Keeping the Flame Alive: Avatar’s Graphic Novel Series

comic 3From 2005 to 2008, one show was dominate in the cartoon world. Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender was a huge commercial success and critically acclaimed children’s show winning multiple awards and gaining a huge following as the show progressed. It was praised for it’s deep themes, intense action, and beautiful hand drawn artwork that far exceeded most children and adult cartoons at the time. As the show closed out its third season in 2008, many fans were left on a cliff hanger with many unanswered questions. However the creators of the series, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko teamed up with Dark Horse Comics and created an Avatar the Last AirBender graphic novel series that continued the story into what would lead into the sequel series The Legend of Korra. These graphic novels were a very crucial and important role leading into the sequel series and keeping the hype from the original series and carrying it into the next one which added more fans, gained as much if not more praise for it’s progressive themes.

There are 3 separate graphic novels a part of the series; The Promise, The Search, and The Rift and recently a 4th installment to the series Smoke and Mirrors. Each of the books is an entirely different story surrounding the after months and years of the main characters in the television cartoon and develops more on relationships, conflicts left unresolved after the series ended, and building up towards to the next series. These graphic novels really are a fantastic entry to the canon of the series and kept the hype for the series and going into the next one alive. The books and the artwork books have sold over 100,000 copies according to the Avatar Wiki

( These comics provided an excellent source of lore, continued the great sense of deep emotion, and grandiose adventures in an amazingly creative world

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