The cover art for part two of the new Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novel The Search has been released, along with a sobering synopsis previewing troubling times for Team Avatar and the Fire Nation siblings.

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search Part 2 coverThough the first installment of Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Search will not be released in comic book stores until March 20 (and regular booksellers on April 2), the cover and synopsis for part two have already been revealed.

The second installment of The Promise will be released in comic book stores on July 24, and will retail for $34.99. Like Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise, the three-part comic which first picked up the story of Aang and his friends after the Hundred Year War, The Search will be written by Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by Gurihiru. Part two of The Search will continue the story of Zuko’s quest to find his mother Ursa, who disappeared when he was a child. Zuko will be accompanied by Aang, Katara and Sokka; completing (and complicating) their company will be Zuko’s sister Azula, a powerful villain of Avatar: The Last Airbender whose mental stability is questionable – to say the least.
 

The summary for Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Search (Part Two) reveals:

In search of their long-lost mother, Fire Lord Zuko and his deadly and insane sister Azula have brought Avatar Aang and his friends into a mysterious forest, but what they discover within may be more than they can face. Will they too be lost in these woods forever?

To whet your appetite for The Search, check out these preview pages of part one that have been released in advance of publication.

What are you most looking forward to in ‘The Search’?

‘Space Jam 2’ starring LeBron James finds director as script enters development

Welcome back to the Space Jam.

2:14 pm EDT, May 2, 2016

Rumor no more! LeBron James and Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin are currently at work on a Space Jam sequel that will find the big (both literally and figuratively) basketball player in the leading role.

The Hollywood Reporter says that a Space Jam 2 script is currently being penned by Lin and writer Andrew Dodge. Very little else is known about the movie, but it’s safe to say it’s going to get a lot of attention as it makes its way through development. The original Space Jam starring Michael Jordan, Bugs Bunny, and the rest of the Looney Toons became an instant classic thanks to the basketball theme and the fact that the animated characters were interacting with real actors.

Adding to its quirkiness, WB has kept the original Space Jam website online over all these years. Visit it. It’s amazing.

Space Jam hit theaters in 1996 and co-starred Larry Bird, Bill Murray, Thom Barry, Charles Barkley, Wayne Knight, and Theresa Randle. And the Looney Toons, of course.

LeBron James appeared in last year’s Trainwreck opposite Amy Schumer. We’re sure he’ll invite a few of his basketball friends to make appearances in Space Jam 2 like Jordan did in the original. While LeBron James’ interest in a Space Jam sequel has long been rumored, today’s report is the first time we’re hearing that the film has found a director, and that the script is now being worked on.

Lin is also known for directing Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6.

Are you ready for another ‘Space Jam’?

While we wait (it’s probably going to be a while), watch the original trailer for Space Jam below. Damn, we miss the ’90s.

15 Broadway songs you must listen to

1:00 pm EDT, May 2, 2016

Looking to discover some new Broadway show tunes? You’ve come to the right place. Don’t like Broadway show tunes? Wander over here, lets see if we can change your mind.

You have the Hamilton soundtrack memorized, you’ve seen more stagings of Rent than there have been years since it debuted on Broadway (20!). You’re looking for some more Broadway music to tap your toes to. Well, welcome, you are among friends in this article.

Chances are, you’ve heard of some of the songs on this playlist, if not on the theater stage, then in the pop lexicon (looking at you, Green Day, Carole King and Jersey Boys). These tunes are showstoppers, the reason the Great White Way has, and continues to, thrive.

We’ve compiled 15 songs — one hour, four minutes of music — that you may not have heard of before from shows you may have never seen. They’re a capsule look into the energy of the genre, and showcase the best Broadway has to offer — that is, the variety, the vitality and the vicious harmonies that thousands of performers crush night after night. The playlist was curated by various members of the Hypable team, so there’s a little bit of everything. Broadway shows, like all of entertainment, range in genre and can be divisive. One person’s Hamilton is another person’s Anything Goes. But, like all of entertainment, that’s the beauty in creating playlists like these. We can share and hopefully you can discover new music you might not have heard before.

The shows these songs originate from are cemented in history, they are part of the Old Guard, and they represent the transition into a modern-day Broadway, catering to audiences of all walks of life. This isn’t the typical list, no “Seasons of Love” or “Defying Gravity,” nor are there any particularly ‘deep cuts,’ all songs come from shows that should have familiar names. Some come from revival shows, some are brand-spankin’-new off original albums.

Take a listen and let us know what you think! They’ve been compiled into one handy dandy Spotify playlist for your listening pleasure, below.

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This article is a part of Hypable’s inaugural Broadway Week in celebration of the 2016 Tony nominations.

Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman are the dynamic duo that brought us one of last’s year most unique books, Illuminae. The pair are announcing a brand new project, Andromeda Cycle, and it sounds awesome!

Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman are working on a new series called the Andromeda Cycle and it sounds AMAZING! There’s outer space, misfits and so much more. It sounds like a pinch of Guardians of the Galaxy with a dash of Star Trek with a little Harry Potter vibe because let’s face it everything is better with a little Harry Potter.

Read the description and tell us what you think!

What can we expect to find in the Andromeda Cycle?

You’ll find an elite training facility in space, a ragtag bunch of misfits, a sweeping epic that spans galaxies, after-school detention, romance, aliens (some handsome), a lot of snark, a battle for the fate of the universe, and an interstellar love story two centuries in the making.

Basically, it’s a story about the golden boy of a space academy who gets stuck leading a squad of misfits and discipline cases . . . who end up with the fate of the universe in their hands. NOBODY PANIC.

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You worked together on the Illuminae Files, and you’re together again for the Andromeda Cycle. How did that decision get made?

There was really never any question. We both had SO much fun working together on the Illuminae Files, and there’s nothing like the feeling of making your coauthor laugh, or tear up, or making their heart beat a little faster. It was obvious to both of us that we weren’t done having fun together yet.

We spent several months tossing ideas around — working up lists of things that always grab us, whether they’re in books, movies, TV shows, pictures, or songs. We wanted to find a playground that made both of us instantly excited. And in the end, the story itself coalesced very quickly. Luckily for us, our publisher loved the idea as much as we did. The Andromeda Cycle takes place in a verrrry big universe, and there’s a lot out there to explore!

The Illuminae Files sold into twenty-four foreign markets, and to Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and Warner Bros., who are making a film. What are you hoping for with the Andromeda Cycle?

We’ve certainly got our fingers crossed that publishers love it as much as we do! It’s already sold into nine markets, and though we’d love to say more, our lips are sealed right now. . . .

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What’s changed since you first began working together?

A lot, and at the same time, nothing at all. Now we have an amazing fan base that has embraced our stories. They talk to us constantly on social media (and sometimes shout things like “HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME?”) and we love interacting with them.

But some things are exactly the same as they always were. When we are done touring and staying home to draft, it’s just the two of us again. One of us will work on a new scene and send it along to be read by the other, waiting to find out if it will make them laugh, or cry, or do whatever we’re trying to make them do. There’s still a time during the process when the story is just ours, and we love that time as much as we love taking it out later to share with readers.

You toured last November for Illuminae’s launch, and now you’re coming back again and heading to new cities. What can we expect?

Touring is soooooo much fun. Our awesome readers came out with cookies and artwork and interpretive dances and stories about that time they were surprised while reading Illuminae and threw it at someone’s head. (Some of the scenes put you a little on edge.) This time, with less than six months to go until Gemina, we’ll be talking about book two as well.

We describe Illuminae as Battlestar Galactica meets Ten Things I Hate About You, and we describe Gemina as Die Hard meets Alien. And we’re going to be giving away two advance copies of Gemina at every stop on our Spring U.S. Tour! So come down, say hello, get a book signed and be among the first in the world to read the next book in The Illuminae Files.

The Andromeda Cycle is set for release in 2018!