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Avatar has arrived.
In the world of comic books, graphic novels are the literary high-water mark in terms of prestige for comic book publishers. Today the New York Times published their latest list of best-selling graphic novels, which featured a surprise entry at the top of the list.
Beating out such titles as Alan Moore’s classic Batman: The Killing Joke and the latest volume of J. Michael Straczynski’s Superman: Earth One, Avatar, The Last Airbender: Rift came in at the top of the list, marking a big moment for independent comic book publisher Dark Horse Comics.
Success in the mainstream hardcover book market tends to lead to improved sales in comic book retail locations, so expect to see Avatar begin to climb the monthly sales rankings as its growing fanbase looks to snap up new stories.
[FROM THE OFFICIAL DARK HORSE PRESS RELEASE]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Just like its paperback counterpart, Dark Horse Comics’ Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Rift Library Edition soared to the top of the New York Times bestseller list last week!
Written by Gene Luen Yang (author of the National Book Award–nominated American Born Chinese), Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Rift Library Edition is the official continuation of Airbender from its creators and the perfect companion to The Legend of Korra!
Avatar Aang and friends honor an Air Nomad holiday that hasn’t been celebrated in over one hundred years, but when cryptic visits from the spirit of Avatar Yangchen lead Aang to a refinery operating on land sacred to the Airbenders, they soon find themselves in peril as a dangerously powerful ancient spirit awakens with vengeance and destruction on its mind! Collects The Rift Parts 1–3.
Features annotations by Eisner Award–winning writer Gene Luen Yang, series creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, and artistic team Gurihiru—and a brand-new sketchbook section!
The library editions of Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Promise, The Search, and The Rift are must-have stories for any Airbender fan! This is the latest release in an ongoing partnership between Nickelodeon and Dark Horse to bring you the very best in Airbender books.
Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Rift Library Edition is available in bookstores everywhere.