Saturday, November 17, 2012

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

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise Part 1
Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise Part 1 by Gene Luen Yang

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm not a huge manga reader...but I do enjoy some from time to time, and I couldn't pass up a chance to learn more about the story of Aang and the gang. Avatar: The Last Airbender is such an amazing story, I've lost count of how many times me and the hubby have watched and re-watched the series. I only recently acquired the entire 'The Promise' series because I wanted to be able to read them all back to back for 2 reasons: 1-they are on the small side, so I knew I'd get through them quickly...& 2- I heard books 1 & 2 end in cliffhangers. Book 1 certainly did, so I'm glad I have the others handy :)

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! The characters are true to form but they've also been changed by everything they've been through, in many different ways and The Promise really is a nice balance of both. Their voices read the same way as if you were still watching the orginal series. They are even drawn the same, except for Zuko who's face seems more elongated here. I think that may be my only complaint because I liked the look of original Zuko best.

The Promise book 1 reads super quick but it's fun throughout. I was also instantly invested and brought back to a beloved world & awesome characters; I even cracked up a few times which is impressive for such a short book. All things considered, Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise Book 1 is recommended for any fans of the original series, both young & young at me :)

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  1. I'm watching Avatar for the first time right now, actually! I'm wrapping up the third season and kind of don't want it to end (I watched Legend of Korra first) - so it is actually really cool to hear that they continued the story in manga form. Glad to hear you were impressed by it and liked it so much... I wish the same could be said about the movie, which I hear is pretty bad, but I still want to watch anyway just to see for myself! What'd you think of the movie?

    1. Oh that's awesome Aylee :D I can definitely relate to your comment about not wanting it to end - that's pretty much why I kept re-watching, and re-watching LOL. So yeah, I'd pretty much want to read/watch any extra story advancement I could get my greedy little hands on. But the movie...yeah the movie is a different story. I had actually watched it initially when it first came out on dvd. I wasn't impressed, but I was intrigued and that's when a good friend told me about the original series & pretty much made me swear to check it out :) Anyways once I'd watched it, I wanted to see the movie again and this time I didn't even make it past the first 30 minutes! It's pretty bad haha, but I know what you mean about having to see for yourself. I'll be anxious to hear your thoughts when you do check it out!

  2. A different story, hmm? Well, I have to say that doesn't interest me much. But I still would like to see how they bring the bending to life with special effects! And sometimes making fun of a movie can be its own entertainment in a way, haha.

    1. Yeah, it was like the whole essence of the show & it's characters was off. All the little (an bigger) inaccuracies really bugged me too - like the names were all pronounced wrong o_O But you're right just watching it to make fun of it certainly does have it's merit haha Let me know if you do check it out, I'd be curious about your thoughts.


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