Back in October 2015, James Cameron had announced that Dark Horse would be publishing comics featuring new adventures from Pandora. Almost two years later, we finally get the first of those comics on Free Comic Book Day, and even though it’s an introduction of what’s to come, I kind of expected more, especially given the long wait.
First of all, I’m a huge fan of James Cameron’s Avatar. Nowadays, I feel like it’s more popular to hate on the movie, but you won’t be getting any of that from me. I saw the movie four times in the movie theater, studied the language for a bit, and my current dream is to visit Pandora at Disney World.
The comic, “Brothers,” written by Sherri L. Smith and featuring art by Doug Wheatley is 6 double-sided pages long. Naturally, the art is gorgeous. I’m familiar with Wheatley mostly because of Star Wars, and I’m so glad he was chosen to do the art because he captured the beauty of Pandora incredibly well. The colors are also outstanding and that’s due to Wes Dzioba.
The story filled in the gap of what happened to Jake Sully after he dove off of his ikran and onto toruk (the great leonopteryx). In the movie, after he jumped, the screen went black and we later see him fly on toruk’s back to the Tree of Souls. Just like in the movie, Jake is narrating and bringing in his personal experiences into the mix. I’ve seen the movie so many times that I could actually hear Sam Worthington’s voice speaking in the back of my mind, so I think Smith did a great job at capturing the characters’ thoughts. He mostly talked about his brother, Tommy, and how his personal favorite story growing up was about Alexander the Great taming a wild horse. It was a great parallel to his own story, since Jake was about to tame this giant, wild beast.
When Jake finally manages to make the bond, they encounter a marine in a Samson ready to attack them. Jake and toruk, now bonded as brothers, move to attack first and that’s where it ends.
My only complaint was that it was too short. It should have detailed the fight that came after, especially since that would essentially be their first kill/win together.
At the very end, there’s a small box with the words, “Watch for more adventures from Pandora coming soon!” Here’s hoping something will be announced at San Diego Comic-Con or New York Comic Con because this Avatar fan is craving more stories.