This week, Dark Horse Comics releases the newest “Avatar: The Last Airbender” original graphic novel, “The Search, Part 1” written by Gene Luen Yang with art by Gurihiru. In anticipation of the graphic novel’s release, the publisher has provided CBR with an exclusive inside look into the studio’s digital process for bringing “Avatar” back to life. Along with two pages from “The Promise” trilogy of original graphic novels, which debuted in 2011 and was recently re-collected as an oversized hardcover, Dark Horse has also include two never-before-seen pages from “The Search, Part 1,” which feature a new look at Uncle Iroh and Azula, newly released from the Fire Nation insane asylum.
“The Search” follows directly after the events of “The Promise” and explores the long-running mystery of what happened to Fire Lord Zuko and Princess Azula’s long-lost mother, attempting to answer questions that left viewers hanging at the end of the “Avatar: The Last Airbender” animated series.
“‘The Search’ focuses on Zuko and Azula. Aang, Katara and Sokka will be there, of course, but the Fire Nation royal siblings are really the drivers of the action,” Yang told CBR in 2012. “In ‘The Promise,’ we see Zuko struggling with his responsibilities as Fire Lord. ‘The Search’ is the next stage of that struggle.”
Check out Gurihiru’s process below for three never-before-seen pages of “The Search” and two pages from “The Promise, Volume 3.”