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Title: Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rift, Part 1
Author: Gene Luen Yang, Michael Dante DiMartino, and Bryan Konietzko
Year Published: 2014
Synopsis: 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 simply a case of corporate greed or is something more mysterious happening?
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 them is appearing larger and larger.
I liked seeing Aang and Katara's relationship progress and Aang's new followers continuing the ancient Air Nomads' traditions. The idea of holidays and rituals is at the heart of this story. Tradition versus progression and where the balance should be found is a big question that is presented with Aang on one side and Toph on the other.
This first part of The Rift story felt like an episode of the original series to me and it makes me want to read more! I give this graphic novel a 4/5.