Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part 1 (The Promise, #1)” as Want to Read:
Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part 1 (The Promise, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

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

4.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  17,865 Ratings  ·  488 Reviews
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, 74 pages
Published January 25th 2012 by Dark Horse Comics
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Avatar, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Avatar

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
After reading:

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

Before reading:


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
Jun 18, 2012 Lina rated it liked it
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
Apr 24, 2012 Tina rated it really liked it
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


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 “Ava
Jul 23, 2015 Alayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
Estoy entre un 3.75 o un 4 directo (por lo corto que es) pero las estrellas que le doy son las mismas, así que poco importa.

La promesa es una trilogía que se desarrolla una vez terminada la guerra de 100 años, en un mundo que aún está tratando de construirse, y tiene como protagonistas a Aang, sus amigos, y principalmente a Zuko.
Su nombre se debe a una petición que le hace Zuko a Aang al principio de este tomo y esa "promesa" es lo que lo llevará a un conflicto interior sobre qué hacer si lo qu
Oct 07, 2015 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, comics
This review is for all three volumes, since it's really just one story and I read them all in one sitting.

Sadly, I didn't like this nearly as much as Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Search. There's nothing terribly wrong with this story, but there's nothing terribly good about it, either. Yes, it does have the feel of an episode or two of the show, but these would not have been my favorite episodes. Not enough happens, and the same characters have the same arguments over and over again. And To
Apr 06, 2012 Lanni rated it it was ok
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
Feb 03, 2012 Flunderingchipper rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
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
Jan 23, 2016 Cath rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
5/5 stars!!
Oh my god this was like watching an episode of the cartoon! I loved it!

It had the same humour and the same feel as the show, I really am looking forward to reading the next two parts of The Promise.
I love that Toph has her own metal bending academy and that Sokka still has his boomerang :P
Also every time Aang and Katara call each other 'sweetie', I just die a little inside. <3
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

Review for all three parts under the cut.
(view spoiler)
Mar 16, 2012 Booknut rated it it was amazing
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
Vishakha Motwani
Feb 06, 2016 Vishakha Motwani rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Before you read the review, you should know, I'm a big fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender, so it may be difficult to find anything negative about it except the fact that it was very small and got over very very soon.

I read it after a while and it was like a refresher with some serious and comic stuff. Zuko is known for shifting the conversation to sincerity and no-humor-at-all. (view spoiler)
Fede Valotta
Mar 20, 2016 Fede Valotta rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, read-marzo-2016
Y yo que pensé que la etapa del avatar ya estaba terminada, por fin pongo mis manos sobre los comics <3
Cathy  Keaton
Feb 01, 2012 Cathy Keaton rated it really liked it
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
Sep 06, 2013 Miss Clark rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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
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
Jul 30, 2015 Maru rated it liked it
I really like it, but...
I've never ever liked Kataang, though I thought I was over it (obviously, I was lying to myself). WHAT'S WITH THE TWO OF THEM CALLING EACH OTHER "SWEETIE"???
I'm going to quote Toph and Sokka here:
"'Sweetie'? Seriously?"
"I know, right? Sooo oogie."

And, by the way, where's Iroh???? Why isn't he helping (my baby) Zuko??
Kayla Eklund
Apr 09, 2015 Kayla Eklund rated it it was amazing
I was nervous about reading this. It had been years since I watched Avatar. Fortunately, this had a recap of what happened in the series in the very beginning, and it takes place right after the end of the show. I really enjoyed it. It had all the great snarkiness from the tv show that I remember. I'm interested to find out where things go next.
Oct 18, 2014 Rayne rated it really liked it
...."Sweetie"....I gagged every time Aang and Katara called the other that. But, aside from that, the author really managed to capture the distinct personalities of each character and I loved that. And I loved Toph. As usual, she is awesome. I love the inner conflict Zuko has, but I thought he was past being so influenced by comparisons between his family (especially his father) and himself. The art is a bit weird at times, like when the characters are drawn in profile or particularly the fronta ...more
Federiken Masters
Dec 26, 2014 Federiken Masters rated it liked it
Pero qué buen comic a cargo de un gran guionista acompañado por un dignísimo dibujo. Quizás este arranque de trilogía no me enganchó tanto como "la búsqueda" (que transcurre después pero leí antes), pero sin duda comparte muchas de sus virtudes.
Briana Herlihy
This is perfect for continuing my Avatar obsession xD
Jun 24, 2015 Annemieke rated it liked it
The Promise shows us some of the things that I love about Avatar: The Last Airbender. In particular I found Toph to be rather strong in the moments. Her interactions with her student at her metal bending school and her overall sass. Sokka was his humeroustic self. And though I could have done without the “sweetie” portion in the dialogue, even Aang and Katara were how we remember them.

However I found the start choppy and some of the dialogue odd (though this could be because of the Dutch transl
Jul 03, 2014 Faye rated it liked it
3.5 stars


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
Dzemo Sh
Aug 25, 2014 Dzemo Sh rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Apr 12, 2016 Marianne rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Enjoyed Part 1. It is great to be back to this story and especially these characters. I have always been a big fan of ATLA.

The story is engaging and the art is phenomenal. It is almost like watching the show all over again. I am however a bit disappointed in how they went about the colony business, was done poorly and not very diplomatically (but that is my Law Student side speaking, and I do realise this is a novel with teens who do not have political experience and negotiation tactics).

I am
Mar 25, 2012 Ruth rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Banny Carolina
Reto de Lectura con Buddies de Chocolate: Una novela gráfica

Too short but too good. A great start, I can't wait to read second and third part.
My Legend of Korra binge a couple weekends ago prompted me to finally seek out the A:TLA graphic novel continuation. I've heard good things, and it's being written by Gene Luen Yang ( American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints ). With the exception of Aang and Katara calling each other 'sweetie', this first volume of the three-volume The Promise is pretty great. The artwork is spot on to the characters, and so is the writing. The story picks up about a year after the end if the show, and it loo ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
2015 Reading Chal...: Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise Part 1 1 12 Jul 24, 2015 10:08PM  
Endgame 3 21 Dec 12, 2013 01:13PM  
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Lost Adventures
  • Avatar Volume 1: The Last Airbender (Avatar #1)
  • The Last Airbender: Prequel - Zuko's Story
  • Adventure Time Vol. 1
  • Princeless, Vol. 2: Get Over Yourself
  • Young Justice Vol. 1
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Lost Scrolls Collection
  • Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 24 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #24)
  • Adventure Time With Fionna and Cake, Vol. 1
  • Fairy Quest: Outlaws (Fairy Quest, #1)
  • Doctor Who: The Forgotten
  • Tune: Vanishing Point (Tune, #1)
  • The Lost Scrolls: Fire
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.

More about Gene Luen Yang...

Other Books in the Series

The Promise (3 books)
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part 2 (The Promise, #2)
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part 3 (The Promise, #3)

Share This Book