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Avatar-The High Ground history recap

Avatar-The High Ground history recap

The first time I’d ever heard of The High Ground from Dark Horse comics was 3 years ago, in early October 2019. There was a listing on Amazon UK that showed it would be out in just a few short months, arriving on 1/23/20. However then the listing disappeared and no further information was given.

The next bit of info came out in 1/16/21, during a Q & A promoting Avatar-The Next Shadow comic series two pieces character at from The High Ground were shown. I don’t believe they intended to show these as it’s never been discussed and they didn’t touch on it then. The two characters were Yeyatley and Pentyaru. During that Q & A no mention of The High Ground was made. However during this time it was discovered The High Ground was listed on the Arab Emirates Amazon but with the same information we’d seen previously on the UK site.



In early May if 2022 the UK listing was alive and update with a high resolution photo. Through an ISBN search I found out at that time Volume 1 was hardcover and schedule to be released in December of 2022.


In June of 2022, we finally had Volumes 1-3 listed with descriptions and release dates, plus we got to see the cover for Vol 2. At that time Vol was releasing 10/10/22, Vol 2 12/6/22, and Vol 3 12/20/22.



In August of 2022 we finally had the covers for all 3 Volumes and new release dates yet again, Vol 1 10/12/22, Vol 2 11/30/22, Vol 3 12/7/22.

In September we got our first look at preview pages for Vol 1, and little has changed since then, besides the release dates, did I mention they have been updated yet again?

Here is the most recent dates-

Avatar-The High Ground
Vol 1-11/2 comic shops 11/22 general retail
Vol 2-11/30 comic shops 12/13 general retail
Vol 3- 12/7 comic shops 12/20 general retail

Something to note comic shops are supposed to receive their copies on the earlier of the two dates, then all retailers on the later date. It’s believed we will be able to buy them digitally from Dark Horse Digital at the earlier of the two dates, however that’s not confirmed yet.

So that’s the long and somewhat wacky history of The High Ground.

If you still need to preorder any of the issues you can here at the following links-

The High Ground Volume 1

The High Ground Volume 2

The High Ground Volume 3

The High Ground Library Edition (Collects Volumes 1-3)

Avatar-The High Ground Volume 1 Preview

Avatar-The High Ground Volume 1 Preview

Avatar-The High Ground is a 3 Volume comic series based on the original Avatar 2 screenplay by James Cameron. However as the sequels grew and the story changed, his Avatar 2 script was shelved and now lives on as a prequel to Avatar-The Way of Water. Volume 1 is a hardcover book that is 88 pages long, of which we now have a 10 page preview thanks to Amazon.

Volume 1-Release date October 12th, 2022

It has been almost a decade since the humans were forced to leave Pandora—but now they’re returning—with an armada of heavily-armed starships!

After years of peace, Jake Sully has settled down with Neytiri and raised a family, so for him, the stakes are even higher than when he first went to war against the corporate might of the RDA.

During the development process of creating the four Avatar sequels, a lot of new ideas and stories were created and discussed. One such EPIC original story idea that didn’t make it into the sequels was James Cameron’s original story—“The High Ground.” Cameron shared what he had written with Dark Horse Comics and it is now being adapted by award-winning author Sherri L. Smith (The Toymaker’s Apprentice, Orleans), and illustrated by Brazilian artist Guilherme Balbi.

Avatar: The High Ground Volume 1 ventures into all-new territory in the Avatar saga, and is a direct prequel to the highly-anticipated film sequel Avatar 2!

Wow, that was a great start to this series. I love that just like in Avatar, Jake Sully is narrating. We quickly move through what happened at the end of Avatar right into the Sully family, with Jake disconnecting from the memories stored in Eywa, while seated with Lo’ak and Neteyam. Neteyam, the oldest of the Sully children, is giving Lo’ak a hard time, and they are discussing Lo’ak getting his own ikran, which is called iknimaya, a rite of passage for all young Omatikaya hunters. We then learn that when Kiri completed iknimaya she was able to simply bond with her ikran by asking it to be her friend. As Jake, Neteyam, and Lo’ak begin to ride off on pa’li, one of the brothers says not to forget about Spider. Then we transition into a flashback of Neteyam when he was completing his iknimaya, it show’s how dangerous it can be, with him even having his leg bit by an ikran he’s trying to bond with. After which we see Norm in his Avatar body again, going to meet up with Na’vi, with human kids and Na’vi kids all playing and having fun. Next we see Lo’ak as it’s now his turn to complete iknimaya, he seems to easily complete the bond with his ikran, and the whole Sully family is there cheering him on. As the whole family flies on their ikran, Jake and his thoughts are elsewhere, he knows the human threat is only temporarily defeated, they’ll be back. Tuktirey is trying to get Jakes attention, and Neytiri mentions how the skypeople always have their heads in the clouds, but the Na’vi hearts are in the clouds, and with that the family is on their ikran again,  flying high in the clouds.

The mystery of who and what Kiri is exactly only deepens. Norm is back in his Avatar, that makes me really happy for him, I would have hated for it to have been killed. It’s great jumping right in and getting to see the entire Sully family, Jake, Neytiri, Neteyam, Kiri, Lo’ak, Spider, and Tuktirey. I can’t wait to dive into this series!

You can preorder Avatar-The High Ground on Amazon here-https://www.amazon.com/Avatar-Ground-Sherri-L-Smith/dp/1506709095/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=avatar+the+high+ground&qid=1662504933&sr=8-1

Avatar: The High Ground Release Dates

Avatar: The High Ground Release Dates

Directly from Dark Horse Comics we have the release dates for all three volumes of Avatar-The High Ground. Amazon has different dates listed that don’t fully make sense, however these come directly from the publisher. This series is a prequel to Avatar-The Way of Water, so I’d expect all three volumes released before the Avatar sequel on 12/16/22, which these dates indicate.

Volume 1-It has been almost a decade since the humans were forced to leave Pandora–but now theyre returning–with an armada of heavily armed starships! After years of peace, Jake Sully has settled down with Neytiri and raised a family, so for him, the stakes are even higher than when he first went to war against the corporate might of the RDA.

Volume 2-Humans have returned to Pandora with an armada of starships but Jake Sully and the Navi are ready for them! Knowing this day would come, Jake has trained his Navi warriors with a plan that should make it too costly for the humans to try again . . . if the plan works.

But, any chain of events is only as strong as the weakest link, and in this case the weak link is human nature. As the plan unravels, Jake and Neytiri must race against time to return to Pandora and save their children before the starships land.

Volume 3-Jake Sully’s fears have come crashing to Pandora, gun’s blazing. The Sky People are planet-side, and taking Hell’s Gate by storm. Jake and Neytiri’s children are still on base, surrounded and outgunned. He will have to improvise and risk it all to protect his family, his people, and their home. The battle is underway and every Na’vi is in danger.

You can preorder all three volumes now-

Volume 1

Volume 2

Volume 3

Avatar: The High Ground volumes 1-3 up for preorder

Avatar: The High Ground volumes 1-3 up for preorder

Amazon now has Volumes 1-3 of Avatar-The High Ground available to pre-order. There is also updated descriptions and release dates. Currently it shows Volume 2 and 3 are going to release the same month, I wouldn’t be surprised to see these dates changed a few more times before it’s all said and done. Volume 2 now has a cover image as well, big thanks to Exostike for sharing that image.

Volume 1-Release date October 10th, 2022

It has been almost a decade since the humans were forced to leave Pandora—but now they’re returning—with an armada of heavily-armed starships!

After years of peace, Jake Sully has settled down with Neytiri and raised a family, so for him, the stakes are even higher than when he first went to war against the corporate might of the RDA.

During the development process of creating the four Avatar sequels, a lot of new ideas and stories were created and discussed. One such EPIC original story idea that didn’t make it into the sequels was James Cameron’s original story—“The High Ground.” Cameron shared what he had written with Dark Horse Comics and it is now being adapted by award-winning author Sherri L. Smith (The Toymaker’s Apprentice, Orleans), and illustrated by Brazilian artist Guilherme Balbi.

Avatar: The High Ground Volume 1 ventures into all-new territory in the Avatar saga, and is a direct prequel to the highly-anticipated film sequel Avatar 2!

Volume 2-December 6th, 2022

Humans have returned to Pandora—with an armada of starships—but Jake Sully and the Na’vi are ready for them!

Knowing this day would come, Jake has trained his Na’vi warriors with a plan that should make it too costly for the humans to try again . . . if the plan works.

But, any chain of events is only as strong as the weakest link, and in this case the weak link is human nature. As the plan unravels, Jake and Neytiri must race against time to return to Pandora and save their children before the starships land.

James Cameron’s epic original story “The High Ground” continues in this graphic novel adaptation written by award-winning author Sherri L. Smith (The Toymaker’s Apprentice, Orleans) and illustrated by Diego Galindo (Stranger Things: The Tomb of Ybwen, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers). Avatar: The High Ground Volume 2 takes fans to parts of the Avatar universe never anticipated!

Volume 3-December 20th, 2022

Jake Sully’s fears have come crashing to Pandora, guns blazing. The Sky People are planet-side, and taking Hell’s Gate by storm.

Jake and Neytiri’s children are still on base, surrounded and outgunned. Years of advancement on Earth means they’ll be bringing more firepower than Jake could anticipate. Unable to fully rely on his intel, Jake will have to improvise and risk it all to protect his family, his people, and their home. The battle is underway and every Na’vi is in danger.

Experience the epic finale of James Cameron’s original story “The High Ground” in this graphic novel adaptation written by award-winning author Sherri L. Smith (The Toymaker’s Apprentice, Orleans) and illustrated by Agustin Padilla (Suicide Squad, Transformers, Borderlands, Predator: Hunters II) and Miguel Angel Ruiz (The Passing, Crossed: Badlands). The exciting conclusion to Avatar: The High Ground leads you directly into the opening of the long-awaited film sequel Avatar 2!

Pre-order from Amazon here-

Avatar-The High Ground Vol 1

Avatar-The High Ground Vol 2

Avatar-The High Ground Vol 3

Avatar: The High Ground Release

Avatar: The High Ground Release

Huge thanks to Exostike for keeping tabs on Avatar: The High Ground. This is a comic series that I’ve covered before due to a leak on Amazon. However the listing was later removed from some of the various Amazon countries, and no official information has surfaced about it. The only thing spotted so far apart from the Amazon listings was a couple of photos during a live stream that showed what appeared to be characters from the comic. Exo noticed and shared that the Amazon UK listing had been updated and the photo of the cover was re-uploaded in a higher resolution photo. After a quick search I turned up a bit more information. It appears Volume 1 will be Hardcover and is due to be published in December of this year. This is the first time this information has appeared when I’ve searched for it. However, as often as Dark Horse has had their Avatar comics pushed back, take the month of December with a grain of salt right now. However we have an idea when it is scheduled to release.

 

For a full recap of the previous High Ground article, click here- https://avatarsequels.com/avatar-the-high-ground-new-information/

Avatar: The High Ground new information

Avatar: The High Ground new information

I’ve come across a couple of additional bits of information for the much anticipated Avatar: The High Ground, the paperback book series which we first discussed back in October of 2019. If you need a refresher on what we knew check out this article-https://avatarsequels.com/avatar-the-high-ground/

The United Arab Emirates Amazon site has the book listed as-James Cameron’s Avatar: The High Ground Volume 1 Advent To War. That aligns with what we had already known, that the book was a series of three, so now we have the name of book one. AE Amazon also confirms the page length of being 96 pages, the same as the UK listing showed, and has the same ISBN numbers. Sadly no new information on the release as it shows the original date of 1/23/20. Hopefully after Avatar: The Next Shadow finishes up we will get more information on when The High Ground will release. Nick noticed that two of the pieces of character art from the Avatar: The Next Shadow Q&A showed two new Na’vi, and it looks like in the top left corner it says “High Ground.” So I believe we have a couple pieces of character art from the upcoming series. Thanks for the eagle eye on noticing that Nick. Pentyarus page shows is it from book 1, and neither character showed up in The Next Shadow issue 1.

Avatar: The High Ground

Avatar: The High Ground

While we don’t have any official word on this release yet, Amazon UK had a pre-order up for a new Avatar series called Avatar-The High Ground. The pre-order has since been taken down but I took some screen shots last night when I saw it. The listing is brief but still tells us a lot of great information. Plus the cover looks fantastic.

 

This sounds really exciting. I have been waiting a long time to see what has happened on Pandora since Avatar ended, and we finally get to dive into that world again. I love that the book will be 96 pages, and is the first in a series of three. If the other two hold up we will be getting almost 300 pages of new Avatar goodness. I can’t wait to be introduced into the Sully family and revisit familiar faces and meet the all new ones. Being based of James Cameron’s unused sequel, and adapted by Sherri Smith almost assures us a fantastic story. Sherri was the writer of the previous Avatar comic series, Avatar-Tsu’tey’s Path. Even though the listing was pulled I hope it sticks to the January 23rd, 2020 release date and we will soon be diving back into some new Avatar goodness.

Big thanks to Nick for sharing this with me. Give him a follow, he’s a long time Avatar fan.