gene luen yang is writing the new avatar: the last airbender comic book

Some great news for fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender... While we wait in anticipation for The Legend of Korra, the upcoming spinoff of the phenomenally popular Nickelodeon animated series, you can get your Airbender fix early next year with an all-new comic book from Dark Horse. Hell yeah!

Avatar: The Last Airbender Volume 1 - The Promise Part 1 is written by our friend Gene Luen Yang, author of the award-winning graphic novel American Born Chinese. With art by Gurihiru, the story is an original adventure that takes place after the end of the original animated series. Here's the description from the Dark Horse website:
The wait is over! Ever since the conclusion of Avatar: The Last Airbender, its millions of fans have been hungry for more--and it's finally here!

This series of digests rejoins Aang and friends for exciting new adventures, beginning with a faceoff against the Fire Nation that threatens to throw the world into another war, testing all of Aang's powers and ingenuity!

* The continuation of Airbender and the link to its upcoming sequel, Legend of Korra!

* Written by Gene Yang, author of the National Book Award-nominated American Born Chinese.
This is really cool, not least because Gene is such a huge fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender. As you might remember, he was one the more vocal voices who spoke out against the whitewashed casting of the live-action Last Airbender movie. As for this new series, Gene tells me -- and I quote -- "It has not a freaking thing to do with the movie."

To see just how excited Gene is about writing this comic book, check his blog post: I'm writing the new Avatar: The Last Airbender Comic! For more information about The Promise, and to pre-order the book, go to the Dark Horse Comics website here.

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