Updated on 16 October, 2021
Avatar Comics have been a very popular choice for children, especially boys, since the show aired on Nickelodeon in the United States and Canada in 2021. The Avatar: The Last Airbender comic book is an official sequel to the hugely successful Avatar: The Last Airbender film, produced by Nickelodeon and written by Michael De Luca and illustrated by Peter Schultz. The comic book series chronicled after the events of the movie, chronicling the once thriving island nation of Borneo. The Avatar The LastAirbender has consistently ranked as one of Nickelodeon's top sellers and continues to be a top seller in its second season.
Avatar Comics continue to excel in terms of story, art, and characters. Although the first season was mediocre, it built a large following for its follow-up books and short stories. While the short stories were good, it lacked in overall quality and ambition compared to the long form story lines of Avatar: The Last Airbender films. However, the quality of this comic outweighed the lack of depth, as Avatar: The Last Airbender collected a massive number of characters, themes, environments, and settings which helped to develop each character and story very well. I especially appreciated the excellent portrayal of Thailand and the other main islands and settings.
While I enjoyed the first film, I felt that the second film, Avatar The Lastairbender: The Results, attempted to do too much at once, especially in the last third or so of the series. It was a bit too confusing and some scenes were predictable and extended. I also felt that certain plot developments were predictable from the first film, and even seemed to have been forced into place to keep the story going. That being said, I still highly recommend Avatar Comics, as it offers a great alternative to the overwhelming negativity of the Avatar film franchise.
In Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Results, the story picks up after the events of the second film. Aszin is dead, and the Avatar has been captured by Baitington, the evil organization that wants to control the bending world. Team Avatar must fight their way through the underground tunnels, while finding a way to bring down the stronghold of Baitington and free the Avatar. This second book in the Avatar comic series follows in the same style and basic storyline as the first movie, except that it adds in some extra features and complications. I liked how the comic took the character of Aang and added some humor to his character. I feel that Avatar The Lastairbender - The Results could have been shorter, as it went on a little bit too long, but the characterizations and story development was still quite good.
I have enjoyed reading Avatar comics, and they've actually been quite interesting. The art style is similar to the first film, and each issue includes a couple of different story panels per issue. Unlike the first film where the scenery was flat and lifeless, the background of each issue of Avatar Comics is detailed and vibrant. The drawings are also very accurate, and I always feel as if the artists had done their research before hand, and put it into this comic book. It's very impressive.
For readers who are unfamiliar with Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Results, I recommend you picking up some Avatar: The Last Airbender volumes prior to picking up this second book. The first couple of issues of Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Results are highly worth the investment, as they take place completely in the Afterlife continuity, which makes the book a great jumping-off point for future books as well. I especially enjoyed how the comic stayed true to the spirit of the first movie, while at the same time expanding on it in new and creative ways.
All in all, I really enjoyed reading Avatar comics, and hope that someone reads them. I feel that the main problem with the television show, Avatar, is that it's hit or miss. Some episodes are amazing, while others are not so great. Bryan Konietzko did a great job writing new stories that still have fans of the first series going wild over what could happen in the future.
If you enjoy Avatar the most, I would suggest grabbing a copy of Avatar Comics. Like the television show, the graphic novel is a natural progression from the source material. However, I feel that if you haven't watched the show, you're not going to understand the story. So, get the graphic novel version of the book and then watch the show when you have the time. You won't regret it.