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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:

Plot

The Fire Nation is threatened by a prophecy told by the Kemurikage, mysterious figures thought only to exist in legend: remove Zuko from the throne, or the country will perish!

Avatar Aang and his friends escort Zuko and his family back to the capital, completely unaware of the looming threat growing in the city. Unrest is brewing as the New Ozai Society prepares to make its move against the crown, and children begin to go missing from their homes under mysterious circumstances.[8]

Library Edition

A compilation of the three novels, Avatar: The Last Airbender—Smoke and Shadow Library Edition HC, was released on September 21, 2016. It features annotations by writer Gene Luen Yang and artists Gurihiru and a sketchbook section with new behind-the-scenes material.[9] Notable trivia from Smoke and Shadow Library Edition that pertains in particular to the production of each respective novel can be found at:

Trivia

  • 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.[10]
  • A paperback omnibus edition of Smoke and Shadow was released on October 5, 2021.[11]

References

  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 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. Avatar: The Last Airbender--Smoke and Shadow Omnibus TB. Retrieved on February 22, 2022.
  9. Avatar: The Last Airbender--Smoke and Shadow Library Edition HC. Retrieved on February 22, 2022.
  10. lok comics tea: a thread. @sifuvenus. Retrieved on March 3, 2017.
  11. Avatar: The Last Airbender–Smoke and Shadow Omnibus. Penguin Random House. Retrieved on October 5, 2021.

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