Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part 1 (The Promise, #1)
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Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part 1 (The Promise #1)

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The war is over...but the adventure has just begun!

Picking up exactly where Avatar: The Last Airbender left off. The Promise takes Aang to a Fire Nation colony in the heart of the Earth Nation, where tensions between neighbors threaten to shatter the world's newfound peace--putting the Avatar on a collision course with one of his closest friends, Fire Lord Zuko!
Paperback, 76 pages
Published January 25th 2012 by Dark Horse Comics
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
After reading:

Oh ... whoops, I still need to review this. Heh heh.

Before reading:

Well OF COURSE I WILL READ THIS. I HAVE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS AND STUFF.

So yeah, for those of you who don't know, there are going to be these two graphic novels which basically fill in the gaps between The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra (which comes out ... who knows when, but sometime next year). So like, hopefully stuff will be explained. And yeah. I'm so tired I can't even think right now. But YAAAY I'M EX...more
Lina
Jun 18, 2012 Lina rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
I was hoping that by reading this it would rid me of some of my frustrations about the horrible disappointment that is The Legend of Korra, but all this book managed to do was make me mad about how it is handling of certain things.

Let's begin.




First of all colonization: Initially, the plan was to remove the fire nation citizens from the stolen Earth Kingdom lands, but Zuko basically allows himself to be bullied into changing his mind. The FN people living there are all like “we’ve lived there fo...more
Ronyell
Avatar

Introduction:

Now, I am a huge fan of the “Avatar: The Last Airbender” TV series and when I heard that there was going to be a comic book series that would continue from where the TV series last ended, I was so excited that I had to pick up this series! “Avatar the Last Airbender: The Promise Part One” continues from where the TV series ended its run and I have to admit that this was a brilliant continuation of the world-acclaimed TV series!

What is this story about?

After the events of “Avata...more
Tina
Original post at One More Page

I never really go to the graphic novels section of NetGalley, but anything Avatar: The Last Airbender related is an automatic pick for me. I loved the series, so reading this was a definite treat.

The graphic novel picks up immediately where the series ended (spoiler warning if you haven't watched the entire series yet), where Aang and Zuko and the rest of the gang were working on bringing back peace in the world. One of the things they were planning to do was to ret...more
Jessie
AFTER RELEASE
WHY WAS THAT SO SHORT?!
Also, the art style is wierd, I hope they change it.
My main concern when I started reading this was that it wouldn't feel like an Avatar experience. But the author did a great job at capturing the essence of the show.

Also, I ship Kataang. I was happy to see more of them together. HOWEVER, sweetie. That's all.

Must have for any Avatar fan, and I'm extremely angry I have to wait until MAY (shit) to read the next installment.


Pre- release

Okay. So the show official...more
Virginia
I was so excited when I got this in the mail!! I totally miss the world of A:TLA and was so chuffed to delve back into this world. I know this is part of the promotional material to set up for the next Avatar series, but I don't care. All I want is MORE ZUKO!! MORE ZUKO!!

The art is beautiful and the humor asides are fun. I think in graphic novel form, the story seems a bit more juvenile than the cartoon, but I realize also that this first volume is the set up and not the climax/resolution. I ca...more
Booknut
Mar 16, 2012 Booknut rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Booknut by: NetGalley and Goodreads
Absolutely content. When the TV series ended with so many loose threads and the new series Korra announced, I kept feeling as if there was a whole story left untold.

This book, The Promise Part 1, continues where Avatar Last Airbender the TV series left off - with Aang's duty fulfilled, Zuko as Firelord and the rest of the gang helping in the peace effort, it seems like this book is just going to be about the gang having fun and chilling out in the Fire Nation. But their peace threatens to be de...more
Lissa
Apr 20, 2012 Lissa added it
Shelves: 2012
This short comic is packed full of action and adventure as it continues on the tale of what happens directly after Aang defeats Fire Lord Ozai at the end of the animated series.

I found the dialogue kind of clunky and inorganic sometimes. It seemed to me more like fanfiction.

However the artwork was amazing, especially during the fight scenes. It was incredible to see fight scenes move to a flat page and work so well.

I think most of the reason I liked this so much is because I've always wanted to...more
Cathy  Keaton
I have been a huge fan of the Avatar: The Last Airbender Nickelodeon cartoon series for a number of years now, so when it ended with so many of my questions still unanswered, I was miffed to say the least. Not to mention I just didn't want all the exciting adventure to end. This new comic book series, though late in getting out into the world, picks up where the TV series left off, after Aang has defeated the evil Fire Lord Ozai, and has restored peace and balance to the world. Well, he sort of...more
Miss Clark
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Lanni
The great thing about this book is also the worst thing about this book. The characterization. Sokka's quips about 'oogies' and general obnoxious-ness are perfectly in character. Toph's rather rude nicknames for her students are perfectly Toph. Even Ty Lee's facial expressions (in the two panels she appears in) are perfect, and somehow Aang and Katara calling each other 'sweetie' seems like exactly the thing they would do. But Aang's agreement with Zuko (a major plot point) is so out of characte...more
Dzemo Sh
I am a huge fan of The Last Airbender series, and also of the follow-up show The Legend of Korra.

This graphic-novel was a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed it. It's interesting to see the aftermath of taking down the Fire Lord, and seeing how Zuko acts as the new ruler of the Fire Nation.

Zuko wants to fix his father's mistakes and be a good ruler, but he is afraid of becoming like his father in the process. This is why he asks Aang that in case that happens, Aang end him. Aang makes a promise to...more
Faye
3.5 stars

So...

That was a cute little thingy. Well it wasn't cute, but I absolutely love the TV show, so when I heard that there was a continuation through manga, I wanted to check it out.

I actually though it was really good. I really like the storyline, at least, what it is so far, moving the fire nation away from colonies they made in the earth nation. I like how it shows why and why not it should happen. Although this is for children, since it was a children's show, I like the message.

The dr...more
Ruth
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Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Continuing right after events in the series. I'm liking this a lot. I think you need to be familiar with the series to enjoy it.
Brandon
I love Avatar, probably more than is healthy. We bought this because of the new series starting and because it said it was going to address what happened to Zuko's mom.

I got it and my wife and I both read it in about 20 minutes.

It started off real strong, but kind of fell short. The issue i have is with the characters. I don't think Aang would ever agree to kill anyone...ever. So the promise he made felt out of character. If they were going to press him into agreeing to that, then he should hav...more
Kristen
I would probably lean more to giving it 4.5 stars, but I think it deserves more than 4 stars, so since I can't give it half stars, 5 it is!

With the Legend of Korra premiering this weekend, my husband and I have been running through an Avatar maraton, since we own the series on DVD. We also decided to grab this book because we are big nerds! The book is smaller than I thought it would be.

There's a lot of fun animations in this. For having only "Screenshots" of the action, I thought it was done re...more
Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ]


Did I tell you that Im a blue blood fan of Avatar? From the TV series to comics and PSP games. I even finished the game for only 3 days!

My obsession to avatar started all because of my lovely cousins whose ages are 12, 9 and 7. I think Im watching something at HBO when the three of them start chanting like mad dogs, grab the remote and change the channel to nickelodeon. At first Im kind of irritated because every single day they are like that. They even made me join their lame game and they call...more
Rose
Jan 02, 2012 Rose rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Avatar fans who want something to tide them over until Legend of Korra.
Recommended to Rose by: NetGalley, Dark Horse Comics
A wonderful bridge/follow up to the Avatar: the Last Airbender series, "The Promise" involves the heroes taking on a difficult task: bringing peaceful relations to the surrounding nations. But this proves a more difficult situation since Zuko isn't completely comfortable stepping into his new role as the leader of the Fire Nation, and he makes Aang promise something that isn't easy for any friend to take on. I'll admit that I somewhat saw that proposal coming, but at least it's understandable an...more
Nancy O'Toole
In defeating Fire Lord Ozai, Aang the Avatar has prevented the tyrannical Fire Nation from taking over the entire globe. Unfortunately, the world still needs someone to pick up the pieces. So when the Earth King Kuei begins looking for someone to help relocate Fire Nation colonists off of the Earth Kingdom, Aang and his friends step in once more. Unfortunately, not all of the Fire Nation colonies want to relocate, creating a rift between the Avatar and the new Fire Lord, Aang's friend Zuko.

It do...more
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
This is absolutely not the place for Avatar: The Last Airbender newbies to begin. Fans of the series, though, will be thrilled to see this world and their favorite characters again. Unfortunately, this book alone isn't very satisfying.

The biggest problem with this volume is that it is very, very short. There's only enough time to show the basics of what's going on, plus a little of how the original series characters are doing, and then it's over. I'm glad I got it via interlibrary loan, because...more
Andy Shuping
ARC provided by NetGalley

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 to...more
Lindsay Stares
Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part 1
Script: Gene Luen Yang, Art: Gurihiru, 2012

New Release! I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for purposes of review. (I read that one, and then went out the day it arrived in stores, bought a hard copy and read it again.)

Premise: The war is over, but bringing peace to the Four Nations isn't as simple as winning a battle. This is the continuing story of Avatar: The Last Airbender.

I LOVE THIS. I loved this to pieces. This made me laugh a...more
Tuck
i got into yang via his award winning American Born Chinese and avatar has many similarities. the author seriously takes on many stereotypes of women and men, of peace, of fairness, of rich and poor, multiculturalisms and nation-rights, and environmentalism and cooperation. so this story line lends itself nicely to addressing these big ideas. the earth is 4 kingdoms earth, water, fire, air. avatar is sort of like the world's yogi, trying to adjudicate between the "individual" interests conflicts...more
Choco

If you're an Avatar fan, you'd love it.

But me...
Hmmm... not sure about this. It was okay, I guess. I like Toph.

Was it really necessary to have the Fire Nation, Zuko, be the cause of conflict again? Zuko went through three seasons just deciding on who he is, what he is, whether he's doing the right thing or the wrong thing, and finally, FINALLY, when he knows where his place is, we get more problems with Zuko's inability to make a proper decision? It's just a bit too much. I mean, after all that...more
Rachel
This is a review of the set of three Promise graphic novels. The graphic novel continues with the young heroes having to make adult decisions and realizing that everything is not so cut and dry. Zuko, always full of conflict, is the first to admit the complexities of the situation, and turns to others for advice. The perspectives of the others from former Team Avatar of what Zuko is doing are understandable given their age, and Zuko did a horrible job explaining his position. He needs some commu...more
Tung
I am a huge fan of this series that aired on Nickelodeon for three seasons. The series takes place in a universe inhabited by four primary cultures tied to the four basic elements (fire, water, air, and earth). In this universe, certain people are gifted with the ability to “bend” their culture’s element; that is, they can manipulate the element in order to attack, defend, move, heal, etc. (e.g. earthbending might be used to cause the dirt at your feet to form a giant shield in front of you). Ev...more
Carter Johnstone
The promise is a promising comic which continues the TV series that just left you hanging.
This book is a thriller that would be enjoyed by anyone and everyone that fell in love with the TV series.
The art in this book adds to the thrilling action. Naturally, the bending of elements already increases the action but the art in the book depicts it well. The art has you flinching as you flip from page to page. The author exploits the usage of frame to his advantage, by making emphasis where it is...more
Stephanie
Format: Real Live Book
Narrated By: NA
Original Publication Year: 2012
Genre(s): Comic
Series: The Last Airbender
Awards: None

I was recently directed to this cartoon by a blog and frankly it was AWESOME! Why didn't they make cartoons like this when I was a kid? Anyway, I was interested in getting more of the story and discovered these follow up comics.

This 3 comic series picks up right where the TV show left off though it quickly jumps a year into the future. Aang and Zuko have developed a plan rest...more
Iamaby En
This is great! The charm of the series remains intact with this offering. I love the different themes brought into play, and how they highlight how the characters are growing and maturing. Themes that resonate for us even now:

-if a child has problems with his parents' methods while growing up, his decisions as a grown-up might be coloured by his desire to not be like his parents, so much so, that he makes the wrong decision

-should a promise be kept when keeping it might kill your morals?

-interra...more
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Gene Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. In 1997, he received the Xeric Grant, a prestigious comics industry grant, for Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks, his first comics work as an adult. He has since written and drawn a number of titles, including Duncan's Kingdom (with art by Derek Kirk Kim) and The Rosary Comic Book. American Born Chinese received National Book Award.

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