Graphic Novel Review | Avatar the Last Airbender – The Promise Part 1
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The Last Airbender: The Promise Part 1 by Gene Luen Yang, Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino
Series: The Promise #1
Published by: Dark Horse on January 25th 2012
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Graphic Novel, Media Tie-In
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About the Book:
The wait is over! Ever since the conclusion of Avatar: The Last Airbender, its millions of fans have been hungry for more--and it's finally here!
This series of digests rejoins Aang and friends for exciting new adventures, beginning with a faceoff against the Fire Nation that threatens to throw the world into another war, testing all of Aang's powers and ingenuity!
* The continuation of Airbender and the link to its upcoming sequel, Legend of Korra!
* Written by Gene Yang, author of the National Book Award-nominated American Born Chinese.
Finally the wait is over! This is exactly what fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender have been waiting for since 2008. Aang and the rest of the crew are back embarking on a brand new adventure picking up right where the show left off. The Promise Part 1 begins a new trilogy of original graphic novels which are set up to bridge the gap between the end of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and the upcoming release of Legend of Korra, which will air on Nickelodeon mid 2012. Everyone take a moment to squeal…ok, now let’s dive in.
First I have to address the question that’s probably steaming in the back of everyone’s mind, the KISS. It was refreshing to see the surreal kiss between Aang and Katara revisited once again. We know from the synopsis of the upcoming Legend of Korra that Aang and Katara will become a couple. But seeing the relationship and actually reading about its development, puts it all into perspective. For some their budding romance might come across a little cheesy with all the “sweetie” comments; however, for those of us who patiently waited for those two to finally become a couple, it’s beautiful. Their romance was worth waiting for and is worth reading about. So yes my lovelies, there will be a t romance between our hero and his beloved depicted in the graphic novels.
Now, moving on to the remainder of the story. After the first few initial pages, the story jumps ahead a year. During this time the gang has been mostly separated, each enjoying peace among the four nations. Zuko, trying desperately not to be a tyrant like his father, enacted a treaty called the Harmony Restoration Movement. It states that in order to remain peaceful, all four kingdoms should live separately. The declaration even calls for the removal of Fire Nation civilians from other kingdoms. Not to spoil the story, because the whole comic is based around this decision and the results of the movement, let me just say Zuko is struggling. And because of this, Aang is put into a difficult situation and has to make a choice, between keeping a promise and fulfilling his Avatar duties.
Overall, if you are a hardcore fan of the show then Avatar: the Last Airbender, The Promise Part 1 is a MUST read. Like the show it delivers a fantastic storyline with humor, conflict, and situations that will put their friendships to the test. There was never a dull moment in the graphic; each frame was written to gain a specific emotion and reaction. My only concern is that it is too short and the writers will not be able to completely finish Aang’s story without leaving us with more questions than answers (like the conditions of Zuko’s mother). Only time will reveal how the writers will conclude such an epic story. Though in my opinion, The Promise Part 1 is still a satisfying start to a new chapter in our young Avatar’s life.
4 out of 5 Controllers
Favorite Funny Moment:
Katara –“Haven’t you heard of knocking?”
Sokka – “First of all, you’re supposed to knock before you go inside, not before you go outside! And second, as my sister you really shouldn’t be kissing anyone in front of me! It’s your sisterly duty to avoid giving me the oogies!