I don’t mince words when I say that Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of my favorite animated shows in any consideration, and I know many people, younger and older than myself, who love the series as well.
“The Lost Adventures” compiles some of the original Nickelodeon comic shorts from their magazines, plus some rare miscellaneous stories and fan-related creations in the mix. A wide selection of artists and writers, some of whom worked on the original series, combined their efforts to form this collection.
The art tends to vary from story-to-story, which I took for different displays of style more than anything else, though I warn that the quality can sometimes be quite strong (“Relics”) and in others can be quite weak in comparison to peer features (“Reach for the Toph” was one example I found – the art style seemed lacking in comparison to some of the other stories and it didn’t seem intentional compared to some of the others with a lighter pen style.).
Most of the included selections are one-shot stories intended to supplement the series’ “between moments” and could stand on their own (except for a few stories that have direct ties, for example – Going Home Again features a bit more expansion on Zuko’s relationship with Mai.) I would say that if you’re looking for moments that expand upon the series directly, for the most part, you might be disappointed, because the majority of the stories are intended to be fun scenarios that build upon the character interactions and incorporate self-contained bits of humor and tension. I don’t know if there were any stories that made me laugh out loud, but I did get a fair amount of chuckles watching the interactions between my favorite characters.
Among some of my favorite stories: “Relics”, “Sokka the Avatar”, “Private Fire”, “Going Home Again”, “Monster Slayer”, and “Combustion Man on a Train.” The bonus stories were interesting inclusions, though I think younger fans of the series might appreciate the random fan-created benders and the SD form story.
It’s certainly a collection worth perusing for those who are collectors/fans of Avatar. I enjoyed reading it overall.
Overall score: 4/5
Note: I received this as an ARC under NetGalley from the publisher Dark Horse Comics.