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Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search, Part 1

(The Search #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  21,825 ratings  ·  580 reviews
For years, fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra have burned with one question—what happened to Fire Lord Zuko's mother? Finding a clue at last, Zuko enlists the aid of Team Avatar—and the most unlikely ally of all—to help uncover the biggest secret of his life.
Paperback, 76 pages
Published March 20th 2013 by Dark Horse Books
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Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: literally everyone
Recommended to Sana by: my tears
Okay, so first of all, GO WATCH THE SHOW IF YOU HAVEN'T BECAUSE YOU'RE MISSING OUT ON LIFE. It's literally the best thing out there.

This graphic novel takes place after Aang defeats asshole Ozai and Zuko becomes Fire Lord. Basically the end of the show. During the show, Zuko visists Ozai and asks him about his mother (Ursa), who was always a mystery throughout the entire show. These three part books are about team boomeraang + Azula and - Toph (she's not in the books ) discovering why Ozai
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Update: So, I've just finished it, and now I'm angry because I have to wait for the next one. Some pleasant, and not so pleasant surprises.
Confirmed: Ozai is a dick
It was nice to see the group acting like a bunch of kids again. The flashbacks in The Legend of Korra just depressed me, in a good way, but depressed me nonetheless.
The secrets revealed only add to the list of questions I have. The revelation was a bit unnerving, and I'm hoping there is a better explanation because it undermines my
Jun 30, 2012 rated it liked it

I'M NOT A HAPPY CAMPER. Perhaps it's because I've expected too much prior to reading. Or perhaps the whole (view spoiler) thing is...stupid. There, I said it. One thing is for certain though: I didn't fangirl as much as I expected to. Is it that "unfangirl" worthy? No... all in all, it was okay. But my inner ATLA fangirl made me feel obliged to rate it 3 stars.

Ahem, is it me or do Sokka and Katara (even Aang) seem out of character? Sokka was
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Alexandra Elend Wolf
"Family is in essence a small nation, and the nation a large family. Do you understand? In treating his own family with dignity, a ruler learns to govern his nation with dignity."

I missed these characters so much, their humor and dynamic always warms my heart and makes me have a great time.

The Search is the reason I discovered that these Avatar comics even existed, so, you may realize that it makes immensely happy to get to read them.

Azula has been a part of this issue makes everything
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE THIS! The dialogue sounds exactly as it does in the show and the artwork is great too!
I need the next one immediately though because it ended on a cliffhanger :(
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm not really sure what I expected going into this, but I was still disappointed to say the least.

The characters seem like caricatures of their former selves. E.G. Sokka is overly funny, Katara is overly serious, etc. The backstory for Ursa was interesting, as well as the relationship dynamic with Ozai, but the bombshell, cliffhanger ending COMPLETELY invalidates one of the best character arcs/developments of any show I've ever seen, let alone an animated one.

I advise A:TLA fans to proceed with
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
Avatar: The Last Airbender/The Legend of Aang was a massive hit for Nickelodeon TV in the mid-noughties, and was followed by a graphic novel The Promise detailing life after the three season TV show, and the followed by a spin-off series, The Legend of Korra. There is also a live action film, but it’s directed by M Night Shyamalan and is pretty fucking terrible – the actors don’t even pronounce the character names correctly.


I’ve read the first part of The Search, watched the entire Legend of
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Search for the truth about Zuko's mother is on! Zuko wants to find out what has happened to his mother and will do anything to get the truth. He enlists the help of his sister, who has been been locked up in an institute of some sort but can she be trusted? She's Azula so the answer is usually no! I really enjoyed the flashbacks into Ursa's life and the big mystery that revolves around her! Plus it is so interesting to see how each of the characters react to the new addition to their group. ...more
Iryna *Book and Sword*
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
No, it's cool, it's cool.

Not like I need my heart or anything.
I am either being overly emotional today, OR, this was just that good??
This IS Avatar, so I'm going to go with the second option.

The first pages were amazing. Ursa and Ikem? My little heart couldn't handle them!
The rest of the pages were just as amazing.
I am just blabbing now.
To put it simply - read this. Read this NOW.
It's quick. It's funny. It has amazing art. It has an amazing storyline. It's phenomenal.

Jahanzaib Asim
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Nov 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love the art as always, and the characters (that's a given)! So excited to be starting the next Avatar comic book series after reading The Promise! I am glad I found out that there is an order to read the graphic novel series in, otherwise I would have not understood some of the references this volume made to the events in The Promise trilogy.

Was interesting to have Azula back in action, and to see the new way in which her mind has been twisted. I feel like this series is going to make her a
Some of the lines were a bit cringy, but the ending tho.
Mar 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
ARE. YOU. FREAKING. KIDDING. ME?! We have waited SO long to find out what happened to Zuko's mother, and this book just feels like someone is trolling the ATLA fandom, merrily laughing in the shadows at our continued consternation as more questions are raised than are answered and a possible plot twist is raised that, if it turns out to be true, will seriously cause me to try to think up arguments to reject the canonical legitimacy of these comic books. And if it's NOT true, well then, that will ...more
This was so awesome! I loved seeing the old gang back together (except Toph, but she is off being her badass metalbender self). As I was reading it, I could hear their voices in my head and my heart started to ache for the TV show that I grew up with.

AND THE ENDING!!!!!!!! Why can't Part 2 come!?!?! Talk about a cliffhanger! It has left me reeling and squealing and acting like a total fangirl.

Now, it's time for me to go on an Avatar bender. Excuse me while I completely immerse
Sonja ✧・゚。★*
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ATLA fans
4.5/5 stars

The Search: Part One is amazing! My brother and I flew through it! This ATLA graphic novel felt even more like the TV show than The Promise did.

The Search has:
• fast pacing
• Azula
• Iroh
• Zuko as a small boy. He is just too adorable!
• background info on Ursa(!), one of the most mysterious characters in ATLA

I'm off to the next ATLA adventure. . . . Yip yip!

"Family is in essence a small nation, and the nation a large family... In treating his own family
Jessamyn Leigh
Daang these really don't hold back.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

Oh damn, I didn't see it coming!!! It explains so much!
Great volume!
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well imagine my delight when I found out we were FINALLY going to explore the abandoned plot line of Zuko's missing mother!

While I'm a little disappointed that the overused "peasant was whisked away to marry a prince" trope got used here, it at least did so in style, and one relationship I hadn't thought about before came up here: Zuko and Sokka talked about having sisters. It was really touching to see how Sokka's antagonistic relationship with Katara is really an expression of love that they
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I fricken love these graphic novels.

I've always been super curious as to what happened to Zuko's mother. So this is a series that I'm very excited about. The characters were still great in it, though that whole "sweetie" thing still kills me. lol. Toph wasn't in this one, so I missed her witty sayings, but at least Sokka was there to give us several laughs.

What was mostly interesting about this one is that Azula is a big part of it. And it's fun watching her because she's still pretty insane.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing

So that ending. I went into this comic so excited because one of the biggest mysteries of the series was finally going to be answered. And this comic did not dissapoint in the factor of being shocking and throwing me. I am loving seeing the backstory of Zuko's mother. She seems like she was such a strong woman who did whatever she could for those she loved. I see a lot of Zuko in her and it's so fun to watch the parallels.
I love these graphic
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I liked the Promise because it was Avatar. However, the Promise lacked the depth of the TV show. The search is different. It felt like it was going somewhere unlike the promise. It answered questions and gave us some new ones. I guessed the ending, but didn't think that they would do it. When I read the last panel I was like

and when I read that the next book wasn't coming out till July I was like.

Raha Shirley
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Avatar fans , Zuko lovers
Shelves: graphic-novels
Siriusly It's the best.

We always wanted to know.
We always asked for answer.
And this... This is the answer!

It starts When firelord Zuko with his close friends and his mad sister, Azula starts a journey to the past to find his lost mother! But basicly its full of flashbacks of royal family of the fire nation's life which means Search is full of Zuko's past, don't miss this for anything!
2.5 stars

Neither loved nor hated it - it just didn't grab me.
Ahhhhhhh! This was one was so much fun. It got all the characters voices just right. And Zuko's mom flashbacks! And what!!!!!?!?
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it

Loved the art, the characters have the exact same feel as the original show and the plot line is intriguing! :) I've missed these characters so much and am so happy the world is continuing to be expanded through these comics. :D
I loved this. I can't wait to buy the bind up
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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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