Anime Reporter talks the talk, (but doesn’t walk the walk because it’s cold outside and I have the flu right now) about Parts 1 and 2 of Avatar: The Last Airbender- Smoke and Shadow, the official comic book follow-up to the Last Airbender animated series, but well before the events of Legend of Korra. Both Volumes are currently available from Dark Horse Comics.
Okay, so as I’ve said a few times before, I’m a huge fan of Avatar- the Last Airbender (or Legend of Aang, whichever you’d prefer to call it). It’s one of my all time favourite series, even going outside the specific categories of animation or “anime-like things”. It had a well developed, well-paced story, great, identifiable and endearing characters, complex and flawed heroes and villains, (particularly for a Nickelodeon family series.) and a conflict that, being one-hundred years in the making, had become a lot more complicated than Good vs. Evil. When it needed action, it had action that impressed and surprised, when it needed humour, it had the ability to surprise with its gags and its excellent comedic timing from cast members, as well as a phenomenal use of running jokes and visual humour. When this series needed heart… oh boy, let’s just say that it delivered before I start thinking about it too much and get all misty-eyed. This series is a triumph of animation and storytelling and that is why I want you to really pay attention when I say, if you aren’t familiar with the series, I really, truly need you to stop reading. Because I care. Because I don’t want to be responsible for ruining any detail of this series for anyone and what I’m about to review takes place after the third and final season of this series, although it also takes place many years before Legend of Korra, so don’t watch that either. Just… Just stop whatever you’re currently prioritising and watch Seasons 1-3 of Avatar the Last Airbender. I mean that, even if once you do, you don’t come back to read the rest of this review. It’s just my advice for part of living a worthwhile life. Go watch it. Then if you do happen to come back and read this, you’ll be doing so in a blissful, spoiler-free state.
Oh, and definitely don’t think that you can save time by watching the M. Knight Shyamalan film The Last Airbender! That movie is to the series what Dragonball Evolution was to Dragon Ball Z and so many of M. Knight Shyamalan’s film’s have been to films in general. Don’t watch it, don’t think about it, don’t acknowledge that it happened.
Okay, so we’re all safe and happy in post-spoiler existence here. I hope.
Just to be safe, I’ll go ahead and put the more reviewy-part of this review right after a nice big “Read More” link.