Synopsis: Decades into the advent of the Avatar program on Pandora, pressure to bridge the divide between human and Na’vi has hit a peak. As an ally of the Omatikaya clan, Dr. Grace Augustine begins negotiations to open a school for Na’vi children, but her plans for peace, hope, and unity could trigger an unprecedented disaster–one afflicting the most vulnerable and protected of Na’vi.
Picking up the story quite sometime after the events of the movie. The humans are also known as The Sky People and The Na’vi are managing to co-exist on Pandora, which is in part thanks to the efforts of Dr. Grace Augustine (Who was played by Sigourney Weaver in the movie.) In an effort to further improve relations between the Sky People and the Na’vi’s Omatikaya clan, Grace Augustine suggests opening a school for the Na’vi children. Uncertain about the benefits of this. The leaders of the Omatikaya ask their children what they think. It is decided to give the school a try. However, when the kids become ill after their visit to the Sky Peoples camp. Relations between The Sky People and the Na’vi look to be in peril.
Beni Lobel does a brilliant job of bringing the world of Pandora to the pages of this comic. He does a fantastic job of capturing the grace of movement that the Na’vi have. I especially loved the series of panels where we see one of the Na’vi children trying a new trick while swinging on some vines.
The artist also does a great job of capturing the contrast between the natural surroundings of the Na’vi and the more industrial surroundings of The Sky People.
This is my first Avatar Comic and is a good jumping-on point for anyone that has not followed the comic book series, which pretty much fills in the space between the 2008 movie and the forthcoming second film.
Writer Corinna Sara Bechko does a brilliant job with the story as well as capturing the very distinct voice of Dr. Grace Augustine, who was a key player in the movie. I loved the back and forth conversations between the two leaders of the Omatikaya Clan.
Overall. A really strong start to a story, which I hope will gain momentum and strength as the series progresses.