Avatar The Last Airbender (All Comics Review Orderly)

Avatar The Last Airbender

The Last Airbender is still one of the most enjoyable comics ever created. It’s still considered one of the greatest television shows of all time. Also, it was built and structured in a way that was unique to the network. Avatar is not only a timeless classic that anyone can read, but it’s also perfect for any media, as the newly released novels have shown.

These graphic novels are a must-read for anybody who wants to see more of the life and adventures of Team Avatar after the end of the 100-year war in a series of overarching graphic novel trilogies. The comics bridge the gap between Avatar, The Last Airbender, and the legend of Korra. I will serve as an introduction and guide for mainly all Avatar comics. You will know what the comics are about and what order to read them. There’s a lot of mysticism here that makes the story’s origin compelling.

Storyline

The four nations lived together in harmony long ago: Earth Kingdom, Fire Nation, Water Tribes, and the Air Nomads. Then everything changed when the fire nation attacked. The Last Airbender is about Aang and his journey to stop, followed by events with Soka and Katara. The series throws a lot at us while maintaining a balance of comedy and drama. Its simple grand storytelling starts black and white but gets more nuanced as the parts go along.

Some magical powers tied to spirituality, a side character that can’t speak and communicates in grunts, a wise mental figure that looks 100 years old, detailed world-building an amazing school. The list goes on and on. It is still a show about war or the framework that defines every character in the parts. Themes of genocide and prisoners of war are explored in great detail, showing what a destroyed culture does to someone like Aang. It also shows what a destroyed spirit does to a prisoner and says when we see the fire nation’s effects on the rest of the world. It’s a bigger part of lighter seasons.

The first episode establishes relationship dynamics for four of its main characters. It is a beautiful introduction to the idea of water bending and even a slight indictment of toxic masculinity. It is an idea that’s central to the character of Sakia.

The first characters we meet in the comic: Sokka and Katara. Katara is the motherly one having to take care of her brother Socco since the death of their mother. She’s strong-willed and challenging, but she’s soft and nurturing. She can be envious in the case of picking up water, bending easily while she struggles to learn all by herself. Sokka is the comic relief, and his skepticism provides some great laughs and never overshadows the underlying nature of his character to protect as the only boy in the southern water tribe.

Katara struggle with moral issues in the comics. In the case of Katara facing the choice of giving in to vengeance or, in any case, saving the world at his own spiritual expense, killing the fire Lord, going against everything he believes in. There are many characters, aspects, morals, and the story in this series.

Avatar: The Last Airbender (Review)

Avatar: The Last Airbender is based on the Avatar television show on Nickelodeon cartoon. It’s about a young boy who is supposedly the coming messiah of his time. He is The Last Airbender, the person who is destined to master all the elements and to save good-hearted people from the fire nation.

Avatar: The Last Airbender Comics Reading Order (Serially)

  • The Lost Adventures
  • The Promise
  • The Search
  • The Rift
  • Smoke and Shadow
  • North and South
  • Imbalance

By Anthologies:

  • Team Avatar Tales
  • Katara and the Pirate’s Silver
  • Toph Beifong’s Metalbending Academy
  • Suki, Alone
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender – Chibi Vol. 1: Aang’s Unfreezing Day (2022)

1. The Lost Adventures

This is a collection of short stories that happened throughout the series and got put in the TV show. Different artists illustrate each one. They’re fun little stories like little adventures throughout the series. It’s a big book with over 200 pages of stories. Some very interesting stories are set between the show’s seasons and the books.

You will discover how Katara felt about Aang while unconscious between books two and three of the show. It almost tends to be the book that’s like forgetting about a little bit, doesn’t get discussed as much, but it’s worth getting your hands on. You get a lot of different writers, artists for the different stories. So you will get a wide variety of different kinds of takes on the Avatar world. Some of the stories are quite interesting.

Book One: Water – Between Season 1 and Season 2
Book Two: Earth – Between season 2 and Season 3
Book Three: Fire – After Season 3

The Lost Adventures

Author: Aaron Ehasz, Josh Hamilton
Average Customer Review: (4.8 or 4.9 out of 5, on Amazon)
Publisher: Dark Horse Books, Illustrated edition

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2. The Promise

The promise is the first of the graphic novel trilogies and mainly takes place a year after the show’s end. Zuko, the fire lord, tries to come to terms with his new role as the fire nation leader while still haunted by his past.

There are younger characters like Alan Zuko who have to adapt to being leaders in the world and some other stuff. You get to see some adorable moments where they hang a Katara, and obviously, other stuff happens as well. Toph has an exciting plot where she starts up a metal bending school.

Several factions are dealing with the fact that the fire nation has now been defeated. Some of the colonists want them to move back to the fire nation. But the issue with that is that some of these people’s lives had been embedded. Some of these fire nation colonies had been embedded into Earthborn culture.

Aang promises Zoko that he’s not sure that he can keep. That’s why it’s called the promise. They’re celebrating that they defeated Vilvoorde, Ozzy, and everything seems like it’s going to be peaceful.

There are 3 parts: Part 1, 2 & 3.

The Promise

Author: Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru (Illustrator)
Average Customer Review: (4.9 out of 5, on Amazon)
Publisher: Dark Horse Books, Omnibus edition

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3. The Search

The Search is the second graphic novel trilogy. As the title and covers suggest, it tells the story of Erza, including her origins and life at court as the wife of then fire Prince Ozai. Zuko sets out on a quest to find his mother together with the aid of Team Avatar and his sister Azula. What sounds like an unlikely team-up proves to be an exciting premise for the story and what a story it is.

The search is very self-explanatory as it properly deals with the question. What happened to mother? What happened to Earth? Azula comes back into play in this book, and it starts her trend in the comic book. There’s some important stuff going to happen with the Azula in the comics.

There’s bound to be some major conflict between the siblings who share the spotlight with their mother. For fans of Azula and Zuko, this comic is not one to ignore. This is a great journey where the whole team comes together to help Zuko search for his mother. Also, it has a surprising amount of spiritual aspects where the spirits are involved in it. So it’s very highly regarded in the fandom covering this topic very well.

There are the three individual parts and the hardcover for the search: Part 1, 2 & 3.

The Search

Author: Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru (Illustrator)
Average Customer Review: (4.9 out of 5, on Amazon)
Publisher: Dark Horse Books, Omnibus edition

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4. The Rift

The third comic trilogy is called The Rift. This one is more tough-focused, but Aang is in its as much. And the big thing here is that it’s tough dealing with some of the issues with her parents, in this case, primarily her father. Avatar’s specific journey has a more spiritual arc in the book. But it also brings him and Toph into conflict with each other as they deal with this theme of modernization versus tradition.

The rift focuses on Aang and Toph as both must confront their past, heavily affected by the future. For Toph, this means meeting her father again after not seeing each other ever since she ran away. In comparison, Aang tries to revive old traditions of the air nomads troubled by Avatar’s sudden appearances, Yang Chin, and the ensuing challenges of upholding the ways of the air nomads. Like the promise, the two lead characters, again Toph, find themselves at odds with one another’s clashing personalities. So, their friendship is on the test.

Toph wants the world to advance, and they clash over incidents throughout the book. Many kinds of cool moments, surprises, and characters happened here.

The Rift has 3 parts: 1, 2 & 3.

The Rift

Author: Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru (Illustrator)
Average Customer Review: (4.9 out of 5, on Amazon)
Publisher: Dark Horse Books, Omnibus edition

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5. Smoke and Shadow

The fourth comic is called Smoke and Shadow. It starts off a little bit more fire. Nation politics is focused more. It’s dealing with the aftermath of the search and what happened there and the fire nation. There is some fascinating history on the fire nation and some very nice spiritual elements that the writer of all five of these comics will talk about here. Also, this one covers it in a lot more detail.

Despite the 100-year war, the capital city experiences a new uproar caused by the so-called new Ozai society. Children suddenly get kidnapped by mysterious figures, only putting more pressure on the fire Zuko’s shoulders. The former prince asks the avatar for help to cope with the problem.

There are 3 parts: Part 1, 2 & 3.

Smoke and Shadow

Author: Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru (Illustrator)
Publisher: Dark Horse Books, Omnibus edition

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6. North and South

North and South is the fifth comic trilogy, marking Katara’s return. It has to do with the tensions between the northern water tribe and the southern water tribe. Katara and Salka finally go home to say hi to the dad and see their tribe. It’s changed a little bit because the water tribe is gaining influence. There’s some back and forth between whether or not they want the northern water tribes to influence there. The northern and southern water tribes are so different from each other culturally that they consider each other foreigners. It’s an interesting dynamic.

Katara has a hard time adapting to how different the tribe is. Some northerners are down there now and then, almost taking control of things. Many sorts of water tribe politics come into play in soccer. Along with Hakata getting a bigger role in this book, the other characters come back in. This is the book where Aang isn’t as focused here. Most of this book gives the spotlight to Katara and the water tribes.

This comic has three parts: Part 1, 2 & 3.

North and South

Author: Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru (Illustrator)
Average Customer Review: (4.9 out of 5, on Amazon)
Publisher: Dark Horse Books, Library Edition

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7. Imbalance

It is the sixth and most recently completed comic trilogy centered around Pheng and his friends. The story takes place in Krein Fishtown, which eventually evolves into Republic City. Years later, Aang and Toph must stifle a conflict between benders and non-benders, though there’s more to the problem than meets the eye. It sounds very reminiscent of the events in the legend of Korra, signaling that the comics are bridging the gap between the two series more and more.

There’s a particular frame where Aang gives you a surprise. You will see how everyone constructs Republic City. Also, a crazy villain character is the weakest part of this comic book. There are also some inconsistencies with Toph.

I definitely would recommend this comic book, especially if you’re interested in Republic City and how it got built up. It’s perfect for that. It has some of the best action in terms of the fight choreography in the panels.

This novel has three parts: Part 1, 2 & 3.

Imbalance

Author: Faith Erin Hicks, Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, Peter Wartman (Illustrator)
Average Customer Review: (4.9 out of 5, on Amazon)
Publisher: Dark Horse Books, Library Edition

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The Last Airbender Comic’s Anthologies Review

Anthologies are a great way to tell multiple stories without being restricted to one overarching plot thread. As for the Avatar franchise, there are only two comic anthologies so far. The Lost Adventures is an anthology of comics collecting previously unpublished comics. The first 26 comics occurred between episodes of the first series, while the last two are noncanonical stories.

Rebound

Many comics don’t sound important at first sight. Some are inbound with the graphic novel trilogies, while others tell independent stories and provide nice character development. Rebound is the first mini-comic published at Free Comic Book Day. It’s a follow-up to the events from the first graphic novel trilogy.

Team Avatar Tales

Team Avatar Tales is the second anthology of comics, including the previously published Free Comic Book Day issues and brand new mini-comics. During and after the series runs a new addition to Avatar comics.

Team Avatar Tales
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Katara and the Pirate’s Silver

This comic is set in book two, Earth of Avatar, The Last Airbender between the episodes, bitter work in the library. It follows Katara as she gets separated from Team Avatar after an ambush of the fire nation. She has to side with a group of pirates to make it back to her friends. Team Avatar Tales, in addition to a lot of other news stories that we’ve never seen before.

There are some beautiful moments in how Katara teaches Aang more quickly. You will meet some new characters in this. There is a little bit of a plotline with Aang and a five-nation soldier. Aang is trying to convince the soldier that Airbender doesn’t suck. So, they weren’t trying to take over the world before the genocide.

Katara and the Pirate’s Silver
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Toph Beifong’s Metalbending Academy

The next graphic novel occurs between the Rift Part three and North and South Part one, where Toph and her metal bending students appear again. Toph is visited by Sakia and Sukey and meets familiar faces from team Avatar’s journey during the war who help her regain inspiration.

This novel talks about Toph and the Metal Bending Academy, a trilogy for girl power. The biggest element of it was the idea of Toph going back to her roots. There is a theme about Toph being part of the establishment associated with the Avatar. She’s associated with all the reformation that’s going on with the Earth King.

So she’s dealing with the idea of being part of the establishment. There are many things in this where we see new elements being put into practice, new development of things.

Toph Beifong’s Metalbending Academy
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Suki, Alone

Suki is one of the greatest characters in Avatar. The specific plotline puts her in a situation where she has to fend for herself. It’s very different than the other two comics, filled with emotion and heartbreak. If the book isn’t like flashback focus, it will be more about Suki organizing people. Suki ultimately puts the boiling rock prison towards the end of book two. When she gets captured by Azula, it’s in the middle of Opas Lost Days, which in itself is a flashback.

There’s a long period, and you’ve got more than a season’s worth of like content in-between appearances of Suki. It’ll be fascinating to see how they ride around the whole continuity stuff. It also continues the Avatar-type tradition of doing character-alone episodes, proving that this can be incredible.

Suki
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In what order you should read? (Guidelines to read Avatar)

The graphic novel trilogies are a good place to start. If you want to do it right, start with Avatar’s The Last Airbender trilogies and read them in the following order. After you’ve caught up on the Avatar, The Last Airbender trilogies, you can either start reading the standalone graphic novels, which take place in different times in places.

If you want some extra adventures on the side, you can also read The Lost Adventures, which entails stories during the hundred-year war. You can also switch things up by first reading The Lost Adventures, then co-star in The Pirates Silver, as that story takes place during the show. Then get into the comic trilogies.

After you’re done with the Avatar, The Last Airbender trilogies, you can continue with the legend of Korra comic trilogies. Now things get a little bit trickier, but no need to panic. This is where the short comics come into play as they take place. The rebound was the first to be published in between various graphic novel trilogies. You can read it after you’ve finished with The Promise Part two.

Some popular questions of Avatar comics:

  • What happened with the gang after the war?
  • Was Aang The Last Airbender?
  • Where does Republic City come from?
  • Did Toph ever reunite with her parents?
  • Why is everything so technologically advanced in Kora’s time?
  • How did Avatar Kyoshi become 230 years old?
  • What happened with Azula?
  • What’s the deal with the Southern and Northern Water Tribe?
  • What about the lives of the avatars before Ancora?

If you have already read avatars, answer them in the comment section. If you want to start reading, note down the questions and find the answers by reading these comics.

Pauline Jackson

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