How can I say this...this book is garbage. On the surface it's harmless enough, and enjoyable enough. However, Gene Yang spends most of his time either glorifying his own characters, or giving the spotlight to a character I couldn't remember for the life of me, and debasing established characters. The main five are good and fine enough, but the moment Zuko get's involved everything falls to pot. Zuko going to his father is just...stupid. After he repeatedly advocated the murder of the man, he's suddenly going to him for advice? And what about Mai? She gets a single page, and that single page shows why exactly this comic is terrible. Gene Yang does not understand the characters. Or, at the very least, he doesn't care to focus on the characters he doesn't like. Newsflash Mr Yang, this is a book for the fans of Avatar, not your pet project. This is a book for fans that enjoyed ALL the characters from the original show. And yes, some of them were fans of Mai and Ty Lee, and don't appreciate how poorly you've written them.
The original characters wouldn't be a problem, if they weren't so awful. Kori is an obnoxious, self righteous piece of crap that should have had a meeting with the royal executioner after attacking her rule. And the rest are just so boring. They barely make it past the stereotype phase, and when they do it's poorly written.
I would say don't waste your money, but we all know we need to know how it ends. If nothing else than to see if Mike and Bryan undo the damage caused by Yang. What was anyone involved with this thinking? That fans would appreciate this kind of crap? Apparently so, because nobody else is pointing out what a horribly written mess this is. Just...read it to find out what happens, and hate it all the while. I had been thinking of trying out Yang's other work, but if it's as bad as what we see here he doesn't deserve the money it would cost me to buy his crap.