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

4.37 of 5 stars 4.37  ·  rating details  ·  5,973 ratings  ·  142 reviews
The Avatar's greatest adventure continues!

Aang and Katara work tirelessly to prevent a dispute between Fire Lord Zuko and Earth King Kuei that could plunge the world back into war! Meanwhile, Sokka helps Toph prepare her hapless first class of metalbending students to defend their school against a rival class of firebenders!
Paperback, 76 pages
Published May 30th 2012 by Dark Horse Books
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Ronyell
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Introduction:

After reading part one of “Avatar the Last Airbender: The Promise,” I was excited to check out the second part of this fantastic series and I was definitely not disappointed by the results of this volume!

What is this story about?

In this volume, after Fire Lord Zuko turns down the Harmony Restoration Movement for the Earth Kingdom, there seems to be an impeding war brewing between Zuko and Earth King Kuei and it is up to Aang and Katara to prevent that war from happening! Meanwhi...more
Faye
This was pretty enjoyable, but still had the sickeningly sweet romance that was in the first book. And there were some other small things I didn't like.

Katara and Aang still call each other sweetie, and Katara even gets jealous when they go to a fan club for Aang, full of excited, squealy girls. Based on what I saw from the TV show, I doubt that the romanca would move from a random kiss to calling each other those sorts of names. Nobody really uses those terms when they're in a relationship. Ol...more
Jessica Day
How could I not read and review a spin off series that takes place where Avatar's third season ended? I have loved the world of Avatar since I was a little kid watching it on the floor of my grandmother's living room. Needless to say, it holds a special place in my heart so I can get a little...obsessive. I'm very critical of any spin offs or fanfiction that stems from my favorite television show (in other words, I think that the M. Night Shyamalan version of Avatar was a disgrace). Still, I pas...more
Brandon
I still hold that these are not as good as they would be if they were written and directed by the shows creators. Book 2 was much better than book 1. It was neat to see the characters a little more grown up (something I enjoy about LOK too).

Toph and Sokka are much closer to their characters in this book. Toph picking her nose was very funny. I loved that Sokka still cries for his Space Sword. I loved his motivational bending too, perfect Sokka.

Aang and Katara go to a fan club full of girls makin...more
Kristen
I felt the characters in this were more true to the characters in the series. When I was reading the dialogue, I could hear their voices in my head because the way they said things actually was how they would have said it on TV.

I really liked how they handle the flash backs. The pictures are almost in a sepia color so it's very easy to distinguish them.

The characters all look a little taller, specifically Aang and Toph. I still think the "Sweetie" nickname from Aang to Katara is a little weird....more
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
This was, sadly, just as disappointing as Part 1. Once again, I felt it was too short. So many things could have been expanded upon and improved.

While I enjoyed getting a longer look at Toph's students and school, the tone of that storyline didn't seem to fit. Sokka, hoping to resolve the argument between Toph and the firebender teacher relatively peacefully, arranged for them to have a match to the sit. The students of the two schools would fight each other and try to force the teacher of the o...more
Mathias
The comics following Aang's continued adventures are absolute perfection. Not only does each book move and unfold exactly like an episode of the show, it follows them so well I remember the events of the comics in my head as animated episodes. I hear the voices, see the action, everything. They remain that true to the show. As I've read The Promise and now The Search graphic novels, I sometimes have even displaced events from the comics as events that happened in the show. The writers and artist...more
Valerie Mechling
I loved spending more time with Team Avatar, but I had several issues with both parts of The Promise. The first is that Zuko acts out of character. After all he does to overcome his past, his family, and his own nature, these two graphic novels undo. Going to Ozai for advice? Gah. Secondly, do Aang and Katara really have to call each other "sweetie" that much? At least they could come up with a variety of "oogie" nicknames, rather than both using the same one, so often. But I enjoyed the artwork...more
Virginia
Whooo! The tension ratchets up even more in the middle volume of this trilogy. I liked this one much more than the first volume (if only because it continues the story). I can't wait until September. :D

Oh, I just realized that I didn't write anything about the plot or themes or whatnot. I liked this issue better because it delved more into identity, the complexities of leading nations, multiracial/national peoples, and the rights of individuals vs. nations. There are complex problems after facin...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
Jessica Harmon
I read these books too quickly. They barely take as long as watching an episode. But the story is interesting and the art is quality. I have no complaint except that it's over too quickly. I feel like I need to slow down and examine the pictures closely to get the most enjoyment. I like that the story they are telling is full of complexity. What's right is not always what's right for everyone. And that creates conflict. The Fire Nation colonists have made there homes in the Earth Nation. Should...more
Ashley
The plot thickens in part two. I only just read all three parts in the last hour, and I have a hard time separating the volumes because they all flow incredibly well. I thought I'd only read one or two volumes, but I couldn't resist. Too compelling!

While many readers will find only a fun story in The Promise, it's actually a fantastic introduction to post-colonialism for kids. Yang included so many realistic problems that might face the Fire Nation colonies, but never once sacrificed plot for me...more
Malxox ♥
Seriously what the hell were they thinking so far into the future with Korra? They could've just made THIS the show, it would've been ten times better!
NiSa5m
Lo mejor del libro fue la trama de la academia metalbending.

Odio tener que admitirlo, pero, Ozai sabe cómo jugar el juego de tronos. El tipo tiene buena labia y su lógica es... ¿razonable?

Debo recordar que ese tipo es toxico, y tú también, Zuko.

Me decepcionaste rey Kuei. Te comprendo, pero aún así, no respeto tu decisión.

(view spoiler)...more
penny
even more terrible and offensive
Swankivy
Toph struggles with her metalbending students (and a possible hostile takeover), and Sokka pitches in to help them out. Meanwhile, Aang and Katara go to see the Earth King to talk about the uneasy alliance between the Earth Kingdom and the Fire Nation, hoping to come to a resolution. And, of course, Zuko struggles with the increased pressures of being the Fire Lord, continuing to consult his imprisoned father for advice on how to cope.

First, I of course love Toph--how she sometimes seems like su...more
Mandie
The graphic novel takes place about a year after the first part so of course I enjoy seeing the characters a bit older. I also enjoy that Aang and Katara’s relationship is more developed and they are seen and acting like a couple (yes, I squealed like a silly fangirl). I also enjoyed watching the characters grow up. It was something that in the show you didn’t have a chance to experience. The Promise Part 2 gave me the chance to see my characters change and grow up, but it did not change their p...more
Micheline
The Promise - Part 2 was a very enjoyable, highly entertaining and surprisingly hilarious addition to The Promise Trilogy. Now that the introductions are out of the way, the writers really got into what made the television series so great! If often found that the middle book in a trilogy can lag a bit, while the author prepares for the big finale guaranteed in the third volume, but I'm happy to say it most definitely was not the case with The Promise. The story continued to progress steadily and...more
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
I know I’ve kind of read the Avatar graphic novels out of order, since I’ve already read The Search part 1, and I didn’t do it on purpose..I just got excited about having it and didn’t want to wait to read it until after I’d read the last two Promise books. That being said it didn’t take away from either story.

The Promise part 2, picks up where the first leaves off, with tensions rising once again between the Earth Kingdom and the Fire Nation thanks to Zuko removing his help with the Harmony Res...more
Samantha
This second volume continues the story of Avatar Aang and Fire Lord Zuko trying to find their way in the new world that is emerging after the war. However, with so many contrasting views on how to best handle the Fire Nation colonies, tension is rising fast. With time running out, can Aang find a way to avoid war?


Much of what I said in my last review fits for this book as well, so I’m not going to rehash the art style or any of that.

However, even though much of the last review fits here, I do fe...more
Nancy O'Toole
The Harmony Restoration Movement is beginning to fall apart. Zuko can't make up his mind about what to do. Should he stand by his agreement with Earth King Kuei and clean out the Earth Nation of all of the Fire Nation colonies? Or should he stand beside his people in the Fire colonies who have lived in the Earth Nation for Generations? Aang doesn't know what to do about Zuko. Is the new Fire Lord's hesitance about the Fire Nation colonies a sign that he's beginning to slide back into old habits?...more
Erica Smith
(This review is about all three parts of the book, apologies)
Nicklelodeon's The Promise, a continuation of Avatar Aang's adventure as the Avatar is as colorful and captivating as the show itself. This book was downloaded from Netgalley as an eBook so I had to enlarge and scroll to each section of the picture. It truly was a joy to read this book which is broken down in three parts.

The Harmony Restoration Movement
Avatar Aang and FirelordZuko is trying to push for harmony in Yu Dao in the Earth Ki...more
Delicious Strawberry
This volume leaves me with mixed feelings. I have been watching the Legend of Korra episodes so far, and have been enjoying the new Avatar series. With that series, you know some things within this Promise story have pretty much foregone conclusions. The artwork is very nice to look at, but there were a few surprises such as... the possibility of Zuko and Suki. THAT would be interesting since it has not been mentioned (yet) on Korra who Zuko married, so that makes one think...

The reason why I di...more
Michael
I am really enjoying the adventures of Aang and his friends after the show. Book 2 was definitely better than book 1, but that is to be expected as the artists and the writer get used to the characters. This book primarily focused on Toph and Sokka. Gene Yang did a good job of showing the camaraderie of the two characters (starts off strong on page 1 and holds until the end).

Aang and Katara are sickeningly sweet together. The part that featured the Aang Fan Club was touching.

The parts with Zuko...more
Lindsay Stares
Premise: Sequel to The Promise, Part One, and Avatar: The Last Airbender
Tensions rise between The Fire Nation and The Earth Kingdom over the fate of the disputed colonies. Zuko seeks advice from an untrustworthy source, Katara struggles with being the girlfriend of the now-famous Avatar, and Sokka and Toph try to knock some sense into Toph's students.

This is a really strong second chapter. At this point, fans know what is eventually going to happen with the colonies. Legend of Korra has finished...more
Colleen
Jun 04, 2014 Colleen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who Like ATLA
Recommended to Colleen by: Olga
These comics continue a great series and I LOVE the mix of adult and child humor. So many logical choices were made in this continuation.

First, the issue of what to do about the Fire Nation Colonies is so rooted in real history. The short running colonies are very easy to disassemble, but the long running colonies raise true ethical questions. What do you do when a new blended culture has essentially formed? Do you attempt segregation in the name of equality and justice or do you find a new met...more
Gabriel Lima
First, Earth King Kuei might as well be the biggest jerk in the world of Avatar. Now, I have to say that I really liked Toph's side of the story because it finally became interesting with some more development. Other interesting part was when Aang and Katara met Aang's fan club. Seeing Katara regreting her selfishness was a little painful (maybe because I failed to understand how important the fan club was for Aang just like her). Ozai also had some interesting screens. Although he seemed just c...more
Bonnie
This series only gets more and more delightful. I think I liked this even more than the first volume, possibly because this is infused with more humor. (the first "episode" was mostly set-up and re-establishing the series, whereas here it seems like it could settle into the characters and have time for a humorous interlude with Toph and her school).

The two main storylines are: (1) Toph & Sokka teaming up to try and teach Toph's metal-bending students how to actually metalbend (to win the fi...more
SJ
This is the second of a three-part series from Dark Horse Comics. It's a great companion to the beloved Nickelodeon show. The action is filling in some of the gaps that show how the world progressed to the point it was in for the follow-up series, The Legend of Korra. This book is exactly like watching an episode, only shorter. (I imagine all three parts together will be like a full episode). The artistry is beautiful, the bending looks badass even in still images, and the characters are exactly...more
Aleksiel
There is no right or wrong apart from what you decide. Who you chose to defend deserves to be defended simply because you chose them. You are the Fire Lord. What you chose, by definition, is right.

It keeps getting better! Or worse. Will there be peace between Earth and Fire kingdoms or will a war start anew?
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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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