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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Last Airbender
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Mti edition (June 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345518551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345518552
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #782,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dave Roman is the author of Del Rey's X-Men: Misfits and Agnes Quill. He is a Harvey Award nominee, and an Ignatz Award and Web Cartoonists' Choice award winner.

Co-writer Alison Wilgus is a writer and artist living in Brooklyn, New York. Her professional work in comics and animation includes projects for Cartoon Network, Nick Magazine, Dancing Diablo, and Flickerlab. She is currently working on Chronin, her first graphic novel, with SLG Publishing.

Joon Choi is an illustrator and animator whose work has been featured on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, Nickelodeon, and Gameloft.

More About the Author

Dave Roman is the author/artist of the Astronaut Academy series, writer of Teen Boat! and Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery. He has contributed stories to the Flight series, Explorer: The Mystery Boxes, and is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling graphic novel, X-Men: Misfits. Roman worked as a comics editor for the groundbreaking Nickelodeon Magazine from 1998 to 2009. He lives in New York City with his wife, Raina. His website is www.yaytime.com

Customer Reviews

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This book was absolutely terrible: do not waste your money.
Molly
The art is terrible, the story is butchered beyond all belief, and the characters are flat and boring.
Kindle Customer
Don't get me wrong - it's bad - but mostly because it follows the movie.
Gabrielle R.

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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on June 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is absolutely terrible. The art is terrible, the story is butchered beyond all belief, and the characters are flat and boring. Now I'm a big fan of the show and I cannot wait for the upcoming live-action film, but this is just a senseless money grab. You could finish this in less than an hour! Granted, it is a book for kids, but it feels like the spirit of the show and everything that made it one of the greatest animations of all time is just skinned alive and butchered into a 100 page fiasco of suck. Oh, and the artwork. Is this the first time the illustrator has drawn something? It shows. Half the time, I couldn't figure out what was a wall or a scenery. It looks unfinished and rushed, much like this book in general. The story loosely (very loosely) follows the events of season 1 of the show and the live-action movie coming up. I hope you have prior knowledge of the story before reading because the book does a poor job of explaining the plot. Just stay away from this thing and use your $9 to buy yourself a ticket to the film in July. You won't regret it, unless the movie sucks too. After reading this garbage, my faith for the movie greatly declined.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Molly on June 27, 2010
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This book was absolutely terrible: do not waste your money. While the plot and dialogue of the television show is deep and meaningful, it seems that in an effort to force the entirety of Book One into a short manga, this spirit has been lost. The shallowness of this book makes me worry for the movie. Zuko's story is completely overlooked as well as all character development. Do not buy this book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
After the awesome manga prequel based off Zuko, I was eager to read this. The artwork is okay (Zuko's story was better than this) but the storyline itself is terrible and does not capture the essence of the story. I have to agree with the other negative reviewers here, this is a rather bad book. And the asking price is too much for a book of this quality, if you must have it, then I suppose go ahead, but this is not really a good piece of Avatar merchandise.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gabrielle R. on July 5, 2012
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I bought this book mostly because of the awful reviews - I was expecting a hilariously bad travesty of a comic. However, it's not quite as bad as these other reviews say it is. Don't get me wrong - it's bad - but mostly because it follows the movie.

The art is decent. Dave Roman didn't illustrate it - Joon Choi did - and I must say I like his style. It's a bit inconsistent at times, but overall it's nice to look at. The only bad parts of his art are the reactions - when someone is even slightly surprised, their face takes on a creepily distorted form that looks like something out of The Mask. And besides this, most of the characters' faces barely ever change expression EVER, so the stark contrast is very... disturbing. (Speaking of faces, the female characters all have the exact same face. Literally. If it weren't for their hair, Katara, Princess Yue, and Suki would all look identical.)

The pacing is just as bad as the movie. We never get to know any of the characters, Katara is protrayed as a weakling, Sokka never gets his comic relief...

There is one good thing about this comic that differs from the movie: the bending movements are quick and to-the-point. The movie sucked partly because characters had to do twenty tai-chi moves before a single splash of water would come up. But this comic eschewed that idea - as well as the idea that firebenders need existing fire to bend. So those are the comic's two saving graces.

Overall, the book still sucks, but it's not quite as bad as people are saying.
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