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Avatar: The Next Shadow Series Review Issue 1

Avatar: The Next Shadow Series Review Issue 1

As we wait for the 4th and final issue of the Avatar: The Next Shadow comic series, I wanted to do a recap of where the story has gone so far and the characters we’ve encountered. You can pre-order issue 4 right now at TFAW. I have really enjoyed the story, it’s been exciting for me because it takes place right after the movie. 11 years after the movie we finally have had a chance to see what Jake, Neytiri, and the Omatikaya Clan have been up to. This post will include spoilers, so if you haven’t read the comics yet please help support Avatar and Dark Horse and pick them up digitally, order them online, or pick them up from you local comic shop. So let’s jump in-

Issue 1

“Two weeks following the Battle of the Hallelujah Mountains, Hometree is in ruins. The recent loss of life and land weighs heavily among the Na’vi. Amid the continuing conflict with the humans, resentment between members of the Omatikaya intensifies.”

The first issue drops us right in with Jake who is visiting his former human body. We see his deceased body in a pile of dirt with plants already sprouting on top. Jake mentions he’s been in his new Avatar body for 14 days now, referring to when he passed through the eye of Eywa and became forever a Na’vi. Then Neytiri comes and tells him everyone is looking for him. The is the last we see of Neytiri for the next three issues though, as she is headed off to meet with Akwey and Ikeyni and their clans the Olangi and the Tayrangi.

Next we find out Jake has relocated the Omatikaya next to Hells Gate to try and forge a new future between the clan and the humans that are left. We see Norm Spellman, in human form, and meet Katherine Hale, another human. We also see Ka’ani again, who has had his backstory fleshed out more in the last comic series, Tsu’tey’s Path. Ka’ani isn’t happy with the humans who are still trying to mine Pandora, this time out of necessity to keep Hells Gate functioning. It takes Jakes leadership to make the humans and Na’vi both calm down. Although it’s obvious neither are happy with whats going on. Jake proposes no new mining for the time being and asks the humans to salvage what they can from the destroyed old RDA equipment. While this is a very temporary solution Jake is trying to buy time to smooth things over.

We then meet Tsu’tey’s family. His brother Arvok, his father Ateyo, and his mother Artsut. Ateyo works hard to convince Arvok he is the rightful leader of the Omatikaya and not Jake Sully. Arvok would rather follow Jake Sully and help make him the best leader he can be, but Ateyo insists that Arvok challenge Jake for the right of olo’eyktan. Ateyo tells him tradition allows for a challenge to an unfit leader by means of ritual combat. We then meet Artsut, and learn of the plan between Ateyo and Artsut to poison the knife blade Ateyo will be using against Jake. Their motives are revealed, they think this is the only way to get the Omatikaya people to a better future. With that the first issue concludes.

Avatar: Tsu’tey’s Path Trade Paper Back (TPB) out today

Avatar: Tsu’tey’s Path Trade Paper Back (TPB) out today

If you’ve been dragging your feet on picking up the recent Avatar comic series following Tsu’tey, you can now go to our local comic shop or order the entire series collected into a single book. It also includes the short comic released on Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) in 2017 about Jake Sully. It’s 7 comics, 144 pages, for only $19.99 or if you check out Things From Another World (TFAW) for $15.99. Here is a link to order it from TFAW Avatar: Tsu’tey’s Path TPB.

Avatar: Tsu’tey’s Path Issue #2 releases tomorrow

Avatar: Tsu’tey’s Path Issue #2 releases tomorrow

Don’t forget that tomorrow, (February 13th, 2019) is the release of issue two of Dark Horse Comics new Avatar series. Just the same as issue one, it will feature two covers, the first by Doug Wheatley, and the the variant by Shea Standefer.

Doug Wheatley cover

Shea Standefer variant cover

You can purchase both copies at your local comic store, online, or digitally.

I use TFAW for my physical copies, depending how far in advance you pre-order they will typically have the issues for 10 or 20% off and are well packed in a thick envelope. You can click here to order —> TFAW

If you’d like to purchase digitally I recommend one of two ways. You can use Comixology which is now a part of Amazon. They are full priced but you can read them via their app or with your PC, both of which work great. You can purchase from them here —> Comixology

The second way I recommend reading them digitally is via Dark Horse directly. It works almost exactly like Comixology, the issues will be fully priced but you can again read them via PC or on their app. You can purchase from Dark Horse here—> Dark Horse

If you would like to purchase them locally here is a locater thats very simple to use to help you find comic shops nearest you. Comic Shop Locator

Avatar: Tsu’Tey’s Path Issue 2 covers revealed

Avatar: Tsu’Tey’s Path Issue 2 covers revealed

In just under two months the first of the Avatar comics will officially release and today the cover art for issue two has been shown courtesy of CBR.com Find their full article here-https://www.cbr.com/exclusive-dark-horse-covers-avatar-death-orb-umbrella-academy/

We get another beautiful standard cover from Doug Wheatley. Doug is doing the art for the standard cover on issue one, and he did all of the art on the Free Comic Book Day issue. This cover really excites me seeing Tsu’tey in action on his Pa’li heading off on some Pandora adventure. It also looks as if he’s flanked by the two young Na’vi who did Iknimaya with Jake Sully. I would love to learn the names and more about those two Na’vi. They show up all throughout Avatar but we don’t learn anything about them. They were played by Ilram Choi and Alicia Vela-Bailey respectively.

 

 

The second issue shown is another beautiful variant from Shea Standefer. Shea also is the artist on the variant cover from issue one and her art is quickly making me a huge fan of hers. She really nailed the facial likeness of Tsu’tey and Neytiri and I know that’s easier said than done.

Don’t forget to pic up your copy of issue one at your local comic book shop on January 16th, 2019. You can also pre-order online, my personal favorite shop to pre-order from is TFAW. You can pre-order from them HERE.

Dark Horse Comics to release new Avatar based series called Avatar: Tsu’tey’s Path

Dark Horse Comics to release new Avatar based series called Avatar: Tsu’tey’s Path

If you haven’t heard yet, on September 27th Dark Horse Comics announced they will be releasing a new Avatar series called Avatar: Tsu’tey’s Path. This is the first of the upcoming Avatar comics we learned about in October of 2015. At that time James Cameron teased that the upcoming comics would tell stories from the past, present, and future of Avatar.

After that announcement we didn’t hear much else about when the comics would start happening. In December of 2016 it was announced for FCBD (Free Comic Book Day) of 2017 Dark Horse would be releasing an Avatar comic. You can read more about that in a previous article we wrote HERE. Now it seems we are finally getting into the actual story lines. I am very excited to see where the comic takes us with Tsu’tey and beyond. The FCBD issue was short but very entertaining and had really excellent art work. The upcoming Tsu’tey series is keeping the same writer (Sherri L. Smith) from that issue, and the artist (Doug Wheatley) is going to be doing the covers. However the illustrations will be from Jan Duursema, and inks by Dan Parsons, with Wes Dzioba providing colors. I thought Doug Wheatley really nailed Pandora in comic form, but after checking out the other artists work I think we will be in great hands. The first cover by Wheatley was also released when the series was announced and it’s stunning.

I cannot wait to see where this first series takes us. Even though Tsu’tey passed away I’m glad we will get to know him even better starting this January 16th!