by Whitney Grace
While Aang has grown into his role as the Avatar, he still has problems to deal with. One of them is trying to come to terms with the loss of his people and preserving the airbending culture. When Aang gets a vision from a previous airbending Avatar, he remembers a festival airbenders use to hold every year. He decided to revive the tradition with the help of his friends. Toph, however, is reluctant to accept any tradition. When they discover that a factory has been built on a sacred field, Aang is upset. Toph embraces the factory’s forward thinking and also the Satoru, the factory engineer, holds his own appeal.
Even though the animated series ended, Avatar: The Last Airbender still has plenty of stories to tell. It is wonderful that Nickelodeon is continuing the story with comic books. The series is perfect for the medium. Gene Luen Yang of American Born Chinese and The Shadow Hero fame, was tapped to write the series. Yang has always shown his strength in blending eastern and western concepts into his comics and Avatar is the perfect venue for him to explore them further. He has a great understanding of the characters and fans will be pleased with his writing. Gurihiru was another excellent choice his art is a mirror of the television series. He has aged the characters appropriately so they reflect the changes that have happened in between the comic and the show.
The Rift is another great adventure in the Avatar universe. It will be sure to please fans of the show.