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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

SDCC 2022- New Avatar Lego Sets Shown

SDCC 2022- New Avatar Lego Sets Shown

Lego was at San Diego Comic Con this weekend and unveiled four new Avatar sets. Three of the sets we knew were coming, and one unknown set from the Brick Headz line.

Neytiri & Thanator vs AMP Suit Quaritch-75571

https://www.lego.com/en-us/product/neytiri-thanator-vs-amp-suit-quaritch-75571

This set inspired by the end of the original Avatar movie where Neytiri confronts Quartich as he is coming close to killing Jake. It includes Neytiri and Colonel Miles Quaritch Mini figs, a build-able thanator, and AMP Suit. It also includes some color Pandoran flora to build as well. It’s 560 pieces and is listed for $44.99 with a release date of 10/1/22.

Jake & Neytiri’s First Banshee Flight-75572

https://www.lego.com/en-us/product/jake-neytiri-s-first-banshee-flight-75572

This set is inspired by the original Avatar movie when Jake take’s his first flight after he completes Iknimaya, with Neytiri by his side. It includes Jake Sully and Neytiri mini figures, plus a build-able ikran for Jake and Neytiri. Also it has build-able flora that doubles as a stand for each ikran. It is 572 pieces, will cost $59.99, is set to release on 10/1/22, and can currently be pre-ordered through Lego.com. See the link above to secure your set.

Floating Mountains: Site 26 & RDA Samson-75573

https://www.lego.com/en-us/product/floating-mountains-site-26-rda-samson-75573

This set is inspired by Site 26 from the original Avatar movie, it was a remote site set up high in the Hallelujah Mountains where Grace could work with less interference from the RDA powers that be. It includes Jake Sully in his human form and in his iconic yellow wheelchair, human Grace, Trudy Chacon, Jake Sully in his Avatar, and Norm Spellman in his Avatar. It has a direhorse, a build-able link shack, Trudy’s Sampson, and flora that doubles as a stand for the Sampson. The Direhorse feels a little out of place with this set at they are at a location on top of a floating mountain, but I won’t complain they included an extra. Also of note, Trudy has her warpaint on that she had during the final battle of the movie, and her Sampson is also adorned in the paint shown in the final battle. Looking through the photos it looks as if the human Jake and Grace have a reversible head, one side with a mask and one side without, Trudy also looks as if you can display her with her warpaint or without. Very cool touches, I love the attention to detail. This set is 887 pieces, will cost $99.99 and release on 10/1/22.

Jake Sully & his Avatar-40554

https://www.lego.com/en-us/product/jake-sully-his-avatar-40554

The last set shown at SDCC was from the stylized Brick Headz line. It features Jake in a build-able human form, and Avatar form. It is 246 pieces, will cost $19.99 and release on 10/1/22.

For our previous coverage of Lego Avatar sets-https://avatarsequels.com/lego-con-2022/

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.

 

 

The Characters of Avatar: The Next Shadow

The Characters of Avatar: The Next Shadow

Issue 2 of the ongoing Avatar comic series, The Next Shadow, released this past week. Since we’ve been introduced to some new characters and have seen some familiar faces, I thought I’d make a guide of all the characters who meet two criteria, they have been mentioned by name, and who have been shown in the comic series.

Jake Sully-He needs little introduction, but this is a Jake in a different role than we saw in the 2009 movie. Jake is now the Omatikaya Clan leader, and is forced to make many tough decisions to appease not only his clan but the humans who are left on Pandora. Jake shows up early and often in issue 1, as the series focuses on him.

Neytiri-Another core character who’s life has been intertwined with Jake Sully since the first day she laid eyes on him, and is currently Jake’s mate and she is also Mo’at’s daughter. Neytiri first shows up in issue 1.

Mo’at-Another character from the first Avatar film, she is the former mate of Eytukan, who was the leader of the Omatikaya until his death. Mo’at is the clans Tsahìk, mother to Neytiri and formerly Sylwanin. She first appears in issue 2.

Ateyo-This is a character we haven’t met until this series. While his name is mentioned by Jake Sully in the first Avatar movie, this is the first time we get to see Ateyo. He is mated to Artsut, and is the father to Arvok and formerly Tsu’tey. He first appears in issue 1.

Artsut-This is the first time we get to see Artsut, however she was mentioned in the comic series Tsu’tey’s Path. Mated to Ateyo, mother of Arvok, and formerly to Tsu’tey. She first appears in issue 1.

Arvok-A charcter who we see for the first time in this series. He was mentioned in Tsu’tey’s Path. He is son to Ateyo and Artsut, and was brother to Tsu’tey. He first appears in issue 1.

Ka’ani-A character we see throughout the Avatar movie and Tsu’tey’s Path. He wasn’t given a name in the movie, however we learned it in Tsu’tey’s path. It also further showed us more of his interactions with Tsu’tey that overlapped with what we saw in the movie. He first appears in issue 1.

Yeyongo-A new character who has an injured child. While she has a minor role so far she is named in the book and so I wanted to cover her. I hope we see more of her in the future. She fist appears in issue 2.

Norm Spellman-One of the key characters from the movie, we get a chance to see Norm once again, but so far only in human form. After what happened to his Avatar it remains to be seen if he will be able to use it again. Norm first appears in issue 1.

Katherine Hale-For some this is the first time you’ve seen Katherine, however those who are lucky enough to be able to play the mobile game Avatar: Pandora Rising, she is a character who first appears there. From what we’ve seen in the comic series she has taken on a leadership role for the leftover RDA affiliated humans who are trying to get a mine going again. Katherine first appears in issue 1.

Earl-Little is known about Earl, to this point in the series he seems to be a throw in character who just happens to be called by name. He is part of Katherine Hale’s crew who is trying to reestablish a mine. His first appearance is in issue 2.

 

McCosker-Another small character at this point in the series. He seems to be very aggressive towards the Na’vi, and makes his first appearance in issue 1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avatar Sequel Set Pictures and speculation

Avatar Sequel Set Pictures and speculation

Hey everyone! Jon Landau continues to show amazing photos of sets and the cast from the upcoming sequels. He has recently shared some great news and that is that they are headed back to New Zealand next week to resume working on the Avatar sequels which have been delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. He also recently shared the these photos.

The Matador, a high speed forward command vessel (bottom), and the Picador jetboat (top). Wow look at that harpoon on the Matador. I think these are clearly RDA boats, you can even see the “OPS” from what is most likely CET-OPS on the Picadors side, and CET from CET-OPS from the Matadors side. Curious what CET-OPS mean as we had SEC-OPS in the first film. If you rode the Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom you know we get to see some of the sea creatures that will most likely be in the sequels like the giant nalutsa. Also when Avatar released the first bit of concept art from the sequels we got to see two Na’vi riding ilu. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if the RDA were hunting the nalutsa or ilu in the movie with giant harpoons like these.

Bottom row left to right, Zoe Saldana (Neytiri of the Omatikaya) and Sam Worthington (Jake Sully, Chief of the Omatikaya). Top row left to right, Kate Winslet (Ronal of the Metkayina) and Cliff Curtis (Tonowari, Chief of the Metkayina). This is fantastic to see, this is the first picture I’ve seen of Sam on set, and we get a chance to see them in the silver water mo-cap suits. We first saw the underwater suits in early 2018 when Zoe posted a video and some pictures of herself while wearing one on IG. The floating white balls were discussed by Jon on another photo, they prevent light from contaminating the underwater performance capture system while allowing anyone in the water to surface safely.

One of the first looks we got of the underwater mo-cap suits, shared by Zoe Saldana on IG in 2018.

James Cameron giving the actors direction before they dive underwater to capture performances for a scene. Here we get a blurry but good view of the white balls again. I would love to know who all is in this shot. I believe the far right could be Lea Catania.

This is such a cool behind the scenes shot of how they are doing the underwater mo-cap production. I really hope we get a great making-of book for Avatar 2. I can’t wait to learn so much more about all the new technology that’s going into the sequels.

The aft well deck section of the Sea Dragon, a massive mothership that carries an array of other sea-going craft in the Avatar sequels. It really looks like the RDA are looking to dominate the Pandoran oceans in Avatar 2. It will be very interesting to see how all of these different vessels play out.

Sigourney Weaver (Grace Augustine) and Joel David Moore (Norm Spellman) back in the Site 26 Shack set for some scenes for the new movies. Wow this picture sure brings back memories, it looks like it is straight from the original Avatar. It will have been 12 years between Avatar and Avatar 2, so I love the idea of flashbacks like this. Which brings me to the next photos that Jon shared with us in 2019, think there is any chance we get to see Trudy again in a flashback? I know she stopped by as a visitor, I think it would be pretty special if they worked her into a flashback.

Michelle Rodriguez (Trudy Chacon) with Garrett Warren (Avatar stunt coordinator).

Jon Landau and Michelle on set in New Zealand.

Michelle with James Cameron.