New creative hands will guide the further adventures of Aang, Katara, and the rest of Team Avatar in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Dark Horse Comics and Nickelodeon have announced that Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl, The Last of Us: American Dreams) and Peter Wartman (Stonebreaker, Over the Wall) will be the new creative team on the continuing Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novel series.
You can check out Wartman’s character designs for Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph in the attached gallery.
“Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of my favorite things in the world,” Hicks said in a statement. “I'm totally not kidding: I remember watching the series finale over ten years ago when I was a struggling animator, wishing I could work on a show that was even ten percent as thoughtful and compelling as Avatar. I was so in love with the world and characters. Even now, there's nothing that has filled my heart quite like Avatar, and I'm so honored to contribute to the real thing.”
Hicks and Wartman will be working with Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender, on a new three-part graphic novel series to be published by Dark Horse Comics.
“Bryan and I are really looking forward to what Faith and Peter will bring to this series,” said DiMartino. “Gene and Gurihiru had an immeasurable impact on the series, and we were happy to collaborate with them for so long. I think fans will be pleased with what Faith and Peter have to offer!”
Hicks previously contributed a 10-page story starring Sokka and Suki for Dark Horse’s 2014 Free Comic Book Day issue.
The previous creative Avatar: The Last Airbender team of Gurihiru and Eisner Award-winning writer Gene Luen Yang wrote five graphic novel trilogies in the Avatar universe: The Promise, The Search, The Rift, Smoke and Shadow, and North and South. The series has been a mainstay on the New York Times bestseller list, continuing Aang’s story past the conclusion of the original animated series.
The next volume of Avatar: The Last Airbender will launch in fall 2018.