Review - Avatar Tsu'Tey's Path #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"Good. A leader must learn to be still sometimes. To hear what Eywa wishes."

Avatar was a big deal when it came out. There was tons more planned, but so far not a whole lot has really been said about the follow-up movies. At the very least though Dark Horse Comics is delving into the world further with Avatar Tsu'Tey's Path #1. The issue is written by Sherri L. Smith, penciled by Jan Duursema, inked by Dan Parson and colored by Wes Dzioba.

Tsu'tey, proud warrior of the Omatikaya clan, betrothed to Neyteri, has his life turned upside down by the arrival of Jake Sully of the Sky People.

Smith dives right into the world that James Cameron created, not skipping a beat when it comes to making readers feel at home. Much of the issue is spent focusing on a day in the life of Tsu'Tey as he moves from training to hunting. The dialogue amongst the Omatikava is fairly formulaic with Smith relying on typical warrior tribe conversations about protecting the tribe and honor. That's not to say it's bad, but it does feel a little rote. There's a sense of healthy competition amongst the tribe members as well that lends itself well to the story and affords Smith the chance to further explore their tribal bonds.

Duursema does a fine job on the pencils, capturing the visually delicate and lithe appearance of the Omatikava. The neatly arranged panels also gives Duursema a chance to show off the breadth of the tribe as they move through the lushly illustrated jungles. Parson does a good job on inks, filling each character with a presence that allows the reader to feel more immersed in that world. Considering the book (and property) thrives on color, Parson allows the blacks to shine through to great effect. And Dzioba's colors are very vibrant and make the world feel alive.

Avatar Tsu'Tey's Path #1 doesn't necessarily tread new ground, but it does go back to a place that was a phenomenon. Tsu'Tey's life is upended with the arrival of Jake Sully and how they all come to grips with one another will be an interesting read. Smith's script is an introduction of sorts to the character and its inhabitants. Duursema and Parson do a good job on the artwork in presenting their take on the world. Avatar Tsu'Tey's Path #1 will definitely be worth checking out for fans of the movie.

Avatar Tsu'Tey's Path #1 is available January 16.