind him, I’m interested to see what significance these have. My first thought was possibly these are an update on the dog tags they all wore in the fist movie. You can also see the bottom of a tattoo sticking out from under the sleeve on Dorman’s left arm, and his sidearm would appear to be a style we also haven’t seen before.

New Avatar Comic Series coming in 2021

New Avatar Comic Series coming in 2021

Exciting news released today about the next Dark Horse Avatar comic. On January 6th, 2021 Avatar: The Next Shadow makes it debut. It is a four part series that continues directly from the movie story. It will cover the struggles of Jake Sully as he tries to keep the Omatikaya Clan together after events of the movie.


This is extremely exciting news. After the recent announcement of Avatar 2 being pushed back another year we didn’t know when we’d get our next release. Thankfully they are still going to be releasing new media for us fans to enjoy. It’s exciting that we are getting a continuation of the story from what we last saw in Avatar. The previous two Dark Horse comic releases expanded on what we saw in Avatar, and even showed some of what happened before the movies timeline. However we haven’t had anything from the ending of the movie forward. So get ready to see what Jake and the Omatikaya Clan have been up to since the death of Eytukan and the destruction of Hometree.

Check out all the details from the official release at the Hollywood Reporter.