|Avatar: Adapt or Die|
|Illustrator||Beni R. Lobel|
|Publisher||Dark Horse Comics|
|Release date||May 11, 2022|
|Media type||Comic book|
Avatar: Adapt or Die is a six-part comic series being published by Dark Horse Comics. It is a prequel to the first film, following Grace Augustine's attempts to bridge a peace with the Omaticaya clan.
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.
Over a decade after the first avatar drivers arrived on Pandora, Grace Augustine is heading the Avatar Program and working to establish peaceful negotiations with the nearby Omaticaya clan. She meets with Mo'at, who is with a group of children all playing a game involving catching flying insects with baskets. Grace proposes the idea of a schoolhouse, but Mo'at is apprehensive and unconvinced that the Na'vi stand to gain anything from learning from humans. Grace, however, convinces her that sharing knowledge is important and beneficial, and reminds her that sky people are there to stay. Mo'at dismisses Grace and tells her although her arguments have merit, she will not make a decision that day. Grace returns to her Samson escort. As they are in the air, a swarm of insects that the children had been playing with engulfs the vehicle but does not cause harm.
Mo'at meets with Eytukan to discuss Grace's idea. Eytukan remains staunchly against the idea, but Mo'at concedes that it is the children who would attend, not the adults. The two of them gather the village's children, including Sylwanin and her sister, Neytiri, who is performing tricks on the vines that hang from hometree.
The following day, Mo'at brings the children to Hell's Gate to explore and decide for themselves whether they want to learn from the sky people. Grace is enthusiastic and shows the children around the base; a human scientist approaches her with an urgent concern, but Grace dismisses her. She teaches the children how to play basketball but is later concerned when they start climbing on the base itself. Mo'at scolds them for misbehaving in what is the humans' hometree and Grace explains to her that some human things can be dangerous to those who don't understand them. The group then follows behind a bulldozer and looks at the tracks it leaves in the ground. The children are fascinated, but Mo'at is unsettled by the machine's destruction. Grace empathizes with her just as Parker Selfridge interrupts and tells Grace that the Na'vi need to leave.
Back at hometree, Mo'at and the children discuss the events and whether they want to learn more from the sky people. Neytiri is excited about the idea and Sylwanin remarks that the schoolhouse would be an opportunity for the Na'vi to teach the humans, rather than vice versa. Mo'at and Eytukan agree and settle on the schoolhouse being opened. Just as they do, however, Ateyo approaches Mo'at carrying a sick child, who has been running a fever since shortly after disembarking from the Samson aircraft. Mo'at thinks his sickness is caused by too much excitement until another Na'vi brings a sick child to her. Mo'at initially also assumes it is something mundane until the child collapses to the ground. Eytukan becomes enraged, saying that the humans poisoned the children while they were at Hell's Gate.
The following day, Grace is on her way back to the Omaticaya hometree until her pilot relays a message from the Na'vi on the ground: Mo'at has ordered them not to land, adding that it is for their own safety. Mo'at and Eytukan discuss the children's illness, Eytukan still convinced it was a plot by the humans. Mo'at explains that the sickness is similar to the effects of the syekalin, a flower that releases sweet-smelling pollen that can cause illness when inhaled. However, the flower does not bloom in that season, with Mo'at needing to venture far from Hometree to find one. Eytukan ponders if someone - namely humans - could have deliberately poisoned the children with the flower. Mo'at does not agree and leaves to retrieve the remedy for the syekalin pollen from a river.
Grace, back at Hell's Gate, examines a sample of her avatar's hair under the microscope. Her assistant questions her and Grace tells her to look at the sample; when she does, she discovers that the hair of Grace's avatar is changing color, becoming paler in some places. They both conclude it must be something external causing the reaction; since avatars are genetically engineered and grown in-vitro, it is unusual for them to have any internal problems that are not accounted for.
Mo'at has administered the cure to the children. After eating some, they begin to feel slightly better but are not recovering. She and Eytukan ponder if the effects of the syekalin are especially potent this season. More Na'vi then arrive with children and infants in tow, all of whom are sick with the mysterious illness.
Following the examination of her avatar, Grace places it in the ambient room and administers it a biomarker to see if there is anything unusual in the avatar's system. When she links with it, she does not feel ill but notes that something feels off in the body. Parker then enters the ambient room and complains that Grace is not with the Na'vi and working on setting up the schoolhouse. Even after Grace explains that they were ordered not to land, Parker is steadfast.
Mo'at crafts a new cure for the children, this time adding new ingredients along with the other remedy. She tries giving it to a child but she refuses. Mo'at tells the child's mother to try giving it to her but the mother becomes annoyed and asks Mo'at why she is trying to give the children the same cure as before. Mo'at explains that it has new ingredients since the blight of the syekalin might be different that year. The Na'vi woman becomes angry, accusing Mo'at of calling the children liars. She asks the children if they ever touched the syekalin and they all deny that they did. Mo'at leaves to tell Eytukan that she is going to Hell's Gate to discover what might have unintentionally poisoned the kids and speak to Grace. Eytukan forbids her from leaving, whilst Grace, back at Hell's Gate, decides to leave on her own to visit the Omaticaya and find out what's wrong.
|Films||Avatar (2009) · Avatar: The Way of Water (2022) · Avatar 3 (2024) · Avatar 4 (2026) · Avatar 5 (2028)|
|Comics||Brothers (2017) · Tsu'tey's Path (2019) ·The Next Shadow (2021) · The High Ground (TBC) · Adapt or Die (2022)|
|Games||PC/Console: Avatar: The Game (PC/360/PS3 · Demo · Wii/PSP · NDS) · Frontiers of Pandora|
iOS/Android: Avatar · Warrior's Journey · Pandora Rising · Reckoning
Browser: AVTR Advanced Team · Pandora ROVR
Other: The Mobile Game · Pinball
|Events||The Exhibition (2011-14) · Toruk - The First Flight (2015-19) · Discover Pandora (2016-) · 10 Year Anniversary (2019)|
|Related||ILM Prototype · Pandora Discovered · Capturing Avatar · A Message from Pandora · Prequel · Pandora: The World of Avatar (2017-) · Novel Series|