Mai Free Comic “Rebound” Scans and Review



As I am sure you are all aware today is free comic book day. A free Avatar comic was available. I went really early and still could not get a hold of it and I am sure there are many in a similar position. So we have decided to post scans of this comic on the site. We are doing this only because it is a free comic (hence why there are no scans of The Search or The Promise on this site). Not everyone has a local comic store and being May the 4th the Star Wars book (which the Avatar story is a part of) is insanely popular, so even if you attend the event you may not get a copy. What I will say is support your local comic store (if you have one) the whole aim of Free Comic Book Day is to promote comics in general and comic stores. Definitely support Dark Horse Comics, who publish the Avatar Comics.

Major Thanks to forum member Trojan People for supplying me with these scans.

Rebound Page 1

Rebound Page 3

Rebound Page 4

Rebound Page 5

Rebound Page 6

Rebound Page 7

Rebound Page 8


Written By – Gene Luen Yang
Art By – Ryan Hill
Letters By – Michael Heisler
Published By – Dark Horse Comic (Support them, they are awesome)

I will start with some general thoughts on this 8 page free comic. I think this is a pretty good story, it manages to do a huge amount in just 8 pages. I had certain expectations going into this book and they were blown away. It is by no means the best Avatar comic ever, but it is right up there with any of “The Lost Adventures” short stories of similar length, but this one obviously advances Mai’s story into somewhere new.

I will begin with the Art, Ryan Hill had a gargantuan task to even come close to being as good as Team Gurihiru. They have had 280 or so pages in a row and have been beyond perfect, so how does Ryan Hill stack up with just 8 pages ? His art is very nice, it is nowhere near Team Gurihiru’s level, but I would find it hard to name any comic artist near them. His style is better than a lot of “The Lost Adventures”. One issue I would have is that the cover is not amazingly representative of the interior art , the faces in the comic seem a bit different to the cover image. Other than that I have very little issue with the art, the backgrounds are nicely detailed and the faces while a bit odd are pretty expressive. As you can see he has a very good sense of action, you can instantly tell what is going on from panel to panel in the brief fight scene. So overall I think Ryan Hill should get more work on Avatar, if Team Gurihiru are tied up on The Search or another Avatar series I would be delighted to see Ryan Hill do some art.

Now onto the story itself. I mentioned my expectations earlier on and how the book surprised me, I will explain that. I expected once I found out (from Gene Yang himself) that it was an 8 page story a super fast paced story following these rough story beats: Mai ponders her break up with Zuko, meets new boy, connects a bit with the boy, is betrayed somehow by the boy and she then fully realises she loves Zuko, but that she cannot be with him until he sorts out his issues with being the Fire Lord and his mother. The story managed to include a lot of surprises while hitting many of the same rough points.

The political side of the story was the biggest shock and how much was said and shown in such a brief pagecount. This story tells us what happened to those that remained loyal to Ozai and that Zuko gave (at least some of them) a job offer in his own government. Some refused and set up this “New Ozai Society”, led by Mai’s own father, which itself tells us a lot about how Mai’s father feels about Zuko. This also led to one of my favourite parts of the story, Mai’s care for her brother Tom-Tom and what seems to be a split from her parents. At the start she is already more friendly with her Aunt than her father and her father mentions it has been a long time. I just loved seeing Mai make the decision to take her brother away from a group of people who would continue to support someone like Ozai. It also gives Mai a perfect reason for why she is not immediately going back to Zuko, she has to look after her brother (though that raises the question of where their mother is?).

This book does an excellent job at keeping the Maiko ship alive without the two just getting back together. Because of how untrustworthy her date, Kei-Lo turned out to be she realised how much she cared about Zuko. The final panel is the definition of “A picture is worth a thousand words”.

Where this book ends is also of interest, Mai is staying with her Aunt to look after her brother. So the next time we see Mai will be very interesting as will her and Zuko’s next meeting. I feel that “Rebound” is leading into something, The New Ozai Society as well as Mai’s feelings about Zuko are clearly set up for something. We know Mai is not in The Search, so that must mean we have another book coming at some stage.

Check out the Mai comic discussion thread on the forums.

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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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Comments - 19 Posts

  1. OG Sokka Said: Comment by OG Sokka on May 4, 2013 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    I loved it. I do like team Gurihiru’s art better but Hill did a great job. The story was lovely and it gave us some great devolpment for Mai.


  2. Troy Said: Comment by Troy on May 4, 2013 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    I got the feeling to the book is leading to something. We know from Gene Yang interview their will be no Mai in the Search so this points to getting more Avatar comics.


    Shiney Reply:

    He’s said that? Well, actually that makes me kind of happy, because I definitely agree that this comic sets up, or at least has the potential for, great plot development that cannot be dealt with in The Search – and that could mean there’ll be more comics (and that Bryke and Gene are already planning it).

    At the very least, this heavily suggest that Mai and Zuko will get back together, and that obviously can’t happen without her having an appearance. It would also be kind of weird leaving their relationship hanging on the line, if Mai really is Iroh’s grandmother.


    Troy Reply:

    I have visualized the old Mai character design for a while. I think it will come out nice.


  3. Greg2Bender Said: Comment by Greg2Bender on May 4, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    This was pretty good. Now I’m really interested in what she does in the future.

    I also like how she is just so good that she can take on five people, fire bender included with her brother on her back and make it seem easy.

    Nice review and thanks for putting the scans up.


  4. Avatar Yangchen Said: Comment by Avatar Yangchen on May 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    nice comic 🙂 i thought that by the end of this comic mai would have completely forgot about zuko, but the end raises a lot of questions. the only thing i dont like is the fact that tom tom can talk 😛

    also a random thought, what if tom tom and hope got married?


    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    Tom Tom speaking is an interesting point, when we last saw him in ATLA he was probably on the verge of just starting to speak. In a year and a bit could he have gone as far as forming complete sentences.
    He would be about 3 and a half here so I him speaking is fine, perhaps not a full sentence as big as the last page.


    YangChen Reply:

    The art is different, but i like it, and the story is really thought provoking…will there be more comics about the story?


    YangChen Reply:

    Oh oops i meant to say that down there, i don’t know what happened 😀 Tom Tom and hope would be sooo cute!!!!! Tope 😀


  5. bacon-and-tea Said: Comment by bacon-and-tea on May 4, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    I luckily got a copy of it at my local comic book store (and it was the last copy, so I was pretty happy about that), but honestly the art wasn’t up to par with all the other Avatar comics. On the other hand, I’m really hoping we get to see more about how Mai’s life plays out!


    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    By all the other comics do you mean just The Promise 1-3 and The Search 1 or are you including the various artists from The Lost Adventures ?


    bacon-and-tea Reply:

    All including The Lost Adventures. I actually really enjoyed all the different art styles in The Lost Adventures, but for some reason I didn’t really like this one. But that’s probably just me because my friend didn’t mind the art as much as I did.


  6. Inkasrain Said: Comment by Inkasrain on May 4, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    As a really big Mai fan, I expected to be underwhelmed by this comic. Not because I’m anti Gene Yang – I’m not in the least – but because of how brief it would be, and how small an issue it really deals with.

    So I was anticipating fluff, but I’ll admit, this comic was about as complex as an eight-page book could possibly be. I love that Mai is unimpressed by flowers, the fact that boys and politics always seem to blow up in her face, and the implication that Mai is not as important to her father now that he has a son. That last emotional beat was beautifully done. It’s not in Mai’s character to share her sadness, or even complain about the important things, so I love that she went about her business – just bleeding quietly on the inside.

    (On a related note, add Mai’s dad to the list of Disappointing Avatar Dads.)


    Derrick Reply:

    That’s funny because now that I think about it, there isn’t a whole lot of good dads in the avatar universe. I mean there is Hakoda, Iroh, Haru’s dad, and … uh… wow that’s really it. Unless you want to count older Zuko, Sokka, and Aang when they became fathers. But other than that, the series has had father figures like Ozai, Toph’s Dad, Sozin, Azulon, heck one can even make a case for Teo’s dad being unexemplary, He made fire nation weapons. And in Korra of course the main example is Yakone even though he wasn’t always like that. And now Mai’s dad is on the list. Apparently in the avatar universe, anybody’s dad could be the villain and their children should start looking over their shoulders. lol


  7. Rabadoo Said: Comment by Rabadoo on May 4, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Was late for work to get a hold of the comic. Definitely worth it, plus the other free comics were excellent as well. I’m not a big fan of Ryan Hill’s art style, but the story itself was fantastic.


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  8. Eska Said: Comment by Eska on May 5, 2013 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    Great story

    Tom Tom can talk?!?! I still see him as that infant…


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  9. Korra Watermaster Said: Comment by Korra Watermaster on May 10, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    omg i love it. just wish i got the comic. the comic book store i went to were all out



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