2 New Avatar comics announced

Listed as: Avatar Comics

Big news, Dark Horse have recently announced 2 new ATLA comics. One of them is the full reveal of the previously announced 2018 Avatar comic by Faith Erin Hicks and Peter Wartman and the other is a brand new one-shot comic.

The 2018 Avatar comic series will be called Imbalance, you can see the cover for Part 1 here

Here is the product description for this book

This new three-part adventure follows Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph as they return to Earthen Fire Industries—the factory owned by Toph’s father—and Team Avatar find that the once-small town of Cranefish is now booming. Expecting a warm welcome, Aang is surprised when their arrival is met with disinterest and even open hostility. At a business council meeting, the reason for the slight becomes clear: A massive bender versus non-bender conflict has gripped the town’s inhabitants, and is threatening to turn violent!

The second comic is a one shot anthology called Team Avatar Tales that will feature a bunch of shorter stories similar to the previously released Lost Adventures book. It is confirmed that this book will feature the previously released Free Comic Book Day stories in addition to new stories. Here is the cover and product description

Avatar: The Last Airbender–Team Avatar Tales is a one-shot anthology of stories from the Avatarverse featuring beloved characters brought to life by a cast of all-star creators. It features never-before-collected stories from Free Comic Book Daypublications and also debuts several brand-new stories. Fans can journey along with Team Avatar as they rescue a pumpkin farmer waylaid by monsters, go undercover in the Fire Nation, help an old rival with a hair-raising problem, and reflect on what it means to save the world. Featuring the work of Gene Luen Yang (Avatar: The Last Airbender—North and South), Faith Erin Hicks (The Nameless City), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Ron Koertge (Vampire Planet), Dave Scheidt (Dreamworks Trolls, Wrapped Up), Sara Goetter (Dungeon Critters, Boozle), and more, this anthology features stories both hilarious and heartwarming. The beautiful cover is by artist Sara Kipin (The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic).

Imbalance Part 1 will be released October 10th 2018

Team Avatar Tales will be released September 5th 2018

My Thoughts

This is a big announcement and something Dark Horse really needed to deliver, we needed more than just the details on the next ATLA series, so the Team Avatar Tales announcement was an amazing surprise. It solves 2 big issues, first that the FCBD stories have always been tricky to get for a lot of fans so them being collected in an official release is great, the other issue is that especially recently the ATLA comics have tended to be a bit too unfocused with trying to roughly span the gap between ATLA and Korra, but the characters being too young to really make any big moves towards Republic City so the anthology format gives us the chance to get more specific character focused stories that can perhaps just focus in on one key moment/reveal.

The details confirm that Team Avatar Tales will have the same page count as Imbalance part 1 meaning that it will more than likely be 72 pages of actual content. 3 of these stories will likely be “Rebound”, “Shells” and “Sisters”, all 3 of these comics are just about 10 pages long meaning we should have just over 40 pages worth of new content. The description hints at a mix of fun and serious stories so like The Lost Adventures we should have a nice blend of stories and art styles.

As for Imbalance, the description seems interesting, but I have some doubts if it will be the meaningful story we have been waiting for. I have a slight fear that this may go the way of North and South with the issues presented not really being as big as initially suspected. I am interested in how they approach the bender/non-bender conflict in this era, but at the same time I can’t help but feel like there is a much bigger story that we are waiting to be told with Azula. I am of course going to give Imbalance a chance, I just have some questions at this early stage, mainly because North and South started well and we know how that went. I want some notable events to happen in the comics, how long are we going to be waiting until we get something.

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My name is Morgan Bannon, I am a 22 Year old Male from Ireland and I am the Site Super Moderator. I have watched and been a fan of Avatar since it premiered. I am also a news post writer for the site and host the site's podcast, The Avatar Online Podcast. My strength as an Avatar fan would be just a good knowledge of Avatar Canon and characters.

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