Comic Review: Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Rift Part 1

After Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Search ended, I thought we’d finally received the last answer to the most mysterious question in the Avatar universe: what happened to Zuko’s mother?

Avatar The Rift

I’d completely forgotten about the second most interesting question: what happened to Toph? Who is the baby daddy? Did she ever go back and tell her parents what happened? Well actually, it’s a bunch of questions. And The Rift looks like it’s aiming to answer that question.

This graphic novel series has not let me down once. Part 1 sets us up with an older, although maybe not wiser, Team Avatar. From there, the story keeps a great pace, matching conversations with revelations and plenty of action. The art is also spot-on, with the lush colors of the cartoon.

All-in-all, I can’t recommend this series enough, and The Rift looks to continue the great Avatar comics reputation.

Plot

Avatar Aang asks his friends to help him honor Yangchen’s Festival—one of the highest Air Nomad holidays, which hasn’t been celebrated in over one hundred years.

But cryptic visits from the spirit of Avatar Yangchen herself lead Aang to discover a jointly owned Fire Nation and Earth Kingdom refinery—operating on land sacred to the Airbenders! Is this the cause of the pollution Aang finds there, or is a more mysterious menace afoot?

The Deets

Writers: Gene Luen Yang, Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko
Artist: Gurihiru
Cover Artist: Gurihiru

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