One of the announcements coming out of New York Comic Con for Dark Horse Comics was that Avatar: The Last Airbender will be getting a new creative team in the stellar addition of Faith Erin Hicks and Peter Wartman.
Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl, The Last of Us: American Dreams) and Wartman (Stonebreaker, Over the Wall) will be taking over duties this Fall on a three book series of graphic novels.
Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of my favorite things in the world. 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 collaborate with the Avatar: The Last Airbender television series executive producers and co-creators, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, on the next three-part graphic novel series in Dark Horse’s publishing program. Hicks’s first venture into the Dark Horse Avatarverse was a 10-page story starring Sokka and Suki for Dark Horse’s 2014 Free Comic Book Day.
Here’s a look at some of Wartman’s character designs for the new graphic novel:
The previous creative team of Gurihiru and Eisner and award-winning writer Gene Luen Yang led the Avatar graphic novel series to the New York Times bestseller list.
The next volume of Avatar: The Last Airbender will be available in Fall 2018.