Thursday, July 21, 2011

[Review] Avatar the Last Airbender: The Lost Adventures

Title: Avatar the Lost Airbender: The Lost Adventures {goodreads}
Authors: Aaron Ehasz, Josh Hamilton, Tim Hedrick, Dave Roman, J. Torres; Drawings by: Joaquim Dos Santos, Elsa Garagarza, Gurihiru, Corey Lewis, Johane Matte, Ethan Spaulding and other; Creators of Avatar: 
Publication (dd/mm/yy): 27/07/11
Publisher: Dark Horse Books
Source: Netgalley
Age: 10+
Pages: 240
My Rating:

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.
My thoughts: 

A must have for fans of the much-loved animation series. As a huge fan myself, I simply adored every single page. The attention to detail, both visual and contextual, is just amazing.

The cover gives off an almost "fancomic" aura about it, so I was pleasantly surprised to see how "official" it all seemed, and that many of the comics were written by people who worked on the show. 

This fun-packed volume really helps to fill the void of the end of the series, as well as the less than stellar Shyamalan film. Each comic shows a different style of drawing each character, as well as a unique perspective that might otherwise not have been seen.

The humour is so familiar, which is and has been a welcoming feature to both comics and the Avatar animation show. Some comics are just plain silly, but others may make the reader think about the goings on between episodes.

I particularly liked the formatting of the book itself. The volume is sectioned off by the books/seasons of the animation show (Water, Earth, Fire). Featuring them all chronologically really does, if briefly, assist the reader through the series with each huge plot point (minus...well, some).

There really isn't much to say about this volume. If you loved Avatar: The Last Airbender, it might be worth grabbing a copy because it is reminiscent of the humour, action (to a lesser extent) and adventure that the series is so highly acclaimed for. However, if you are looking for the story of Avatar, you probably won't find it here. This is, The Lost Adventures, after all. And nothing can really fill the void that the end of the show left us with, right?


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I have received this review copy in return for an honest review.

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