Authors: Gene Luen Yang, Michael Dante DiMartino
Artists: Bryan Konietzko, Gurishiru
Publisher: Dark Horse Books
Released: November 7th, 2017
Avatar: The Last Airbender: North and South is the fifth plot arc to stem from the animated series fans have fallen so in love with. After the popularity bump that came when Avatar: The Last Airbender moved to Netflix, I was inspired to read through as much of the comics as possible. So far, it’s been absolutely worth it!
As you might guess from the title, North and South is a plot focused entirely on the events in the North and South poles. More accurately, it is set in the Southern Water Tribe, but the Northern Tribes makes their pretense known.
Especially while trying to force the Southern Water Tribe to update their ways, and overall ‘catch up on the times and technology.” It shows a South Pole that might be unrecognizable to many, including the siblings that hail from there.
North and South was another fantastic read from this franchise. Honestly, if all the stories were like this, I would happily read another hundred adventures from the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Sadly, that is probably not all that realistic.
There’s a lot to love about this story in particular. Heading back to the South Pole, getting to see Gran Gran, the family dynamics, and everything else. Not to mention that we finally got to see how the Northern and Southern tribes would interact after all of these years.
Truthfully, I kind of wish I hadn’t read this one so quickly. I blasted through it, and found myself wishing for more. On the bright side, that is the sign of a great read, so I’ll take it! I really enjoyed the major plot, as well as the half a dozen subplots that made an appearance.
As with the rest of this series so far, I really loved Gurihiru’s artwork, and how it perfectly represented the animated series that I love so much. All while adjusting in ways that make it work for this new format. Personally, I’m especially fond of the color choices, and some of the designs for new characters.