Avatar The Last Airbender – The Lost Adventures Review

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Airspeed Prime here to bring you a review of the recently released comic collection from Dark Horse Comics,” Avatar The Last Airbender The Lost Adventures”.

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Avatar The Last Airbender The Lost Adventures

The Cover, The book byDark Horse Comics (the people who brought us Avatar: The Art of the Animated Series)

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I will start with the story of its release, Announced by Dark horse in February along with upcoming Post book 3 Graphic Novels it had an early July release date. Amazon then changed the date about 3 weeks ago to Mid June, a few days later the date was changed to January 2012 and even Dark Horse Customer services said it was due out in December. Then last week the date changed back to early July, but people started to find the book in comic shops and get shipping emails. It has worked out in the end, and the book exists and is excellent. I just hope that Dark Horse become more organised with future Avatar releases.

So on to the Review itself. I will start with the stats

  • It is a paperback (well card technically) book, feels sturdy despite the page count
  • 240 pages with the last 15 being a preview of The art book and adverts for other comics and mangas
  • It is slightly smaller than usual comic collections, here is a comparison. That said for me, I found it to be perfectly sized, easy to read and see the panels clearly. it is 15cm(6 inch) by 22.5cm(9 inch)

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  • 28 stories ranging for 2 pages to 22 pages.
  • Split up into Book 1 Water, Book 2 Earth, Book 3 Fire and bonus stories. 5 Water stories, 9 Earth stories, 12 Fire Stories and 2 Bonus non canon stories
  • Retail price is given as $14.99 US , $16.99 CAN. I got mine from Amazon.co.uk for Ã’Ò€ő¬10 shipped. I will say it now it is well worth at least Ã’Ò€ő¬20
  • Paper Quality and colours are very good.

On to the Content now.

I will do a general overview to start off. This book is amazing, it perfectly captures everything about the show, I was worried Avatar wouldn’t translate too well to comics in terms of story, I was wrong. Some of the longer stories are like watching an episode they are so good. There are multiple Art styles used in the different stories and they all are good, there is: show accurate art, more cartoony style, more detailed/realistic, and apart from the odd weirdly drawn or detailed panel it is super high quality throughout.

This Book is not plot heavy, there is nothing really epic like the Season finales but I don’t think anyone was expecting that. This book is exactly like the title says “The Lost Adventures”, stories that were not quite enough to be an episode but they help flesh out the characters more. Speaking of Characters that is what this book does the best, all the characters are portrayed so well, I did not notice a single out of character thing. Sokka fans will absolutely love this book, he is in top form in nearly every story, there is the return of Wang Fire, Sleuth Sokka and the writers got his humour perfect in every story. The others are great too but Sokka just stood out as brilliant throughout. The best thing I can say about this book as an Avatar fan is that while reading this book I was grinning like the biggest fanboy ever and laughing out loud at some points, if you are a fan you need this book. It is FUN and ENTERTAINING.

I have no real negatives with this collection, if I had to nitpick then maybe just the fact that Book 1 Water only has 5 stories and 4 are very short, I would have liked to see even 1 more longer story here. That said that is looking at the book for what is is not. Some people may find the lack of plot in the stories off putting, but you know going in that this book is the events that happen in between episodes so there cannot be too many more big stories.

On to more specifics, I will not go through each story in detail as alot of them are 2-4 pages and there is not much to say so I will just select a few stand outs for me.

Obviously Relics and Dirty Is Only Skin Deep are available to read here along with my review of them. http://avatarthelastairbenderonline.com/avatarthelastairbenderfreecomics/

Divided We Fall: In the Book Two Earth section, it is the longest story ”Β in the book, IMHO I think this could have been made into an episode. I think that this story takes place after Bitter Work but before The Library as Aang can Earthbend but they still have Appa. Also the area they are heading to Hiroku Canyon may be close to The Swamp as again Team Avatar get taken down my a mysterious tornado, another similarity to the Swamp is that the group gets separated. Aang has to fend off Viper-Bats, Sokka and Katara are surrounded by angry kids and Toph is dressed up as a princess in the tower they saw. There are some great moments including Sokka breaks his arm in the fall and doesn’t even notice for the most part but it is soon healed by Katara, the tower is in fact an orphanage and the wild kids are in fact from the orphanage, but because of the War they don’t get any new kids. Showing off another aspect of the war that the orphans of the war are probably out there alone. Epic art at the end with Appa wearing a crown.

Going Home Again: This one takes place after 220, before Azula and Zuko leave Ba Sing Se. Zuko has decided to stay in Ba Sing Se as he thinks he won’t be welcomed back. Azula decided teh best way to bring him back is to use Mai and Zuko’s childhood crush to her advantage, they set them up for a meal but it backfires and they find out it was a set up, they go on a walk together and run into Jin (Yay) ”Β leading to an awkward moment between the three. They eventually have their first kiss and Zuko decides to return with Azula. I love getting some much needed development for Zuko in between Book 2 and 3. We see a few looks for Zuko as he sees Iroh chained being brought aboard the ship, the faces tell the story he is unsure he made the correct decision.

The mouths are a bit weird in certain expressions but other than that very good. And there is an awesome moment when a Dai Li member attempts to play music at the meal and fails, walking off so sad πŸ™

The Bridge: Similar time to the above story but Katara’s thoughts on the events bridging Book 2 and 3, IMHO the best story of the book as it is very emotional and we understand how she feels in 301 more now. We also get to see how they captured the Fire Nation ship. Especially at the end where she narrates over two images one of her writing this stuff in a diary and another of her healing an unconscious Aang, we really see that Aang is the one who has given her Hope and she needs him back. Sokka is once again brilliant “You’ve just been Boatnapped !”

Private Fire: I love this one just because Wang Fire is the Main character, Sokka joins the Army to get some inside info and is completely failing at training then news comes in that they are going to the front lines so Sokka leaves. The army find him and take him away, he tries to use his friends to get out if it saying they are benders in disguise, they use their bending and scare the rest of the army, then comes the best thing ever Sokka becomes all brave and runs into the cave “Full of benders” alone as the other men stay outside scared, they all admire Wang Fire’s bravery ”Β as Aang and Toph make a cave in, the men think Wang Fire died in the line of duty and make a shrine to his bravery ABSOLUTELY EPIC.

Art is really good in this one

Combustion Man On A train: When I saw the list of story names, this was the one that stood out to me. While not what I expected (Combustion man randomly riding a train for no reason) it turned out to be great. Aang and Sokka decide to go on a train ride, they meet a little girl called Sho who has to go and see her grandma alone and is scared. Anag teaches her a trick to close her eyes and imagine she is riding an animal, which calms her down, Until who enters the cab but Combustion Man ready to kill Aang. Aang saves Sho as Sokka rushes to stop the train so everyone can get off, with explosions going off everywhere all the passengers are scared except Sho who passes on Aang’s advice which was thought to him by Gyatso to calm everyone down. Aang uses Waterbending to knock him off the train, Aang then gives Sho a ride on Appa to her granma’s house

Art is more detailed than most of the other stories but excellent.

Love is a Battlefield: KATAANG STORY YES, Aang wants to talk to Katara about the kiss during the invasion but she is avoiding it, this is taking place as they are sparring with bending, the conversation gets heated as Aang calls her out for ignoring this. She continues to not talk about it and Attack Aang, he gets mad and does a cool Volcano Firebending move and walks off annoyed that Katara won’t talk about their relationship. I love this it further explains the 317 conversation and Why Aang is so forward there.

Art is the same as Dirty is only Skin deep and is so clean and smooth.

Now A quick series of Awards

Best Overall Story: The Bridge for me had it all, emotions, humour and adding to the story we all know. Showing just how Katara feels after the complete defeat at Ba Sing Se, dealing with Aang not waking up the return of her father and the failing effort against the war

Best Art: Private Fire, Show accurate and at the same time having the Artists Style, Johane Matte did a fantastic Job on this and his other work in this book is just as exceptional. I would be ghappy with him doing the art on the Post book 3 novels

Best Plot: Divided we Fall, I want an episode of this story, I just loved it. I would have loved to See the gaangs reaction to the Orphanage in decline. Very funny also.

Best Line: “Let’s all observe a moment of silence for Private Wang Fire, A true Fire Nation Soldier. I will personally see to it that his memory lives on” – Boot Camp Fire Nation Soldier

Best Panel: The panel that the above line refers to a shot of a shrine to Private Wang Fire with an awesome picture of Sokka with the beard on, RIP WANG

There are loads of other excellent stories but there are some of my top picks. What is your favourite story ? tell us in the comments below

In conclusion if you are an Avatar fan buy this book, just don’t go in expecting tonnes of amazing plot that will blow the Avatar universe open. They are extremely funny, fun and entertaining. Well done Dark Horse and everyone involved in making this book, just please next time, know the release date you nearly killed some of us saying December.

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Comments - 38 Posts

  1. Starbender Said: Comment by Starbender on June 29, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Permalink
     

    So how many stories do you think there is in all!

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    I said it in the review, 28 stories 26 of which are in canon.

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    Avatar Yangchen Reply:

    too many stories. πŸ™

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    ???
    What do you mean by that ?

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  2. Kelly Said: Comment by Kelly on June 29, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Permalink
     

    I just Got the Book it came today! I accidentally ordered two but i guess more for me πŸ™‚
    I loved it the book was great. The only complaint i really have is the art style of the comics Ember island arcade and Reach for the Toph. I know its a personal dislike but i thought it was way strange
    My favorite Comics are the long ones because they really feel like im watchuing the show! Great art and lots of cool types of art. Here are my favorites (In Order of the book not my most to least)
    1. Water War (Gotta love water πŸ™‚
    2. Relics (Very well made with a great idea)
    3. Sokka the avatar (Hilarious! Also the return of the rough rhinos)
    4. Dirty is only skin deep (Love the art style)
    5. Divided we fall (This was so good it could have been an episode!)
    6. Its only natural (I just like this one πŸ™‚
    7. Going home again (Very explanitory on Zuko and Mai and it was well made)
    8. The Bridge (I really wanted to know what happened between book 2 and 3 so there!)
    9. Private fire (SO FUNNY!!)
    10. Boys day out (I personally loved the idea even though its silly)
    11. Monster Slayer ( I thought this was hilarious!)
    12. Combustion man on a train (didnt like the title. Straight forward much? Love the plot)
    13. Swordbending (OMG Piandao was Zukos teacher!!)
    14. No Benders allowed ( GO NON BENDERS πŸ™‚
    15. Dragon days (OMG Kuzon!)

    OK OK I give up i love all of them! Im gunna start a page to discuss them in the Avatar Forum and give my full review on Each Comic!
    PS i had like 5 more favorites i got tired of typing πŸ™‚

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    I agree that the art is unusual in Reach for the Toph and Ember Island Arcade, but I think it suits the story in EIA. An Arcade is a pretty unusual place an the weirdness of the story works with the weird art. It didn’t work as well in Reach for the Toph, but I have seen some very bad comic art and this is not that bad in comparison.

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  3. Arthan Said: Comment by Arthan on June 30, 2011 at 8:25 am | Permalink
     

    Mine is on his way, it was shipped June 24 from the US, so I’m expecting its arrival at July’s second half.

    @Airspeed
    I wish I’d paid attention to your advice and ordered it at Amazon UK so I would have my copy in my hands right now. :'(

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    That is what you get for doubting me, lol

    Second half of July 0.0 really ? Usually Amazon are very quick I would say early next week definitely not longer than the week after next.

    Seriously though in my experience if you live in europe and have a choice between america and uk amazon you choose UK as shipping will not be as long.

    It will be worth the wait though.

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    Arthan Reply:

    I’ll follow your advice next time πŸ™‚

    For “ATLA: The Art of the Animated Series” was shipped (standard shipping) January 25 from the USA and I think it arrived the second half of February.

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  4. Admin / Jordash Said: Comment by Admin / Jordash on June 30, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Permalink
     

    I just started reading it and i’ve already made it about halfway in one night. The humor is pretty spot on, especially Sokka.

    It’s really similar to watching the show again.

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    Kelly Reply:

    I totally agree they did all the character personalities great but Sokka is byfar the best! I live Private fire and Swordbending. Actually i love almost all of them, but those 2 came first in my head

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    As I said in my review, Sokka is in top form throughout this book. This book puts a silly grin on your face without fail.

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  5. Kelly Said: Comment by Kelly on June 30, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Permalink
     

    wow now that ive taken a second look (More like 100th) I noticed Sokka is pretty hilarious in every comic he’s in, which is honestly almost all of them. Especially In Sokka the Avatar, Its only Natural and Private Fire. Thats pretty cool considering hes my favorite character πŸ™‚

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    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    Yeah the Sokka humor was definitely excellent, I was definitely laughing out loud.

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  6. Admin / Jordash Said: Comment by Admin / Jordash on July 2, 2011 at 12:19 am | Permalink
     

    Just finished the entire book “Private Fire” is definitely my favorite of them all.

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  7. Donna Said: Comment by Donna on July 2, 2011 at 4:35 am | Permalink
     

    Yup got mine… snatched it out of the couriers hands before he could get me to sign for it and was ripping it open like Aang does to the umbrella in The Fortuneteller ep. lol… I gave him back the box so he could scan it and on the same day my Costumes arrived back from the Dyers so my christmas’s had all come at once for sure! πŸ˜€

    Read 1/2 during lunch and devoured the rest after dinner… I’m going to read it a few more times before I add to much comment here, except to say… Well worth the wait indeed! And it’s great to have the variety of both storylines and different styles of graphics to portrait those storylines πŸ˜€ New Recruits…. hmmmmm I wonder if someone has been peeking here and taken a few idea’s on other styles of bending… lol…. and loved, loved, loved that by the time the Gaang made the decision on who to pick, they new benders decided to have their own gang πŸ˜€ Overall I’d have to agree that The Bridge is the one I like the most at the moment… it deals with the danger and situation that they faced while Aang was down… and appreciated the diary taking part of it the most… very relatable… πŸ˜€

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  8. HaightStGirl Said: Comment by HaightStGirl on July 2, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Permalink
     

    I think the reason why it said that it’d be Dec 11/Jan 12 for a release date is because that’s when Dark Horse is going to be coming out with ORIGINAL graphic novel-style comic books that chronicle what happened after the war (Zuko’s mom, who got together with who, Aang & Katara, etc.) that are written by the creators of the show & done by the artists. It’ll tie up Team Avatar’s story before introducing Korra’s.

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    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    Yeah that’s my theory as well, I think you’re completely right πŸ™‚

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  9. Aang Said: Comment by Aang on July 5, 2011 at 8:57 am | Permalink
     

    It seems like it’s a great book. I’ll buy it,too. πŸ˜€ A DVD-collection dealing with lost adventures would be also awesome. But the chance that this idea will become reality, isn’t good because of the focus on the new korra universe I think. But I could be wrong.

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    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    Yeah it’s definitely an excellent read, All Airbender fans should have it!

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  10. Jin Said: Comment by Jin on July 6, 2011 at 12:27 am | Permalink
     

    Good stories over all, but one thing was missing for me-I would have loved to see Aang’s spirit journey after Azula shot him with lightnening! So sad they did not show that.

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    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    They covered that journey in a kind of comic style graphic episode that is a special feature on the book 2 or 3 DVD’s I believe.

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    Yeah Escape from the Spirit world 1-4 are Web Comics not regular comics, since they are sort of animated they could not do it in this book. Those web comics are available an youtube and the DVD’s as Jordan says.

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  11. Kayla Said: Comment by Kayla on July 6, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Permalink
     

    Wow! This sounds really great! Hopefully I can get one soon. Just wondering, does anyone know what’s the deal with the white circle in the background of the cover, I just can’t figure out what that is or why it’s there?? Overall, it sounds like a great book and I’m eager to get it.

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    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    Yeah I didn’t even notice that until now, I think it’s mainly their to help make a portrait of the characters maybe? Either way it’s an excellent book.

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  12. Arthan Said: Comment by Arthan on July 7, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Permalink
     

    Finally! It’s here!, My ATLA The Lost Adventures arrived today, so I can read it now and give my opinions. The book looks great! πŸ˜€

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    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    Awesome, yeah let us know what you think!

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  13. tiffanylovesavatar&ZUTARA Said: Comment by tiffanylovesavatar&ZUTARA on July 9, 2011 at 8:52 am | Permalink
     

    does the book tell of what happened to Zuko’s mother? oh i really hope so!

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  14. HaightStGirl Said: Comment by HaightStGirl on July 9, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Permalink
     

    No The Lost Adventures doesn’t tell what happened to Zuko’s mom. YET. Dark Horse will be coming out with all new adventures that tie up the 70 years between Aang and Korra and Mike & Bryan say that they will include what happened to Zuko’s mother.

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    It is not Confirmed, just heavily hinted at that we will learn the fate of Ursa.
    Early 2012 is the release date, with more info hopefully coming out of Comic Con.

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  15. HaightStGirl Said: Comment by HaightStGirl on July 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Permalink
     

    P.S. The new comics will be out next year.

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  16. Tracy Said: Comment by Tracy on July 12, 2011 at 7:52 am | Permalink
     

    I’m not finished with it, yet, but it’s definitely worth the money. The one thing that ruffled my feathers was Azula calling Zuko “Little Brother” Argh. I wanted Zuko to snap on her something fierce. I will give full opinions when done, some things I wasn’t thrilled with because it just seemed…. Not my style, but I am definitely glad I got it, it’s worth every cent!

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  17. sylvia Said: Comment by sylvia on August 18, 2011 at 9:30 am | Permalink
     

    wow this looks like a fun book! Aang’s face on the cover looks very odd though

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    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    Yeah in fact the only thing I didn’t like about the book was the cover, Aang looks kind of weird. Other than that it’s awesome!

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    Avatar Yangchen Reply:

    yeah, his face looks really wierd

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  18. Avatar Yangchen Said: Comment by Avatar Yangchen on July 4, 2012 at 7:13 am | Permalink
     

    i would love to buy this book but my parents would never let me

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    Really, why ?

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  19. AvatarOlivia Said: Comment by AvatarOlivia on August 9, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Permalink
     

    I just bought this book yesterday! It’s Awesome! I’m already more than half way finished now. πŸ˜€

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