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review 2015-10-07 00:00
Avatar: The Last Airbender - Smoke and Shadow Part One
Avatar: The Last Airbender - Smoke and Shadow Part One - Gene Luen Yang,Gurihiru

First Reaction: DONT MIND ME JUST OVER HERE SCREAMING HOW MUCH I LOVE ZUKO (aka review to come)

 

Actual Review: I feel like these comics get progressively better, maybe. Or maybe I just love Zuko centric things. This was seriously everything I've been waiting for. This comic series follows Zuko on his return to the fire nation, and the inherent anger from the people of the Fire Nation, upset at him changing things.

 

I really wish I could put into words how much I really loved all of this. I really don't know why I love Zuko as much as I do, because it's kind of ridiculous. His growth and change and character development is amazing to me. I will forever be a Zutara fan, even if it's not "alive" in the series, and this comic actually allowed Zutara to have a normal conversation. (I decided to post one of the panels on tumblr and people went crazy which was...weird but proof is here) This was a first for them in the comics and there was significantly less "sweetie" than their was in The Promise which was even better. I'm anxiously awaiting the next one and even preordered it on Amazon. I really like watching Zuko's growth, watching him educate himself on privilege in a way, and watching people push against it, as it mirrors a lot of what is happening in current day. 

 

People will always push against change, and especially when someone who speaks truth to power is suddenly the one with power and trying to make change. I think people forget that even the most radically different person who might bring about NEEDED change is fighting against thought that has been bred into a society. It's really difficult to fight against a group of people that refuse to see there is a problem, and we're seeing that in our society right now.

 

In summary, I really really loved this, I love Zuko and that is all. 

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