Avatar: The Last Airbender: Imbalance, Part Two

Avatar: The Last Airbender: Imbalance, Part Two

Aang and Team Avatar race to resolve rising tensions between benders and non-benders before a town is torn apart!There's something fishy going on in Cranefish Town, and it's up to Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph to find out what, before the simmering conflict between benders and non-benders boils over into all-out war. But danger lurks where they least expect it, and uncover...

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Title:Avatar: The Last Airbender: Imbalance, Part Two
Author:Faith Erin Hicks
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Avatar: The Last Airbender: Imbalance, Part Two Reviews

  • Courtney

    The aftermath of the factory explosion causes tensions to rise. Sokka discovers that only factories owned by non benders got destroyed in the planned explosions.

    We start to see how the oppression of non benders by benders is going to play a part in this rocky undeveloped "New Crane Town" aka in LOK Republic City.

    This comic series is tying both series in a cohesive manner. I highly recommend reading if you love both series.

  • Vicki

    I was distracted by how much Aang has grown up. This issue I kept getting distracted by Suki's ripped arms. Did the animators give her muscles in the cartoon? I hope they did, and if they didn't, at least they fixed it with Korra being muscular in the next series and Peter Wartman, the illustrator of Imbalance, fixed it here with Suki!

    The continuation from volume one continues to impress, although it remains borderline infuriatingly predictable. It's fascinating to see the beginnings

    I was distracted by how much Aang has grown up. This issue I kept getting distracted by Suki's ripped arms. Did the animators give her muscles in the cartoon? I hope they did, and if they didn't, at least they fixed it with Korra being muscular in the next series and Peter Wartman, the illustrator of Imbalance, fixed it here with Suki!

    The continuation from volume one continues to impress, although it remains borderline infuriatingly predictable. It's fascinating to see the beginnings of the future Equalist movement and the conflicts between benders and non-benders with what is essentially the bender version of Amon

    . That Toph featured so heavily in this issue made me so happy. Sokka and Suki are reunited and happily so, which makes me feel relieved that maybe a certain fan theory won't come to pass? Look, from the original Avatar cartoon, they're the only couple I actually ship, okay, I am protective.

    In the final installment, I'm most interested to see Ru's character arc: will it be revealed why she's on her mother and sister's side (I can't recall if it's been discussed already) despite her lack of bending abilities? How will her turning against her family happen (because let's be real, that's obviously going to happen)? Will we get to see more of the kiddos filling in the roles we know they grow into as adults per LoK? What kind of ending are we going to get, because knowing the first season of LoK, there's not going to be a real happily ever after scenario. The immediate conflict will get resolved, but the underlying issues will remain for at least another couple of generations because as the real world teaches us, prejudice and fear of change are not so easily eradicated.

    Basically: is it September yet so I can read the conclusion?

    Also I think I want to binge all of Avatar and LoK again.

  • milou  ☁️

    Some months have passed since I read the first installment in this series, but that didn't seem to matter because as soon as I started to read this I was sucked back into this universe as if no time had passed at all. For some reason that always tends to happen whenever the Avatar the last Airbender universe is involved because it has been playing such a large part in my life for nearly half of it.

    I had to chuckle when I saw that Sokka's intrusted detective-hat made a reapearance and I immediate

    Some months have passed since I read the first installment in this series, but that didn't seem to matter because as soon as I started to read this I was sucked back into this universe as if no time had passed at all. For some reason that always tends to happen whenever the Avatar the last Airbender universe is involved because it has been playing such a large part in my life for nearly half of it.

    I had to chuckle when I saw that Sokka's intrusted detective-hat made a reapearance and I immediately got flashbacks to that episode where Sokka and Katara try to prove Aang's innocence.

    The story in the second installment of this series has definitely quickened after the factory of Toph's father has been attacked and it creates turbulance in the small Cranefish Town. A rift between benders and non benders is being created and of course it's up to Team Avatar to stop this rebellion before it gets out of control.

    I don't want to give away too much of the plot, but there were a couple of things that I as a devoted Avatar fan want to point out because they made me proud and happy okay.

    Suki is back! I had actually been complaining about the lack of Suki in the comics so I wasn't prepared for Suki to suddenly make an appearance in this one, but I'm

    complaining because what's not to love about Suki. She deserves more appreciation.

    There is a point where Team Avatar has to go undercover and when I saw Aang's disguise it made my whole day! I'm not even joking. It's always an incredibly hilarious sight to see Aang with hair.

    Toph plays a vital point in this comic we aand re rewarded with plenty of illustrations where Toph displays her displeasure about the whole situation. To this day Toph is still my favorite character in the avatar series

    Also whenever Katara and Aang were exchanging judgemental looks with each other I went :)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

    So overall I liked Part 2 a lot more than I did the previous one and that's maybe because the story was finally kicking off in this one and the rift between benders and non benders is increasing.

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    ★★★

    Comics, Avatar the last Airbender

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    Book 2 out of 3 in the Imbalance series

    4 stars

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  • Holly Hughes

    Things are starting to pick up! I love how this newest graphic novel in the series continues to bridge the gap between

    and

    . As such, there are more gradually developing political tensions than fast-paced bending fight scenes and action sequences, but I don't think that's a bad thing by any means (and honestly, the illustrations are so lovely I'd devour

    Things are starting to pick up! I love how this newest graphic novel in the series continues to bridge the gap between

    and

    . As such, there are more gradually developing political tensions than fast-paced bending fight scenes and action sequences, but I don't think that's a bad thing by any means (and honestly, the illustrations are so lovely I'd devour them regardless of the story).

    I knew where this instalment was heading for the cliffhanger, and I'm excited to see that once again Aang is faced with this choice - particularly because of the ramifications that could come from it in this new political/economic climate. I can't wait to see how things conclude in the final issue!

  • Paul Decker

    *I received this book as an eARC from Dark Horse Books via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

    This second part in the Imbalance story finds Team Avatar dealing with a conflict in Cranefish Town between the benders and non-benders. Non-bender owned businesses have been attacked and Toph has some ideas about who was involved.

    I love the dynamic of Team Avatar. That classic humor is present. It's also cool to see the designs beginning to grow up, showing the youngsters aging. Suki is back i

    *I received this book as an eARC from Dark Horse Books via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

    This second part in the Imbalance story finds Team Avatar dealing with a conflict in Cranefish Town between the benders and non-benders. Non-bender owned businesses have been attacked and Toph has some ideas about who was involved.

    I love the dynamic of Team Avatar. That classic humor is present. It's also cool to see the designs beginning to grow up, showing the youngsters aging. Suki is back in this volume! And Toph is an awesome badass.

    I give this comic volume a 4/5. I always love stories continuing Team Avatar's adventures post-tv series. The animosity in this volume parallels well with modern politics and discussions about privileges.

  • Chad

    Faith Erin Hicks does a wonderful job continuing the series. The art looks like the next season you haven't watched yet. If you're a fan of the cartoon, you'll dig this.

  • Y.S. Stephen

    Imbalance (Part One) paints a detailed picture of what happens "progress" or what counts for innovation and societal change leave people worse off. Imbalance Part Two, on the other hand, delves deep into the mechanics of divide and rule.

    In the latest part, we witness Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph trying to get to the bottom of the conflict between benders and non-benders in Cranefish Town. After much investigation, they discovered that one of the town elders is organising and pulling benders tog

    Imbalance (Part One) paints a detailed picture of what happens "progress" or what counts for innovation and societal change leave people worse off. Imbalance Part Two, on the other hand, delves deep into the mechanics of divide and rule.

    In the latest part, we witness Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph trying to get to the bottom of the conflict between benders and non-benders in Cranefish Town. After much investigation, they discovered that one of the town elders is organising and pulling benders together to act against non-benders. This particular elder tells benders that the technological innovations made by the non-benders are designed to keep benders out of jobs as well as relegate them in society.

    Much of this story details the methods Aang and his friends employ to find out the truth. It also looks at the difficult decisions that await Aang in particular when confronted with the reality of the situation.

    Imbalance Part Two is a story that mirrors the world's present political and cultural malaise. It shows how the rich and powerful manipulate certain sections of the populace against the other in other to maintain the status quo - the one that keeps excessive wealth in their families - and the deep community divisions that result from it.

  • Online Eccentric Librarian

    One thing I can definitely say about all these Avatar books (for both Korra's and Aang's stories) is that they are very high quality, true to the Avatar world, and with brilliant illustration work. They are a great way to continue the series and enjoy more tales from our favorite characters. With Imbalance, our Team Avatar must confront the dissonance between benders and non benders - and those willing it create a suprem

    One thing I can definitely say about all these Avatar books (for both Korra's and Aang's stories) is that they are very high quality, true to the Avatar world, and with brilliant illustration work. They are a great way to continue the series and enjoy more tales from our favorite characters. With Imbalance, our Team Avatar must confront the dissonance between benders and non benders - and those willing it create a supremacy on one side, once and for all.

    Story: Toph's father's factory was blown up - with Toph inside! She escaped injury but she's mad and she needs Team Avatar's help to solve the mystery behind the sabotage. A meeting with a friendly City councilwoman in Cranefish turns up new clues and unearths a conspiracy to subjugate non benders to bender will. Can the team create peace and fix this unbalance?

    Imbalance #2 does feel like a middle book in that it starts off where another book ended - and then finishes with a cliffhanger to lead into a third in the series. But that's ok - there is a clear story arc here and the last pages leave us looking forward to more.

    Although the illustrations do make everyone seem around age 13 or so, they are clean and bright and nicely match the original tv series. Sokka's impishness, Toph's aloofness, Aang's earnestness, and Kitara's drive are all perfectly captured in the artwork. I can almost see it animated.

    The story itself has all the great personality quirks - Sokka lost none of his fun and for once, feels less buffoonish here. If anything, he and Toph take center stage in most of the story as he does detective work and Toph just rushes right into things. Aang, Kirara, and Suki are along for the ride, but it is a fun one and captures all the spark of the original TV series writing.

    In all, a great story that is true to the Avatar world and wonderful fun. It's not as serious as Korra's world but that playfulness makes for a very fun read. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

  • Lindsey

    These felt like the characters from the show. Well done!

  • Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*

    Great volume, it has all of your favorite hits: a Toph-heavy story, Sokka's investigator hat from the Avatar Day episode, Sokka's Mr. Fire disguise from the Fire Nation dance party episode, and NO Aang-Katara smoochie-smoochie. A little Sokka-Suki smoochie-smoochie though.

    The gang gets to the bottom of the bender vs. non-bender conflict simmering in Cranefish Town, and the tension builds. It got awfully dark with the inclusion of the phrase "They will not replace us". I don't think I have seen

    Great volume, it has all of your favorite hits: a Toph-heavy story, Sokka's investigator hat from the Avatar Day episode, Sokka's Mr. Fire disguise from the Fire Nation dance party episode, and NO Aang-Katara smoochie-smoochie. A little Sokka-Suki smoochie-smoochie though.

    The gang gets to the bottom of the bender vs. non-bender conflict simmering in Cranefish Town, and the tension builds. It got awfully dark with the inclusion of the phrase "They will not replace us". I don't think I have seen the Avatar series reflect current sociopolitics quite so resoundingly as this. I will chalk that up to Faith Hicks' excellent writing.

    Looking forward to the release of volume 3 later this year! At some point I hope that the series of graphic novels will end; as much as I love more time with these characters, I really don't need a complete accounting of the decades in between The Last Airbender and Korra. The final page brings up a big issue bridging the two series, possibly pointing to a planned end to the written series? Who am I kidding, as long as there are sufficient readers/buyers, they will probably keep putting these volumes out. I am supremely grateful that at least they are faithful to the original show, in tone, character, and quality.

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