The Last AirbenderLast week, we gave you the first look at "The Last Airbender" prequel comic, "Zuko's Story," which hits shelves tomorrow (May 18) from Del Rey.

Written by Dave Roman and Alison Wilgus and illustrated by Nina Matsumoto, the manga-influenced comic leads directly into M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming big-screen adaptation of the hit animated series. "Zuko's Story" chronicles the initial travels of the Fire Nation's exiled prince (played by Dev Patel in the film) as he begins his quest to locate the Avatar, a person capable of controlling all four of the world's elements.

Our preview of "The Last Airbender Prequel: Zuko's Story" generated so many comments from readers that we decided to follow up with one of the book's writers, Dave Roman, to get some answers to the burning questions on fans' minds. Read More...

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BeastEDITOR'S NOTE: Welcome to a brand new weekly column here on Splash Page, folks. Kicking off today and continuing every Friday, we'll review some comics that arrived on shelves recently or will do so down the road. Most weeks we'll have a theme for the reviews, but sometimes it will just be a mix of books we read recently and want to tell you about. As always, you're invited to weigh in with your own thoughts in the comment section or on Twitter.

Hollywood never seems to shy away from recycling an old story with a new spin, so why not comics? With "Robin Hood" hitting theaters this week, the inaugural chapter of Weekend Reading will focus on a trio of comics that similarly provide a fresh take on classic stories.


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The Last Airbender: Prequel: Zuko's StoryM. Night Shyamalan's "The Last Airbender" hits theaters in just a few months, but fans of the hit animated series and the upcoming live-action adaptation won't have nearly as long to wait for "Zuko's Story," an upcoming prequel comic that explores the origins of the Fire Nation's exiled prince.

Written by Dave Roman and Alison Wilgus and illustrated by Nina Matsumoto, "The Last Airbender: Prequel: Zuko's Story" tells the story of Zuko's banishment by his father, Fire Lord Ozai, and his quest to redeem himself by locating the legendary Avatar, who wields all four of the elements. Played by "Slumdog Millionaire" star Dev Patel in the live-action film, Zuko begins his mission to find the Avatar and restore his honor in this prequel story leading into the movie.

Random House and Del Ray Publishing have given Splash Page readers an exclusive first look at at the comic with a five-page preview featuring one of Zuko's early attempts at winning support for his quest. "Zuko's Story" hits shelves Tuesday, May 18. Read More...

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MoCCA 2010One of my favorite conventions every year is the MoCCA Festival here in New York City, which gathers comic creators and publishers from the small-press, indie-oriented and online sides of the industry for a two-day show hosted by the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art.

While last year's show yielded a big scoop on the movie side (Top Shelf told me that Alex Robinson's "Too Cool To Be Forgotten" had been optioned), conversation was firmly focused on comics this time around — though I did get a little info about an upcoming comic tie-in with M. Night Shyamalan's "The Last Airbender" adaptation.


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The TalismanComic books based on Stephen King's novels have almost become a genre of their own lately, with adaptations and spin-offs of both "The Stand" and his "Dark Tower" series finding new life in the world of graphic novels.

This November, King's 1984 novel "The Talisman" (co-written with Peter Straub) goes the same route with a new graphic novel adaptation published by Del Rey Comics.

The story follows a teenager tasked with retrieving a magical talisman in order to save his dying mother. He must cross back and forth between our world and its alternate—and more dangerous—"twinner" counterpart. Read More...

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