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REVIEW The Last Airbender Prequel: Zuko’s Story

May 20, 2010

Prince Zuko. The name alone conjures a flood of wildly varying thoughts and emotions from fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender: disgraced, enemy, friend, nephew, son, brother, betrayer, teacher….Zutara.  What most fans can agree on is that the scarred prince is one of the deepest and most compelling characters to be found in the acclaimed Nickelodeon television series, and that fact has not been lost on the creative minds behind the forthcoming live action adaptation. Speculation has run wild since Del Rey Manga, a division of publisher Random House, announced a Last Airbender tie-in manga at Comic Con 2009. That tie-in was eventually revealed to be a prequel featuring everyone’s favorite “hot man.” Officially released May 18, we’ve now had our chance to sit down and absorb every panel of Zuko’s Story. Does it reveal any titillating new insight into Aang’s complex enemy? Read on, but beware spoilers!



MTV grills Dave Roman on Zuko’s Story

May 17, 2010

Our friends at MTV, after tremendous fan response to a preview released earlier this week, have managed to sit down with Dave Roman for an enlightening Q and A session.

MTV NEWS: How familiar were you with “The Last Airbender” before taking on this project? You worked at Nickelodeon Magazine for a while, so I assume you were pretty familiar with Aang and Zuko already…

DAVE ROMAN: I was actually there when the TV show first started. Whenever there was a new show on Nickelodeon, if it was successful enough we would do a comic based on the show for Nick Magazine. Those were usually just one- or two-page comics. So I was working with the creators of the show, Mike [Dante DiMartino] and Bryan [Konietzko], specifically Aaron Ehasz, who’s the head writer on the show. We specifically wanted to do comics that were really canon — comics that fit into the continuity of the show and you could actually pinpoint what episodes these comics would fit between and stuff like that.

Be sure to catch the rest of MTV’s Q and A here. has Zuko’s Story available for purchase here. Be sure to get yours, and tell us what you think!

Another Peek At the Prequel

October 11, 2009

Comic book artist Nina Matsumoto has posted yet another glimpse of the upcoming Last Airbender prequel manga, this time focusing on Prince Zuko and Uncle Iroh.


She had this to say about the image…

NON-OFFICIAL pic of Zuko (left and center) with Iroh (right), as they’ll appear in the Last Airbender film prequel manga.

This is another ink test I did as practice, since I’m using a different inking method for this project (maru pen and stark black and white with no greys as opposed to a technical pen with grey tones). I’m figuring out the best way to render the Fire Nation armour in black white, since they’re dressed pretty much entirely in black in the movie. This picture is the closest thing I’ve posted to how the manga will look.

Movie Iroh has some awesome dreadlocks. It’s weird that he has them, I know. It took me a while to get used to them, too. But man if they aren’t fun to draw.

Thanks go out to Sarah for the tip!

Last Airbender Manga Sample

August 20, 2009

Canadian comic book artist Nina Matsumoto, who will be working on The Last Airbender manga prequel, recently posted a piece of fan art of Avatar: The Last Airbender on her deviantART page.


While she admits she will not be rendering the Gaang like this for the actual prequel manga, it’s a nice sample of her style and a taste of things to come. She does go on to note that the prequel manga will chronicle Zuko’s banishment.

Thanks go out to valalight for the tip!

Last Airbender Manga Announced

July 27, 2009

During Comic Con ’09, Del Ray Manga a division of Random House announced they will be releasing a Manga based on M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender. No release date has been announced yet.  Dave Roman will be writing it and   Nina Matsumoto will be creating prequel art.

Coupled with news of a new toy line just last week based off The Last Airbender, this gives Avatar fans even more to look forward too.