Graphic Review: Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part 1

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Graphic Review: Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part 1Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part 1 by Gene Luen Yang
Series: The Promise #1
Published by Dark Horse Books on January 25, 2012
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy
Pages: 76
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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

Picking up exactly where Avatar: The Last Airbender left off. The Promisetakes 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!

For those who don’t know, there’s going to be another Avatar television, featuring Aang’s granddaughter, the new avatar. This is the first in a series of graphic novels that will connect (in some fashion…I’m not sure whether the whole span of time will be covered or not) the old show with the new one.

This volume focuses on Zuko in his new role as leader of the fire kingdom. He fears that one day he will become like his father, a terrifying despot bent on world domination, so he forces Aang to promise to kill him, should that be the case. Will this be necessary? Will Aang have the stones to follow through if it is?

The first 15 pages of the story summarize the plot of the show (3 seasons in 15 pages…right), mostly by using the intro of the show. Much is made of Aang and Katara as a couple, but I still don’t buy it. Like Sokka, the whole thing gives me the oogies. Zukatara all the way!

The rest of the tale talks about the first issue to come up in world politics after the change in power: the Fire Kingdom colonies in the Earth Kingdom. The people of the Earth Kingdom want them gone, but some of them do not want to go, because they have lived there for over a century. Can this be sorted out without war?

So far, I’m definitely digging getting more Avatar. However, I have to say that I think the fact that the volume consists of only 80 pages is seriously lame. More next time, guys!


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