Now for the Scans of the second Story Dirty Is Only Skin Deep
And now for My review for these two stories.
I will start with a bit on continuity, This story takes place After 113 The Blue Spirit but Before 118 The Water Bending Master, I presume that it either before or after 117 The Northern Air Temple. We find out a few very cool things, We see a similar Airbending Pendant to the One has in 321 Avatar Aang (It may be the same one but Aang doesn't appear to take it), We hear more about Sozin's tactic for defeating the Air Nomads, after the main assaults the few Air Nomads left were tricked into going to these places and were then trapped. I loved the look into Airbending Culture this story gives, The different objects close to the Air Nomads are interesting, The Stupa is an unusual looking statue again using the Arrow as a symbol of Air, the horn is a cool instrument, and the Dorje I wonder what rituals " it was used in.
The story is very similar to how Aang is captured in The Last Airbender, and I think it works very well, especially given how attached Aang is to his people, any sign of them and he will look. In fact it is nearly identical to TLA until how Aang escapes. The characters are all perfectly in character, this story is even more interesting in that it is the return of ZHAOBURNS.....I mean Admiral Zhao, the amazing villain from Book 1. Like in The Blue Spirit we see him antagonise Aang talking about the Air Nomad Genocide again causing Aang to get Angry. Aang's escape really shows off Air as an amazing element, using Speed, Agility and awesome creativity using the Air Nomad artefacts. Another great emotional ending with Katara once again caring about Aang and attempting to cheer him up.
Now for more Comic specific views, The Artist, Johane Matte and Colourist, Hye Jung Kim have done a brilliant job on the art, capturing perfectly the unique Style of Avatar perfectly, the backgrounds and facial expressions especially gorgeous and characterful. The writer(same as artist) clearly knows his Avatar continuity and has got the characters spot on. One problem, I wish it would say EXACTLY when this happens in our Story in between which episodes.
Stand out Moment has to be Aang's face when he is about to Give Zhao a lesson on Air Nomad artefacts.
Dirty Is Only Skin Deep
This story takes place somewhere between 205 The Blind Bandit and 210 The Library as Toph is only introduced in 205 and after The Library and they don't have a chance to relax with everything that happens, My guess would be either just before or after 209 Bitter Work. The big thing for me is that Toph is singing about BadgerMoles, great continuity given her great relationship with them, and probably the introduction chronologically of Toph of Toph being unable to swim, given how Over the top her reaction is.
The Story is not very deep in that there really isn't a story as much as a scene. It is very in character though and again the writer ( J Torres) has got the characterisation perfectly, especially Toph and Katara and their unique relationship.
The Artist(and Colourist Gurihuru, has done a superb job here, using a more cartoony than the show style but still keeping the amazing characterful faces. The story is good if extremely simplistic.
The Stand out moment for me has to be Toph's completely over the top reaction to being in about 10cm of water followed by Katara parting the not so great Sea.
There you have it scans and my review of these two Stories.
Remember to keep an eye out for when The Lost Adventures book comes out on the 27th July , I will be doing a review of that too.
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