128px-Padlock-olive.svg Real-world
The Search hardcover

The Library Edition of The Search shows Team Avatar, minus Toph, united with Azula in Forgetful Valley.

The Search is a graphic novel trilogy set one year after the events of The Promise[1] and preceding those detailed in The Rift. Written by Gene Luen Yang with Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the trilogy was released in three separate installments by Dark Horse Comics in collaboration with Nickelodeon throughout 2013. The story focuses on Zuko and Azula as they search for their mother, Ursa, with Team Avatar accompanying them to keep the mentally unstable princess in check.

The Search trilogy includes:

Library Edition

A compilation of the three novels, Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Search Library Edition HC, was released on February 5, 2014. In contrast to The Promise Library Edition, this re-release version of the trilogy features page-by-page sidebar commentary not only by Gene Yang and the Gurihiru team, but also by series co-creator Mike DiMartino. Notable trivia from The Search Library Edition that pertains in particular to the production of each respective novel can be found at:


  • DiMartino and Konietzko originally pitched Ursa's fate as the plot for a television movie of the same title,[2] but Nickelodeon rejected the idea, which led to the comic trilogy instead.[3]
  • Toph does not make an appearance in The Search, though her name is mentioned multiple times.
  • Dante Basco posted readthroughs of several scenes from the trilogy in Zuko's voice.[4][5][6]


  1. Casey, Dan (2013-03-20). "Comic Book Day: Join 'The Search' with Gene Luen Yang". Nerdist. Retrieved on April 27, 2013.
  2. Phegley, Kiel (2013-04-08). "WC13: Avatar: The Search for Zuko's Mom". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved on April 8, 2013.
  3. DiMartino, Michael Dante (2013-03-20). "You really want to know what happened to Zuko's mom?". Why Story Matters. Retrieved on March 31, 2013.
  4. The Search Part One by Dante Basco. YouTube (2013-03-23). Retrieved on April 28, 2016.
  5. The Search Part Two by Dante Basco. YouTube (2013-08-10). Retrieved on April 28, 2016.
  6. The Search Part Three by Dante Basco. YouTube (2013-11-26). Retrieved on April 28, 2016.

See also

Start a Discussion Discussions about The Search

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.