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Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Lost Adventures Paperback – Jun 14 2011
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If you are like me and came into "The Last Airbender" late, and never got a chance to read the comics, now is your chance to get the reprint. Even if you have read them, this is a great way to keep the comics in one place in one slim book. Even if you aren't a fan, this book is entertaining enough to hold its own. It was a fast read but you will definitely go back to your favorites and read it over and over again. Should you get it? Definitely.
Are you a fan of the animated "Avatar: the Last Airbender" (not the movie)? If you are then this book is for you. Aang and the gang return for a series of 26 short comics, some of which have never been published before. The book is dived into three sections to match the TV show--water, earth, and fire.
If you're looking for full length feature episodes in comic format then you'll be disappointed. If you're looking, however for stories that flesh out what went on in between the episodes then this book is right up your alley. These stories are mini-adventures that in some places add to the cannon, such as seeing Aang with his fire bending friend before Aang was frozen in the ice; and a story that reveals the fall of Ba Seng Se. The sense of humor and friendship from the series continues over into the writing of all of these comics. And the artwork is rich and vibrant as the series. It's fun to see how different artists add their own unique twist to the characters and depict them in slightly different styles than we're used to seeing them.
The book started off slow, but really picked up in the 2nd and 3rd acts. If you're a fan of the series then you'll enjoy this book.
I adored this. It's a great assortment, from short two-page gag comics, to longer, in-depth stories. Twenty-eight stories total, including both stories I had read in the Free Comic Book Day sample. They are arranged in chronological order, and split up into sections for how they match up with the seasons of the series.
There were a few shorts that had art which I didn't much like, but overall it's remarkably consistent. The writing is generally strong, all the characters are true to their on-screen selves, and the dialogue and situations captured that balance of comedy, action, and pathos that makes the show so special.
I don't necessarily recommend this to anyone who isn't already familiar with the show, although if you aren't a fan of the show, I recommend you go watch it!
The best stories are definitely the longer stories which go with the third season.
My favorites were:
-"Private Fire", in which Sokka inflitrates the Fire Nation Army to "learn more about them," with comedic results.
-"Combustion Man on a Train" in which Aang splits his time between comforting a little girl who is traveling alone and fighting Combustion Man (villain from the show, they don't know his name)... on a TRAIN.
-"Swordbending" in which Sokka challenges Zuko to a 'Swordbending' contest, and Zuko tries to get Sokka to admit there's no such thing as 'Swordbending'.
-"Dragon Days" is especially welcome, as it's a flashback to before Aang was frozen, about an adventure with his friend Kuzon.
If the entire volume had been stories of that quality, it would have been amazing. As it is, it's a strong volume, and I'm glad I bought it, but it has weak spots, especially early on, plus the very surreal "bonus" comics at the end.
I understand that Dark Horse plans to create a new series of Avatar comics, presumably issue-length. I now have very high hopes for this.
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