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Review: Avatar: The Last Airbender Vol 13 — The City Gets an Upgrade

avatar the last airbender #17 north and south review

avatar: the last airbender - north and south part 1 - coverKatara and Sokka have been away from their village and the Southern Water Tribe for three long years. Three years when lots was happening for these Airbenders (see Smoke and Shadow for the immediate prequel in the Avatar storyline). While they were absent, the village has grown dramatically from a circle of igloos to a thriving metropolis, completely with dozens of Northern waterbenders.

But that’s not the strangest thing! Even more surprising to the two siblings is that their father Hakoda is now the head chieftain of the entire Southern Water Tribe too. But he’s not the same man they left, and it’s quite possible that power and promises of even greater power whispered in his ear have made Hakoda forgetful of their humble roots.

The children stay with Auntie Ashuna who helps them come to terms with all the changes that have turned their little village into a city. If they can survive eating some of her famous seal jerky, at least.

The city might have Katara and Sokka’s father as chief, but it’s really Malina, a powerful waterbender from the Northern Water Tribe, who is pulling the strings behind the scene. But what are her motives, and why is he in the Southern city in the first place? And why is Maliq so upset when a couple of local children steal his briefcase that contains plans for the palace they’re proposing be constructed so that Hakoda can be given the respect required from other nations?

Avatar: The Last AirbenderNorth and South is the fifth graphic novel that continues the story original presented in the Avatar: The Last Airbender TV series created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. If you’re following the overall story, The Legend of Korra occurs seventy years after North and South.

Whether you’re an Avatar: The Last Airbender super fan or just curious about this much loved series, North and South is a fun story of siblings, family, adventure and the growth of nations in a world ruled by magic as much as by logic.

Avatar: The Last Airbender #13 – North and South Part One TPB. Written by Gene Luen Yang, Michael Dante DiMartino, and Bryan Konietzko, art by Gurihiru. Published by Dark Horse Comics on Sept 14, 2016.

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