Avatar : Last Airbender - the Promise Hardback
Edited by Dave Marshall
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 240 pages, chiefly col. Illustrations
- Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
- Publication Date: 05/03/2012
- Category: Comics and Graphic Novels
- ISBN: 9781616550745
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Review by lafon
I was, and still am, a huge fan of the T.V. series <i>Avatar the Last Airbender</i>. I also enjoyed the first season of <i>The Legend of Korra</i>. So when I was approved to read the graphic novel expanding the Avatar universe I was understandably excited. And I wasn't disappointed.<br/><br/>The book really keeps both the art style, and the sense of fun that was present throughout the series, and still manages to bring out the seriousness that was evident in much of the series. I think having the annotations beside much of the text explaining the authors thought process when writing is really quite interesting, and something to really pay attention to.<br/><br/>If you're not already familiar with the series this is not the work to get acquainted with it. A lot of the backstory is referenced, but not really given a recap, so those who just pick it up are going to be very lost.<br/><br/>All in all, if you're a fan of the show, I would highly recommend picking this up, as it really starts to bridge the gap from the first to the second series. Otherwise I would give this one a pass.
Review by bragan
I recently watched all of <I>Avatar: The Last Airbender</I> on DVD at the urging of a friend, and I was bowled over by just how good it was. Not "good for a show aimed primarily at children." Just plain <I>good</I>, without any qualifiers whatsoever. I blazed through all three seasons and felt a bit bereft when it was over. Fortunately, I still have the sequel to watch. But before that, comics!This volume collects all of the comics story "The Promise," which picks up after the show leaves off. I was extremely happy about this, because, although the series ends in a place that feels satisfying, it seemed to me that what comes after that ending was bound to be as interesting as what led up to it. And the comic does not disappoint in this, as it deals with all of the ways in which things are still messy, difficult, and complex, even after the triumphant happy ending. There's a lot of thoughtful moral and political nuance here. Also a lot of silliness, and some moments of outright hilarity. All of which is to say, it captures the spirit of the show extremely well. The characters feel right, too. And look right -- the artwork is spot-on. Admittedly, the action sequences the show always did so beautifully don't work nearly as well in still-picture form, but you can't have everything.The edition I have -- a big, hefty, solid tome -- also features some annotations from the writer and artist, talking about the experience of creating the comic and where the inspiration for various elements came from, including some interesting cultural background. So that was a nice bonus.Definitely recommended for fans of the show. Which everyone should be.