Comic Review: Avatar the Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow Part One

25233432Avatar the Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow Part One by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru

Published by Dark Horse Comics on October 6, 2015

Genres: Comics, Fantasy, Adventure

Pages: 80 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased

5/5 Stars

The Fire Nation is threatened by a prophecy told by the Kemurikage–mysterious figures thought only to exist in legend–remove Zuko from the throne or the country will perish!

Avatar Aang and his friends escort Zuko and his family back to the capitol completely unaware of the looming threat growing in the city. Unrest is brewing as the New Ozai Society prepares to make its move against the crown, and children begin to go missing from their homes under mysterious circumstances!

I have a love for all things Avatar the Last Airbender and Zuko is a personal favorite of mine. I read and own every single ATLA comic since I cannot get enough of this world and was ecstatic for the start of this new series. Zuko’s reign over the Fire Nation is under threat from a fanatical society and legendary spirits. With the help of his friends, will he be able to withstand the onslaught?

The heavy weight of leadership on Zuko’s shoulders is unrelenting and there are those who wish for the old ways to return. He must protect his family and friends and yet not compromise the safety and security of the Fire Nation. But in true ATLA fashion, he has support, people to look out for him, and he is not as weak as many have been led to believe.

With Aang, Katara, and Sokka all heading off to prepare for the Yu Dao celebration, Mai, Suki, and Ty Lee all gather to assist the new Fire Lord. Mai bridges the gap between Zuko and the New Ozai Society; her loyalties entangled, her family in the balance. Suki and the Kyoshi Warriors are tasked with protecting Zuko, willing to lay traps and fly into battle for him. All the girl power that I love ATLA for!

Smoke and Shadow Part One has everything an Avatar the Last Airbender fan could ask for. Action, adventure, angst. Witty comments, ridiculous antics. The art is wonderful, just as stunning as the show on screen. It’s exactly what I expect from the gang and it continues their journey. If you love the television show, you will fall for the comics just as hard. Start from the beginning to get all the answers you’re looking for!

Do you love Avatar the Last Airbender? Have you read any of the comics? Let me know your favorite moments from the page or the screen!


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