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Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rift, Part 1 (The Rift #1)

4.34 of 5 stars 4.34  ·  rating details  ·  8,276 ratings  ·  122 reviews
Sacred Land Defiled!

Avatar Aang asks his friends to help him honor Yangchen's Festival—one of the highest Air Nomad holidays, which hasn't been celebrated in over one hundred years. But cryptic visits from the spirit of Avatar Yangchen herself lead Aang to discover a jointly owned Fire Nation and Earth Kingdom refinery—operating on land sacred to the Airbenders! Is this si
Paperback, 77 pages
Published March 5th 2014 by Dark Horse Comics
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*3.5 stars*


Have you ever read something on an impulse? Even though you had already started one, two or three other reads? I do it all the time. And it feels good. I wouldn’t actually call it procrastinating but more like ‘escaping’ and trying to fulfill the need for another type of ambience, setting or characters in order to enjoy the ones you are currently reading even more.

And it did work. I now cannot wait to get back to The Rose Master.

I have never truly followed the Avatar: The Last Airbend
Another strong start to the next installment in the "Avatar: The Last Airbender" series. Gene Luen Yang, Michael Dante DiMartino, and Bryan Koneitzko team up for the newer series "The Rift." This story starts with Aang taking a journey with the group to honor the memory of one of the former Avatars, Avatar Yangchen. But Aang's surprised to find that not all is as he remembered when the sacred lands are settled by a group of Fire Nation and Earth Kingdom groups working a refinery, which is causin ...more
Isa Lavinia

ARC provided by Dark Horse Comics through Netgalley

While out with the Avatar Team and General Iroh in the Earth Kingdom, Aang sees a vision of past Avatar Yangchen who tries to warn him of something which he can't hear.
Convinced Avatar Yangchen is asking him to reinstate a traditional Air Nomad celebration in her honour, Aang sets out with the Avatar Team and his new air acolytes to celebrate Yangchen's Festival. But things do not go as planned, and Aang's need to reconnect with the past clas
Real Rating: 4 1/2

I have to say, I think these books are finally coming into their own. Not that I disliked the first two trilogies, but they had flaw after flaw. Not that this one doesn't have some flaws as well, but I enjoyed it more than the others.

First off, the art. I've always enjoyed the art of these books, but I think the style has grown on me even more. I'm not a huge artist, but there's a few panels that I want to sketch out because I thought they were so beautiful.

I also love the nods
Miss Clark
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Mar 19, 2014 Myron rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
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Nicolo Yu
I'd rate this book higher if I was more familiar with Avatar: The Last Airbender mythology, which I heard was an excellent animated series.

Still, it wasn't a bad book, I'm just not the right target audience for it. Despite it, I still felt the enjoyment of reading it.
Feb 26, 2014 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender
This pleasingly familiar story picks up not long after the conclusion of the three-season spanning Avatar: The Last Airbender television series. It should be noted upfront that this story will be a great deal more enjoyable if you have seen the show, especially through to its conclusion. It felt a lot like an episode of the series, and like the show was, it will be serialized, so while this graphic novel has an ending, it is not the ultimate ending of the arc, titled "The Rift."

Even if you have
Some scattered thoughts:

1. Toph is awesome. I love her. More Toph.
2. I like how the conflict between Aang and Toph was handled here. It felt authentic, and not manufactured.
3. It might be my imagination, but I think the art is finally aging the characters up?
4. I hope this series goes on for a long time.
5. Only complaint: Isn't it too early for machines to show up in this world? I'd like to see a timeline for industrialization in the Avatar world.

I just realized how nerdy that sounded.
Fred Warren
Dark Horse Comics has been running a popular graphic novel series based on Avatar: The Last Airbender for some time now that continues the story where the television show left off. This latest installment, The Rift, Part One, is written by award-winning author and artist Gene Luen Yang and drawn by Japanese comic art team Gurihiru. .

Aang, Katara, Sokka, Toph, and a trio of Air Acolytes witness the seating of the first coalition government with representatives from both Fire and Earth Nations, th
Victoria W.
I was given a chance to read this book for free from Dark Horse through NetGallery in exchange for my honest review, the opinions are my own.
In The Rift - Part 1 (this is a serial for those of you who like the entire story at once), readers rejoin Aang and the gang following the events in the television show (nope, not telling you what events, it's honestly a fun show, go watch some it's worth it).
Aang is working hard to unify the nations and rebuild the fallen Air temples.
What better way to t
3.5 stars

This review is based on an ARC ebook received for free from NetGalley. I am not being paid to review this book and what I write here is my own opinion. My rating scale is below.

In this pleasing after-the-anime graphic novel, Aang and his friends have their plans to celebrate an Air Nomad holiday upset due to an inconveniently placed factory that Aang believes is damaging the environment around it, putting him into a confrontation with Toph, who is not convinced by his arguments.

Toph: "Don't you think you're trying to hard to hold on to the past?"

Aang: "Maybe. But don't you think you're trying too hard to run away from it?"

Toph: "Not everybody's past is like yours, Aang. Some of us have to run away... just to live."
Bieke {Istyria book blog}

*I received a free e-copy of this book/comic/thingie from the publisher via Netgalley and I will be forever grateful.*

Okay, so where's the next one?

I loooove Avatar: The Last Airbender. And I've been loving these comics too! I miss these characters so much. Don't get me wrong, most of the time, I like The Legend of Korra, but if I had to choose between these comics as a series or Korra, my choice will always be for Aang and the gang.

Nice cliffhanger by the way, now I need the next one because I
I am a huge fan of this series that aired on Nickelodeon for three seasons. The series takes place in a universe inhabited by four primary cultures tied to the four basic elements (fire, water, air, and earth). In this universe, certain people are gifted with the ability to “bend” their culture’s element; that is, they can manipulate the element in order to attack, defend, move, heal, etc. (e.g. earthbending might be used to cause the dirt at your feet to form a giant shield in front of you). Ev ...more
Jelilat Adesiyan
Dec 06, 2014 Jelilat Adesiyan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Remember Avatar: The Last Airbender from Nickelodeon? I watched that thing religiously over and over again until the end and then again. Then came Legend of Korra which I'm loath to watch because I fear that it might tarnish my memory of Aang. What if I love Korra but Aang must surely be dead for her to live... So nope, even though I added it to my Hulu queue i will not be watching it for a long long while.
Avatar:The Last Airbender has changed quite a bit since before the beginning of Legend of
Andy Shuping
ARC provided by NetGalley

It is almost time for one of the highest Air Nomad holidays, Yangchen’s Festival, which has not been celebrated in over one hundred years. Aang decides its time to change that. With the help of Katara, Sokka, Toph, and three air acolytes they head to the island to celebrate. But trouble is in the air. Visits from Avatar Yangchen, Toph’s laid back attitude, and a refinery owned by the Fire and Earth Kingdoms operating on sacred Airbender land, is about to set off another
I haven't been as sad about Avatar since the period in middle school where I was embarrassed to have ever liked it.

Aang? Protagonist, the best character of the whole shebang, goofy fun-loving overtop of a serious, lonely and wounded child? Acted like such a jerk.

Then again, so did Toph. And Katara, some. And the Air Acolytes? I hate them. HATE THEM.

1) Toph's first crush? I think not. I remember both the "They must have missed you or something. I didn't care," and "I'm with Zuko!"

2) The Air A
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I had heard this series was going to be about Toph. When the book started, it didn’t seem to be about Toph at all! But don’t worry, by the end, it switches to her, and I have a feeling most of the remainder of the series will be about her.

All the kids are starting to get older now. I’m happy about this because there are still a lot of questions I want answered – specifically what happens to Sokka? From wat
Thus far, we’ve gone through two three-part story arcs that take place after the 100 Year War. The Promise was a very scattered story that touched on a few different ideas and characters, which was fun but left most everything feeling a little undercooked. The Search was mostly about revealing new information about the history of Zuko’s family, what happened to his mother, and a little spiritual lore of the world.

I’ve enjoyed both, but have not really fallen in love with the comics yet. It’s ver
Paul Decker
***I was provided an ecopy of this comic via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

I absolutely love the Avatar: The Last Airbender and the subsequent Legend of Korra. These graphic novels take place after the first series and before the following, but much closer to the original series. Team Avatar continues their quest of making the world a better place and the world around them is beginning to change into the world we see in Korra. The characters are slightly older and the world around
"The Rift, Part 1" leads off from the previous "Search" trilogy, but switches focus more on the technological advancement of the Avatar world leading into The Legend of Korra, and it also seems to present a new development for Toph's character. I'll be honest that this has probably been my favorite installment in the graphic novel series, and I'm certain will only improve from here.

Nice art and writing by Gene Yang, as usual, and the characters are still quite on-par with their depictions in the
This next installment of Avatar, the Last Airbender novels begins with a new story following the end of the war with the Fire Nation. The Scooby gang is enjoying the newfound peace by visiting the fruits of their labors in the Earth nation. Both Fire and Earth nations have made alliances and are now working together to improve peace much to the satisfaction of the Avatar. But this new alliance has come with a price. Desecration of once holy sites and pollution of the environment threaten to dest ...more
I've been meaning to find The Last Airbender graphic novels for quite a while. When the newest series The Rift Part One was made available on NetGalley, I knew I wanted to give it a try.

Gene Luen Yang has a gift in terms of allowing his readers to draw their own conclusions by sharing different perspectives and on a separate but important note, in case you didn't know this already, he is hilarious.

Avatar Aang and his friends' adventure in this book serves as a perfect allegory for kids to thin
Rachel Nabors
I'm a big Gene Luen Yang fan (just finished "Boxers" and "Saints"). But the Avatar books are always too formulaic for my tastes. Katara will call Aang "sweetie," Sokka makes a joke, and a mystery is revealed. Dapple with random action scenes in between misunderstandings, et voila, an Avatar comic!

The artwork is solid, but not spectacular. The story is well written, but like I said, the structure is a little tired. No real secrets are revealed. I was even able to put the book down for a few days
The best thing about the Avatar comics is absolutely the art, it's phenomenal. I haven't been avidly following the comics, though I really loved the show, so there may be some things in the middle that I missed. But I did think that it felt a bit like the characters were "reset" back to how they were acting midway through the series, rather than the more mature selves they seemed to be when the show ended. The storyline was interesting, and I could see the beginnings of the world that's displaye ...more
I love this tactic of taking a short-seasoned show and continuing the story while revealing characters' back stories through graphic novels. This book is the first of three designed to illuminate Toph's past while discussing the importance of different cultures getting along even if it is toward one agenda, the building if a factory which pollutes the landscape. Promoting harmony is a good thing but the pollution isn't. This is what I like about Avatar: it discusses complex issues where it is a ...more
I enjoy these books because it fills in gaps between LAB and LOK. I'm looking forward to getting more info on Toph, becasue she has a child who bears the last same name, which i can only assume there is some out-of-wedlock drama. I'm intrigued.

But lets get real here. Toph is a fan favorite, but this book tried to make her look better than Aang. Sorry peeps, but Aang is the avatar and Toph is not in the same league. Sure she invented metal bending, but if the Avatar wanted to do it now that it i
Kelsey Jacobs

This was the best volume of the continuation of the A:tLA series yet. I'm surprised, because I thought finding Zuko's mother - AKA, the biggest question the fans had when the show ended - wouldn't likely be beat, due to emotional content, but this wins, hands down.

A lot of new mythology was covered here, with Yu Dao's new government the Yangchen Festival, and now a new refinery. And then the Toph feels started lining up and didn't stop coming. Thank goodnes
Tyler Crawley
I love how this series alongside the other post ATLA comics kind of bridge the time in between the television series. here we see some of the emergence of industry which is responsible for pulling bender of all cultures together. This segways the setting into that of Korra and certainly is an interesting fantasy depiction of an industrial revolution. some other development include a hint of a love interest for Toph, and a conflict concerning the meaning of spiritual and ritual traditions like th ...more
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Gene Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. In 1997, he received the Xeric Grant, a prestigious comics industry grant, for Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks, his first comics work as an adult. He has since written and drawn a number of titles, including Duncan's Kingdom (with art by Derek Kirk Kim) and The Rosary Comic Book. American Born Chinese received National Book Award.

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