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Avatar: Tsu'tey's Path
Country USA
Language English
Genre Fiction, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Publisher Dark Horse Comics
Release date January 16, 2019-
Media type Comic book

Avatar: Tsu'tey's Path is a six issue comic miniseries focusing on Tsu'tey. The miniseries takes place during the events of the first Avatar film and features events that were only alluded to in the original movie. Tsu'tey's Path is the first major release from Dark Horse's Avatar comic line.

The miniseries is written by Sherri L. Smith, penciled by Jan Duursema, inked by Dan Parsons, and colored by Wes Dzioba. The covers are illustrated Doug Wheatley, with variant covers by Shea Standefer[1][2][3]. Most of the Tsu'tey's Path team previously worked on the James Cameron's Avatar Free Comic Book Day 2017 issue.

Dark Horse announced Avatar: Tsu'tey's Path on September 27, 2018 with a first issue release date of January 16, 2019.[4] The second issue was released on February 13, 2019.[5] The third issue was released on March 13, 2019.[6] The fourth issue was released on May 1, 2019, delayed from its original April 17 release date.[7][8]. Issue 5 is scheduled for release on June 12, 2019, with the sixth and final issue set for release on July 10.[9][10]

Plot Edit

Issue 1 Edit

Tsu'tey reluctantly meditates with Mo'at, Eytukan, and Neytiri at the Tree of Souls. Mo'at and Eytukan emphasize the importance of patience and the upcoming responsibilites of Tsu'tey and Neytiri as the respective Olo'eyktan and Tsahìk of the Omaticaya Clan. Tsu'tey leaves to join his group waiting hunter trainees, formed of three senior members, lead by Takuk, and two less experienced ones, Ka'ani and Saeyla. After a night time survival training and climbing practice, Takuk and the senior female trainee explain to the newbies why Tsu'tey pushes himself and his charges so hard; even though he's bethrothed to Neytiri, he's still in love with Sylwanin, Neytiri's deceased sister.

Later that night, Tsu'tey and his students capture Jake Sully, which immediately puts them at odds with Neytiri. As humans are forbidden on Omaticaya land, Tsu'tey wants to kill Jake as an example to them. Neytiri convinces him that the issue is a matter for Mo'at. The group brings Jake to Mo'at and Eytukan. After Mo'at questions Jake, Eytukan decides to let him stay and have Neytiri teach him about Na'vi culture due to his curious status as a "warrior Dreamwalker ". Despite his student's reluctance and his own disapproval, Tsu'tey tells them to respect Eytukan's decision.

Tsu'tey travels to the Tree of Voices in an attempt to commune with Sylwanin's spirit before Neytiri arrives. They discuss how much they miss Sylwanin and their concerns about Jake. While Tsu'tey firmly believes that humans only bring death, Neytiri believes it's an opportunity to learn from him and teach humans another path beyond the damage they've already done to the Na'vi and Pandora.

Issue 2Edit

Tsu'tey explains the importance of Ka'ani and Saeyla's next task: bonding with a direhorse. The two newbies succeed with varying amounts of difficulty. After some discussion with Tsu'tey, Eyutkan recommends that Ka'ani and Saeyla undertake the rite of passage to bond and ride an ikran. The senior trainees disagree with Tsu'tey, but he sees it as a way to show Eytukan the strength of their heart and spirit and to show up Jake. The trainees disagree on whether or not Eytukan or Tsu'tey have the best judgement on Jake Sully, but Tsu'tey discourages them from seeing him as inherantly better than Eytukan because of his youth and strength.

Tsu'tey goes to the Tree of Voices to seek Sylwanin's guidance. She manifest in front of him as a spirit that lacks knowledge of her death and what happened after it. He explains what happened after her absense. As Sylwanin was original Omaticaya tsahik-in-training and Tsu'tey's bethrothed before her untimely death, Tsu'tey believes that she has a better sense of "the spirit of the People" than he does and asks her what he should do next. She tells him that she remains a girl while things have changed and that he should get insight from those wiser than her among the living.

Tsu'tey entrusts Takuk to look over Ka'ani and Saeyla's direhorse training while he discusses introspective matters with the other senior male trainee, Atan. They ride over to where Jake is undertaking his own direhorse training, having faceplanted into the mud right before Tsu'tey's arrival. After a brief talk where Jake has his suspicions of Tsu'tey knowing English confirmed, Tsu'tey rides off still highly unimpressed by the other man.

After consulting with Mo'at, where she encourages to prepare for everything in times of change, Tsu'tey joins Neytiri in leading Jake, Ka'ani and Saeyla to Ikran Makto. He encourages the newbies to stay back to watch and learn from Jake's mistakes, as they were born to do this while Jake was not. Jake's success in the ritual shocks Tsu'tey.

After the ritual, Saeyla encourages Atan to join the group in dancing. He asks where Tsu'tey is, to which Saeyla responds that Tsu'tey can't dance and that he is probably with Neytiri. Meanwhile at the Tree of Voices, Neytiri is still amazed at how well Jake was able to tame his ikran, which worries Tsu'tey as Jake is not Na'vi. This doesn't concern Neytiri, as Jake is strong in heart and body and is learning. When she says that they shall learn too, Tsu'tey is confused. Neytiri clarifies, since Tsu'tey missed what happened during his training and worrying about Jake's role in the clan: Grace Augustine is back, which Neytiri sees as a good sign that the Omaticaya clan might have a school again too.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. https://www.darkhorse.com/Blog/2789/nycc-2018-dark-horse-returns-pandora
  2. https://www.darkhorse.com/Comics/3004-973/James-Camerons-Avatar-Tsuteys-Path-1-Shea-Standerfer-Variant-Cover
  3. https://www.cbr.com/exclusive-dark-horse-covers-avatar-death-orb-umbrella-academy/
  4. https://www.darkhorse.com/Blog/2789/nycc-2018-dark-horse-returns-pandora
  5. https://www.cbr.com/exclusive-dark-horse-covers-avatar-death-orb-umbrella-academy/
  6. https://www.comixology.com/Avatar-Tsuteys-Path-3/digital-comic/748607?ref=Y29taWMvdmlldy9kZXNrdG9wL3NsaWRlckxpc3Qvc2VyaWVz
  7. https://www.darkhorse.com/Comics/29-479/Avatar-Tsuteys-Path-4
  8. https://www.previewsworld.com/Article/228036-PREVIEWSworlds-New-Releases-For-4172019
  9. https://www.darkhorse.com/Comics/29-480/Avatar-Tsuteys-Path-5
  10. https://www.darkhorse.com/Comics/29-481/Avatar-Tsuteys-Path-6
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