- Creativity 10.0 - The Mayor's Downfall is above-all-else creative and original. At first when I read the premise, I thought "Hmmm a Mayor of Republic City" how could this possibly make for an interesting story?" - How wrong I was. Mayor Jian is a bad-ass, complex, and mysterious protagonist. The surprising group of surrounding characters only add to the diverse take on the years preceding the Equalist Revolution; furthermore, Ezvil exhibits great awareness of A:TLA and LOK in the way he weaves the finer details of both shows to make his own story fit. Bravo, sir.
- Plot/Organization 8.0 - Historically, this is one of the dicier categories I have to analyze. In the case of The Mayor's Downfall, it's not that the plot had holes or confusion - No. This story is air-tight and solid as they come. I suppose my only qualm is in its simplicity. While the story of Jian and his band of anti-triad vigilante fighters is full of backstory and action, there was a pervading sense of what was to come. In a way, I always knew Mayor Jian would be ousted from his office (judging from the title..). I suppose I understood the climax before it truly happened; that fact made me downplay some of the events because although they were compelling, I knew in the back of my mind what would happen. In this way, The Mayor's Downfall reads more like an epic recounting of a tale that already happened and not one that is currently growing and changing in magnitude. I'm not really sure what advice I could give because it's a completed fanon. I suppose if Ezvil made it the first part of a series (maybe he has already) I'd say build off of what he's already established. It's quite good :)
- Character Development 7.5 - Mayor Jian is unlike any character I've ever seen. For the entirety of the story, he remains an enigma. It's pretty awesome when you think about it. While this is an cool concept, it hurts the story in a way. As the protagonist, Jian should be the one the readers latch onto and root for. It's hard to understand him because he is so mysterious, even to the characters he, himself, interacts with. It is easy to reconcile with Aang, Katara, Sokka, Zuko, and Toph because there are many facets of them that we find in common. They have successes, failures, struggles, and emotions. Jian is a shadowy main character, a distant figure in the mind of the reader. This is not a problem if there are other characters for the reader to relate to, but the potential candidates are underdeveloped in The Mayor's Downfall. Bane or Byron could fill that void, except they remain relatively static throughout the action. Most of the time, they are just fighters getting in brawls. I think many of the characters aren't elaborated on because the point of the story is the plot and not the characters. The history of the show propels this storyline forward, and the characters are the gears that turn. It is not the story of characters, more of a story of a time period in the Avatarverse.