03 April, 2012

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise Part 1 - Review

Art by Gurihiru

Publication date: 25 January 2012 by Dark Horse Comics

ISBN 10/13: 1595828117 | 9781595828118

From Goodreads:

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

Alethea's review:

I cannot stress these things enough:

Avatar: The Last Airbender is the finest children's animated cartoon series I've seen since the Batman: The Animated Series from the 1990s.

Do not watch the live-action debacle directed by M. Night Shyamalan--it has not even a single percent of the character, action, depth, humor, and romance of the animated series. Save yourself the trouble and just enjoy the cartoon, which are available on Netflix Instant Watch.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise, Part 1 is a totally worthy continuation to the series--reading this graphic novel felt like a reunion with old friends who have changed a little, aged a bit, but who are ultimately the same people we know and love. The story is as exciting as the dynamic of Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino's mythology is familiar and well-orchestrated. The writer (Gene Yang) and artist team (Gurihiru) do justice to the canon. 

I could and did pass on the earlier book releases for this franchise (kiddie chapter books are all well and good, but The Promise has meat on its bones) but I will definitely be first in line to pick up Part 2 in June. True Avatar fans will definitely want this set on their bookshelves! I can't wait to see if they also do these for the sequel series, Legend of Korra! I'm looking forward to a season of solid storytelling, magical powers, dangerous politics and nonstop action... 

Stay tuned for a giveaway of The Promise: Part 1!

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I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book. Also, my husband ran out and bought a copy while I was at the fabric store, so I own a copy too.

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  1. you really love avatar. :) and ugh, that movie was soooo bad. worse than i thought it was going to be and i thought it was gonig to be pretty bad.

  2. I am IN LOVE with that show!! I've watched it on netflix a thousand times, and watch the reruns! I am so excited to hear about an Avatar book!!!

    I agree, the movie sucked. It was horrible.

    1. Lydia, me too! We're almost at the end of Book 1 again.

      The first 2 episodes of Korra are on iTunes free for a limited time btw!! I know what I'm watching at dinner tonight...

  3. They are? I know what I will be doing after rehearsal tonight :) Thanks!