Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise Part 1 Paperback – Jan 24 2012
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The Promise Part 1 starts right where the last episode of the series ended, and I mean right after. We see that perhaps the world is not in peaceful as they thought it would be. Zuko, now the Fire Lord, is finding it especially difficult to deal with the demands of being the Fire Lord and protecting his country. We see the full conversation between Zuko and Ozai - when Zuko asks Ozai where his mother is in the series. Team Avatar of course all appear in the graphic novel and I give the artist high points for drawing the characters as they appeared in the TV series but still giving them each a new look.
Sadly though, I felt that the Graphic Novel was too short - a mere 82 pages - and I felt that nothing really happened, I have a feeling the other 2 Graphic Novels in the trilogy will have a similar length and if that's the case, it would have been better off it they just combined all of them together to make one graphic novel. There was also quite a lot of bending fights in the graphic novel and although it was pretty cool it just didn't flow very well, which was a bit of a disappointment when you compare it to the epic fights of the show.Read more ›
Now that there is peace between the Fire Nation and Earth Kingdom, Zuko implements the "Harmony Restoration Movement" (named by Sokka) -- the Fire Nation will relocate colonists who have been living in the Earth kingdom for the past century. And while everyone is celebrating, Zuko also extracts a promise from Aang: if he ever becomes like his father, he wants Aang to kill him.
But after an assassination attempt, Zuko unexpectedly withdraws the Harmony Restoration Movement. It turns out to be a little more complicated than Zuko expected -- the Fire Nation citizens there have intermarried with the Earth Kingdom people, and don't want to be uprooted from their homes. Now not only must Aang and Zuko deal with colonials who don't want to leave, but also with "freedom fighters" who want the Fire Nation gone.
"The Promise Part 1 (Avatar: The Last Airbender Book Four)" is a story that I would love to see translated into an animated movie -- there's a feeling of warm, comfy familiarity in seeing all our old characters reunited again. It springs pretty seamlessly from the end of the TV series, showing where the characters have gone since and the troubles of a post-war world.Read more ›
The Promise 1 starts off RIGHT where the ATLA series left off, literally. Even people who haven't watched the show in a while wouldn't be lost. I especially like that the creators continued the story right after the war ended. Most of my favorite series (books, movies or tv) tend to end right after an epic battle or war. I'm the type of reader who would also like the story to go on...even a little bit longer, so I can see for myself that the characters I've grown to love are really ok and going on with their lives. I've always been like that, so for me this continuation is exactly what I always crave. The best part about this continuation, is that it paints a realistic picture of how it would be to rebuild a world after such war & destruction (the events at the end of ATLA) while never feeling forced or lacking in authenticity to the original series.
There isn't TOO much in the way of plot advancement but you can definitely see the groundwork being laid for not only the crux of this little series (The Promise Trilogy) but there is also some pretty awesome foreshadowing of the storyline featured in The Legend of Korra!Read more ›
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Such a great addition to the series! Still upset 'Zutara' didn't happen, but can't be too picky. I brought this in to a ESL class with 12-13 year olds and they love it. :)Published 19 months ago by Kristyn
good book arrived on time its about the "gaang" doing things and looking for stuff... so yeah read it if you want. or don't-- i'm nott your momPublished on Jan. 15 2014 by Patrick Barker
Find out what happened to Aang and everyone else after the end of the series.
A must-read for any Avatar fan. Read more
Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise Part 1 is a great book very interesting overall 5/5 b b bPublished on March 2 2013 by yousuf
I'm a very big Avatar fan and getting a continuation of Aang's story in this form is awesome. I enjoyed reading all three of these immensely and would recommend them to any Avatar... Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2013 by magoo
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