Friday 17 March 2023

Avatar The Last Airbender – The Rift

Avatar The Last Airbender – The Rift Created by Gene Luen Yang, Art & Cover by Gurihiru with Lettering done by Michael Heisler (Scholastic Australia) PB RRP $19.99 ISBN 9781761293665

Review by Sarah Tegerdine

Avatar The Last Airbender – The Rift is part one of a three book, graphic novel omnibus series that immediately picks up from the fall of the fire nations empire, of the original comic.

We follow Avatar Ang and his friends celebrating a new order under a coalition government. Ang is full of optimism and hope: however, his friend Tosh is dubious. During the height of the festivities Ang is visited by a former incarnation of the Avatar: they are unable to communicate fully.

A series of these cryptic spiritual sightings propel Ang forward to discover an imbalance between humans, earth and the spirit world at a refinery that is sacred to the airbenders.

Much unravels, traditions vs progress, friendships, tempers erupt, and when sides are taken, they all find themselves in grave peril when a powerful and vengeful spirit awakens with only destruction on their mind.

Important themes are explored lightly and makes a compelling narrative with lots of action that ultimately provides a satisfying conclusion. The artful storytelling is reflective of the nickelodeon tv series and was visually entertaining throughout.

Recommended for children aged 8 to 12 years of age, perfect for reluctant readers and children drawn to visual storytelling, comics, and graphic novels.

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