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Aang and friends must join together once again as the four nations' tenuous peace is threatened by an impasse between Fire Lord Zuko and Earth King Kuei! As the world heads toward another devastating war, Aang's friendship with Zuko throws him into the middle of the conflict! Available for the first time in omnibus format, this volume collects parts 1-3 of Avatar: The Last A Aang and friends must join together once again as the four nations' tenuous peace is threatened by an impasse between Fire Lord Zuko and Earth King Kuei! As the world heads toward another devastating war, Aang's friendship with Zuko throws him into the middle of the conflict! Available for the first time in omnibus format, this volume collects parts 1-3 of Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise. This is the official continuation of the hit Nickelodeon(TM) series!


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Aang and friends must join together once again as the four nations' tenuous peace is threatened by an impasse between Fire Lord Zuko and Earth King Kuei! As the world heads toward another devastating war, Aang's friendship with Zuko throws him into the middle of the conflict! Available for the first time in omnibus format, this volume collects parts 1-3 of Avatar: The Last A Aang and friends must join together once again as the four nations' tenuous peace is threatened by an impasse between Fire Lord Zuko and Earth King Kuei! As the world heads toward another devastating war, Aang's friendship with Zuko throws him into the middle of the conflict! Available for the first time in omnibus format, this volume collects parts 1-3 of Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise. This is the official continuation of the hit Nickelodeon(TM) series!

30 review for Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise

  1. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    December Tierlist Vlog is up! Click the link to see the video review of all the books read in December! The Written Review Imagine my surprise when I wake up Christmas Morning to this GORGEOUS book. I've been a fan of avatar for about a decade now and have always been curious about the comics for the series. For those not in the know, the comics pick up where the cartoon's series ends and provides cannon adventures for the Gaang. However, I've always been uncertain where to start or what December Tierlist Vlog is up! Click the link to see the video review of all the books read in December! The Written Review Imagine my surprise when I wake up Christmas Morning to this GORGEOUS book. I've been a fan of avatar for about a decade now and have always been curious about the comics for the series. For those not in the know, the comics pick up where the cartoon's series ends and provides cannon adventures for the Gaang. However, I've always been uncertain where to start or what to buy to get into the series. The Promise contains volumes 1-3 of the Avatar comics, and chronicles what happens right after the series ends. Toph begins her metal-bending school, Aang and Katara are lovey-dovey, Sokka is Sokka and Zuko struggles with being a ruler. I loved the illustrations and the tone of the comics. It truly felt like the story was being continued opposed to the comics re-interpreting the series. I also liked that within the 3-volume collection, we get little notes from the creators about why and how they made the comics. From artistic choices to plot direction analyses. It was so cool to see all of that! All in all, I highly recommend this for the Avatar fan!! YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  2. 5 out of 5

    Blake the Book Eater

    This was a great continuation of Avatar! The characters all felt the same and the storyline was interesting enough. I loved the themes present, but the only reason why I’m not giving it 5 stars is because it didn’t quite feel as impactful as it should have. Maybe I’m spoiled by the show but I almost wanted to see the conflict drawn out longer so we could get even more nuance. But it’s still a great read, definitely worth it if you love the show!

  3. 4 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    A good, solid story about what happens in the Avatarverse after the end of Sozin's War. Of course things aren't just going to settle down easily just because Aang says the war is over. A good, solid story about what happens in the Avatarverse after the end of Sozin's War. Of course things aren't just going to settle down easily just because Aang says the war is over.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bárbara Costa

    This is the beginning of the season 4 we'll never get from A:TLA. The series already had a perfectly satisfying ending, but that doesn't mean there aren't new obstacles to overcome. Taking place right after the end of the series, it deals with some heavy themes, especially colonialism and the lingering effects of an incredibly long war, while maintaining the light humor that characterizes the show. I guess the only flaw I could pinpoint is Roku's advice, who goes from "listen to your heart, Aang" This is the beginning of the season 4 we'll never get from A:TLA. The series already had a perfectly satisfying ending, but that doesn't mean there aren't new obstacles to overcome. Taking place right after the end of the series, it deals with some heavy themes, especially colonialism and the lingering effects of an incredibly long war, while maintaining the light humor that characterizes the show. I guess the only flaw I could pinpoint is Roku's advice, who goes from "listen to your heart, Aang" in the series, to "follow my teachings and KILL THAT DUDE" in the comics (and even that can be more understandable if you consider his own feelings of guilt for not putting the world's interests above his own, which resulted in massive destruction for the four nations). Regardless, The Promise is not just a fluffy filler (while I enjoyed the Pirate comic, it didn't add much to the main story, unlike this one). It takes its role as a continuation seriously, and for me, it is a worthy successor. Even the art subtly reflects the passage of time, as the characters seems a bit more mature, and they continue growing throughout these 3 volumes (I feel like a mom, so proud of her babies). Last but not least, dear Uncle Iroh invented bubble tea. A man truly ahead of his time.

  5. 5 out of 5

    *❆ Kαɾҽɳ ❆*

    Finished the TV series and really wanted to see more. Good thing these comics exist! Great storyline, really enjoyed the artworks and the humour within each pages. The characters came back to life and it is so enjoyable. Eager to find out more about our Team Avatar

  6. 4 out of 5

    sarah

    this was perfect

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Elizabeth

    I'm going to be rating a lot of these in the near future. During pandemic I did a Korra rewatch because my son (9) wanted to watch it and I have it on DVD (I said what I said). He enjoyed it but insisted Avatar was better. I absolutely disagreed with him (Korrasami 4eva), despite having never even watched one second of Avatar. I wondered how I, a middle-aged lez, could possibly enjoy a cartoon about a 12 year old monk and his teenage friends. Nevertheless, this was an opportunity to engage in a I'm going to be rating a lot of these in the near future. During pandemic I did a Korra rewatch because my son (9) wanted to watch it and I have it on DVD (I said what I said). He enjoyed it but insisted Avatar was better. I absolutely disagreed with him (Korrasami 4eva), despite having never even watched one second of Avatar. I wondered how I, a middle-aged lez, could possibly enjoy a cartoon about a 12 year old monk and his teenage friends. Nevertheless, this was an opportunity to engage in a some mother-son bonding time and I watched it with him, all three seasons. I was wrong. Very wrong. I love Aang, Katara, Sokka, Toph, Zuko, Suki, Iroh...OMG Smellerbee! What a fantastic show! It has everything--humor and heart, great characters, mature themes, really powerful and important lessons, a little romance, betrayal, forgiveness, it's laugh out loud funny. Now, that the show is over, though we often rewatch episodes, we have turned our attention to the graphic novels which, blessedly, pick up right where the show ended. This is the first time my son has picked up a book in his free time instead of a tablet and I couldn't be more thankful for that. I'm reading them, too, and quite possibly enjoying them more than he his. The art is great, the characters exactly true to...character, the panels and dialogue easy to follow and the stories just as rich and engaging as the show. I really can't say enough good things about it. It's wonderful and I'm so proud to have something to engage with my son about, that he's so enthused by, and that encourages conversations about some really hard themes--diversity, racism, inclusion. He hilariously fast-forwards through all the relationship scenes and kissing (Oogie parts). I encourage everyone everywhere to introduce themselves to the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katia

    I debated whether to "count" this graphic novel on goodreads. It took me about 30 minutes to read it. I settled on "yes" because I want it on record that I read this at the end of 2020 – the year I watched Avatar: The Last Airbender 2 and a half times (currently rewatching it with my mother). Also, as far as I'm concerned, graphic novels require as much thought as written novels – figuring out the drawings, the colors, the layouts and how to tell a compelling continuation with a visual comic for I debated whether to "count" this graphic novel on goodreads. It took me about 30 minutes to read it. I settled on "yes" because I want it on record that I read this at the end of 2020 – the year I watched Avatar: The Last Airbender 2 and a half times (currently rewatching it with my mother). Also, as far as I'm concerned, graphic novels require as much thought as written novels – figuring out the drawings, the colors, the layouts and how to tell a compelling continuation with a visual comic format (one that the Avatar creators were NOT used to) is not easy. I think they did a great job, and this story provides a nice bridge between Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dustin Johnston (dragonarmybooks)

    I have a BookTube channel where I review books, give reading suggestions, and more! Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/dragonarmybooks --- I have previously mentioned that I am in a phase of life where Avatar can do nothing wrong (except for Avatar: The Last Airbender: Team Avatar Tales, but we won't talk about that). As an adult man, I've just watched the animated series for the very first time and I fell in love with the characters, the world, the story, and I just want to consume all of I have a BookTube channel where I review books, give reading suggestions, and more! Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/dragonarmybooks --- I have previously mentioned that I am in a phase of life where Avatar can do nothing wrong (except for Avatar: The Last Airbender: Team Avatar Tales, but we won't talk about that). As an adult man, I've just watched the animated series for the very first time and I fell in love with the characters, the world, the story, and I just want to consume all of the Avatar media there is to offer. So, I've been on a journey of rapidly reading through all of the Avatar comics and graphic novels that are currently available. The Promise is the first to really add to the story of Avatar and continue moving the narrative forward to new places. In many ways, this graphic novel feels like the beginning of Book Four: Harmony Restoration (or something like that but more catchy). The Promise takes place shortly after the end of the Hundred Year War where Avatar Aang and Fire Lord Zuko agree to the Harmony Restoration Movement, desiring to bring peace to the world by removing Fire Nation presence from the Earth Kingdom. What seems like an easy plan upfront, is much more complex and nuanced than it originally seemed. This tension threatens another war. Team Avatar must once again step in and try to bring peace before it's too late. The illustrations and characterizations really feel inline with the animated series. If I can hear the character voices in my head as I read the dialogue on the page, then the writers are doing something right. While not every sideplot is equally interesting, they all seemed to serve the greater narrative and the big plot pieces were excellent. I love Aang and Katara. I even love the idea of them being romantically together. But I get nauseous every time they call each other "sweetie." And it's not even that I hate the word "sweetie," although it's not my favorite. But like, they just forgot each other even had names? I'm pretty sure they don't refer to each other by name a single time in this graphic novel. It's only "sweetie" now. And it's gross. I agree with Sokka, it gives me the oogies.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Raghav Bhatia

    If you like the show you'll like this. It's got all the standard heart, conflict and charm of the show. Feels like a natural continuation in every way. I went into this with some trepidation but the characters all act and feel like themselves. I could hear their voices in my head even though it's been ages since I last watched ATLA. The color gradient is mouth-wateringly good. And, for something that kids and adults can enjoy alike, Avatar as always puts forth some cool questions and cooler answ If you like the show you'll like this. It's got all the standard heart, conflict and charm of the show. Feels like a natural continuation in every way. I went into this with some trepidation but the characters all act and feel like themselves. I could hear their voices in my head even though it's been ages since I last watched ATLA. The color gradient is mouth-wateringly good. And, for something that kids and adults can enjoy alike, Avatar as always puts forth some cool questions and cooler answers. Good theme. Good dynamics. A mighty good time.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lizzie Hutchings

    4.0 stars. Nothing like reviving your favorite animated TV series in book form. This book was so fun, and I really enjoyed reading it. The graphic novel itself was really well done, and I could pretty much hear all of the voice actors' distinct voices in my ear. The characters all came to life with their same personalities right off of the end of Season 3. Ah. Zuko. Let's be honest. The primary reason why I decided to pick the graphic novels up was because of this glorious character. I still wish 4.0 stars. Nothing like reviving your favorite animated TV series in book form. This book was so fun, and I really enjoyed reading it. The graphic novel itself was really well done, and I could pretty much hear all of the voice actors' distinct voices in my ear. The characters all came to life with their same personalities right off of the end of Season 3. Ah. Zuko. Let's be honest. The primary reason why I decided to pick the graphic novels up was because of this glorious character. I still wish that these awesome plotlines were created into a Season 4 instead of that dumb movie, but hey. Beggars can't be choosers, can they? This was super fun, and I'm looking forward to picking up the next graphic novels in the series!! Have a wonderful evening 😎.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marit

    A lovely continuation of the tv show, can't wait to read the rest of them :-) A lovely continuation of the tv show, can't wait to read the rest of them :-)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laurence

    really liked this! Love how this take place right after the TV show, loved the topic that this book touches on! All the character felt the same as in the TV show! I really just felt like a continuation!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Maeashah

    *4.5 stars Review to come.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Palestine Fay

    Meh. It was pretty boring. Hate katara and aangs relationship so much

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    This story centers around two kinds of conflict that I absolutely detest: characters not acting like themselves and characters being so obtuse that they refuse to talk to one another. So the whole premise of The Promise is that immediately after the events of the show, Zuko made Aang promise to end his life if he ever became evil like his father. Aang agrees. One year later, Aang and Zuko find themselves on opposite sides of a conflict, and Aang fears he will have to fulfill his promise to kill This story centers around two kinds of conflict that I absolutely detest: characters not acting like themselves and characters being so obtuse that they refuse to talk to one another. So the whole premise of The Promise is that immediately after the events of the show, Zuko made Aang promise to end his life if he ever became evil like his father. Aang agrees. One year later, Aang and Zuko find themselves on opposite sides of a conflict, and Aang fears he will have to fulfill his promise to kill his friend. Okay, let’s break all this down a little bit. First of all, while the conflict of what to do with the Fire Nation colonies in the Earth Kingdom is interesting, things escalate in increasingly stupid ways when characters won’t just TALK to each other. Zuko agrees to sending the Fire Nation colonists home to help mend relations with the Earth Kingdom. However, after actually visiting the oldest colony and seeing how peacefully the two peoples are coexisting, he decides sending his citizens from their new home is wrong. What does he do next? Reconvene a meeting with Aang and the Earth King to discuss his feelings and reconsider their options? NOPE. He walls himself in the colony and orders his soldiers to not let anyone come into the city. Without reaching out to ANYONE to explain his actions. Which, obviously, looks super hostile, and just generally doesn’t feel like what this character would do in this situation. Also, Zuko has been getting really crap advice from his father, which feels silly when he has a perfectly kind and wise uncle sitting around. Aang, hearing of this, INSTANTLY starts talking about maybe having to fulfill his promise to kill Zuko. INSTANLY. Before seeing the situation for himself or even talking to his friend. That is just so unlike Aang that it made the entire central conflict feel unbelievably forced. Let’s remember that Aang is the guy who didn’t even want to kill the evil-as-hell Ozai when the whole world told him he should. The guy who found his own peaceful solution that aligned better with his own morals. You’re telling me that one year later, he would consider killing someone (a friend he knows even!) over hearsay? That just isn’t Aang, and it does a serious disservice to his character for him to even be considering that option. By the end, all these characters finally realize they were being dense and decide to talk things out like they should have been doing all along. I found this ending satisfying and true to everyone’s character, but it was annoying that it took so long to get to that point. It’s frustrating when the entire premise forces characters to act in ways they never would just for the sake of forced conflict. There is still Avatar fun to be had here, but I hope the rest of the comic series stays true to these beloved characters. Also, Toph’s metalbending academy side-plot was an annoying and pointless swing and a miss.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bryan

    Well this exceeded already high expectations. For any fans worried about--or making assumptions that--the Avatar comics are pure filler, or fan-service and not worth your time, I would urge you to reconsider. The Promise makes it clear right away that this is a continuation that's being taken seriously, and that the characters we all know and love are being further developed here. Fire Lord Ozai may be defeated, but the world goes on. Further challenges await, and arise naturally out of the circ Well this exceeded already high expectations. For any fans worried about--or making assumptions that--the Avatar comics are pure filler, or fan-service and not worth your time, I would urge you to reconsider. The Promise makes it clear right away that this is a continuation that's being taken seriously, and that the characters we all know and love are being further developed here. Fire Lord Ozai may be defeated, but the world goes on. Further challenges await, and arise naturally out of the circumstances at the end of the tv series. With Ozai defeated, Aang and Zuko turn their focus to restoring harmony between the four nations. Together with Earth King Kuei, they detail the Harmony Restoration Movement, designed to remove the Fire Nation colonies that were established in the Earth Kingdom during the Hundred Year war. But when Zuko spends time with the people of Yu Dao, the oldest colony in the Earth Kingdom, he realizes that this is more than a question of occupation. It's the livelihood of a people that have lived in the Earth Kingdom for the length of the entire war. The Avatar is convinced that the four nations must stay separate to maintain balance in the world, but maybe a new world is starting to show its face... I really am impressed by this collection, and if the others are as well done as this one then I'm in for a treat. It's fun, well-written, makes me laugh as much as the show does, and it regularly offers surprises that will both please and shock long-time fans of the series. Dive in.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Zutter

    This was amazing! I'd never gone from watching a show to reading a graphic novel in the same universe before, and it really felt like I was just watching more episodes of ATLA. The art is beautiful, the panels flow like TV scenes, and the main cast stays extremely in character. I felt like I could hear their voices in my head! I desperately needed more Avatar after several rewatches of the show, and this picks right up where it left off and feels like another season. Furthermore, it continues the This was amazing! I'd never gone from watching a show to reading a graphic novel in the same universe before, and it really felt like I was just watching more episodes of ATLA. The art is beautiful, the panels flow like TV scenes, and the main cast stays extremely in character. I felt like I could hear their voices in my head! I desperately needed more Avatar after several rewatches of the show, and this picks right up where it left off and feels like another season. Furthermore, it continues the Avatar tradition of posing important moral questions. There's no clear solution and no obvious good guy or bad guy, so it's easy to analyze and grow alongside the characters. The plot revolves around real world problems that arise after long conflicts and refocuses the people who are directly influenced by the decisions of government powers.

  19. 5 out of 5

    ✨Emily | Procrastinating • Bibliophile

    As a massive fan of ATLA and grew up with the show, it was so fun revisiting these characters and seeing more of this story (a.k.a. what should have been Book 4: Air in the TV series). The characters, Aang, Katara, Sokka, Toph, Zuko, Iroh and many more still had their individual charm and sounded like themselves which is always great to see. The only thing that hurts me and makes me cringe so hard is the Kataang relationships in this. As a Zutara stan, it hurts my soul and makes me heartbroken. As a massive fan of ATLA and grew up with the show, it was so fun revisiting these characters and seeing more of this story (a.k.a. what should have been Book 4: Air in the TV series). The characters, Aang, Katara, Sokka, Toph, Zuko, Iroh and many more still had their individual charm and sounded like themselves which is always great to see. The only thing that hurts me and makes me cringe so hard is the Kataang relationships in this. As a Zutara stan, it hurts my soul and makes me heartbroken. But other than that, it's a great continuation to the series and I would love to see this animated one day. I'm definitely continuing on in this series and other books in this timeline.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    MY BABIEEEESSS! I missed them so much, they make me so happy. This was great, I liked it a lot. I love the Gaang and I can't wait to read the other comics. P.S: Zuko is still so damnnnn fine (even more now) *insert heart eyes* MY BABIEEEESSS! I missed them so much, they make me so happy. This was great, I liked it a lot. I love the Gaang and I can't wait to read the other comics. P.S: Zuko is still so damnnnn fine (even more now) *insert heart eyes*

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lana

    Beautiful artwork & illustrations. The dialogue was true to each character. It was like I could hear each character’s voice actor/actress in my head!! In this edition, I also loved the behind the scene snippets next to some of the panels from the illustrators/writers.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dianna ♡ the belle and the book ♡

    5 STARS rtc I JUST FINISHED REWATCHING ATLA SEASONS 1-3 AND I AM DIVING INTO THE GRAPHIC NOVELS ❤❤❤ I miss my babies so much huhuhu I feel like I'm 9 years old again 5 STARS rtc I JUST FINISHED REWATCHING ATLA SEASONS 1-3 AND I AM DIVING INTO THE GRAPHIC NOVELS ❤❤❤ I miss my babies so much huhuhu I feel like I'm 9 years old again

  23. 4 out of 5

    izzy

    zuko as fire lord... unmatched

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nora

    Just like watching the TV show. Simply perfect.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    4.5 stars

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lotta

    Kinda re-read this but I didn't really remember reading it in the first place. Loved it, ATLA truly is my favorite series ever Kinda re-read this but I didn't really remember reading it in the first place. Loved it, ATLA truly is my favorite series ever

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tymelate

    I...I’ve just missed these characters so much! They feel like home to me, and I’m glad I get to continue to be on this journey with them ♥️♥️♥️

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sean Bai

    This was surprisingly a lot better than I thought it would be. This comic expands upon the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender, the show, and shows you what happened about a year after Avatar Aang defeated Fire Lord Ozai. Shortly after Aang defeated Fire Lord Ozai, Zuko asks Aang to promise him something, which Aang reluctantly agrees to. It turns out, bringing peace between the Fire Nation and Earth Nation isn't going to be easy. This comic is funny and the characters are like they were on the sho This was surprisingly a lot better than I thought it would be. This comic expands upon the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender, the show, and shows you what happened about a year after Avatar Aang defeated Fire Lord Ozai. Shortly after Aang defeated Fire Lord Ozai, Zuko asks Aang to promise him something, which Aang reluctantly agrees to. It turns out, bringing peace between the Fire Nation and Earth Nation isn't going to be easy. This comic is funny and the characters are like they were on the show. If you finished watching the show but want to read more, then read this.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Victoria S

    9/23/21 After getting into ATLA wayyy later than you'd expect, this was so much fun to dive right into! It answers questions the show poses at the very end, all while bringing up more to continue the story along. I'm SO excited to get my hands on the next installment and get some answers that I've been waiting for since Zuko's mom was introduced! If you're a fan, whether that be long-term or new like me, then this is for you. I hope the rest of the series also answers questions like how we go from 9/23/21 After getting into ATLA wayyy later than you'd expect, this was so much fun to dive right into! It answers questions the show poses at the very end, all while bringing up more to continue the story along. I'm SO excited to get my hands on the next installment and get some answers that I've been waiting for since Zuko's mom was introduced! If you're a fan, whether that be long-term or new like me, then this is for you. I hope the rest of the series also answers questions like how we go from Aang's world to Korra's world with Republic City and modern things like electricity!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Abrar Alhashmi

    It's PERFECT! The script, the cover, the illustrations were all freaking good. They even added a sketchbook by the end which I always appreciate in a manga/graphic novel. It gripped me from page 1 to the end. It literally made me LOL a lot 💓 Which is something rarely ever happens! ---------------------- Whoever wants to read this, you need first to watch the animation, cause this graphic novel is the continuation of it.... if you just didn't know. It's PERFECT! The script, the cover, the illustrations were all freaking good. They even added a sketchbook by the end which I always appreciate in a manga/graphic novel. It gripped me from page 1 to the end. It literally made me LOL a lot 💓 Which is something rarely ever happens! ---------------------- Whoever wants to read this, you need first to watch the animation, cause this graphic novel is the continuation of it.... if you just didn't know.

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