James Cameron's Avatar: The High Ground Vol. 1

Amazon | James Cameron's Avatar: The High Ground Vol. 1

Disover more of the Avatar saga in this direct prequel to the film Avatar 2!

James Cameron' screenplay, "The High Ground," was intended as the first sequel to the biggest blockbuster of all time, Avatar. Discarded in favour of other ideas, the original screenplay is being adapted into a three-part graphic novel series.

It has been almost a decade since the humans were forced to leave Pandora - but now they're returning - with an armada of heavily-armed starships! After years of peace, Jake Sully has settled down with Neytiri and raised a family, so for him, the stakes are even higher than when he first went to war against the corporate might of the RDA.

Adapted for comics by award-winning author Sherri L. Smith (The Toymaker's Apprentice, Orleans, and others), and illustrated by Brazilian artist Guilherme Balbi, Avatar: The High Ground, Volume 1 - Advent to War ventures into all-new territory in the Avatar saga, and is a direct prequel to next year's release of the film Avatar 2!

So if I'm understanding this correctly, it was supposed to be the sequel, but instead it's a lead-up to the actual sequel.
 
WHAT THE F, I swear that link was legit yesterday. Damn, I should've taken a screenshot. A search doesn't seem to turn it up.

Well, maybe that was put up prematurely and we'll see it again later?
 
Well, this cover is still up. Check it out while you can.

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It briefly popped up again a few days ago, I think it was originally scheduled to come out in Late Jan. But when the sequel was delayed to 2021, it must have been postponed as well but some sites pulled the trigger for the original date still by accident. (Just a theory)
 

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it would be nice to get some news in the middle of this god-forsaken pandemic madness, but that wouldn't be JC's style would it?!

There's some news coming out occasionally through Jon Landau's, James Cameron's, and Avatar's Instagram pages. News now is that everyone's relieved principal photography finished for 2 and 3, and now it's just effects, which are being worked on on schedule through zoom meetings between the artists at home. So as far as we know, the pandemic won't affect the release of the second and third films.
 
i couldn't find anything on the Avatar IG or twitter that had 'The High Ground' as a title or art. you can see deleted entries on the older IG pages in 2018 and 2019. on twitter, deleted tweets only show up in the current year, everything earlier is archived to the account's user page.

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I can't post pics anymore, but, The High Ground is now available for pre order on Amazon and other places, they have synopsis for all three volumes and the synopsis for the second volume made my jaw drop!!! I am SO stoked!!!
 
I can't post pics anymore, but, The High Ground is now available for pre order on Amazon and other places, they have synopsis for all three volumes and the synopsis for the second volume made my jaw drop!!! I am SO stoked!!!
Indeed, the synopsis for the second one is the most interesting. It implies that Jake has some kind of plan to make it too costly for the humans to return, but it somehow also relies on human nature to keep it together (or not, since the plan unravels because of it). And seemingly it involves Jake and Neytiri going off planet as a part of this plan. I am really interested in seeing how this is going to turn out.

I always found it interesting to imagine what the most effective way would be for the humans to return to Pandora. Unless Jake has found a way to directly influence Eywa (which seems highly unlikely to me), I doubt that just his warriors can do much against the humans returning. How about high altitude bombing of the area around Hell's Gate, or other places? I think if the humans are serious about returning, they can pretty much do anything to get their foothold on Pandora back, but probably the most effective thing would be to have a weapon so devastating that its presence alone will act as a deterrence for any Na'vi attack.

Maybe that's actually also Jake's plan: some kind of bluff involving telling the humans that Pandora's biosphere will actively fight the humans this time. Then the bluff might be called when a human "ally" of Jake betrays him in order to be forgiven for being a traitor and be taken back into the fold. Jake and Neytiri going off planet might be related to an attempt to sabotage the star ships, but the whole idea seems a little far fetched to me, as it will be far easier for humans like Max and Norm to infiltrate instead. So I really cannot think of a reason why Jake and Neytiri would go off planet. Especially Neytiri; what could possibly motivate her to go into space to the most alien environment she has ever encountered? Or maybe their trip is accidental, like that they were looking for something in a landed shuttle, which then unexpectedly took off with them still aboard?

I do like to speculate :)
 
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I seen a theory by exostrike on a discord that there is an orbital antimatter refinery that Jake might want to try to blow up (making the invasion too costly, since then everyone would be marooned) but it is still hard for me to wrap my mind around, although, IMO I could see Neytiri going with Jake if they thought it was important and dangerous enough since Jake went out of his element to save her, she probably would be willing to return the favor, even if it would be a shock for her, either way I can't wait to find out what JC's original idea was.
 
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I seen a theory by exostrike on a discord that there is an orbital antimatter refinery that Jake might want to try to blow up (making the invasion too costly, since then everyone would be marooned) but it is still hard for me to wrap my mind around, although, IMO I could see Neytiri going with Jake if they thought it was important and dangerous enough since Jake went out of his element to save her, she probably would be willing to return the favor, even if it would be a shock for her, either way I can't wait to find out what JC's original idea was.
I always concluded for myself based on deduction that every ISV star ship would have carried enough anti-matter fuel to make the trip from Earth to Pandora and then back to Earth again. How would the first exploring ISV to reach Pandora have returned to Earth otherwise? Unless of course the first expedition carried this orbital antimatter factory and placed it in orbit, and the subsequent ISVs only carried enough fuel for a one-way trip. Still, it seems not handy to rely on local anti-matter production like this. If the factory breaks down, regardless of being sabotaged or not, it would automatically maroon everybody.

Neytiri helping Jake by returning the favor makes some sense. But I still wonder how two Na'vi would be able to sneak aboard an orbital factory. It's not like they can blend in with the crew :). Maybe James Cameron has thought up a good reason for this, but based on what I can deduce from the synopsis, I am thinking that it makes much more sense for Max and Norm to go on that mission instead.
 
Irayo :). I hope I didn't sound upset, sometimes internet things are just confusing for me 😋 but let me give it a try...
 

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