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When Katara and Sokka return home to the Southern Water Tribe, they are shocked to find that it has gone from a small village to a bustling city! Malina, a Northerner, is behind the change and plans to unify the two groups, but Gilak, a Southerner, leads a fierce rebellion to stop her. In the face of these two opposing tribes, Katara will have to make peace with her nostal When Katara and Sokka return home to the Southern Water Tribe, they are shocked to find that it has gone from a small village to a bustling city! Malina, a Northerner, is behind the change and plans to unify the two groups, but Gilak, a Southerner, leads a fierce rebellion to stop her. In the face of these two opposing tribes, Katara will have to make peace with her nostalgia and distrust to save the home she loves from being permanently torn apart. This special, oversized edition of Avatar: the Last Airbender -- North and South features volumes 1-3 with annotations by writer Gene Luen Yang and artists Gurihiru, as well as a sketchbook section with new, behind-the-scenes material!


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When Katara and Sokka return home to the Southern Water Tribe, they are shocked to find that it has gone from a small village to a bustling city! Malina, a Northerner, is behind the change and plans to unify the two groups, but Gilak, a Southerner, leads a fierce rebellion to stop her. In the face of these two opposing tribes, Katara will have to make peace with her nostal When Katara and Sokka return home to the Southern Water Tribe, they are shocked to find that it has gone from a small village to a bustling city! Malina, a Northerner, is behind the change and plans to unify the two groups, but Gilak, a Southerner, leads a fierce rebellion to stop her. In the face of these two opposing tribes, Katara will have to make peace with her nostalgia and distrust to save the home she loves from being permanently torn apart. This special, oversized edition of Avatar: the Last Airbender -- North and South features volumes 1-3 with annotations by writer Gene Luen Yang and artists Gurihiru, as well as a sketchbook section with new, behind-the-scenes material!

30 review for Avatar: The Last Airbender North and South Comics Book Nickelodeon Avatar

  1. 4 out of 5

    Book Roast

    I'm so sad this is the final comic collection in the series! I have so much love for Avatar, which, I have no doubt, influenced the rating of this. The art is, as always, stunning. STUNNING. However, I always found the water tribe focused stories a bit less interesting to me and thus found the story a bit lacking. It followed the usual path of conflict, however I did love the focus on politics (progress vs tradition) without involving religion. I thought that was brilliant. I still found the sto I'm so sad this is the final comic collection in the series! I have so much love for Avatar, which, I have no doubt, influenced the rating of this. The art is, as always, stunning. STUNNING. However, I always found the water tribe focused stories a bit less interesting to me and thus found the story a bit lacking. It followed the usual path of conflict, however I did love the focus on politics (progress vs tradition) without involving religion. I thought that was brilliant. I still found the story a bit predictable, didn’t really feel intrigued at all. But seeing all the characters again still made me all nostalgic so I can’t help but love this. Lower end of 4 stars for sure, but come on. It’s Avatar. Can’t believe it’s actually truly over, I’m tear bending, help.

  2. 4 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    1.) The Promise ★★★★.5 2.) The Search ★★★★.5 3.) The Rift ★★★★ 4.) Smoke and Shadow ★★★★.5 5.) North and South ★★★★.5 ----------------------------------------------- This was so good. You can see so many parallels to the real world in this entire series and in this one especially. We have the Southern Water Tribe, who are in a transition period between the old and the new and everything that comes with it (technology, working with other nations to grow their civilisation and the struggles that some pe 1.) The Promise ★★★★.5 2.) The Search ★★★★.5 3.) The Rift ★★★★ 4.) Smoke and Shadow ★★★★.5 5.) North and South ★★★★.5 ----------------------------------------------- This was so good. You can see so many parallels to the real world in this entire series and in this one especially. We have the Southern Water Tribe, who are in a transition period between the old and the new and everything that comes with it (technology, working with other nations to grow their civilisation and the struggles that some people have with that). It's hard reading about some of these people who are so narrow-minded and so set in their old ways that they refuse to live and work with people from other nations, even if it's necessary in order to move forward. It's really sad, and something that we have to deal with in our world too.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    I liked that this focused on Katara and Sokka. They return home to their village to find it's grown into a city. But not everyone is happy with the changes. Yes, there is something of a formula to these stories. Team Avatar has a tendency to head to another nation where there's a conflict between tradition and modern machines. Still this one was done very well. Gurihiru's art is terrific. I liked that this focused on Katara and Sokka. They return home to their village to find it's grown into a city. But not everyone is happy with the changes. Yes, there is something of a formula to these stories. Team Avatar has a tendency to head to another nation where there's a conflict between tradition and modern machines. Still this one was done very well. Gurihiru's art is terrific.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    This comic continues to be a great continuation of the TV show, but I really wish Aang and Katara would stop calling each other "sweetie." It makes all of my insides cringe. This comic continues to be a great continuation of the TV show, but I really wish Aang and Katara would stop calling each other "sweetie." It makes all of my insides cringe.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mrinmayi

    I am gonna HOPE that the next comic is better *sighs* I was disappointed by the previous book BUT this book disappointed me, even more, I am waiting for this comic series to regain its honor!! And TBH I was *shocked* I am a water bender So obviously I was *excited* to be back with the water tribe BUT what happened was..I got bored Never thought AtLA could be predictable !! If you have seen this series you might now that it has the BEST plot twist in the history of TV series BUT this book was sooooooo pre I am gonna HOPE that the next comic is better *sighs* I was disappointed by the previous book BUT this book disappointed me, even more, I am waiting for this comic series to regain its honor!! And TBH I was *shocked* I am a water bender So obviously I was *excited* to be back with the water tribe BUT what happened was..I got bored Never thought AtLA could be predictable !! If you have seen this series you might now that it has the BEST plot twist in the history of TV series BUT this book was sooooooo predictable and repetitive !! To sum to this book in one meme:| Yup!!! Thats it!! And why the heck did Sokka not making any jokes??!! I AM MISSING SOKKA'S SENSE OF HUMOR!!! Calm down Sokka!! I KNOW you deserve better!! *sighs* Onto the next book!!! Lets hope its better!!*fingers crossed*

  6. 4 out of 5

    Juho Pohjalainen

    I'm seeing the trend by now: the Gaang arrives to an old place, finds a new factory or something planted in there, gets involved in a struggle between progress and tradition, the villain is always on the latter side, ends on a bittersweet note with nothing really resolved. Characters and situations change, but otherwise it's mostly the same. Taken in a vacuum, Inbalance pulled this off probably the best - while North and South was likely the worst. Still a few good jokes, though. I'm seeing the trend by now: the Gaang arrives to an old place, finds a new factory or something planted in there, gets involved in a struggle between progress and tradition, the villain is always on the latter side, ends on a bittersweet note with nothing really resolved. Characters and situations change, but otherwise it's mostly the same. Taken in a vacuum, Inbalance pulled this off probably the best - while North and South was likely the worst. Still a few good jokes, though.

  7. 5 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    It was nice to explore Water Trube history and culture in this book. It also provides a good history for some of the events that precluded the Legend of Korra timeline.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    I finished these too fast and now I’m sad

  9. 5 out of 5

    milou ☕️

    I have often wondered how drastically the South Pole would have changed since Katara and Sokka left it to help Aang and this time we finally get an answer to it. Modernisation has found its way to the South Pole and Katara and Sokko are having difficulty with finding the place where they have grown up at. That paints a picture of how radically everything has changed. It's kind of odd to me to see the South Pole resembling the architectural style of the North Pole because I had always imagined tha I have often wondered how drastically the South Pole would have changed since Katara and Sokka left it to help Aang and this time we finally get an answer to it. Modernisation has found its way to the South Pole and Katara and Sokko are having difficulty with finding the place where they have grown up at. That paints a picture of how radically everything has changed. It's kind of odd to me to see the South Pole resembling the architectural style of the North Pole because I had always imagined that the modernisation wouldn't be effecting the South Pole to that extend, but I was proven wrong. It seems modernisation finds everything in the Avatar Universe. I can totally understand why Katara is having issues with adjusting to the place where she has grown up, which doesn't look anything like it anymore. It will made you feel out of your element. Now I'm kind of sad that I've finished all of these Avatar comics because it is something that I can never tire from. Books in the series: 1: Avatar: The Last Airbender #1 ★★★★★ 2: Avatar: The Last Airbender #2 ★★★★★ 3: Avatar: The Last Airbender #3 ★★★★★ 4: Avatar: The Last Airbender #4 ★★★ ↠ Genre: The Avatar the Last Airbender Universe, Comics ↠ Pov: Multiple ↠ Type: Book 5 out of ? in the Avatar the Last Airbender series ↠ Rating: 4,5 stars Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Last.fm

  10. 5 out of 5

    Himanshu Karmacharya

    The conflict between progress and tradition is the major theme explored in this book. Though, this theme is not new in Avatar Universe, Gene Luen Yang has still managed to make the book interesting, accompanied by beautiful artwork from Michael Dante DiMartino.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alyson Stone

    Book: Avatar: The Last Airbender: North and South Author: Gene Luen Yang Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars This is another difficult one to rate. I did enjoy it, but I wasn’t completely wowed by it. it feels like these graphic novels have kind of fallen into the same formula. It feels like we are just writing these for the sake of keeping the world going. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still having a great time reading them, but it feels like we are losing a lot of the momentum behind them. I really did find the f Book: Avatar: The Last Airbender: North and South Author: Gene Luen Yang Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars This is another difficult one to rate. I did enjoy it, but I wasn’t completely wowed by it. it feels like these graphic novels have kind of fallen into the same formula. It feels like we are just writing these for the sake of keeping the world going. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still having a great time reading them, but it feels like we are losing a lot of the momentum behind them. I really did find the focus on the water tribe a lot less interesting than some of the other places that we have been. I have never really felt a strong connection to the water tribes. I have always been more connected to the fire and earth parts of the world. Still, I am glad that we got to go home with Sokka and Katara. I’m still happy that the world is still experiencing the aftereffects of the world and that not everything is okay. I really do appreciate that the authors are doing this. I like that the Southern Water Tribe has changed. Sokka and Katara have to deal with these changes and it’s jarring. Think about returning home after a long journey and when you come back things are completely different. That’s what Sokka and Katara are dealing with. When they come back, they find that their home has completely changed. It’s not the little village that they left behind, but is now, in fact, a city. We get to see them be kind of torn between holding onto the old ways and maybe moving forward. We also see how people from the past have changed. I liked getting to see the whole North vs South. Both sides really did put out good points and I really could see why both believed what they were doing was right. I also liked getting to see all of the nations come together again and work together to work this out. It was great getting to see this again. I love seeing how far everyone has come since the start of the series. No, this wasn’t my favourite, but it’s still worth the read. With that being said, I do hope that these graphic novels don’t go on for much longer. I do kind of feel like we are losing the story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Leonie.reads

    I didn't really like the book that much. Which really is a shame because water is my favorite element in the Avatar world. The color scheme of the drawings and the landscape were admittedly amazing. I get the themes that they were going for, but I felt they were very surface level. (And for the love of god, they should keep that oil in the ground. If not they can make Avatar Part 3 one day where the current Avatar has to fight climate change.) Overall there were some weird implications, for examp I didn't really like the book that much. Which really is a shame because water is my favorite element in the Avatar world. The color scheme of the drawings and the landscape were admittedly amazing. I get the themes that they were going for, but I felt they were very surface level. (And for the love of god, they should keep that oil in the ground. If not they can make Avatar Part 3 one day where the current Avatar has to fight climate change.) Overall there were some weird implications, for example that the indigenous tribes had to modernize and basically become capitalists to thrive. While keeping their traditional way of life was portayed as backwards. Yikes. There were also some huge plot holes. Like when a group of nonbenders were able to defeat all of the best benders in the world and then they were able to outrun Aang. It made absolutely no sense. There were some moments I enjoyed though and the art work was beautiful.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Canon

    This is the last of the Avatar comics scripted by Gene Luen Yang. Faith Erin Hicks took over in the next installment (#6: Imbalance), collaborating with different artists. I haven't read Imbalance yet, but I'd say that a change of storytellers was probably for the best, as this was my least favorite of the comics so far. I didn't think it was terrible, but I also didn't find it particularly interesting or exciting, mainly because its plot and themes (tradition, xenophobia, change, acceptance) fe This is the last of the Avatar comics scripted by Gene Luen Yang. Faith Erin Hicks took over in the next installment (#6: Imbalance), collaborating with different artists. I haven't read Imbalance yet, but I'd say that a change of storytellers was probably for the best, as this was my least favorite of the comics so far. I didn't think it was terrible, but I also didn't find it particularly interesting or exciting, mainly because its plot and themes (tradition, xenophobia, change, acceptance) felt wholly recycled from the earlier comics. The only new thing was its setting in the Southern Water Tribe, which was more or less a snowy background. The characters also felt flat, saying and doing only what a stereotype of them would say and do. Overall, a rather perfunctory performance. Still, worth a quick read for Avatar enthusiasts.

  14. 5 out of 5

    *❆ Kαɾҽɳ ❆*

    Team Avatar is reunited again! Here we see Sokka and Katara return to their home, the South Pole since they left with the Avatar all those years ago. Things are changing, some for good, some not so much. We see again conflicts between keeping things traditions or moving on to the future. I enjoyed watching them all learn and grow from the past and think about the future.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Blake the Book Eater

    https://youtu.be/-6in3gffH4w Gene Luen Yang finished off his run on the Avatar comics in high form. North and South focuses on a conflict that is explored in Korra season 2, but gets its important start here: the conflict between the Northern and Southern water tribes. This also explains how the Southern water tribe grew in the 70 years between the two shows! More importantly however, this series gives us great characters, great conflict, and a insanely compelling story. I’m sad this was the end o https://youtu.be/-6in3gffH4w Gene Luen Yang finished off his run on the Avatar comics in high form. North and South focuses on a conflict that is explored in Korra season 2, but gets its important start here: the conflict between the Northern and Southern water tribes. This also explains how the Southern water tribe grew in the 70 years between the two shows! More importantly however, this series gives us great characters, great conflict, and a insanely compelling story. I’m sad this was the end of Yang’s run on the Avatar comics because I felt like he truly captured the Gaang’s voices and created some of the most memorable arcs in the Avatar series!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Terrific This series just keeps getting better. I'm not big on comics but I am loving these! On to the next in the series! Terrific This series just keeps getting better. I'm not big on comics but I am loving these! On to the next in the series!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Charisse

    I love the A:TLA universe so, so much, and highly recommend reading the comics to those fans who haven’t picked them up yet!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amelia Oswald

    Returned to the Northern Tribe because after a little time it has become a freaking city. There is a group that is too bitter for change and think it would erase their culture so they try to sabotage. That is when the Avatar gang show up and fix it. I enjoy this story, I think it's good to see how Katara and Sokka's tribe has been doing after the war. Returned to the Northern Tribe because after a little time it has become a freaking city. There is a group that is too bitter for change and think it would erase their culture so they try to sabotage. That is when the Avatar gang show up and fix it. I enjoy this story, I think it's good to see how Katara and Sokka's tribe has been doing after the war.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Probably my least favorite of the comics so far, though still enjoyable. Katara had some sick moves in this one. Just wish that a) the new characters were more developed and memorable and b) Katara and Aang would call each other literally anything other than “sweetie.”

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dustin Johnston (dragonarmybooks)

    I have a BookTube channel where I review books, give reading suggestions, and more! Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/dragonarmybooks --- My Rating - 4.5 Stars The prodigious and untouchable merger of Yang/Gurihiru conclude their epic run with North and South, a story highlighting the brother and sister duo, Katara and Sokka. Like much of the rest of the Avatar world, the Southern Water Tribe is trying to figure out if and how to move forward into modernity without losing their identity. A I have a BookTube channel where I review books, give reading suggestions, and more! Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/dragonarmybooks --- My Rating - 4.5 Stars The prodigious and untouchable merger of Yang/Gurihiru conclude their epic run with North and South, a story highlighting the brother and sister duo, Katara and Sokka. Like much of the rest of the Avatar world, the Southern Water Tribe is trying to figure out if and how to move forward into modernity without losing their identity. As the North sends in their own representatives to assist with progress, the Southern Tribe is split on how to respond. With a civil war looming just over the horizon, Team Avatar must band together one more time to bring unity and peace to a disjointed people. North and South is a solid story but I think some odd choices were made during the climax and denouement. The entire scene at the Bridge of No Return could have been SO much better! Alas, I wasn't consulted for the story (thank God!). I really like the blue/white color aesthetic that the water tribes implement. I hope you like the color combo too, because that is the scheme of virtually every single panel in this three part novel. Again, it really works for me and is certainly easy on the eyes, but if you're not a fan of the aesthetic, I could see it being overwhelming for some. Thankfully, all of Team Avatar makes an appearance in the story and it's all wrapped up so beautifully--around a table full of food and surrounded by loved ones. It couldn't have concluded a better way. I have so enjoyed these graphic novels by Yang and Gurihiru. They are, collectively, one of the best companion pieces I've ever seen. As storytellers and illustrators, Yang and Gurihiru were so respectful to the source material and their love and passion for the show is so evident. The storytelling is incredibly faithful to the animated series. I've said many times before, but each of these graphic novels could be multiple episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender and no one would bat an eye. They fit so well! And as far as the illustrations go, I had absolutely zero complaints. Guirhiru is a powerhouse of talent, remaining faithful to the animated series while maintaining their own artistic flair. It was just perfect. For anyone who cares, The Rift was my favorite. North and South was second. Smoke and Shadow third. The Promise fourth. The Search, simply due to poor story choices, was my least favorite of the collection.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ba Crofts

    Excellent conclusion to the comics, but I still wish there were more!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Blake

    Fun. Also, there was commentary on colonisation.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Janneke

    I can't get over the fact that Aang and Katara call eachother sweetie?? Why of all pet names did they chose sweetie?? I can't get over the fact that Aang and Katara call eachother sweetie?? Why of all pet names did they chose sweetie??

  24. 5 out of 5

    luciana

    bitch i'm tearbending bitch i'm tearbending

  25. 4 out of 5

    rain

    well this was a fun read as usual! i loved seeing earth king kuei and bosco once again. and of course the gaang is complete here (in part three at least) my heart overflows 😭

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Didn’t enjoy this one as much but it did make me hungry 😋

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dakota Morgan

    Gene Luen Yang and Guruhiru's time in the Avatar universe comes to a conclusion on a bland note. The storytelling is still crisp and appropriately Avatar-y and the art is still magnificently reminiscent of the animated series, but North and South lacks the zip of the previous volumes. Once again, we're dealing with a society (the Southern Water Tribe) that's unprepared for the modern world being forced upon them (in this case, by the Northern Water Tribe). This plot is similar to The Rift, just i Gene Luen Yang and Guruhiru's time in the Avatar universe comes to a conclusion on a bland note. The storytelling is still crisp and appropriately Avatar-y and the art is still magnificently reminiscent of the animated series, but North and South lacks the zip of the previous volumes. Once again, we're dealing with a society (the Southern Water Tribe) that's unprepared for the modern world being forced upon them (in this case, by the Northern Water Tribe). This plot is similar to The Rift, just in a different location. The characters perform their usual functions, with the Avatar taking a boring backseat. It's nice to see Hakoda get a love story, but the rest of the plot awkwardly forces all the main characters together simply so we can have a Fast & Furious style cookout conclusion with everyone clinking Corona bottles.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Aldi

    Yay: -Amazing art! The South Pole is always so restful for the eyes with all those soothing blues, and the architecture was beautiful. -Team Avatar together again! (I'd missed Toph) -The Dark One. That guy cracks me up. -Fun action scenes. I love how well this series translates from the screen to graphic novel format. -I liked all the industrialisation stuff, and how they handled the "you can't go home again" theme. Nay: -Waaayy too many "sweetie"s. This is the most ridiculous relationship ever, honest Yay: -Amazing art! The South Pole is always so restful for the eyes with all those soothing blues, and the architecture was beautiful. -Team Avatar together again! (I'd missed Toph) -The Dark One. That guy cracks me up. -Fun action scenes. I love how well this series translates from the screen to graphic novel format. -I liked all the industrialisation stuff, and how they handled the "you can't go home again" theme. Nay: -Waaayy too many "sweetie"s. This is the most ridiculous relationship ever, honestly. -Story was kinda corny, but oh well. -Way too many Korra spoilers in the annotations, oy. Overall it wasn't as emotionally engaging as some of the previous comics or the show, but it was good fun and very pretty.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    As with the previous comic, I really liked it. The plot was predictable, but it’s okay. The discussions about the Southern Water Tribe and the Northern Water Tribe were amazing and they talked about the effects of the war and the conflicts between the tribes. I would have loved to see the expansion of why the North didn’t aid the South during the war even though they were sister-tribes, so I hope in the future we get to see that. The conflict between tribes is still alive in Legend of Korra, but As with the previous comic, I really liked it. The plot was predictable, but it’s okay. The discussions about the Southern Water Tribe and the Northern Water Tribe were amazing and they talked about the effects of the war and the conflicts between the tribes. I would have loved to see the expansion of why the North didn’t aid the South during the war even though they were sister-tribes, so I hope in the future we get to see that. The conflict between tribes is still alive in Legend of Korra, but right now I don’t remember if they actually mention why the North didn’t help. Overall it was a great comic from a great world with greater characters! I’m ready to dive into Imbalance!

  30. 4 out of 5

    DJ

    I always have fun reading the Avatar comics, and though this one was my least favorite so far, I still liked it. It was nice to see Katara and Sokka and the forefront and the themes of modernization and changes in family were really interesting. That said, I felt like the themes had been explored better in the past. I felt like this comic was a little text-heavy and the story was a bit simple. Still, I see how important it is to the Avatar canon.

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