Avatar: The Last Airbender (Graphic Novel) – Mini Reviews

Avatar: The Last Airbender: North and South (Avatar: The Last Airbender, Library Edition, #5)Avatar: The Last Airbender: North and South by Gene Luen Yang

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved seeing the changes that the Water Tribe is struggling to cope with in the aftermath of the Fire Nation’s change in leadership. The world is coming to terms with a land that is no longer dominated by one nation and all must exist in harmony. The Southern Water Tribe is undergoing changes and developing in this new world – even if not everyone is ready for it. We also get to see more of Sokka and Katara’s family, which is nice.

Avatar: The Last Airbender -  Smoke and Shadow (Avatar: The Last Airbender, Library Edition, #4)Avatar: The Last Airbender – Smoke and Shadow by Gene Luen Yang

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was nice to see Zuko’s family and the backstories for each of them, both old and new. Zuko’s relationship with his father and sister are delved into further, and his relationship with his mother and her family are fostered. Zuko had an incredible amount of development and characterization over the course of the series, but this storyline continues it. It is so authentically him to struggle with his choices and the balance between the two sides. He is troubled by his role as the Fire Lord and doing what he believes to be right.
Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rift (Avatar: The Last Airbender, Library Edition, #3)Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rift by Gene Luen Yang

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In this storyline, Aang struggles to reconcile his past and history as an Airbender with the changing world he is now living in. His goal in this new world is for harmony between the elements but is torn because he is the last Airbender. If he does not keep the traditions and holidays of his people, then how will the Airbender memory stay alive? But as the Avatar, he is supposed to be the intermediary between all of the elements and the spirits. Not biased. It was nice to see Aang grow as an Avatar and try to balance his own beliefs with a changing world.

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