Published: 2014 (Dark Horse)
Blurb: Sacred Land Defiled! Avatar Aang asks his friends to help him honor Yangchen's Festival—one of the highest Air Nomad holidays, which hasn't been celebrated in over one hundred years. But cryptic visits from the spirit of Avatar Yangchen herself lead Aang to discover a jointly owned Fire Nation and Earth Kingdom refinery—operating on land sacred to the Airbenders! Is this simply a case of corporate greed or is something more mysterious happening?
My opinion: The drawing style is the same one as in "The Search" and I can live with that, but Iroh doesn't look like himself. Almost didn't recognise him.
Sokka is headless again, Aang is as naive as ever and Katara's only function is to comfort other people. Seriously, did Book Three even happen? At least Toph is back.
The story lines from "The Promise" and "The Search" come together here, but "The Search" doesn't feel as genuine as the others. I like how Yu Dao is developing, especially with a heterogenic government like this.
I don't like how Aang clings to all those traditions. I get that he wants to preserve his culture, especially given that he's the last airbender, but in doing that he comes across close-minded. Luckily there's Toph who shows that things shouldn't just be done because that's the way it is. It's just that the way she shows is it is quite aggressive.
The modern technology of the factory doesn't really go well with the rest of the worldbuilding. Maybe that's on purpose, we'll see.
And then it ended in such a cliffhanger... again! I actually gasped.
My rating: 3/5 Buttons