Avatar: The Last Airbender Graphic Novel Reading Order.

Avatar: The Last Airbender Graphic Novel Reading Order

Avatar: The Last Airbender was a unique animated series for US television which a broad range of influences. Mixing Eastern mythology with martial arts and fantasy, the show was very different to everything else being produced in the US at the time – especially on Nickelodeon, home of Spongebob Squarepants. While it didn’t have a lengthy stay on TV, lasting 61 episodes over three seasons, it did have a very passionate audience who loved the show very dearly.

Luckily for fans, Dark Horse Comics acquired the rights to continue the show in the form of graphic novels. Picking up where the show left off, the creative teams work very closely with the show’s creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko with the plot so it should definitely please the fans. So far this has worked quite well with the graphic novels being well-received by fans and critics.

With another graphic novel trilogy beginning soon, Dark Horse want to make sure Avatar fans know that the series has continued in this format. They’ve done so by releasing their Avatar: The Last Airbender Graphic Novel Timeline which you’ll be able to see below. I’ll also expand on the timeline with a listing of all the graphic novels that have been released so far.

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Where Can I Find Avatar: The Last Airbender Graphic Novels?

All the graphic novels mentioned in this guide can be found in all good comic book stores, online stores, eBay, and digitally on Dark Horse Digital or Comixology.

Avatar: The Last Airbender Graphic Novel Reading Order

As mentioned before, The Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novels work in groups of trilogies which, to my understanding, each acting as the equivalent of a TV season. You can find a reading list of all the graphic novels, both released and soon to be, below.

Come back every few months as this will be regularly update when new information is available.

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise cover by Gurihiru.
Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise cover by Gurihiru.

The Promise

Written by Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, and Gene Luen Yang. Art by Gurihiru.

The Promise: Part One

The Promise: Part Two

The Promise: Part Three

The original three graphic novels are out of print and can be hard to find. Luckily, all three parts of The Promise has also been collected in the Library Edition format (an oversize hardcover editions) and a much easier on the wallet omnibus edition.

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search cover by Gurihiru.
Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Search cover by Gurihiru.

The Search

Written by Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, and Gene Luen Yang. Art by Gurihiru.

The Search: Part One

The Search: Part Two

The Search: Part Three

The Search is also available in a library edition (which collects all three graphic novels in one hardcover collection) or paperback omnibus.

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rift cover by Gurihiru.
Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Rift cover by Gurihiru.

The Rift

Written by Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, and Gene Luen Yang. Art by Gurihiru.

The Rift: Part One

The Rift: Part Two

The Rift: Part Three

The Rift is also available in a library edition (which collects all three graphic novels in one hardcover collection) or paperback omnibus.

Avatar: The Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadows Book One cover by Gurihiru.
Avatar: The Last Airbender – Smoke and Shadow: Part 1 cover by Gurihiru.

Smoke and Shadow

Written by Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, and Gene Luen Yang. Art by Gurihiru.

Smoke and Shadow: Part One

Smoke and Shadow: Part Two

Smoke and Shadow: Part Three

Also available in a library edition which collects all three graphic novels in one. A more affordable paperback omnibus edition will be available on June 30th, 2021.

Avatar: The Last Airbender – North and South: Part 1 cover by Gurihiru.

North and South

Written by Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, and Gene Luen Yang. Art by Gurihiru.

North and South: Book One

North and South: Book Two

North and South: Book Three

Also available in a library edition which collects all three graphic novels in one hardcover.

Avatar: The Last Airbender – Imbalance: Part 1 cover by Peter Wartman.

Imbalance

Imbalance is the latest story cycle of Avatar: The Last Airbender. It has a new creative team with Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko joined by writer Faith Erin Hicks (The Nameless City) and art team Peter Wartman and Adele Matera.

Imbalance: Part 1

Imbalance: Part 2

Imbalance: Part 3

Avatar: The Last Airbender – Katara and the Pirate's Silver cover by Peter Wartman.
Avatar: The Last Airbender – Katara and the Pirate’s Silver cover by Peter Wartman.

Katara and the Pirate’s Silver

Unlike other Avatar graphic novels, Katara and the Pirate’s Silver will be an 80-page one-off story instead of a trilogy.

Avatar: The Last Airbender – Toph Beifong’s Metalbending Academy cover by Peter Wartman.
Avatar: The Last Airbender – Toph Beifong’s Metalbending Academy cover by Peter Wartman.

Toph Beifong’s Metalbending Academy

Written by Faith Erin Hicks and Tim Hedrick. Art by Peter Wartman and Adele Matera.

Toph has opened up an academy to teach metalbending. This standalone graphic novel will reintroduce a bunch of characters from the show that we haven’t seen in a while.

You will be able to read this on May 4th.

Avatar: The Last Airbender – Suki, Alone cover by Peter Wartman.
Avatar: The Last Airbender – Suki, Alone cover by Peter Wartman.

Suki, Alone

Written by Faith Erin Hicks and Tim Hedrick. Art by Peter Wartman and Adele Matera.

This standalone graphic novel focuses on Suki, where she has been captured by the Fire Nation.

You will be able to read it on June 23rd, 2021.

Other Avatar: The Last Airbender Graphic Novels

Dark Horse Comics has also published two other collections of The Last Airbender material. Read on to find out more.

The Lost Adventures

This collects material from Nickelodeon Magazine and comics that were packaged with the DVDs.

Team Avatar Tales

A collection of short stories which were previously available as part of Free Comic Book Day.

Both The Last Adventures and Team Avatar Tales will be packaged together in the Library Edition format. This will be available from October 28th.

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Comments (15)

  • So glad I saw this post, thanks alot 😌✨
    But I also wanted to ask if there’s an app(like a library app) that I can download them from because I haven’t seen any bookshop or library in my country that deals with any ATLA or LOK comics…

    Thanks 💫

    • Hey David, I’m not overly familiar with the different library apps available. However, I believe ATLA and LOK are both on Hoopla. Otherwise, you can purchase them through Dark Horse Digital or Comixology apps.

  • Hey there, there have been more books released like: Suki Alone, The Lost Advetures, The Rise of Kyoshi and The Shadow of Kyoshi.

    Where do those go in the time line?

    (thanks for the response)

    🙂

    • Hey Jaimy, great question. No word when a Library Edition will be available, but it is reasonable to believe that there will be one in the future.

  • Hi, my daughter Sophia just got the first book in the Smoke and Shadow series. She really enjoyed the book, but wants to read all the books as each trilogy was written. I think she needs to read the Airbender, the promise, the search, the rife, the next two smoke and shadows, and north and south? Is this correct?

    • Hey Gina, that correct! There’s more books on the way after North and South so I will need to update this reading order soon!

    • Library edition is basically all of the books combined for a library to rent out. It makes it easier to read is you go to the library a lot. It also makes less work for librarians. Hope this helped!

  • Love the show and love the graphic novels! Legend of Korra really draws you in after the first few episodes, even though I miss Aang and the original Team Avatar. I wish they would animate more! Please, Nickelodeon! Bring back Avatar Aang and continue where the north and the south part 3 leaves off!