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

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  3,306 ratings  ·  156 reviews
The final chapter!

The Harmony Restoration Movement has failed, and the world is plunged back into war! In the midst of the battle, can Avatar Aang and Fire Lord Zuko mend the rift between them, or will Aang be forced to take actions that can't be undone?
Paperback, 76 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Dark Horse Comics
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Lina
No amount of words or clever gifs can describe the frustration I've had with this comic book continuation of one of my favorite shows: Avatar: The Last Airbender. I have never been one to believe that a show being geared towards older children (7+) should be above criticism and good writing. A:TLA had that in bundles and so it is disappointing to see that this mini-series did not continue that. The big problem is that it is handling a very complex issue in a very narrow viewpoint that is very ha ...more
Haley Keller
I have no idea where to even start. I will say that it's good I'm not doing a video review for this because I would start rambling and never stop.

I know a lot of people haven't been too thrilled with The Promise from the beginning, and this (the last one of this storyline/arc/whatever) just made everyone hate it more I think. I wasn't very happy with it either. I appreciate what their trying to do with this story, but I don't think they pulled it off very well. The idea of exploring the "new" wo
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Ashley
Yep, that was good. Maybe really good. I particularly like the way you can see events here starting to lay foundation for the world you see in Legend of Korra, with the mixed cultures and metal bending, etc. Definitely checking out The Search and The Rift.
Brandon
This was by far the best of the three. The comedy was right, the characters were right. It was just good. The only issue is that it did not take us all the way to Captial City. I know there is another series comming out now, so i hope it takes up to then.

This was really good, i just wish it had taken us up to present in the Avatar world. I can only assume i will be spending more money in the future. Part of a Master Plan? I believe so.
Dzemo Sh
Wow! What a great conclusion to this series. It's always fun to go back into the Avatar world, and get to see moree of Team Avatar's adventures.

I love how the comic-books keep the same tone as the show did, and it's always fun to see how both humor and serious themes are blended in.

What I liked most was the realization of the change in the world, and how two nations can co-exist with each other. This diversity that is beginning to appear in the Avatar world is what I really like, and it shows t
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Jasmine
I love everyone in this tea shop.
Jessikah
4.5 stars
This is the conclusion to the first in what will probably be several graphic novels that bridge the end of Avatar: The Last Airbender to Avatar: The Legend of Korra. While I enjoyed "Korra" for the most part I had some problems with the series in pacing and also some of the sloppy writing of new characters. I was immensely pleased to see Aang and company captured so very well in Gene Leung's adaptation.

In the last two books (which I had not reviewed here) we found team Avatar in the mi
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Andrew
The final part of this initial post-TV series story wraps things up nicely. The highest compliment I can pay it is that it feels like a good adaptation of a TV episode. Thanks to the participation of the show's creators, it carries the story forward and feels like it has substance, instead of just being a random, inconsequential adventure for Aang and his friends. I can hear the actors' voices saying the dialogue in my head, and the art really captures the look and feel of the animation, even wi ...more
Richard
Technically there are spoilers here, but if you've gone this far in the series, you should know what's going to happen in the last third.

Same as the last two volumes, I've arrived at Part 3 because I enjoy the world, story, and characters and the comic does a very nice job carrying on the legacy.

Here we have the final culmination of the Harmony Restoration Movement, Toph's Metalbenders start bending metal with Sokka's help and a revelation of Toph's, and Aang and Zuko have to face up to the Prom
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Andrew Adams
Like the first two parts, this was a quick read with my two boys. They paid perfect attention from start to finish, even though I'm sure they didn't remember all the references to the show or the political plot. As for me, I was shocked by a few turn of events (one of Aang's choice's in particular) but these never felt out of character. I'm a big Gene Luen Yang fan and he captures the humor and turmoil of the show very well. But we dove into these excited to learn more about Zuko's mother and I ...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
Nick Briggs
(This was definitely my favorite of the bunch because it addressed the major issue I had with the first two, so I'll talk about all of them here).

The plot itself was perfectly enjoyable and interesting. As a brief series it's definitely done the job of filling in the gaps between the original series and Korra. On that score, the series is approaching the plot in the sort of linear fashion that Korra has embraced (which I personally enjoy). It's hard to have the sort of rambling, albeit entertain
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Ashley
What started off as a promise to a friend turns into something greater than even the Avatar in the epic conclusion to The Promise. With the Earth King's blatant ignorance of the outside world coupled with the Fire Lord's insistence on doing what he thinks is right, the Fire Nation colony of Yu Dao is about the become the starting place for a new war if the two sides cannot come together and find a solution to fit both their needs, and the needs of their peoples.

Avatar Aang is stuck in the middl
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Timothy Stone
I decided to write a review for the whole trilogy with my review of this third volume. While each volume has a lot going on in it, they form one cohesive story with each other so that this is the most practical way to review them.

The story begins with a summary of the series Avatar: The Last Airbender, and comes to the moment immediately after the end of the series. Every one is at Uncle Iroh's tea shop celebrating, Aang and Katara kiss and form a relationship, so on. We see a peace treaty betwe
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Jennie
I wasn't crazy about this series in the beginning, but it grew on me by the end of the arc. While I found the dilemma revolving around the Harmony Restoration Movement interesting, I didn't feel like the story spent enough time on it. The main goals seemed to be more along the lines of cementing Aang and Katara's relationship, cementing Zuko and Aang's friendship, and making ties to Legend of Korra. And all of that stuff is important. I wanted to see the beginnings of Republic City and of Aang's ...more
Bill Tracy
This is just like watching one of the episodes. Helps to set up what is seen in Legend of Korra
Hayley
The art continues to be as beautiful as ever in this final chapter, and the story's conclusion was not only satisfying but full of as much heart as the show. If you enjoyed the Nickelodeon series, you should absolutely read these graphic novels. With that said, I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next A:tLA installment, The Search.
Ashley D--
A great end to a well thought out story. So glad this exists! It didn't just answer my questions to what happened after the cartoon ended, it satisfied my need for the further adventures of the characters I love. Sometimes a comic continuation of a story will shift from the original and feel a little off, but this three-volume series never did.

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 r
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SJ
Kind of felt like a rip-off. Part 3 was shorter than both parts 1 and 2, and there were no surprises in the plot since we knew how it had to be resolved, (because Legend of Korra has already aired). I still want to read The Search because I'm dying to know what happened to Ursa but they'd better not be so stingy with the story in that series...
Faye
Well that was better than I expected.

The romance wasn't so sappy, and I loved the political stuff going on. Everything was amped up, and I genuinely enjoyed this addition to the ALTA comics.

From all the controversy over the Harmonic Restoration Movement, there is now the start of a new war. People finally have to decided whether the fire nation people should be moved out of the fire nation colonies. I really liked the political aspect. There are pros and cons to each side. Although the comics
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Mᴀʟxᴏx ♥
Wh-when Aang figured out th-that Zuko and Roku were re-related, and he was... Ah, he-he called Zuko f-f-family I was... CR-CRYING SO MUCH! *hardcore-fangirling*
Virginia
Surprisingly good! The end was satisfactorily resolved and it was good to see different aspects of the characters. Can't wait for the next series!
Linnea
I gave all the parts in this series four stars mostly because of the length and somewhat lack of substance. I do understand that I am well older than the target demographic for these books, so I know that is why they seemed so short to me. I guess I was hoping for something a little lengthier in the hopes that the ATLA storyline would keep going longer, haha.

That said, these comics are great! The artwork is slightly different than that of the show, but it isn't bad (like some people have said).
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Rebekah
This third installment of the series was a bit of a relief, kind of like finding a dark navy blue sock at the last minute that only slightly matches the unmatched black one you have. Not what you were looking for but what the hell, it will have to do. This book tried, it really did but it couldn’t dig itself out from the massive hole the last two parts already dug. It answered a few questions and cleared up a few plot points but there was still plenty of out of character moments and still didn’t ...more
Rachel
I don't know why people think this is awful. Sure, at first Aang has some strange ideas regarding why the nations should be separated, but no one is perfect and he recants his ideas later when he realizes they're wrong.
And heck, regarding Zuko...he made a promise and its a hard one to keep, so he has to deal with his decisions, even if the subject matter is rather dark.

Yes, it is fast paced, but The Search should be considered somewhat of a continuation of this trilogy. Think of it that way and
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Bonnie
The conclusion to this amazing series. It's sad that it's over so soon, but never fear! The story continues in March 2013 - this time with the focus on Zuko searching for mother! CANNOT WAIT!!! (also I hope this means that there will be MORE IROH).

The clash of Earth Kingdom v. Fire Nation over the Fire Nation colonists of Yu Dao comes to a head as the armies of both countries show up outside the city gates. The whole Gaang is also there to try to help solve this mess (one guess about whether the
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Micheline (Lunar Rainbows Reviews)
The Promise Part 3 is the final installment in The Promise series and it is also my favorite out of the three. The tension built up by the previous two was almost unbearable and it was evident throughout Part 3. It is also significantly thicker than the previous two, but I ended up reading it much faster - pretty much in one sitting! As usual, stories from the Avatar: The Last Airbender conclude satisfyingly, tying up most loose ends while establishing future plot-lines.

For anyone unfamiliar wi
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Holly Cordner
This review covers the entire series--books 1-3. There are a few minor spoilers, so read at your own risk:

I'm not going to lie, I found the central premise of these books, the "promise" itself, so utterly out of character for Aang, that it was hard to get worked up about whether he would or whether he wouldn't stop Zuko. I just can't see Aang promising something like that in the first place, so I never really took it seriously.

I also felt like we had to re-cover some ground that the television s
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Christian Petrie
It took me a while to get around to reading this last book in the series. This picks up from the events at the end of Part 2 with the Earth Nation and Fire Nation about to fight.

This book is neither bad or good. It continues the story line and wraps it up in a way that you can regard as familiar or predictable. The problem with writing an Avatar book is keeping in mind the new series Kora.

The events in a story should not contradict what comes later in the history of the Avatar world. Thinking of
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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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