Once upon a time, there was a girl who had two friends into a show called, The Dragon Prince. They had seen all but one season but knew this girl would love it as much as they did. And she did. A lot. (In fact, so much that she would introduce the show to her dad; who binged season three and then excitedly asked when season four was. But she had to deal with his sad, puppy eyes when she informed him that it was not out yet, and (at the time) no set date). And since this girl (and if you have not guessed, she was/is me) wanted more while waiting for the next season. And found a book called The Dragon Prince Graphic Novel V01: Through the Moon.
Set as if it was an episode of the beloved show, this is a tale after the series ended. Old favorites come back to learn the fates of Rayla’s family, friends and even Lord Viren. What happened to them? Are they dead or alive? Rayla and Callum will do anything it takes to find those answers. Even face death. Or worse. If there is one complaint about this book it is that there are not enough Bait scenes! (Bait is the colorful toad-like pet who gets his name from the unfortunate fact his kind are used as his name sake…). The illustrations are straight out of the show with bright colors and the details needed; if not a tad simpler, but certainly not simplistic.
Now said girl (i.e.: Me) knew that The Dragon Prince was from the creators of this other animated series called, Avatar: The Last Airbender. And months after the finale of The Dragon Prince, she was introduced to Aang and the gang. And now try to find books that follow my favorite character(s) or think would be a good story.
Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Lost Adventures does that. But instead of continuing after the series ends, these are stories and comics that were in DVDs, magazines and other places separately telling the stories that were not seen during the shows run. Now they are included in this one collection. The only complaint is there were not enough stories! Even if Momo (a flying lemur) has a story of their own. The show comes back to us in new stories set during the TV series, some taking off from adventures we know but many are brand new adventures. While most deal with the humor we know and loved, there are a few that delve into the more serious themes (and may I say that seeing a 11-12 year-old bald, boy (even if he is The Avatar that will save the world) heartbroken, is not a great thing.
The Dragon Prince book creatures are Peter Wartman and Xanthe Bouma on illustrations. Avatar’s creators are Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino. Between them and other authors and illustrators, the Avatar world comes back to us to enjoy once more.