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Characters from Avatar: The Last Airbender were featured on the cover of the 2011 issue of Free Comic Book Day.

Avatar: The Last Airbender comics are visual publications that depict events and situations unseen during the series' run, most of them occurring between episodes. They are official comics and were originally released by Nickelodeon Magazine and Nickelodeon Comics Club, as well as through the Avatar: The Last Airbender DVD volumes. Some comics were never published in the United States and came to light through other foreign publications.[1] The comics were later archived at Nick.com's "Nick Magazine" sub-site, which was taken down upon the periodical's cancellation in early 2010 and is no longer accessible.

Some comics reveal certain key information pertaining to the story, such as Joo Dee's immediate appointment as the Grand Secretariat of Ba Sing Se and the exact method of how Team Avatar obtained a Fire Nation vessel, which they utilized in the early stages of the third book. Several other comics also release new information on canonical characters. For example, the comic "Dragon Days" reveals the characteristics and personality of Kuzon, a character who was previously mentioned by Aang but never seen during the series.

To date, there have been twenty-nine comics released, twenty-eight of which were published by Nick Magazine and its offshoots from 2005 through 2009, and later compiled in the "The Lost Adventures" graphic novel, and the twenty-ninth, "Rebound", published as a special tie-in to the series on May 4, 2013, by Dark Horse Comics. All but two of these comics, which are listed at the bottom of this page under "Bonus stories", are considered canon. Dark Horse has also collaborated with Nickelodeon since 2011 to produce and publish The Promise, The Search, and The Rift trilogies of graphic novels; when combined with another Free Comic Book Day side-story, "Shells", the number of released "comic" adaptions of Avatar came to a total of thirty-nine. A fourth trilogy, Smoke and Shadow, will follow beginning in late 2015.[2]

Book One: Water

Bee Calm

Swarm of scorpion bees

Aang was forced to flee from a swarm of scorpion bees.

Main article: Bee Calm

While Team Avatar is lost in the forest early in their adventures, a scorpion bee lands on Aang's nose. Although Katara and Sokka advise him to make it detach from his body, Aang assures them that all he has to do is stay calm and it will not bother him, a plan that heeds less-than-favorable results.

Water War

Water War cover

Katara waterbent at two mischievous children.

Main article: Water War

When Katara witnesses two children pelting innocent civilians with water balloons in a small town, she decides it is their turn to get splashed.

Don't Blow It!

Main article: Don't Blow It!

Aang wakes up with a case of the sniffles, causing him to exhibit unusual, airbender-enhanced symptoms, and ignores his friends' offers for cures by insisting that it is nothing to dote over. When his sickness complicates matters, Katara and Sokka resolve to keep Aang safe whether or not the Avatar agrees with their methods.

Relics

Relics, page one

Aang met a merchant whose wares included an Air Nomad pendant.

Main article: Relics

Team Avatar stops at the sales stand of a merchant who markets years-old artifacts, one of which, an Air Nomad pendant, catches Aang's eye and spurs him to uncover its whereabouts.

Fruit Stand Freestyle

Main article: Fruit Stand Freestyle

Momo comes across a fruit stand filled with fresh fruit, but a wild boar-q-pine thinks itself clever enough to outwit the lemur and take the fruit for itself.

Book Two: Earth

Sleepbending

Sleepbending

Aang's dreams caused trouble for the rest of Team Avatar.

Main article: Sleepbending

Aang's dream stirs up trouble for the rest of the team, who are constantly interrupted from their rest by the Avatar's tumultuous delusions.

Lessons

Main article: Lessons

Toph banishes Sokka and Momo from the area she is trying to use for Aang's earthbending training, but the two of them manage to cause even more of a distraction elsewhere.

Sokka the Avatar

Main article: Sokka the Avatar
Sokka airbends Kaya

Sokka pretended to be the Avatar.

While visiting a small Earth Kingdom town, Sokka pretends to be the Avatar in order to impress a girl with Aang's permission. Although the scheme seems stellar at first, everyone involved soon realizes the danger involved with the impersonation of the Avatar.

Dirty Is Only Skin Deep

Main article: Dirty Is Only Skin Deep

When Toph refuses to bathe with the others and wash off the unseemly accumulation dirt on her body, Katara takes it upon herself to get the earthbender into her native element.

Divided We Fall

Main article: Divided We Fall
Divided We Fall page one

Team Avatar faced a large storm.

The worst rainstorm Team Avatar has yet faced blows Appa to the ground of a dense forest, forcing the members of the gang to fend for themselves in an environment unlike any other they have ever dealt with. In their attempts to find each other, the children come face-to-face with the people of the jungle and do what it takes to survive.

Reach for the Toph

Main article: Reach for the Toph

Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph appear to be locked in an intense battle, but what are the children really fighting over?

It's Only Natural

Main article: It's Only Natural

Earth King Kuei's pet bear, Bosco, has forgotten all of his natural instincts: hunting, intimidating, and basically all that has to do with him, a normally wild animal, living in the wild. Disappointed with the bear's backward progression to human-like characteristics under Kuei's care, Sokka attempts to turn Bosco into what nature intended him to be. His ideas are not taken well by the infinitely lazy animal.

Going Home Again

Main article: Going Home Again
Going Home Again

Zuko listened to the guards talking about Iroh.

After Ba Sing Se's fall, Princess Azula decides to return home to the Fire Nation with Prince Zuko and their imprisoned Uncle Iroh. Zuko, however, refuses. Azula and Ty Lee form a plan to convince him to leave with them.

The Bridge

Main article: The Bridge

Katara writes in her diary about events as they pass following the fall of Ba Sing Se, chronicling the progression of Aang's coma and the tribulations that she and the rest of the gang come to face while traversing Fire Nation waters.

Book Three: Fire

Enter The Fire Nation cover

The publication "Enter the Fire Nation" contained several comics based on events from the third book.

Private Fire

Main article: Private Fire

Having entered the Fire Nation in disguise as normal civilians, Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph go information gathering in an everyday Fire Nation village. Since this course of actions heeds no reveals to the gang concerning plans for the War, Sokka comes up with the one plan he can think of that may assist him in his quest for knowledge: he joins the Fire Nation Army.

Night Animals

Main article: Night Animals

When Momo spots two Fire Nation soldiers patrolling dangerously close to the Team Avatar campsite, he awakens Appa in the hopes that the flying bison can think of a way to ward off their enemies.

Boys' Day Out

Boys' Day Out page

Katara nearly started a bar fight.

Main article: Boys' Day Out

Katara has learned of a gritty restaurant/bar situated in a nearby Fire Nation town and, bored with sitting around, invites Toph to visit it with her. Upon entering, they discover that it is an all-male establishment, but the waterbender is not ready to give up on the plan she had devised for her afternoon.

Ember Island Arcade

Main article: Ember Island Arcade

During a forced vacation to Ember Island, Lo and Li show Zuko, Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee to a popular arcade to lift the teenagers' spirits. Azula's taunting challenge to her brother to play a game of Street Bender cannot be refused.

Monster Slayer

Main article: Monster Slayer

Sokka misleads an entire town of Fire Nation citizens into believing that there is a monstrous beast residing in the forest just outside of the village, knowing full well that this creature is only Appa, and volunteers to slay the monster for a free meal from the townspeople. When he gets to the woods, Sokka is met by an entirely different surprise.

Combustion Man on a Train

Combustion Man attacks Aang

Combustion Man pursued Aang, frightening Sho.

Main article: Combustion Man on a Train

Although at first only spectating at the departure of a Fire Nation train, Aang and Sokka agree to go on the train with Sho, a child who is afraid to ride the train alone. Sho's fears are justified when an intimidating Fire Nation assassin, Combustion Man, invades the trains and chases Avatar Aang.

Swordbending

Main article: Swordbending

Zuko agrees to a friendly sword-fighting match with Sokka, who practically begs the firbender in order to alleviate his boredom at the Western Air Temple. This "Swordbending Kai" does not go as Sokka expected despite the latter's training with Master Piandao.

No Benders Allowed

Main article: No Benders Allowed
Inside the No Benders Allowed clubhouse

The Bendless Boomerang Club had their own clubhouse.

At the Western Air Temple, the benders of Team Avatar and Haru leave Sokka, Teo, and The Duke behind to do some household chores, while they go practice their bending. Feeling excluded, Sokka comes up with a new club, the "Bendless Boomerang Club", founded specifically to exclude benders, since only nonbenders can join.

Love Is a Battlefield

Main article: Love Is a Battlefield

At the Western Air Temple, Aang wishes to speak to Katara about the kiss the two shared during the Day of Black Sun, but she is hesitant.

Dragon Days

Main article: Dragon Days
Dragon mom

Aang was confronted by the green dragon.

Aang tells Zuko of his adventures with Kuzon while searching for dragons one hundred years before being freed from the iceberg. He details the day on which he and Kuzon discovered a corrupted trafficking business in the dragons' mountains.

Game Time

Main article: Game Time

The members of Team avatar are sitting on the steps that lead to Ozai's beach house when Sokka bursts through the building's doors suggesting that they play hide-and-go-seek. Realizing that he won't deter in his efforts until they agree, the team joins the game and retreats into the bush to hide.

Bumi vs. Toph, Round One

Main article: Bumi vs. Toph, Round One
Toph fights Bumi

A brawl erupted between Bumi and Toph over who was the best earthbender.

At the White Lotus campsite, Toph overhears Suki's praise for Bumi's earthbending skills and thinks it uncalled for, considering herself to be the greatest earthbender of all. When Toph and Bumi begin to argue over who is better, Sokka sees an opportunity to make a spectacle of their disagreement and suggests that the two battle one another to prove who deserves the title. Their fight disrupts the workings of the campsite and puts everyone present in harm's way.

Graphic novel trilogies

The Promise

The Promise hardcover

The hardcover of The Promise trilogy features Aang and Zuko, with Roku and Ozai in the background.

Main article: The Promise

The Promise details the events that occur immediately and one year after the end of the television series, detailing the difficulties that come with a war-torn world that, with rebel groups and dissatisfied citizens at every turn, takes a unified effort to return to peace.

The Promise Part 1

Main article: The Promise Part 1

One year after the Hundred Year War, Avatar Aang and Fire Lord Zuko are working together with the reinstated Earth King Kuei to remove the Fire Nation colonies from Earth Kingdom territory, but one of the colonies, Yu Dao, complicates matters by taking a stance against the Harmony Restoration Movement and declaring that it will stay no matter what. Aang must take into consideration a promise he made to Zuko just after the end of the War: do whatever it takes to keep the new Fire Lord from becoming like his father, whether that means locking Zuko up or killing him.

The Promise Part 2

Main article: The Promise Part 2

Ever since Zuko began to visit his father for advice about handling the Yu Dao crisis, Team Avatar has had to find different ways to resolve the conflict of the colonies and make peace between the nations. However, the situation becomes dire when Kuei and Zuko revert into the atmosphere of war.

The Promise Part 3

Main article: The Promise Part 3

Zuko and Kuei have sent their armies on a collision course in order to secure the city of Yu Dao, bringing the world to the edge of war once again. Aang is stuck in the middle of this conflict, having promised Zuko a year previously that he would do whatever it took to keep the peace of the world, even if it meant killing the Fire Lord himself. As his continued attempts to mediate the conflict are repeatedly seen as inadequate and futile, his options become fewer and fewer until he may just have to fulfill his promise.

The Search

The Search hardcover

The hardcover of the The Search trilogy features Aang, Katara, Sokka, Zuko, and Azula.

Main article: The Search

The Search is about Zuko's quest to find his mother Ursa with the help of his sister and a few old friends.

The Search Part 1

Main article: The Search Part 1

Zuko makes a deal with Azula, releasing her from the mental institution in exchange for her help in his quest to find his mother. The two of them set out on a journey to Hira'a with Aang, Sokka, and Katara, but tensions between the group and dangers on the journey there could end their search before they discover the truth.

The Search Part 2

Main article: The Search Part 2

In search of their long-lost mother, Fire Lord Zuko and his sister Azula have brought Avatar Aang and his friends into Forgetful Valley, but what they discover within may be more than they bargained for.

The Search Part 3

Main article: The Search Part 3

When Azula goes off alone to find Ursa after learning some startling information, Zuko and Sokka pursue her and try to arrive at the location first. Meanwhile, Aang and Katara remain with Rafa and Misu, contending with the Mother of Faces and her army of spirit animals, and the flashbacks into Ursa's past continue, revealing how her children's search and her new life may come to coincide.

The Rift

The Rift hardcover

The hardcover of The Rift trilogy features Aang and Toph, towered over by a large monster.

Main article: The Rift

The Rift is an ongoing trilogy written by Gene Yang, following Aang as he begins the process of establishing Republic City. Set after the conclusion of The Search, it is illustrated by Gurihiru and published by Dark Horse Comics. Parts one and two were released on March 5 and July 29, 2014, respectively, and the third followed on November 5.

The Rift Part 1

Main article: The Rift Part 1

Aang asks his friends to help him celebrate Yangchen's Festival, one of the highest Air Nomad holidays, which has not been held in over a hundred years. However, visits from the spirit of Avatar Yangchen herself lead Aang to discover a jointly owned Fire Nation and Earth Kingdom refinery which is operating on land sacred to his people.

The Rift Part 2

Main article: The Rift Part 2

The members of Team Avatar find themselves in trouble as mysterious forces threaten to destroy land sacred to the airbenders. While Aang journeys to the Spirit World for answers, Toph confronts her own past.

The Rift Part 3

Main article: The Rift Part 3

The members of Team Avatar are in peril as a dangerously powerful ancient spirit awakens with vengeance and destruction on its mind. Bonds are tested and new truths revealed as Aang must answer whether humans and spirits can co-exist.

Smoke and Shadow

Main article: Smoke and Shadow

Smoke and Shadow will turn the focus back to the Fire Nation and the threat posed to Fire Lord Zuko and his family by the New Ozai Society. The first installment is set to be released on September 23, 2015, with the second on December 16.[2]

Free Comic Book Day issues

Rebound cover

The cover for the 2013 Free Comic Book Day Avatar issue, "Rebound", features Mai.

Rebound

Main article: Rebound

Mai finds herself in a state of turmoil after her breakup with Fire Lord Zuko, but a handsome young man who visits her at her new workplace may change her luck, for better or for worse.

Shells

Main article: Shells

Sokka follows Suki as she gives a lesson in manners and encourages a young girl's strength.

Non-canon comics

New Recruits

Main article: New Recruits

The gang goes to a local Earth Kingdom tavern in search of some new recruits and allies to join them in their fight against the Fire Nation. While there, their elderly contact, Yahshi, introduces the gang to four unique benders.

Gym Time

Gym Time cover

The many characters involved in this comic are illustrated chibi-style.

Main article: Gym Time

Avatar Kyoshi arrives at class to instruct Team Avatar, along with Zuko, Mai, and Azula, on their game for the day: dodgeball.

The Last Airbender Prequel: Zuko's Story

Main article: The Last Airbender Prequel: Zuko's Story

An hour after the Agni Kai with Ozai, Prince Zuko wakes up in an infirmary. The comic 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 it 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 Iroh to come along. He scours the Western Air Temple and visits Fire Sage Shyu, looking for information on the Avatar.

Trivia

  • One apparently scrapped comic, tentatively titled "Baby Badger-Mole", involved Aang, Katara, and Sokka discovering a baby badgermole in an environment uncharacteristic to the species, the woods. Unable to defend themselves against the animal's powerful earthbending, craziness ensues until Toph arrives.[3]
  • The cover for Avatar: The Last Airbender — The Lost Adventures was taken from the first edition of Avatar's own magazine, Nick Mag Presents: Avatar: the Last Airbender,[3] which ran during the show's original airing.
  • Combined, Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Art of the Animated Series, The Lost Adventures, The Promise, and The Search have sold over a hundred thousand copies.[4]

References

  1. Avatar: The Last Airbender — The Lost Adventures introduction.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sunu, Steve (December 1, 2014). Exclusive: Yang Guides Avatar: The Last Airbender through Smoke and Shadow. Comic Book Resources. Retrieved on December 1, 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 nickmag comics (2006-09-10). for those of you who enjoy behind the scenes stuff.... Nickelodeon. Retrieved on December 20, 2012. Archived from the original on November 13, 2006.
  4. Avatar: The Last Airbender Digital Comics Now Available Through All Dark Horse Platforms!. Dark Horse Comics (5 July 2013). Retrieved on November 30, 2013.

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