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Team Avatar Tales is a one-shot anthology of stories set in the Avatar universe, depicting events unseen during and after the first series' run. The anthology collects the previously published Free Comic Book Day issues relating to Avatar: The Last Airbender together with a number of brand new stories. Originally scheduled for a September 2018 release, the anthology was delayed multiple times and eventually released on October 2, 2019, in comic book stores[1] and October 15 in mass markets.[2]

Overview

A New Avatar Anthology!

Journey along with Team Avatar as they rescue a pumpkin farmer waylaid by monsters, help an old rival with a hair-raising problem, and reflect on what it means to save the world. Featuring the work of Gene Luen Yang, Faith Erin Hicks, Carla Speed McNeil, Ron Koertge, Dave Scheidt, Sara Goetter, and more, this anthology features stories both hilarious and heartwarming.

This volume also includes the short stories, "Rebound," "Shells," and "Sisters," previously released for Free Comic Book Day and never before collected![3]

Comics

Sokka's Poem

Sokka thinks on his achievements despite his inability to bend. While he thinks, he and Katara fight the pirate captain, and he meditates on his successes, like rescuing Suki from the Boiling Rock, or defeating the wolf spirit. As the rest of Team Avatar goes to sleep, Sokka remarks that he rarely does, because there are many things to do and only he can do them.[3]

Rebound

Main article: Rebound

When she finds herself in a slump after her breakup with Zuko, Mai opens herself to the advances of a seemingly innocent Fire Nation teenager, only to discover that he is far from what his charming demeanor suggested.

The Substitute

  • Story by Dave Scheidt
  • Art and lettering by Little Corvus

While hiding in the Fire Nation, Sokka is craving some snacks and goes out in disguise to get some. While he's out, he gets mistaken for a teacher for hire at a Fire Nation school. Chaos ensues when the children begin to steal his snacks and accidentally rip off his fake mustache.

Toph and The Boulder

  • Story by Sara Goetter
  • Art by Sara Goetter

This comic features The Boulder and Toph Beifong reuniting. Toph discovers that The Boulder has a pet croco cat named The Pebble, which he keeps secret since it does not "fit [his] image". When the croco cat sees Toph, he begins to yell loudly, causing Toph to question why The Pebble is making so much noise. The Boulder answers that The Pebble has an insatiable appetite, and no matter how much he feeds him, he continues to want more. Toph suggests taking The Pebble to the vet, causing both him and The Boulder to jump up in horror.[4]

Shells

Main article: Shells

Sokka follows Suki as she gives a lesson in manners and encourages a young girl's strength.

Sisters

Main article: Sisters

Though she thinks the Kyoshi Warriors are amazing, Ty Lee feels down. Toph notices this and takes the chi blocker to her old circus, where she reunites with her six sisters.

Origami

  • Story, art, and lettering by Kiku Hughes

While camping in the Earth Kingdom, Katara comes across a small village under attack by the Fire Nation. Two soldiers have a girl, Chio, and her father, Zenko, demanding they give them money. Katara defeats the soldiers and puts out the fire in the village. As thanks for saving them, Zenko invites Katara, Aang, and Sokka to their home for dinner, where Chio shows the group her origami creations.

The Scarecrow

Main article: The Scarecrow
  • Story by Dave Scheidt
  • Art and lettering by Coni Yovaniniz

Set sometime after Imbalance, Team Avatar go out one night, where Momo wanders off into a pumpkin patch. Toph senses someone nearby, and the group are attacked by a strange figure with a sword. They manage to fight him off, and the man angrily accuses them of being monsters who want to steal his pumpkins. He explains that a bunch of tiny monsters with wings have been eating his pumpkins, and Katara offers to help him get to the bottom of it.

Trivia

  • This is the first time Gene Luen Yang has drawn an Avatar story.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Avatar: The Last Airbender--Team Avatar Tales TPB. Dark Horse.com. Retrieved on November 8, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Avatar: The Last Airbender - Team Avatar Tales. Amazon.com. Retrieved on October 7, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 EXCLUSIVE: Avatar: The Last Airbender – Team Avatar Tales (Preview). CBR (April 20, 2018).
  4. Sara Goetter on Twitter. Twitter (September 30, 2018). Retrieved on October 4, 2018.

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