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Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search, Part 3 (The Search #3)

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  1,563 ratings  ·  137 reviews
The Fate of the Fire Lord!

Avatar Aang travels to the spirit world to parlay with an ancient power, bringing Fire Lord Zuko ever closer to discovering the truth about his mother's fate--and his own past. Yet Zuko's sister Azula is becoming increasingly dangerous, threatening to ruin everything that Zuko, Aang, Katara, and Sokka have struggled to achieve on their search!
Paperback, 76 pages
Published October 30th 2013 by Dark Horse Comics
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This is killing me. I am really upset at how lost this story got and frankly it feels way too convenient to have the kind of ending... after all these years to just resolve like it did. Also, I can't accept that you have a powerful being who has one talent, who then miraculously have this other super awesome talent. Seriously. If I tried to explain this to someone who wasn't reading it they'd call foul. Looking at others reviews it does appear we were supposed to be so excited to finally find ou...more
Isa Lavinia

This series was such a roller-coaster of building expectations, mediocre deliveries, and astonishing bad endings...

For any fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender, there was always that great mystery: where is Ursa, Zuko and Azula's mother? Where was she while her husband maimed their son? Where was she while her daughter spiralled into madness? Where is she now?

In this series Zuko finds some clues to his mother's whereabouts and decides to try to find her with the help of team Avatar and, to my del...more
3.5 stars.

Hmm. I expected a bit more from this one. I mean, sure, we got to see where Ursa and Ikem ended up, which I did not see coming, but I still had a few issues.

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Samantha A
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well I really think they have cool cover!it's awesome!

After reading:That was awesome.I like the way that the story went and I think it's the best in this series.I love dialogs!
OOOOOHHHH... (view spoiler) Well, that's fine. I was initially shocked that such a revelation was revealed in the comics, comics that I guess about 1/3 of the original viewers of the show know about/actually read. But the explanation was well done.

I suppose the reason why I love this series so much is because it's about Zuko and Azula. The main heroes from the show almost take a back seat in this arc, as the story focuses so much about this partic...more
Talbot Hook
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I am a huge fan of this series that aired on Nickelodeon for three seasons. The series takes place in a universe inhabited by four primary cultures tied to the four basic elements (fire, water, air, and earth). In this universe, certain people are gifted with the ability to “bend” their culture’s element; that is, they can manipulate the element in order to attack, defend, move, heal, etc. (e.g. earthbending might be used to cause the dirt at your feet to form a giant shield in front of you). Ev...more
Apr 17, 2014 Carolyn rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Carolyn by: Joseph Holihan
3.5 stars.

It was really interesting to see the resolution to the question- what happened to Zuko's mother? I liked a lot of the story but didn't love it. Part of it could have been that a lot of back story was revealed in a very short amount of time, not allowing you time to absorb it and reconcile it with what we know from the show.

Spoiler- don't click if you haven't finished this, but I wanted to get the thought down...(view spoiler)...more
Dzemo Sh
What a great ending to The Search saga of the Avatar: The Last Airbender comic-books.

It was really great to finally learn what happened to Ursa, Zuko's mother, and see their reunion finally unfold.

I love Zuko's character development, and I am very pleased to see how much he's changed since the start of the TV series.

This series deals a lot with family themes, especially the bonds between a brother and a sister. Sometimes no matter how much they get on each other's nerves, they are still there...more
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Oct 30, 2013 Sunil rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own, 2013
The search for Zuko's mother comes to an end, and Yang resolves a controversial plotline in a way that recontextualizes the entire series in a good, interesting way. Sisters and brothers, mothers and sons, fathers and faces, this book has it all! Plus boomerang.
As usual, the art is stunning and beautiful. While I enjoyed the story and I'm elated to finally know the answer to the fandom's favorite question- what happened to Zuko's mom- I'm disappointed with the ending. It seemed rushed to me. The relational aspects and the story could have been much deeper, but instead we remained at the surface level. I also don't like the way some of the decisions were handled in this book. It's hard to get into them without giving away any spoilers, but these decisio...more
I was not impressed. Really that's the kind of ending you're going to give to Ursa? I would have rather gone on wondering and theorizing on what happened to her. Not that it was terrible just really disappointing.
The answer Zuko has been searching for all of his life is near, as Avatar Aang travels to the Spirit World to learn what happened to Ursa. But the answer is one nobody was expecting, and it only proves to place everything at risk when Azula takes off on her own. The truth of Zuko’s past could very well be lost forever.

I’m honestly not sure what I expected, with Ursa. Granted, the suspense of what happened to her has been built up for so long that I’m not sure any answer could really satisfy. I r...more
This was the answer watchers of "Avatar: The Last Airbender" have been waiting for. What happened to Zuko's mother? We learned new things about Ursa, Zuko, and got some lore about a new spirit. While this was an answer, parts of this volume seemed like filler. I can't say what, as that is a spoiler, but it was just "Who cares?"

I also felt like some parts of the story reneged on itself in this one volume. I understand they only had 3 volumes to work with to flesh things out, which is what makes t...more
Nikki  King
holy crap that was intense. I'd always wondered about Zuko's mom, but I never in a million years would have guessed that. Finding out that Zuko wasn't Ozai's son in Part 1 and then finding out that Zuko actually is Ozai's son and that the information was a lie seemed pretty pointless and was extremely suspenseful. Explains why Azula hated Zuko since she thinks it's true that he's not the heir to the throne. What was really depressing was the fact that their mom got rid of her memories of her pal...more
The final installment in The Search trilogy delivered all the intensity and surprises that a quality episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender would have done. There were plenty of twists along the way, combined with the usual light-hearted humor and well-placed wisdom. The ending is satisfying while leaving itself open to further exploration...and more books.

Part 3 of The Search picks up with the gang trapped in The Forgetful Valley...a place where few who enter ever make it out alive. The stakes g...more
Miss Clark
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Beware of the rant, the cursing and the swearing below.
You’ve been warned.
This comic made me mad in so many levels. It’s the epitome of bad writing and OOC. It’s so badly written characters are begging to be put out of their misery, specially Azula. Although she is not the only one suffering from a bad case of Idon’tknowasinglefuckaboutwhatIwritetitis.
-The “Zuko hits Azula with lightning” is so wrong I can’t even. I’m guessing that Yang jerked off to the idea of Zuko throwing lightning at Azula...more
This was a good ending to the Zuko's Mom story. We get a happy ending and finally found out what happened to his mom!!! If you've seen the Avatar series and need an answer, pick up The Search Series.

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Stacie (MagicOfBooks)
I will also do a video review here at my channel: http://www.youtube.com/magicofbooks

In the conclusion to "The Search," Zuko is on the verge of discovering his mother and coming to terms with who he is. Azula is on a path of no return and her insanity reaches a boiling point. And Aang must deal with a difficult spirit in order to help those who need the help of the spirit the most.

Wow! This conclusion. I was certainly not expecting that ending. (view spoiler)...more
Nov 06, 2013 Myron rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
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I couldn't wait to read this book, I've waited so long to find what happened to Zuko's mom and I must admit, it's not as exciting as I had hoped it would be but the story was nonetheless came to a satisfying end. This volume wasn't as Aang-centric and there wasn't enough of Sokka's humor to keep things light but I guess, essentially the story does have to revolve around Zuko and Azula. The only thing I dislike about this book is what happened to Azula, or rather what didn't happn to Azula. Norma...more
First of all can we just take a moment to appreciate the way Zuko is drawn, especially on the cover? Like I don't know if I've ever been attracted to an armpit before, but as ever he is one hott cartoon character. Firebending and angsting and honor-ing and stuff. Love me some Zuko.

So I'm glad that he finally got some resolution with the whole missing-mother thing in this book. The predictions I made in my review of part 2 were accurate, so there wasn't a lot of suspense for me in this one, but...more
Lindsey Meyer
Nov 06, 2013 Lindsey Meyer rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender
Ready to find out what happened to Zuko's mother? In the climactic ending to The Search, an extension of Avatar: The Last Airbender, you'll discover the mystery that has plagued many a fan since the beginning of the series.

Personally, I loved what the writers came up with and decided to do. It was creative and unique, like Avatar generally tends to be. Although I think they could have delved into certain topics a lot more deeply. It all came into place near the end, however there were still man...more
I did not expect some of the turns this story took. I also think it's interesting that Zuko's mother is not perfect - she was oppressed and stuck in a terrible situation and forced to make the best of it, but she also made some questionable choices. I'm happy with the way the story turned out, and glad Zuko will get a chance to know her. Also, I cried at this one quite a bit. It's definitely different reading this as a parent than it would be reading it as a kid.
Delicious Strawberry
When Zuko read that letter stating that he was not Ozai's son, it was so ridiculous to me that I knew it had to be a fake. This book proves that, and the est of the story... what? Okay look I know this is a kids' show, and there are fantasy/magical elements in it, what happened with Ursa was just too much to swallow. All in all, I can only give this book 3 stars. 5 for the art, which as always pleases, but 2 for the story.
Jun 21, 2014 Colleen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes ALTA
Recommended to Colleen by: Olga
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Eek! Why did I wait so long to read this?

Okay, so while I would have rather seen The Search as an animated movie/show, there is nothing wrong with it being in the form of a 3-part graphic novel. I am satisfied with the story of what happened to Zuko's mother, though it wasn't what I was expecting at all. The thing I liked about the story was that it gave us background on why Ozai really treated Zuko like dirt, and further explored Azula's psychopathic state of mind. Also, the ending gave me very...more
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Gene Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. In 1997, he received the Xeric Grant, a prestigious comics industry grant, for Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks, his first comics work as an adult. He has since written and drawn a number of titles, including Duncan's Kingdom (with art by Derek Kirk Kim) and The Rosary Comic Book. American Born Chinese received National Book Award.

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