Book: Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise #1 by Gene Luen Yang, Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, Gurihiro
Original Release Date: January 25th 2012
Reading Format: Paperback, graphic novel
Edition: Dutch edition from Dark Dragon Books
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Picking up exactly where Avatar: The Last Airbender left off. The Promise takes 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!
The Promise shows us some of the things that I love about Avatar: The Last Airbender. In particular I found Toph to be rather strong in the moments. Her interactions with her student at her metal bending school and her overall sass. Sokka was his humeroustic self. And though I could have done without the “sweetie” portion in the dialogue, even Aang and Katara were how we remember them.
However I found the start choppy and some of the dialogue odd (though this could be because of the Dutch translation that I read). Next to that there are two things I dislike. One is the actual promise Aang makes to Zuko. I can understand Zuko asking it, however I do not quite understand why Aang agrees to it or doesn’t modifiy the promise. It doesn’t fit with season 3 of the series, and it almost feels as if we are taking a step backwards with this.
And I have the same feeling with Zuko. The conflict Zuko had with himself is back though manifested in something else. People are playing on his guilt and loyalty again, and he lets them. Worst of all, he goes to the worst person to ask advice from at the ending of this first part. And I cannot understand why.
I do like that this shows that after the war things still won’t go easy, and that not everybody will be happy having Zuko as firelord now.