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Review: Avatar The Last Airbender – The Rift #1 (#1 for $1 Edition) (Dark Horse)

25862Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Gene Luen Yang, Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko
Artist: Gurihiru
Release Date: 2nd July 2014

Previously on Avatar:  After uncovering the secret of Zuko’s mother and the fire nation family, Avatar and the gang return to Yu Dao to…

Aw who am I kidding I could never match up to the glorious voice of Avatar Roku, I’d probably have a better chance with the announcer from The Legend of Korra.

The Rift is the bridge between the two worlds of The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. It starts the foundation of Republic city and how the Earth and Fire nations came to live in peace. The first issue of this series sets up the plots for each character, from Aangs journey to building Republic City to Toph trying to build a new relationship with her family.

Fans already familiar with the show will be welcomed by familiar character tropes and humour such as Sokka’s unhealthy food obsession and General Ihro’s love for Jasmine tea. We’ve seen these jokes before but you’ll never get tired of hearing them as we have grown to love these characters over the years. The personalities match perfectly with their Tv counterparts and you’ll find yourself mimicking their voices as you read on.

While their is plenty of humour throughout the comic, it isn’t afraid to dive into serious topics such as family issues and politics. It only shows that the series has grown with its audience who have a better understanding of the Avatar universe and want to see the connections between The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra.

The comic captures the childlike and colourful creativity of the cartoon with care and clarity, making the main characters stand out in their trademark clothes. With subtle shadows casting across the background so your eyes are always drawn to them even in a crowded place.

If you didn’t pick up the first volume of The Rift then maybe you want to start with this first issue instead. With the third seasons of The Legend of Korra already on Nickelodeon now is the perfect time to revisit some old friends and see where it all began.

Rating: 4/5.


The writer of this piece was: Dean Walsh

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