Friday, February 24, 2017

Book Review: Avatar The Last Airbender: North and South Part 2 by G. L. Yang et al.

Avatar The Last Airbender: North and South Part 2 written by Gene Luen Yang, art and cover by Gurihiru, lettering by Michael Heisler

Having avoided kidnapping by Southern Water Tribe separatists in Part 1, Katara and Sokka try to strike a balanced response to the Northern Water Tribe's activities. The Northerners are developing the south's infrastructure and social order. Katara is very cautious while Sokka is very enthusiastic. Their father Hakoda is romantically interested in one of the Northerners, causing more complications, especially as he is the newly elected head of the Southerners. The situation only becomes more tense when they find out that the Northerners have discovered a huge oil deposit and plan to exploit it for their own benefit. Can the recently arrived Avatar Aang help smooth over some pretty horrible developments?

I was very worried when the oil issue came up that the story would turn into an "oil bad, bad, BAD!!!!" political screed. Yang takes a more balanced approach, showing both sides as having both valid points and extreme, unhelpful attitudes that lead to horrible actions. The storytelling continues to amaze me and I look forward to the final volume of this story line.

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