Avatar: the Last Airbender : Promise Part 1, Paperback
4 out of 5 (10 ratings)

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 80 pages, 1
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics,U.S.
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  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781595828118

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This graphic novel is a follow up to the successful Nickelodeon show "Avatar: The Last Airbender," and unlike the recent live-action move release, it does not disappoint. Aang and his friends meet up a year after the comic ended, and are trying to help foster peace in the aftermath of the war between the fire nation and the air, water, and earth nations. There are many issues complicating this though, such as the fact that some earth and fire towns have blended, and now really belong to neither nation.The book has the same anime-esque style as the original comic did, and the behavior of the characters is faithful to that in the original comic. This book will definitely appeal to anyone who watched the show, (although they may be off-put by the liberal use of "sweetie" by two characters) but it won't be a good place to introduce new readers to the series. Other than needing to see the TV series before reading this book, the only other problem with it is that it isn't long enough! The amount of plot in this comic rivals that in an average episode from the TV series, but unlike with that, the readers will have to wait many months instead of next week to find out what happens next.

Review by
4

Finally the wait is over! This is exactly what fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender have been waiting for since 2008. Aang and the rest of the crew are back embarking on a brand new adventure picking up right where the show left off. The Promise Part 1 begins a new trilogy of original graphic novels which are set up to bridge the gap between the end of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and the upcoming release of Legend of Korra, which will air on Nickelodeon mid 2012. Everyone take a moment to squeal…ok, now let’s dive in.First I have to address the question that’s probably steaming in the back of everyone’s mind, the KISS. It was refreshing to see the surreal kiss between Aang and Katara revisited once again. We know from the synopsis of the upcoming Legend of Korra that Aang and Katara will become a couple. But seeing the relationship and actually reading about its development, puts it all into perspective. For some their budding romance might come across a little cheesy with all the “sweetie” comments; however, for those of us who patiently waited for those two to finally become a couple, it’s beautiful. Their romance was worth waiting for and is worth reading about. So yes my lovelies, there will be a t romance between our hero and his beloved depicted in the graphic novels.Now, moving on to the remainder of the story. After the first few initial pages, the story jumps ahead a year. During this time the gang has been mostly separated, each enjoying peace among the four nations. Zuko, trying desperately not to be a tyrant like his father, enacted a treaty called the Harmony Restoration Movement. It states that in order to remain peaceful, all four kingdoms should live separately. The declaration even calls for the removal of Fire Nation civilians from other kingdoms. Not to spoil the story, because the whole comic is based around this decision and the results of the movement, let me just say Zuko is struggling. And because of this, Aang is put into a difficult situation and has to make a choice, between keeping a promise and fulfilling his Avatar duties.Overall, if you are a hardcore fan of the show then Avatar: the Last Airbender, The Promise Part 1 is a MUST read. Like the show it delivers a fantastic storyline with humor, conflict, and situations that will put their friendships to the test. There was never a dull moment in the graphic; each frame was written to gain a specific emotion and reaction. My only concern is that it is too short and the writers will not be able to completely finish Aang’s story without leaving us with more questions than answers (like the conditions of Zuko’s mother). Only time will reveal how the writers will conclude such an epic story. Though in my opinion, The Promise Part 1 is still a satisfying start to a new chapter in our young Avatar’s life.Originally Reviewed On: MotherGamerWriter.com

Review by
5

This book picks up right where Avatar Season 3 left off. The war has ended and Zuko is now Firelord. He's dedicated to restoring peace among the nations...with the help of the Avatar and his friends of course. His first step, withdrawing the Fire Kingdom settlements from the Earth Kingdom, the Harmony Restoration Movement. But trouble soon arises. Some of these colonies have been there for generations and have even intermarried and neither side wants to sepearte. Zuko torn between the plight of these families and the healing that needs to be done calls off the movement. But not all in the Earth Kingdom are happy about the Zuko withdrawing his support and Aang and his friends are going to have to work fast to prevent war from overcoming the world once again.Gene Luen Yang, author of "American Born Chinese," brings his immense writing talents to the Avatar universe. Even though Gene is an avowed Avatar fan, I still approached this book with a bit of trepidation. As an outsider to the original series (or even in any of the comics) how would he approach the relationships in the series? How would he approach Aang and Zuko growing into their roles? My fears were unfounded however, as Gene has clearly immersed himself in the Avatar universe and has accurately captured the characters and their movements within his writing. He has created a well crafted story that does justice to the series and feels just like an episode (ok multiple episodes) of the TV series. I really like how he's approaching the Zuko/Ozai relationship. At the end of the cartoon series we're left with the image of Zuko asking about the whereabouts of his mother and Gene deftly weaves this interaction into the story to give the reader more information. He also accurately captures Sokka and that sense of humor/immaturity/maturity that we all grew to love. I love when Sokka sees Aang and Katara kissing and shouts out about how it's oogie, it's just so him. The one thing that bugs me, just slightly, is when Aang and Katara call each other sweetie. It just doesn't feel right coming from them. I don't know what word they should use, but it just feels weird.The artwork...wow the artwork is absolutely fantastic. I don't think Bryan Gurihiru worked on the actual series, but man does he capture the characters perfectly. It's like looking at a print version of the cartoon. He's able to capture their expressions, even their very movements down to the last detail. And the colors are absolutely pitch perfect. I think one of my favorite scenes is at the very end where Zuko is visiting Ozai and Bryan just nails the expression on Ozai's face. Even without his firebending power you can tell its him. Compared to some of the comics I've seen that came out based upon the series this art just nails it. In my head when I'm reading the comic it's like watching the cartoon.All in all this is the absolute perfect combination of writer and artist to work on this series and continue it for fans. For fans of the series this is just what you've been waiting for. It feels like Aang and crew never left. And if you're new to the series...why are you starting with this book? Go watch the original series and get hooked on it and then come back and read this title.

Review by
3

I love The Last Airbender. I love the characters, plot, premis and world. I cannot wait for Legend of Korra to be released.These comics seem as if they are going to fill the gap between the two series. I'm very glad for them. I wasn't ready to give up Aang yet, and there can only be another avatar after one dies.The story takes place what seems like several months after the last battle. Familiar characters are doing things they enjoy. I found it super precious that Uncle Iroh had opened a tea shop.I don't know if it was the artist's style, art direction, or something else entirely that made Aang taller. Thank you for that! I would have found the make-out scenes much more disturbing had Aang not gone through a growth spurt. He's so much shorter than Katara in the series! I know he aged dramatically through the show, but he was still portrayed with the same voice and the same size, so I always thought of him as a twelve year old.A few things felt a little forced. Sokka's jokes landed flat and just were not timed well. I expect more from Sokka.Aang and Katara ended up calling each other 'sweetie' constantly. It got to the point where I wasn't sure if they were mocking each other or what, but every word bubble did not need to repeat it. Take a page from River Song's book and use it with class!A good chunk of the comic contained Zuko and Aang yelling at each other, but other then that, I really enjoyed it. Can't wait for the next installment to be out.

Review by
4

The Promise Part 1 was just what I needed to slake my thirst for more Avatar: The Last Airbender.The world is at peace thanks to Aang defeating the Fire Lord. Now, with the help of his friends and new ally – Zuko, Aang must help rebuild the Four Nations after the destruction caused by the Fire Nation, beginning with the removal of the Fire Nation colonies from the Earth Kingdom.The Promise is based on Aang’s promise to Zuko, that if Zuko ever started to turn into his father, Ozai, Aang would end him. It looks like Aang is going to have to come to terms with this promise a lot sooner than he ever expected as Zuko has suddenly withdrawn his support of ridding the Fire Nation colonies from the Earth Kingdom.The Promise series has the collaboration of not only Gene Luen Yang but Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino – the original Avatar creators, and it was very easy to tell that they had a hand in the creation of this graphic novel. The characters were the same as the original series; their mannerisms, their vocabulary, and Sokka’s jokes.I have only read one other graphic novel, and because of my difficulty in following the story, I was a little apprehensive to read The Promise series at all, but the drawings were so well done and the dialogue so easy to follow that I devoured this in one sitting. Everything was easy to comprehend and I never once wondered what was going on.The only problem I really had with this book was Aang and Katara and their newfound use of the word “sweetie” it just didn’t fit in with their characters or the story as it has been up until this point. Sure they are together now, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t refer to each other by their names any more, or at least vary the term of endearment.Avatar: The Last Airbender is in my Top 3 of all-time favourite TV series, I was a little worried that this wouldn’t do it justice, but I had nothing to fear at all. The Promise Part 1 felt like a genuine continuation of the Avatar series because it had the input of the original creators and it has left me salivating for The Promise: Part 2Find this review at storywings.com

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