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By SarahTheRebel On 11 Jul, 2013 At 12:34 AM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Reviews | With 0 Comments

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I loved Avatar: The Last Airbender, and as a result, I’m pretty much addicted to all things TLA (except Korra…I didn’t like Korra much). In Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Search, Part 2 (TPB), we get one step closer to the answer to one of the biggest mysteries of the series: what happened to Zuko’s mother? Written and drawn by the creative team behind the best-selling Avatar: The Promise, Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru, in collaboration with Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, this is a truly legit continuation of Avatar.

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The art is lush and looks just like the animated series, which I loved. The Search – Part 2 kicks off with a bang, promising me more information about one of my favorite characters, Azula. What is her destiny? I can’t wait to find out more. The fighting is handled gracefully, much like the series. Unlike the series, however, I’ve noticed Aang often takes the view of “the happiness of many over the happiness of the one” in the comics, which is interesting, because it’s usually bad guys who follow this philosophy in children’s cartoons.

Suffice it to say, I can’t WAIT for October for the epic conclusion and (HOPEFULLY) the final answer to the mystery of Zuko’s mom.

Plot

In search of their long-lost mother, Fire Lord Zuko and his deadly and insane sister Azula have brought Avatar Aang and his friends into a mysterious forest, but what they discover within may be more than they can face. Will they too be lost in these woods forever?

The Deets

Writers:

Gene Luen Yang
Michael Dante DiMartin
Bryan Konietzko

Artist:

Gurihiru

Cover Artist:

Gurihiru

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By Garrett Green On 15 Jul, 2012 At 02:21 AM | Categorized As Animation, News, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThe Legend of Korra had a great first season in terms of audience averaging 3.8 million viewers for the first season. Some people expressed issues with the season finale but overall, most people loved season 1 and can’t wait for season 2. Nickelodeon agreed and doesn’t want the gravy train to end, so they ordered 26 more episodes to be split up into 2 seasons. This will bring the total up to 4 books over the course of 52 episodes. Exciting new for fans. It’s also been confirmed that book 2 will be called “Spirit” and deal with Korra learning to get in touch with her spiritual side and expanding on the spirit world The Last Airbender established. A few other mentions have been made including the return of Probending and Mako going the police force, but I think the most interesting mention was that the show would delve into how the mythology of the Avatar. I personally really want to see this expansion on the spirit world since I always felt like there was so much more they could have done with that. I’ve also always wondered about who was the first Avatar and how that got started so it’ll be interesting seeing how they tell that story. There is no release date for Legend of Korra but stay tuned. In the mean time enjoy this poster that many people at Comic Con received.

By Garrett Green On 5 Mar, 2012 At 02:21 AM | Categorized As Animation, News, Previews, Television | With 0 Comments

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen any news about the highly anticipated Legend of Korra series. The sequel to the great cartoon series, Avatar: The Last Airbender, many fans have been salivating at the mouth just waiting for the first episode to come out. Well to hold you over just a little longer, whenever “coming soon” will be, here is a new trailer with all new scenes and dialogue. Now. many people, including myself, may have forgotten that this series is actually being done by Nickelodeon. This trailer made sured I remembered that, but it isn’t a bad thing. The wonderful thing about the first series was the perfect blend of humorous and sometimes slapstick comedy with beautiful choreographed action scenes. While many of what we have seen already has been action oriented, this new trailer reminds us that Legend of Korra will also have its light hearted funny moments. Check out the new trailer and try to wait patiently, as if I can, for what is sure to be another great cartoon series.

Via IGN.com http://tv.ign.com/articles/121/1219419p1.html

By otakuman5000 On 24 Dec, 2011 At 03:26 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 1 Comment

No GravatarIt seems that a new policy going into affect January 1, 2012 will cause all gun-like Avatar items to be banned from Xbox Live. With news from EPIC Games, EPIC is claiming that Microsoft is banning and removing any and all gun-like Avatar props as part of their new mandate. This comes at a surprise, especially since most of the more popular Avatar items over Xbox Live are based on games that are based off of shooter games, like Gears of War, Halo, or Call of Duty. However, for those who already bought an Avatar “gun-like” item, you will still be able to keep it without any change. If you delete it for any reason though, don’t expect to ever see it again on the marketplace. So word of advice, start grabbing all the weapon-like Avatar items now before they are all gone within a few weeks. Who knows now, we might end up getting a whole sub-culture of cool kids who have Lancers and BRs, while the rest of us will have to settle for teddy bears and medkits.

 

EPIC’s Annoucement on Forum —      http://forums.epicgames.com/threads/870773-Lancer-and-Hammerburst-avatar-items-no-longer-available-on-Marketplace-on-1-1-2012

By Charles On 21 Oct, 2011 At 04:58 PM | Categorized As Featured, Reviews, Television | With 0 Comments

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There was so much riding on Terra Nova, that failure was not scene as an option. It was easily one of the most hyped shows going into this fall TV season, and for good reason:   It was a sweeping epic that blended together the future and the past. The production and writing team was culled from some of the most prolific and well known in the science fiction television universe, including perennial show-runners Brannon Braga and Rene Echevarria, who cut their teeth on Star Trek in the 1990s. And it had the backing of one Mr. Steven Spielberg, the original voice of “bigger is better”. Never had a science fiction show had so much hype and hope riding on it to succeed where others had failed in the past. So much hope, in fact, that FOX Broadcasting threw its weight behind it and set it up as one of the biggest shows of the Fall season.

It almost worked. Terra Nova debuted to around 9.5 million viewers before settling in at around 8 million in subsequent weeks. While this isn’t really a bad thing for any other show, because so much was riding on Terra Nova to be the “Next Big Thing,” the fact that it’s not comes off as a disappointment.

Which is a shame, really, because Terra Nova is easily one of the most entertaining science fiction-type shows of late not to come out of the United Kingdom. Barring the inevitable comparisons to UK stalwarts (and imports) “Primeval” and “Sanctuary,” Terra Nova presents an alternative version of the future that carries on the traditions set by some of the classic authors in the genre, while keeping itself firmly grounded in appeal as a family show. And it has dinosaurs. Can’t forget the dinosaurs.

The show follows the Shannon family: cop-father Jim, doctor-mother Elizabeth and children Josh, Maddie and Zoe, as they attempt to build a new life in the colony of Terra Nova, which exists on a time stream that runs parallel to ours, but is currently experiencing the Cretaceous Era, a time where the dinosaur is king. The setting alone would make for an interesting series (which, by the way, Discovery Channel has already done repeatedly), but added into the mix are themes of conservation, intrigue, rebellion and more dinosaurs, who are often at odds with the colonists.

See, in this future world, mankind has so destroyed the planet that we need air masks to breathe outside, fresh produce is non-existent (which makes for an interesting scene in the premiere involving a single orange), and families are limited to 4 people tops to prevent rampant overpopulation. Violators are often fined or imprisoned. Such is the fate of the Shannons, when Jim and Elizabeth welcome into this forsaken landscape youngest daughter Zoe. And the price they pay for this indiscretion is Jim being thrown in jail, and Zoe taken away.

Future Propaganda

Given that some of these issues are prevalent in our own world (and, given the prevalence, I doubt we would actually make it into the 23rd century), Terra Nova had a lot of heavy material it could easily cover pertaining to current social issues. Well, it really doesn’t (at least not from the 5 episodes currently aired). Less than twenty minutes into the first episode, Elizabeth, Josh and Maddie are already on their way to the past, recruited by the Terra Nova project to be part of the 10th “Pilgrimage” to this new, unpolluted world, and Jim has broken out of jail, rescued Zoe, and charging headlong after them.

That point, which marks the formal beginning of the series, is also where the tone drastically changes from pseudo-political science fiction, to fish-out-of-water family drama, as the Shannons settle into life 85 million years into the past. Formerly alien and exotic things like fresh fruit are now everywhere. The air is so clean, the pilgrims need to get adjusted to it. And of course, the dinosaurs. Can’t forget the dinosaurs.

At its core, Terra Nova isn’t so different from any other family show (and it is a family show, make no mistake) currently on the air. Jim struggles to fit in before becoming the only cop in the colony (why they need one escapes me, what with half the colony being military. Not to mention the fact that Jim sort of broke into the past…and out of jail). Elizabeth has to juggle a hard job, a family, and a supervisor who wants to sleep with her. Josh and Maddie find love interests before the first episode is over, and they pan out pretty much as one would expect them to. And Zoe…is sort of there. Given everything that’s going on around them, and the fact that they are currently living in a world that looks and feels like ours, but plainly isn’t, there is a wealth of other storytelling possibilities there to cover without resorting to more of the same, expected plots that other shows have. Like what the real deal is with the Sixers (think of them as the “Others” of Terra Nova, members of an earlier pilgrimage who ran off after their attempted coup failed). Or just exactly what happened to Commander Taylor (an amazing Stephen Lang- you will start watching the show just for him after a while) after he crossed over and spent 100+ days alone in the height of Dinosaur domination.

Human melodrama aside, Terra Nova might be one of the most beautiful shows in the history of television. Pulling visual effects that wouldn’t appear out of place in a SquareEnix game and overlaying them into the lush wilderness of modern Australia gives the show a true feeling of being someplace out of time and untouched by human hands. The greens are green, the blues are blue, and the forest is alive, sometimes literally. Seeing as how Spielberg is part of the production team, and he did give us the splendid Jurassic Park back in the early 90s, it seems fitting that the show manages to create a world that is alien but also familiar.

Lunch time, everybody get in line…

And the dinosaurs. Can’t forget the dinosaurs. Currently, they’ve only shown a few of the hundreds of species available to choose from when crafting a tale set in the Cretaceous (and those few have only shown up a few times), but the ones they’ve chosen fit the bill. Not enemies (though they sometimes feel the need to attack and eat colonists), definitely not allies (except maybe the Brachiosaurs), but neighbors that the colony must learn to live with and not disrupt as much as possible. But when they do collide with the humans, it creates for some truly tense moments. (Watch the interesting, and visually stunning, second episode to see what I mean.)

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One of my friends told me, after seeing previews that seemed everywhere this summer, that Terra Nova reminded him of Avatar with dinosaurs. And that comparison isn’t exactly wrong- like the much hyped, visually stunning James Cameron movie of 2009, Terra Nova is heavy on scenery, light on story (at times), and designed to be escapist fluff that entertains you, but not much beyond that. But that doesn’t mean that it’s a bad show. Putting aside all the connotations ascribed to science fiction, what you get is a solidly produced diversion from the crime dramas (though this has them), family oriented dramadies (also these) and reality TV that seems to be the entirety of the broadcast and cable schedules. Will it win any awards? No. Will it be renewed? Hopefully. The planned 13 episode arc, which concludes in December, has a lot of potential left in it, and if it can find a gripping meta-plot, it has a good chance to come back.

Welcome to Terra Nova. It’s not perfect, but it sure is interesting. And fun.