Avatar: The Last Airbender Continues In Comic Book Form

When a favorite show finishes it can be upsetting to many people. When that show is then turned into a film that left many disappointed it can sometimes be hard to enjoy the show in new formats. I had felt that way for a few years but was constantly looking for ways to reignite my love for Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Avatar: The Last Airbender started as an American television show that aired on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. It was an extremely popular tv show and appreciated by all ages. The show won many awards and in 2010 went on to become a film directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Unfortunately, the film was not received well and left many fans upset that the series was seemingly over.

In April 2012, a sequel series, The Legend of Korra, premiered to high ratings. Yet there were still many fans that missed the original crew in the earlier setting of the series.

Dark Horse started releasing Avatar: The Last Airbender comics and I was lucky enough to be able to review Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Rift Part 2. Even though I was reassured that it was an official continuation of the original series and that it was done by the original creators, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, I was still a little hesitant to read it. I am such a huge fan of the original show that I had set the bar pretty high.

Let me tell you: I’m glad I finally got the chance to read this comic! The artwork is exactly like the TV show that at times I felt like I was actually watching the show. The panels are arranged so it is very easy to read for a beginner while also having great action and a smoothness moving between characters. I found myself laughing at Sokka’s antics and rolling my eyes along with Katara. There were moments where I could hear Toph and Aang’s voices in my head because the writing was so spot on to how I remembered the characters.

Not only were the characters, writing, and art on point, but the storyline really hit the spot. A little mixture of history, action, with a dabble of seriousness to balance it out. I highly recommend this comic to anyone needing something to bridge the gap between Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra or to anyone who needs their Avatar fix. This has definitely reignited my love for Avatar: The Last Airbender and I will be purchasing more comics for myself and my younger brothers to read.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this publication.