Graphic Novel Review: Avatar The Last Airbender: The Lost Adventures

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Graphic Novel Review: Avatar The Last Airbender: The Lost AdventuresAvatar The Last Airbender: The Lost Adventures by Aaron Ehasz, Dave Roman, J. Torres, Josh Hamilton, Tim Hedrick
Series: Avatar
Published by Dark Horse Books on June 15, 2011
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Humor, Short Stories
Pages: 240
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
three-half-stars

One of America's hottest shows returns For three years, millions of eager fans tuned in each week to watch Nickelodeon's hit animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. Ever since, fans have been hungry for more - and now their wait is finally over This volume collects the long-out-of-print, fan-favorite comics previously published in Nickelodeon Magazine and with the Airbender DVDs, plus over 70 brand-new comics pages. That's over 26 stories set in Airbender continuity, by a host of top-notch talent, many of whom worked on the original animated series itself.

For those of you not familiar with Avatar, you probably should be. It’s super cute and deeper than you might expect on first glance. It took a few episodes to grow on me, but, by the end, I was pretty much in love with it, even if my ship didn’t turn out (still a little bitter!).

Anyway, The Lost Adventures is, as you may have guessed, little episodes that happen between the episodes or scenes of the show. They span all three seasons, and, as with any collection of stories, some are better than others. For the most part, I give this a big thumbs up. These little vignettes definitely retain the atmosphere of the show, giving the impression that at least some were probably cut from the show for time and are now being given to the fans (just in time to amp up interest for the reboot).

My only complaint is about the two sections which really do not seem to belong in this anthology. Two of the stories are totally amateur hour; the art is awful and the stories unremarkable. When you can make the characters look realistic, why wouldn’t you do so? The last story had silly art, but it made sense in context; these other two were trying to be serious and good, but failed utterly.

Avatar fans should definitely give this a looksee, if they want more cute. Now, I really want to watch Avatar (although I won’t because I’m working on Party Down and M*A*S*H) and am totally stoked for the reboot!

One response to “Graphic Novel Review: Avatar The Last Airbender: The Lost Adventures”

  1. Casey says:

    Oh wow, stupidly excited for this! Thank you for letting me know it will soon exist!!

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