Zuko's Story is a manga/graphic novel written by Dave Roman and Alison Wilgus and drawn by Nina Mastumoto. It is set before the events of The Last Airbender and centers around the character of Zuko immediately following his banishment. In interviews, the authors have described it as having been written as a prequel to the series, with only the superficial trappings of film canon.[source?]
An hour after the Agni Kai with Ozai, Prince Zuko wakes up in an infirmary. The manga starts with him running to his room, chased by Iroh. He dreams about the Agni Kai, crying violently, when he hears a knock on the door, who he thinks is Ozai, but is actually his eleven year old sister, Azula, who has come to taunt him about his banishment. Through later events, she gets Zuko a ship, a crew, and convinces Iroh to come along. He scours the Western Air Temple, and visits Fire SageShyu, looking for information on the Avatar. In the colonies, a man in a red mask (the Red Spirit) steals from him, later teaching him to rely on swords rather than firebending to become the Blue Spirit. Then, Zuko goes to the Eastern Air Temple, and mistakes Pathik for the Avatar, due to his age. After a fight, Zuko demands Pathik to airbend, but winds up finding him not to be the Avatar. That night, Avatar Yangchen gives Pathik a vision of Zuko and the Avatar together, facing the world. Three years have passed since his journey began, he has been becoming a good guy. However, as he sees a light come from a distant iceberg in the South Pole, the evil presence returns to him. He smiles and says, "Finally...".