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Smoke and Shadow is a trilogy of comic books set in the Avatar universe, following on from the events of The Rift. Like its predecessors, Smoke and Shadow is written by award-winning comic author Gene Luen Yang, illustrated by Gurihiru, and published by Dark Horse Comics. The first book was released on October 6, 2015,[3] the second followed on December 29,[4] and the third and last was released on April 12, 2016.[5] The release dates of the first and second comics were changed, as the first book was originally destined to be released on September 23, 2015, and the second on December 16.[6] The hardcover edition was released on October 4, 2016.[7]

The Smoke and Shadow trilogy includes:


In the Fire Nation, Iroh still awaits the return of Fire Lord Zuko, who is bringing home Ursa and her family for the first time since her banishment. However, the capital city faces a new uproar caused by the New Ozai Society, who aim to dethrone Zuko in favor of his father, forcing Zuko to protect his family against the legacy of Ozai. Beside the political turmoil, the Fire Lord also needs to face his ex-girlfriend, Mai.[6]


  • The title of the comic series is a direct reference to the Kemurikage, whose name is formed by the contraction of the Japanese words "kemuri" (), meaning "smoke", and "kage" (), meaning "shadow".[6]
  • The storyline of the Kemurikage kidnapping children was originally intended to be incorporated in the TV series but did not make the final cut.[8]
  • A paperback omnibus edition of Smoke and Shadow was released on October 5, 2021.[9]


  1. Faith Erin Hicks (2020-07-27). Faith Erin Hicks on Twitter. Faith Erin Hicks (Twitter). Retrieved on February 21, 2021.
  2. Dark Horse Comics (May 19, 2021). Toph Beifong's Metabending Academy Live Reading. Twitch.com. Retrieved on May 19, 2021.
  3. Avatar: The Last Airbender - Smoke and Shadow Part One release date. Amazon. Retrieved on August 16, 2015.
  4. Avatar: The Last Airbender - Smoke and Shadow Part Two release date. Amazon. Retrieved on August 16, 2015.
  5. Avatar: The Last Airbender - Smoke and Shadow Part Three release date. Amazon. Retrieved on August 16, 2015.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Sunu, Steve (December 1, 2014). Exclusive: Yang Guides Avatar: The Last Airbender through Smoke and Shadow. Comic Book Resources. Retrieved on December 1, 2014.
  7. Avatar: The Last AirbenderSmoke and Shadow Library Edition. Penguin Random House. Retrieved on March 10, 2016.
  8. lok comics tea: a thread. @sifuvenus. Retrieved on March 3, 2017.
  9. Avatar: The Last Airbender–Smoke and Shadow Omnibus. Penguin Random House. Retrieved on October 5, 2021.

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