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- ASIN : B00D9DCSHI
- Publisher : Dark Horse Books (July 2, 2013)
- Publication date : July 2, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 105307 KB
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- Print length : 240 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #91,429 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Lost Adventures is the first of two collections of comics that are largely considered precursors to the main series of comics, those that take place after the end of the tv series. It is a collection of short comics from a variety of sources (DVD exclusives, Free Comic Book Days, Nickelodeon Magazine, etc) and a variety of different writers, artists, colorists, and letterers (Brian Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, Aaron Ehasz, Joaquim Dos Santos, Alison Wilgus, Joshua Hamilton, Justin Ridge, Gurihiru, and many more). The sheer variety of style and talent found within makes it worth it, but on top of that it's just fun to be back hanging out with Team Avatar again.
The book is split up into three sections for the three seasons of the show, and thus each story takes place during a different part of those three seasons. There are stories that fill in areas of the show that were glossed over (such as how the gang acquires the Fire Nation ship we see them on in the beginning of season three), stories that are pure goofiness (like the Toph vs Bumi showdown) and stories that frankly could have been their own episode of the tv series (like when Sokka joins the Fire Nation army). There's a little something for every Avatar fan to enjoy.
If you are like me and came into "The Last Airbender" late, and never got a chance to read the comics, now is your chance to get the reprint. Even if you have read them, this is a great way to keep the comics in one place in one slim book. Even if you aren't a fan, this book is entertaining enough to hold its own. It was a fast read but you will definitely go back to your favorites and read it over and over again. Should you get it? Definitely.
By Nimah on August 29, 2020
Most of the short stories are pretty humorous, bordering on silly. One story shows the funny (but disastrous!) effects of a bad head cold on an Airbender, while in another Sokka decides that the best way to get food for their troupe is to sell their services as monster hunters, only to have the plan backfire when the “fake” monster turns out to be a real threat. These are entertaining, but forgettable. Like the show, however, some of the stories take a more serious turn, and fill in small gaps in the main storyline. A Fire Nation general explains to Aang exactly how his people were able to destroy the Airbenders one hundred years in the past after using the same strategies to trap the Avatar. We learn what convinced Zuko to return to the Fire Nation at the end of the second season, which is hinted at but never explicitly stated in the show. But even if the comics temporarily turn serious, they still return to humor before long.
The artists vary in style, but they all do a pretty good job of capturing the look of the animated series. There are a couple of stories that don't look like they were scanned at an appropriate resolution, because the panels are slightly blurred and the linework isn't as crisp as it should be. But the differences are only noticeable when the stories are gathered into a single book like this; I bet that if I was reading these in the original magazines, I might not have noticed that the artist was different each time because the changes in style are pretty subtle.
I really liked the book, but then I was a huge fan of the cartoon. Like I said, the book expects you to be familiar with the <I>Avatar</I> world, so your ability to enjoy these stories is directly tied to what you thought of the show.
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For one thing, it is great value, the book is a lot thicker than I had anticipated, which is always a pleasant surprise, especially in comparison to the first part of The Promise, which was tiny. This one kept me going for several days (though I did 'ration out' chapters to make it last longer).
The stories vary from a couple of pages for a simple gag or two, two spreads of five or six pages which tell more of a story and even develop some of the characters we've come to know so well. Having this nice mix-up of themes and tones was far from distracting, but actually recreated the feel of the original show a lot better, which was known for having great comedy and heartfelt scenes, along with the adventure and action side of things. Since there's also a mixture of writers, and the masterminds DiMartino and Konietzko are not among them, it can be hit-and-miss in terms of the quality of the stories, but all in all there were a lot more hits than misses in my humble opinion. I really enjoyed a lot of the tales told, and some of them were a good laugh!
The main issue that reviewers here seem to be having is with the changing of the art style from story to story due to different artists trying their hand, and that being distracting. On the contrary, I actually found this to be quite appealing - possibly because I'm a cartoonist/illustrator myself, I really enjoyed seeing different versions of the characters, and mixing up the artwork actually kept the stories more fresh and held my attention very well. Since the writing is usually pretty faithful to the characters anyway, it isn't like you can't recognise them from one story to another, even if the artwork is radically different.
All in all, there's plenty to see, solid writing and interesting artwork to take in, so I would call this book a resounding success. If you miss the characters you've come to love in The Last Airbender and you're looking for more of their adventures, I would actually reccomend this book before 'The Promise'.