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Avatar: The Last Airbender - Smoke and Shadow

(Avatar: The Last Airbender Comics #4)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  3,643 ratings  ·  307 reviews
The Fire Nation is threatened by a prophecy told by the Kemurikage--mysterious figures thought only to exist in legend: "remove Zuko from the throne or the country will perish!" Unrest is brewing as the New Ozai Society prepares to make its move against the crown, and children begin to go missing from their homes under mysterious circumstances! Avatar Aang and his friends ...more
Hardcover, Library Edition, 240 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Dark Horse Books
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Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Mrin: Ohhh...the T.V. series is waaaay better than these comics!! I am not enjoying them !!
Also Mrin : Is currently bingeing this comic series
Mrin : Welllll...if you are gonna say there's more abt the Gaaang!! I AM GONNA READ IT!!

But this was my least fav book so far
Maybe I am over this teenage drama *Realises Mrin is a teen too*
*sighs* Well .. I am at that teenage stage where gore and action excite me rather than romance drama !!
Add the awkward love triangle to this mix and its a recipe for dis
Divine Anas
I'm still salty that Azula reverted to her old self again though it's understandable. I'm just a little bummed especially that she has the potential to go beyond such archetypes in the second installment and it wasn't resolved. HHHNNNNGGGRRR I also really don't care for Zuko and Mai's on off relationship. ...more
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites, 2019
1.) The Promise ★★★★.5
2.) The Search ★★★★.5
3.) The Rift ★★★★
4.) Smoke and Shadow ★★★★.5
5.) North and South ★★★★.5


I don't know why, but I'm holding back on giving any of these a full 5 stars. I don't know.. I'm just waiting for something more epic to happen??
milou  ☕️
I'm going to admit something that might shock certain people so here it comes. I don't like Mai. I never have. I have never understood why other people find her alluring or having a lot of character. I think the creators were just trying too hate to make Mai 'likeable' and it didn't work out for me.

So that is one of the reasons why I didn't care much about this comic since Mai was pretty much everywhere.

And that's not even the worst part. In this comic there is an infuriating love triangle bet
Leah Waters
This books was super fun! The graphic novels will never be as good as the show, but they're still excellent. ...more
Himanshu Karmacharya
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Zuko brings his mother back to the Fire Nation only to find a conspiracy surfacing, to overthrow him as the fire lord. While a group of ancient spirits seem to be involved in the conspiracy, the real truth is far from anything expected.

Smoke and Shadow, the fourth book in the series, is just as fun as the earlier entries, but more action-packed, and with a mystery surrounding it. There is an arc revolving around Ursa, Zuko's mother, on how she comes to term with the life she had left behind. And
Oct 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Basically the continuation of the cartoon come to life on the printed page. The art captures the look of the show perfectly as does Gene Luen Yang's characterization and plotting. This volume takes place in Fire Nation and deals with a group trying to remove Zuko from power.

Received an advance copy from Dark Horse and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
one of my faves from the atla comics so far! there's so much layers to the story and it's always nice to read a zuko-focused comic. i also appreciate how they showed ursa coping up with her trauma and eventually learning to confront the source of it. ALSO LOVE ALL THE UNCLE IROH MOMENTS HE'S ALWAYS THE HIGHLIGHT OF EVERYTHING ...more
This is great. We got to know more about Mai, Kiyi, and that last twist was fantastic. The best installment I read so far. And less boring Aang-Katara love fest.
CF Dracarys
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think this one is my favorite of the graphic novels so far. It's mainly focused on the Fire Family, but Aang is in it with them. I swear, this graphic novels are just as magical as the show. The characters are so alive and so themselves. They each have their own little within the larger world and it shows through their personalities, their fears, their beliefs etc. The only thing that stops me from saying this is my favorite show/books is that I wish the stakes were higher with some character ...more
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it

I love Fire Nation. I love Zuko with all my heart and I'll never get over him. He's grown so much and I'm so proud. He's still so awkward and stubborn and such a drama queen, but he's the best character in the show and I could ramble about how awesome he is for days. ((I also like Mai a lot so I enjoyed reading her in this comic.))

The missing half star is because I don't really like open endings and this kinda felt like that? Like, what was the point with everything in the end? Will Azula kee
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
The artwork is pretty great, as one can expect from Gene Luen Yang. The story... not so much.
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
5 stars

I absolutelty loved this, but feel free to call me out as absolutely biased ok? I love ATLA and I will love all the content the creators are able to bring to us.

I loved that a lot of Mai in this story, because she really didn't show up anywhere else and she was one of my darlings, when I watched ATLA the first time as a child. Also a lot is centered around Zuko and his family AND we get some more Fire Nation lore, which was nice. I appreciate Uncle Iroh's jokes and wisdom and that is esse
Blake the Book Eater
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing

While the Rift was a slight dip in quality coming off the Search, Gene Luen Yang takes these comics to new heights with this arc! Smoke and Shadow feels epic and dark and weight-y as Sozin’s Comet did. With the New Ozai Society trying to take down Zuko as the Fire Lord, and a mysterious group of spirits behind kidnappings in the capital, this is the most action-packed intriguing arc yet!

This one earns every single one of its 5 stars from me, with epic action, intense
Lee (Rally the Readers)
Also posted on Rally the Readers.

I’ve been rewatching Avatar: The Last Airbender on and off lately, so I was totally in the mood to read Smoke and Shadow, the fourth graphic novel that follows the continuing adventures of the gAang, post-TV series. I was especially looking forward to this installment because HELLO—ZUKO! He was absent from the previous volume, The Rift , and he makes a most welcome return in Smoke and Shadow. Returns are a bit of a theme here, as Zuko’s mother, Ursa, sets foo
Alyson Stone
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Book: Avatar the Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow
Author: Gene Luen Yang
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars

I really enjoyed this one a lot. I felt like the last two graphic novels were kind of filler books, but, now, it feels like we are getting back into the swing of things. I really enjoyed the characters and the plot to this one. This one may be my favourite of the graphic novels so far.

Let’s start out with the thing that everyone is complaining about. Yes, there is a love triangle. I know, I know, a lo
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
The focus on Mai was great, although admittedly I prefer her when she's super-abrasive. I missed Sokka and Katara, although I get why they weren't in it; it was pretty packed with character arcs as it was. The art was gorgeous as always. I'd kind of expected more from the annotations - turns out most of the time they just explain what they were trying to do here (which is obvious from, y'know, the story) or pat each other on the back. ...more
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
8- /10
I've highly enjoyed this one, but it was my least favorite of the comics. However, I loved that we get to know Zuko's family. Sadly, everything wrapped up far too quickly and it felt a bit unsatisfactory
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
On my way to go get number 5
Aug 14, 2020 rated it liked it
not enough sokka 💔
ash ♡
azula should have gotten the redemption arc she deserved 😭

3.5 stars
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This comic was great. I really love the characters development and I can't wait to see where they're going !
Mar 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
This was a decent, fun addition to the existing Avatar comics, but, nothing really special.
The writing style was nice, and, along with the humor and the way the plot unfolded, reflected the general style, tone and themes of the series. Part 1 and Part 2 were interesting plot-wise, as they built-up the action, raised questions and emphasized the mystery surrounding the new threat the Fire Nation was dealing with. However, Part 3 left me wanting. I found the "big revelations" and the answers to my
So many lost opportunities here.
Luke Hopkins
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Weaker than the other two previous comics.
I didn't like this one as much as the previous stories, I have to say. Although it was an interesting read with unexpected turns, there were also childishly presented ideas an annoying event resolutions. I sadly can't discuss them without spoiling the plot, so I'll put them at the end of this review.

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Billy Jepma
Jan 29, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021, comics
The Avatar comics are a delight, but their quality definitely wavers. The most memorable, effective stories are those that provide Gene Luen Yang with some foundation to build off of (i.e., the unresolved mystery of Zuko's mother in The Search), as it's these stories that provide the richest exploration of character and narrative (like how The Rift began setting up the more industrialized world we see in The Legend of Korra).

Smoke and Shadow, however, feels like a mostly one-note story that doe
Gerrie Chua
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I still deeply love these characters, the world they live in, and the development they continue to grow through. Strangely, without Sokka/Toph/Katara in most of this, the overall tone felt quite monotonous and bleak (few comic moments, and a general ominous fear throughout). Yet it pays off because I think it ties the themes of this particular story arc together (the atmosphere of fear/control is quite an effective embodiment of the fire nation and what Zuko is trying to move away from), even if ...more
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
is my perception of these biased because I love the show so much? Maybe but shut up, 5 stars incoming again.
More Zuko, more Mai and Ty Lee, what more do you want? Well, maybe I would have liked a different direction for Azula's character arc - they could have done something more interesting with her, but overall this comic is another great addition to the world of Avatar, continuing to show the slow and difficult process of the world and characters having to adapt to the new post-war era.
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing

THIS WAS THE BEST!!!!! Without a doubt my favourite of the Avatar comics so far.

Zuko is my favourite character so seeing him in all his glory was awesome. He is killing it as Fire Lord and he's so impressively powerful without bragging about it. His relationship with Kiyi was adorable and she might become my new favourite.

I don't know how it happened but I could see myself potentially shipping Zuko and Suki....random.
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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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Avatar: The Last Airbender Comics (6 books)
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise (Avatar: The Last Airbender, #1)
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Search (Avatar: The Last Airbender, #2)
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Rift (Avatar: The Last Airbender, #3)
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: North and South (Avatar: The Last Airbender, #5)
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