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Avatar: The Last Airbender: North and South

(Avatar: The Last Airbender - Library Edition #5)

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Dark Horse Books
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Online Eccentric Librarian This is the final series that the writers did and so I'd definitely start with the first books. They follow chronologically though they are all pretty…moreThis is the final series that the writers did and so I'd definitely start with the first books. They follow chronologically though they are all pretty much stand alone.(less)

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Book Roast
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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


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
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.
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
Kayla (BOOKadoodles)
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love the A:TLA universe so, so much, and highly recommend reading the comics to those fans who havent picked them up yet! ...more
Ba Crofts
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent conclusion to the comics, but I still wish there were more!
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
-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.

-Waaayy too many "sweetie"s. This is the most ridiculous relationship ever,
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
gilak was supposed to be the villain throughout this whole story but tbh i agree with him and his beliefs, if not his actions. i know imperialism and benevolent assimilation when i see it--the northern water tribesmen are elitists and borderline colonizers.
on another note, though, these stories just show how complex this avatar world is. it's incredible.
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I can't get over the fact that Aang and Katara call eachother sweetie?? Why of all pet names did they chose sweetie??
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really love this comic. It was very political but didn't really give an answer. It let the reader make its own opinions and own positions through the different point of view of the characters.
Richard Knight
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I probably wouldn't even know this book came out if I didn't find it at Comic-Con. In this fifth (and *sniff* final) book in the graphic novel series, Katara and Sokka are dealing with some Trump level xenophobia as the Northern Water Tribe tries to bring the Southern Water Tribe into modernity. What makes this book so exciting (besides the stunning panels and storytelling) is just how much this book connects to Korra. It's a great segue into the Korra graphic novels that I know are coming soon
Bibliyohan Blackthorn ➰
Not really my favorite but not that bad either. I had to reread Vol4 to ensure that the thing between Zuko and Azula was settled coz I thought there was more from it. The parting conversation from them is pretty hanging for me so I'm kind of disappointed because apparently, that (their conversation) was it.

The plot of this volume is overused since Vol1 but seeing the Team Avatar complete and back into action was a good compensation for a lack of new material for this volume.

Amanda Koger
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
after the search this is probably one of my favorites in the series. it really starts to merge the original avatar series and legend of korra and I'm here for it. the annotations in this edition were also so wonderful
The final installment of Gene Luen Yang's graphic novels to bridge "Avatar: The Last Airbender" to "Legend of Korra" does not disappoint. Especially when it's focused on Sokka and Katara and brings together the entire main cast instead of leaving one or two of them behind? Yes, please!

Every book has dealt with some real world conflicts with loads of gray area that is handled mostly well, and North and South is no different. This time, the focus is on the conflict of progress vs. tradition, which
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
This is the fifth and final installment to the Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novel line of story arcs. I have not reviewed the other arcs previously, but I have read them, and if you are a fan of the TV show, these continue right where the show left off. The Search involves a search for Zuko's mother, so if you ever wanted to know, it is vastly interesting. There are also a number of instances in which there are set-ups that show the beginnings of the industrialization that we see in The ...more
Joshua Maher
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Let me start by first saying that this book (and the other four Avatar comics released so far) are terrific. The Last Airbender TV series was so amazing that it is hard not to be concerned with the potential of diminishing returns when the series continued, especially through a different medium. This series proved that these concerns were unfounded. These stories are not just revisiting characters and stories that we already know. They are all unique, original stories that are built in the world ...more
I loved this one! It was quite intense at times, but also had some sweet and funny moments to balance things out. (Which is something I've realized that I reaaaally appreciate in any graphic novel/manga that I read!)

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Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
After reading 4 others of these I think I have finally found the words that should have been apparent from the beginning. Heavy handed. The writing has always been very heavy handed with its message, its foreshadowing, its characterizations, everything. It rips me right out of the narrative.

Many of my issues with the previous four books returned in this one (I can't believe they did five of these and never made Sokka a serious combatant. He never gets a sword again. Why?) but there were several
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This has been an amazing journey. Avatar has been a huge part of my life since the first episode aired all those years ago. It has always been one of my favorite series, and I can't believe it's finally come to an end. It's possible that in the future, there could be more from Team Avatar (aka the Boomerang Gang, who remembers that episode?), but I get the feeling that the major story arc is finished. I'm crying buckets over here.

This last iteration of these graphic novels was not my favorite
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another beautiful addition (and end for the specific authors that worked on this and previous Avatar series) to the ATLA graphic novel collection.

Loved how once again this collection tackled ideas of preserving tradition but also trying to push for societal progression. I think there's a need to recognize how different cultures and civilizations exist and one way of living is not necessarily better than the next. And I REALLY enjoyed reading the dialogue between Katara and Sokka; already their
Spencer Cartledge
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Out of the past the Avatar: The Last Airbender epilogue comics, I appreciate this story's lack of spirits and decide to focus on the cultural and political aspects of the world, with the tension between tradition and modernization of the Southern Water Tribe.

However, the opposing ideology of the villain is pretty watered-down and simplified, and the main conflict of the story revolves around this over-simplification, with characters being quick to action without any real reasoning as to Why it
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's with some sadness that I finish this final Avatar book. I've become very attached to these characters over the past few months, so it's with mixed feelings I bid them farewell.

I still have *The Legend of Korra* to go, but it's this Team Avatar I love, so it will be hard to let them go.

This final book gave everyone a chance to shine, all the major characters are part of this story. I'm glad it focused mostly on Katara and Sokka who have felt a bit like secondary characters for many of these
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You know, when I finished the show, I felt devasted. I thought I wouldn't get anymore of these characters or these stories and then I found out about these comics. Now, I'm not an avid comic reader.... I've read one comic series and I really enjoyed it, but other than that, it's not my usual way or comfort to entertain myself.... But my goodness these comics are so good, they are almost as good as watching the show, except it doesn't move and you can't hear them talk or the sound effects... But ...more
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's good to reconnect with Team Avatar in this new trilogy continuing the storylines from the TV series.

I had the read and enjoyed the other four trilogies before watching and loving the series- and even watched the spin-off series The Legend of Korra- so I've become more of a fanatic with official new stories.

Katara and Sokka return home only to find everything's changed. It's a battle between maintaining and preserving the past while trying to move forward. The stakes are high when both sides
Talbot Hook
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it
In terms of illustrations, this volume was the most striking by far; some of the images were truly lovely, and I felt as though the characters looked themselves as they haven't before.

As with all of these comics, the plot was simplistic and rushed (though I realize adults are not the target audience, so this can perhaps be forgiven), though it touched upon many good things, weaving in past characters and granting insight into a few remaining gaps in our knowledge.

The major themes:
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I finished this in one sitting and feel happy but a little empty. This is the last installment in the ATLA series and it kills me a bit. However, I'm thankful for such a great story that I had the privilege to grow up with. I probably will be watching the show and reading the comics until I am very old.

I really appreciated how the story was setting up for Legend of Korra especially since the rift between the North and the South was a major problem in LOK.

But most of all, I was happy to see
This book probably doesn't deserve the rating I'm giving it, but I really enjoyed it, since it was mostly a Sokka/Katara story, with, thankfully, less of the Aang/Katara relationship (it's a little sickly-sweet for my tastes, though, that said, I'm not a great romance connoisseur). It's basically the siblings coming to terms with the changes to their home community since they left, and trying to negotiate a way to bring the Southern Water Tribe into global prominence without losing its identity. ...more
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars! Needs more Zuko! :P At least there was lots of Sokka! But let's be honest here -- the conflict in this book is TOO REAL. This book is a thematic bonanza, as the characters confront colonialism, "civilization," and issues of culture. It's great to see Team Avatar struggle with these issues and look forward to the future with hope, as these problems do still plague today's society. Because of the weighty issues and characters' genuine struggle with these questions, I'm rating this the ...more
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Another great story from this creative teamreally exciting to see the seeds sown for both the Northern vs. Southern water tribe hard feelings and nearly for the Equalist movement as well, both of which are extremely highlighted in Legend of Korea seasons 1 and 2. Okay but the second to last scene with Katara and Sokka was a real tear bender. I get why they wanted to have all characters back together, but it seemed like a bit of a stretch to believe that worked out, and it didnt seem like there ...more
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although I really enjoyed Avatar: The Last Airbender I only watched the full series once, and I finished it several years ago. So although the quality has stayed high in this series, I've found myself feeling less attached to it as time goes on. Still, I felt like this was a really a good story and was even a bit moving. I'm sad that this is the last one to be produced by this team, since I think they do such a wonderful job of capturing the feel of the animated series, especially in the art. I ...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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