The Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novel series is getting a new creative team. Dark Horse and Nickelodeon announced today that Faith Erin Hicks and Peter Wartman will now be helming the series about a world in which certain people, called benders, can manipulate the elements.
Hicks is best known for her work in series like The Adventures of Superhero Girl and The Last of Us: American Dreams, while Wartman has known for Over the Wall and Stonebreaker. Hicks illustrated a short 10-page Avatar story starring Sokka and Suki for Free Comic Book Day back in 2014.
“Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of my favorite things in the world,” Hicks said in a press release. “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 work with the Avatar television team of Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko to plan the next three-part graphic novel arc. Hicks and Wartman will be replacing Gurihiru and Gene Luen Yang.
“Bryan and I are really looking forward to what Faith and Peter will bring to this series,” DiMartino said. “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!”
The next volume of Avatar: The Last Airbender will be available in the fall of 2018.