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“The Promise”: Aang and friends return in new comic book

August 25, 2011

Avatar: The Last Airbender (The Art of the Animated Series) publishers Dark Horse are set to bring Aang and the gang back with a new comic book series.

They're back!

Previously, creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko have mentioned the comic book as a way for them to tie up loose threads left over from the end of the cartoon series. Fans have long wanted to know the fate of Zuko’s mom, and with only more questions coming out of last month’s preview of Legend of Korra, the new comics promise to serve up a full platter of answers.

Sharp-eyed readers may also recognize Mike and Bryan’s collaborator: Gene Yang, the artist behind the graphic novel American Born Chinese. A self-professed fan of the cartoon series, Yang has written and drawn against the casting practices used in M. Night Shyamalan’s movie adaptation.

On his blog, Yang shares his experience working with on the comic:

The pencils I’ve seen have been pure comics bliss. I giggled when I first saw them. Out loud. No joke. I sounded exactly like my four-year-old daughter when she gets an ice cream cone. Only I am a thirty-eight-year-old man.

One of the best things about this gig (and there are many, many good things) is that I get to work closely with Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender. I e-mail them, like, all the time, and they totally e-mail me back. It’s awesome. I get to see how they approach a story, how they think through characterization, how they build tension. I get to steal a little of their mojo. I’ve learned so much.

We wish Gene Yang the best of luck with the new comic! Avatar: The Last Airbender The Promise part 1
will be available January 25, 2012. For more information (including how to pre-order), visit Dark Horse.

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  • Nesadri

    can’t wait! I have 2 concerns though: (1) zuko looks either evil–again–and/or constipated and (2) katara and sokka look like they are losing their inuit roots. Considering how little portrayal of native americans in non-stereotypical roles, I hope the new artist doesn’t lose site of that.