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Author Topic: [DH Comics #15] North and South, Part 3  (Read 2112 times)
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« on: Jan 27, 2017 07:46 pm »

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Comic Book Resources announced that North and South, Part 2 will be released on April 26 2017. You can pre-order the book on Amazon.

North and South is written by writer/artist/creator Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by the creative team GuriHiru (illustrator Sasaki, Colorist Kawano).

This thread is for opinions & discussion about the story. Professional reviews go into this thread. For questions on release dates and buying the books, see A:TLA Graphic Novels in the Marketplace. For speculation of other future comics, please see Future Avatar Comics .



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« Reply #1 on: Apr 27, 2017 03:28 am »

So North and South part 3 should be available in comic book stores now, and thus we also have a spoiler review of the new book:
http://avatarthelastairbenderonline.com/north-and-south-part-3-spoiler-review/

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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2017 05:24 pm »

If this is the last AtLA comic, at least the final panel is a good point to end the series on.
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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2017 10:37 pm »

For a second there, I was worried Zuko got chi-blocked for real.
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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2017 11:30 pm »

That was a'ight.  It carried forward the themes from previous issues and had some nice moments.  Kind of anticlimactic, but I think it was appropriate for the story.  My favorite comic storyline remains The Rift, methinks.
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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2017 01:46 pm »

Hmmm... Overall, The Rift's final part was much more engaging. I don't have the drive to do a full review of this one. Honestly, it's probably the worst of all the North and South comics individually for me. (Or maybe the second part is...? I've forgotten it at this point.) Like Loopy said, though, the final panel is really nice! Sokka was good this part too.

It looks like this trilogy will probably not be the last one, but it will be a while before we see more ATLA comics.

Asker: "Are the Korra comics replacing the The Last Airbender comics?"

Dark Horse: "'Not exactly. ATLA will likely be back, but we are going to focus on Korra for a while."

Strangely, I do feel sorta happy that they may come back. I'm always holding out for another Rift, hah. Even better if the next trilogy is strong in all three installments, if that is possible... I just want the Gaang to actually travel on Appa on an adventure again. I guess it doesn't need to be on Appa, but I want more traveling around. One of the things I liked about The Search was that the locations were (compared to the other trilogies) more varied, and distinct from the show. Being stuck in the same place for all three installments leaves me fatigued after a while. The Search, The Rift, and Smoke and Shadow were all more interesting visually to me, but that isn't the fault of Gurihiru. I did like the way the snowy mountains were coloured this part.

I guess the trilogy ended on a big "eh" for me. Tongue
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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2017 10:16 pm »

I've been thinking about it, and I think a lot of the problem was that the various conflicts set up in the story weren't actually conflicts. The only two real ones were the crazy Southern Extremist Guy's drive to mess up everyone he didn't like, and Katara's lack of desire to do Aang's character arc from The Northern Air Temple. ("No, I won't do it! NAT wasn't one of the greatest episodes in the first place, Aang already did it over again for The Rift, and Malina isn't even as interesting as Teo. And no one cares about Teo anymore.") All the rest of the seeming conflicts- the rift between the Northerners and the Southerners, the modernization of the South making it lose part of its identity, the foreign influence from the Earth Kingdom and Fire Nation- weren't actually meant to be resolved or even really addressed. They were there to do LoK worldbuilding, showing explicit clues for how things ended up as they did for the beginning of Book Spirits. Not that foreshadowing LoK should take priority over telling a satisfying story, but it would explain how so much could go unaddressed by the end.

I might be wrong. It could just be clumsy storytelling. But I want to give Gene the benefit of the doubt on this one.

Now, the subplot with the two little girls? That was clumsy storytelling.
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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2017 02:12 am »

Maliq doesn't even appear in the third part,  does he?  That's a conflict that's completely dropped.

I did find it gratuitous that they found an excuse to shoehorn Zuko into the story.  Yes Gene,  I know you're a Zuko fanboy, but would it've killed you leave him out of a story he had no place in?  Actually,  I know it wouldn't have,  because he did leave Zuko out of The Rift.  I think the biggest problem this last part has is a lack of focus.  Which is a shame, because I liked the first two parts a lot.  For all the problems I had with Smoke and Shadow,  I would at least say it had a good focus.

So,  with the ATLA comics concluded for the foreseeable future,  I wonder how I could rank them...The Rift and The Search are easily my favorites.  They're interesting, they're exciting,  and I think they largely accomplish what they set out to do. After that...there's enough enjoyable stuff to me in The Promise for me to put it in the middle. Rounding out the bottom...I want to put North and South above Smoke and Shadow because I really enjoyed the first half or so,  but the ending was just such a dud. As much as I might dislike the love triangle,  other than that the story was focused and there was a pretty cool fight with Zuko and Azula at the end.  So...tied for worst, or most disappointing, I guess.
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