Comic Review: Avatar: The Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow

Avatar: The Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow, Part 1
Avatar: The Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow, Part 1 by Gene Luen Yang

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m loving the continuing story of Team Avatar in these graphic novels! In this one, there is political unrest in the Fire Nation as a band of traitorous rebels try to put the evil Ozai back on the throne. Zuko must fight to protect his newly-found family, but there are spies and enemies around every corner, and Zuko will have to call on Avatar Aang to help.

I love the artwork, and you can really feel the action moving the story forward. It’s easy to imagine it playing in your head like a movie, because the dialogue and facial expressions and fight scenes all flow so well.

I love seeing Zuko settle into his role as Fire Lord! He’s so confident now and radiates power. He’s like a rock of safety instead of the angsty teen we knew before.

I like that Mai and TyLee are major characters in this story. I missed them in the last ones. They have some great dialogue and funny scenes! Mai has some big decisions to make, and I’m hoping to see a softer side of her character.
Of course, the Kyoshi Warriors make an appearance and have some great fight scenes too.

I love it!

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