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?
Gene Luen Yang writes, and sometimes draws, comic books and graphic novels. As the Library of Congress’ fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, he advocates for the importance of reading, especially reading diversely. American Born Chinese, his first graphic novel from First Second Books, was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. His two-volume graphic novel Boxers & Saints won the L.A. Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award Finalist. His other works include Secret Coders (with Mike Holmes), The Shadow Hero (with Sonny Liew), Superman from DC Comics (with various artists), and the Avatar: The Last Airbender series from Dark Horse Comics (with Gurihiru). In 2016, he was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow. His most recent books are Dragon Hoops from First Second Books and Superman Smashes the Klan from DC Comics.
Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise, Part 3 (The Promise, #3), Gene Luen Yang
The events of The Promise begin immediately after the last episode of the original series, "Avatar Aang", before jumping forward one whole year. It is followed by Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Search.
Part One: Following Fire Lord Ozai's defeat and the conclusion of the Hundred Year War, the Harmony Restoration Movement is established to remove the Fire Nation Colonies in the Earth Kingdom and relocate the colonists to the Fire Nation.
Having become the new Fire Lord, Zuko makes Aang promise to kill him, should he turn out like his father. ...
Part Two: Aang and Katara travel to the city of Ba Sing Se to meet with Kuei. Upon arriving in the metropolis, Aang learns that an Avatar Aang fan club has been set up to honor him. Aang briefly enjoys the company of his fans, since they remind him of his old life among the Air Nomads. ...
Part Three: Returning to Yu Dao, Aang and Katara learn that the people of the city have formed the Yu Dao Resistance, in response to the Earth Kingdom protesters, with Sneers as one of the members.
Aang also encounters the Yu Dao chapter of the Avatar Aang Fan Club, who had been informed of the approaching conflict by the Ba Sing Se chapter, but becomes offended when he sees the members wearing air-bending master tattoos, considering this an insult against his culture.
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عنوان: آواتار مه سایه: آخرین باد افراز؛ نویسنده برایان کنیتزکو؛ ویرایش تصاویر هشام میرکریمی؛ مترجم سمیه موسوی؛ تهران، آوای ونداد، 1395؛ در40ص؛ مصور، رنگی؛ شابک 9786007139592؛ موضوع داستانهای فکاهی مصور از نویسندگان ایالات متحده آمریکا؛ سده 21م
عنوان: مه و سایه: آخرین باد افراز (آواتار دو)؛ نویسنده جین اوئن یانگ؛ ویرایش تصاویر هشام میرکریمی؛ مترجم سمیه موسوی؛ تهران، آوای ونداد، سال1395؛ در 36ص؛ مصور، رنگی؛ شابک 9786007139578؛
آواتار: آخرین بادافزار، سری تلویزیونی پویانمایی «آمریکایی»، در سبک اکشن-ماجراجویی، و فانتزی است، که توسط «مایکل دنت دیمارتینو»، و «بریان کنیتزکو»، تهیه شده است، و در سه فصل، میان سالهای 2005میلادی، تا 2008میلادی، از شبکهٔ تلویزیونی «نیکلودئون» پخش میشد؛ داستان مجموعه، در دنیایی میگذرد، که برخی از افراد، میتوانند، یکی از چهار عنصر کلاسیک («آب»، «باد»، «خاک» یا «آتش») را، با ترکیب هنرهای رزمی «چینی»، و تواناییهایی، کنترل کنند؛ قهرمانان داستان، پسری دوازده ساله، به نام «آنگ»، و دوستان او هستند، که باید با شکست دادن فرمانروای «آتش»، صلح را به دنیا برگردانند؛ مجموعهٔ افسانهٔ «کورا»، دنبالهٔ این سریال، به شمار میرود؛ مجموعه کمیکهایی هم درباره ی چند سال پس از اتمام این مجموعه، منتشر شده است؛
دنیای این داستان، به چهار بخش اصلی تقسیم شده است که شامل «قبایل آب»، «حکومت خاک»، «کشور آتش» و «عشایر باد» است؛ در این سرزمینها، برخی از مردمان، میتوانند عنصر ملی خود را، کنترل کنند، و به «افزارش» درآورند، که به آنها «عنصر افزار» گفته میشود؛ سبک نبرد هر ملت، برگرفته از، یک سبک رزمی شرقی است؛ در این میان، آن که «آواتار» نامیده میشود، میتواند هر چهار عنصر را، کنترل کند، و مسئول برقراری صلح، و سازش، میان ملل، و همچنین میان دنیای فیزیکی، و دنیای ارواح است؛ در هر لحظه، تنها یک «آواتار»، میتواند وجود داشته باشد، و در صورت مرگ، در قالب شخص دیگری، از ملت بعدی (به ترتیب در چرخهٔ «باد»، «آب»، «خاک»، «آتش»)، دوباره به دنیا میآید؛ نخستین فرد، که نام «آواتار» به خود گرفت، «آواتار وان» بود، که به یاری «راوا (نوعی روح)»، توانست هر چهار عنصر را، کنترل کند، و بزرگترین دشمنش «واتو (نوعی روح خبیث)» را، شکست دهد، و در اعماق جنگل زندانی کند: در فصل دوم «آواتار کورا» هم با چنین داستانی روبرو خواهید شد؛
پس از مشخص شدن، به عنوان «آواتار»، او تحت تعلیم عنصر تولد خود، و سه عنصر دیگر، به ترتیب چرخهٔ «آواتاری»، به علاوه، تربیت روحانی قرار میگیرد؛ چون روح «آواتار»، نامیراست، هر «آواتار»، میتواند با «آواتارهای» گذشته ی خود، رابطه برقرار کند، و از نصایح، و تجربه های آنها، بهره گیرد؛ همچنین «آواتار»، مجهز به «حالت آواتار» است، که یک سازوکار دفاعی بوده، و با کمک روح «آواتار»، و دانش گذشتگان خود، میتواند، اعمال طاقتفرسای افزارشی، یا حتی فیزیکی را، با آسانی انجام دهد، ولی اگر، در این حالت کشته شود، چرخهٔ «آواتاری» میشکند، و روح «آواتار»، نابود میشود، و دیگر زاده نمیشود
به طور کلی، این داستان (و همچنین دنباله اش)، بسیار از فرهنگ شرق، برگرفته شده، و همچنین اشارات بسیاری، به مسائل معنوی دارد (البته به دین خاصی اشاره ندارد)؛ اگرچه در این سریال، تنها نقش «آواتار»، شکست دادن به یک فرمانروای ظالم است، اما با تماشای دنباله ی این سریال، متوجه خواهید شد، که در واقع، یک «آواتار»، به معنای کامل، برقرار کننده ی تعادل است؛ بین ارواح، و انسانها، عناصر خوبی و بدی و...؛ همچنین از نظر جنسیت، و شخصیت، «آواتار»ها مدام گوناگون، و متضاد همدیگر، ظاهر میشوند، تا تعادل، برهم نخورد؛ همانطور که به راحتی، میتوان تفاوت «آنگ» و «کورا» را احساس کرد
در این سریال، به ارزشها، و مسائل شخصیتی، اشارات بسیار، و ظریفی شده است، که در بین کارتونهایی از این قبیل، به ندرت یافت میشود؛ در واقع میتوان گفت، که ایده و داستانِ چندان نوآورانه ای، ندارد، و بیشتر، بر شخصیت پردازیهای جذاب، تمرکز شده است
چکیده داستان: در قسمت پیش دیدیم که «کایی» توسط ارواح سایه دزیده شد، و در پایان رویدادی غافلگیر کننده رخ داد، تیم «آزولا» سردسته ی ارواح سایه است، آیا تیم «آواتار» خواهد توانست جلوی تیم «آزولا» را بگیرد؟....؛
تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 27/05/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی
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Yes! What an awesome finale. I loved Zuko's everlasting battle with evil within. I love Sokka's...I just really love Sokka. I love how Aang loves who he is and where he came from. I love his philosophy. I love Katara, because she keeps everybody in check, and because she's a waterbender (and so I am according to a quiz I took). I love Toph because she's badass to the core.
A wonderful addition to the Avatar series. Full of humor and heartfelt truths.
I’ve always loved the series and it translates very well into the comics. Avatar has always tried to deal with more complex sociopolitical and moral issues so exploring decolonisation and cultural appropriation is very ‘on brand’ let’s say, certainly true to the original series (the comics are all canon ofc). Listening to every side of the argument and finding the most reasonable and peaceful (endgame) solution is a consistent theme. Loved it and annoyed I left the next couple comics at home lol. I’ve also just always loved Zuko oops
This series came to a great conclusion, although I do know that there are more books. This section has been well done.
Zuko's character was... so beyond great, I just, I can't. And Aang's obviously. I love their dynamic so much. That opening scene was amazing, and the ending one. And wow, there is so much potential to work with for future books. 5/5 stars.
I was rewatching one of my favorite episodes of Book 3 today (The one where the team goes and watches the play represntations of their journey) and it hit me, I still haven't read the continuation And decided to do so after finishing Shadow and Bone. And maaaaaaannnn, I'm so glad I did. It takes place RIGHT AFTER the 100 year war. After Aang defeated the Fire Lord, Ozai, by taking away his bending They seem to think they have found peace and propose a harmony movement, eradicating the fire nation colonies. But things happen and Zuko decides to not follow this movement and nor do the people of the colonies. Zuko makes Aang promise something which makes this dispute even harder. Aang and Zuko, both, have different POV on this matter which further turns into a war.
Seeing these characters back made me SO SO SO SO happy. I may watch them almost everyday but I missed them. Seeing Zuko back as the firelord, Toph with her metalbending school, and Katara and Aang in a relationship was just the best. Sokka was still funny and the new characters were HILARIOUS as well. I found myself clenching onto my blanket as I read a few parts and then laughing and snorting as Sokka made his "stupid" jokes. I am someone who enjoys reading and watching fictional political confusion (Hence why The Legend of Korra is so great). This comic series explain how "Republic Nation", which we see in Korra, came to and I feel this sense of wholesomeness. I just LOVE anything related to Avatar and seeing the stuff that took place between the timeline of 2 of my Top 10 shows of all time just made me super duper happy. Anyone who is a fan of the avatar series should pick this up. I promise you, you won't be dissappointed. Off to the next series. (The Search)
"Asking you to end me if I went bad... that was like asking you to figure out right and wrong for me. I didn't just want you as my safety net. I wanted you as my escape hatch. I can't put that on you. I understand now."
What a satisfying end.
I must admit, Aang got on my nerves a lot, but, thankfully, he took the right decision at the end. I mean, I get why he was like he was, I don't hold it against him, but it frustrated me a lot.
It starts pretty intense and continues likewise for the rest of the comic. Of course, we had some comic relief in various forms, which is sorely needed sometimes.
I like how it treats some serious issues in a very straightforward way. It gives the characters a sense of reality and made me feel like they were real. They reacted to the situation in much their own fashion and stayed true to who they are, which doesn't mean they can't grow and evolve as human beings.
Katara and Zuko gave me life in this. I empathized the most with them, I loved their point of views. I honestly could read anything focused solely in Zuko, if you haven't noticed he is my favorite character, it doesn't matter what it is.
Also, the art is freaking pretty. Exactly the kind of art that I love the most. Detailed, realistic enough but still caricature-like enough to not be real.
"Sometimes, dreams are the way a person's spirit reveal the answer to his own problems."
I never really gave much though to the fire nation colonies in the earth kingdom when I watched the show. But it was really interesting to read about how people from the fire nation had made a home in Yu Dao.
This comics are for children, yet they deal with such complex politics too. This show, the writers and the comics continue to amase me with the themes they decide to throw into ATLA.
really loved this conclusion to this part of the comics. ♡ again, i can only repeat what i already mentioned in my review for the promise part 2; i'm so, so happy that the characters act, talk and behave the same way they probably do in the tv show. cool fighting scene, nerve-wracking cliff hanger, great themes - what's left for me to say?? also; i appreciated the fact that suki and iroh appeared in this one. now, i'd like to see more of momo and appa.
When you told me to contemplate the world, what did you expect me to picture in my mind? A map? Some cosmic energy? [...] I don’t know how to “contemplate the world” without first thinking of the people i care about.
estos comics son todo lo que no sabía que necesitaba 🤠😭
Perfect ending to this trilogy, but also, a perfect beginning to the next chapter in Team Avatar’s lives. I always wondered what happened to Team Avatar during those decades leading up to Korra’s story and now I’m finally finding out. I’m enjoying the story so far and I can’t wait to see what happens next especially with Aang and Zuko.
The exciting conclusion to the "promise" graphic novel trilogy really makes good on its promise! Back in the beginning of this story arc, newly crowned Fire Lord Zuko made Aang promise he would "end him" if he lost touch with the good and started becoming his terrible father, but in consulting with his disgraced, imprisoned dad, he started to get confused about the sacrifices a Fire Lord needs to make and what constitutes the right stand for a leader to be making when faced with war. Now he continues to struggle with that as the Earth King refuses to grant Yu Dao residents the right to stay on land that has become their home. And Aang, as the Avatar, is torn; he sees both sides (all sides, as he's used to), and begins to acknowledge that the past's way of doing things isn't right for the future anymore--even though he loves the ways of his people that have now become history.
The graphic novel has a ton of powerful moments and messages. I love how they deal directly with mixing of the nations--how Aang sees that the Yu Dao residents have intermingled between Earth Kingdom and Fire Nation to form families that matter just as much as their respective homelands' loyalty does, and how terrible it is to watch friends fight former comrades. And I really liked Aang's take on the cultural appropriation brought on by his Avatar fan club--people who got tattoos that were sacred to his people without meeting the conditions his culture set down for deserving them. I liked that they listened to him and that they found common ground to make these folks useful and fulfilled serving something they admire without stealing it or corrupting it. And I loved that the Earth King got a bit of a wake-up call when he went down into the battle where it was dangerous and saw the actual people his decisions would affect.
Second Read: Reading this again, I really felt the struggle within Zuko, Aang and the Eath King to do the right thing. Unfortunately, knowing what the right thing to do is the issue throughout the 3 parts of this story line. It felt good to see the character development and see the slow process of this world. Its the dawn of a new age for the four nations and I'm excited to read on and see how this movement comes to fruition.
First Read: Nations at war again. This doesn't look good for Avatar Aang. Will he be able to keep the peace and not fulfill his deadly promise to Fire Lord Zuko? If you know Aang, he always figures out whats right in the nick of time. There are a lot of characters from the TV series that return in this comic and it's really cool to see them and how they act in this format. The story flowed well and the illustrations are just so good!! I liked that at the end of the comic, they hinted at what the next series is going to be about!! Overall, a well done comic that finished off the series nicely and makes us curious as to what's in store for our heroes in the next one!
Wow. I knew the Avatar Series was good - I know every episode by heart - but this was beyond my expectations. In such a short, children's book they discuss subjects such as colonisation, culture approach and making your own choices. It educates as much as it entertains. Aang will forever be a role model for me, but the path which Zuko struggled with is a reminder that we make bad choices, but that does not mean that we can not make good ones too. I see Katara, and see not only a brilliant waterbender but also a moody teenager. Reading fantasy fiction can sometimes prove to be too much of a fantasy, since the characters are way too perfect and not realistic. I have no common ground with them. But with these guys: Aang, Zuko and Katara to only mention a few, I find myself relating to! As Aang say, and I quote: "It's a flaw, I know, but it's one I've decided to accept. For this life, at least." Aang accept that he is flawed, as any living person is today. But does these flaws make us bad persons? Absolutely not!
A promising end to the first arc of the comic universe of Avatar.
Zuko marches with his army to try and settle things with the earth lord. Aang is trying to figure out what he wants and go through his feelings of what is right and wrong. Toph and the others are working together to make sure the two kingdoms don't destory each other. A little humor, a little political storytelling, and a lot of heart.
Avatar lands well here in the final part of the first arc. SO Nice to see Aang grow from this experience in multiple ways. Zuko as well. The ending is a nice cliffhanger to lead into the next storyline as well. The art is top notch and resembles the show so much it's not even funny. Overall, real good stuff and I'll be reading more.