- Creativity 9.5 - Time and time again, I was impressed by the author's seemingly infinite imagination. I have to give Mage so much props for creating a whole cast of unique characters that fit into this expanded world. He takes the world, culture, and spirit lore from Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra and he adds so many dimensions. I was especially impressed with all of the subtle references to history and culture from the show.
- Plot/Organization 7.9 - There are many little sub-plots that tie into "It All Ends." But, the major plot is pretty simple: evil spirit wants more power. Ok, that's all fine, except it was hard for me to understand Susanowo and Otokami's motives for killing people and amassing power. I mean, spirits, like humans, are ambitious, but does that really drive the entirety of this plot? I'm not sure if it can. This story's greatest strength may also be it's greatest inconsistency: pace. The plot rapidly progresses and leaves room only for the utmost essential thoughts and actions. It's almost like Team Avatar fight, get hurt, lose someone, try to rescue someone, or learn of a new enemy in every chapter. The pattern gets a bit repetitive and the magnitude of certain events is diminished. The rapid plot also makes it a bit hard to understand things like traveling and time progression. I found it difficult to follow where the characters where going, how they were getting there, and why they were going there. It seemed like they were fighting time and time again, in the same way, just in different places. The plot is epic and action-packed, but sometimes it's best to let the characters breath, develop, and expand without airships or bullets raining down on them.
- Character Development 7.5 - I thought the most compelling arc was the relationship between Moro and Shen. I thought Mage did a brilliant job with the subtleties of the growing bond. He put in quality work crafting dialogue and interaction between the two. I really appreciated the sentimental nature between them. Shen and Moro, though they are important characters, aren't the main characters. Argho, the Avatar tasked with saving the world, runs the show. As the main character, Argho doesn't really develop much at all. Throughout the entirety of "It All Ends," he is a badass, fully realized Avatar who lays down the law. In the beginning chapters, he absolutely obliterates Susanowo, the Spirit of Tempests AKA super-villain of Book One. However, as an immortal being, Susanowo regenerates himself, but Argho doesn't really learn from this. In fact, he continues to deal with spirits in the exact same way each time: by beating the crap out of them. We never really get a good look inside Argho's thought process, and for most of the story he doesn't really display much emotion. When he does voice his opinion or has a sentimental moment, it's usually pretty predictable. The rest of the characters are static as well; they have simple motives and don't really question what they are doing, besides Shen and Moro of course. I think fleshing out the characters would greatly benefit the intense nature of this story.