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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595828753
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595828750
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gene Luen Yang began making comic books in the fifth grade. He has since written and drawn a number of titles. His 2006 book American Born Chinese was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association's Michael L. Printz Award. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album - New. His 2013 two-volume graphic novel Boxers & Saints was nominated for both the National Book Award and the LA Times Book Award. Gene currently writes the graphic novel continuation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender. The Shadow Hero, his recent comic book series with Sonny Liew, revives the Green Turtle, an obscure 1940s character who is arguably the first Asian American superhero. The Shadow Hero is now available as individual digital issues via Amazon Kindle. The print trade paperback collection will be released on July 15, 2014.

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My son read the first book in this series and could not wait for more.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Frodo on June 5, 2012
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As if it wasn't enough that the TV series was awesome - the books are also fantastic. This one picks up where the previous one (The Promise: Part 1) left off: Toph is with Aang, Katara, and Sokka in the Earth kingdom to resolve the issue of Yu-Dao and the Harmony Restoration Movement, while Zuko is seeking help from his father, Ozai about the pressures of being the Fire Lord. There is a subplot with Toph trying to teach Metalbending to her students, and Sokka helping her with it - Sokka's wit is something being greatly missed in Korra, but the book has it spot on.

There is an Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Promise: Part 3 that will release in September/October that will conclude this story arc (possibly leading to Republic City!) - I'm eagerly waiting for it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J on June 6, 2012
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The biggest surprise that I found about The Promise part 1 was how well it captured the spirit of the show so perfectly that it felt like a natural and seamless continuation of the series, which can also be said of Part II. However, even though I found it enjoyable and to be another well crafted story I do have some minor complaints about this one. The story is split between three different sections (Aang and Katara, Sokka and Toph, Ozai and Zuko). Each sections are well done and have moments I found quite enjoyable, but my biggest problem with this 2nd act int he series is that it felt to be somewhat like filler. As I have said these stories are interesting, well done, and expand upon the Avatar universe and background positively, but I felt that most of the Aang/Katara and Toph/Sokka sections didn't really have much to do with the major arc of this series, which is quite short to begin with. I wouldn't find that to be a problem if this was a longer series but there is only one volume left. I would have liked if more time was spent dealing or making progress with this major arc. I loved the stories but maybe they should have been saved for a "The Lost Adventures" type of comic or maybe a future series that has more time to build the universe and the characters. Having said that, I thought the author did a great job telling stories that were interesting and thoughtful. He captures the characters so perfectly and there was never a moment where I questioned whether or not a character would have said or done something different based upon what we know of them from the original series. Even though some of the jokes I found became somewhat repetitive I still chuckled multiple times and was grinning for most of the time I was reading this. As a stand alone Avatar graphic novel I really enjoyed it. I am eagerly awaiting Part III which has the potential to be quite epic. I definitely recommend reading this of course.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Stumpf on June 13, 2012
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I just finished reading parts one and two of "Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise." They're fun, short little stories about what happens to Team Avatar directly after the TV series, "Avatar: The Last Airbender," but there is also some seriousness and depth to the plot. The illustration is nice, all of our favorite characters are there, and it's a nice, informative bridge between the original TV series, and the new "Legend of Korra." Highly recommended to anyone who is a fan of the original TV series.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bl0b on July 7, 2012
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I am a huge fan of the Avatar - The Last Airbender and it pains me to say that The Promise (1 & 2) contains a weak and unconvincing story. Let's say it didn't keep the promise. The original animated series spoiled us with a lot of wisdom and character building and situations that kept us interested and wanting more. I was sort of expecting some of that to rub off this graphic novel. The character's actions and goals are inconsistent with their personalities as illustrated in the animated series. Zuko is asking his father ( a bloody dictator that ruined people's lives) for advice? Aang is calling Katara sweetie? The conflict between Toph's team and the other guys seemed far fetched as well.

Art wise I would give it a 4 or 5.

The bottom line is this. The writers had to come up with something much better. Spend your money on something else, buy the animated series, and if you are looking for some good graphic novels check out others that have good art, better stories and more pages: The Amulet, Bones, Bad Island etc.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Derek Bown on July 14, 2012
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How can I say this...this book is garbage. On the surface it's harmless enough, and enjoyable enough. However, Gene Yang spends most of his time either glorifying his own characters, or giving the spotlight to a character I couldn't remember for the life of me, and debasing established characters. The main five are good and fine enough, but the moment Zuko get's involved everything falls to pot. Zuko going to his father is just...stupid. After he repeatedly advocated the murder of the man, he's suddenly going to him for advice? And what about Mai? She gets a single page, and that single page shows why exactly this comic is terrible. Gene Yang does not understand the characters. Or, at the very least, he doesn't care to focus on the characters he doesn't like. Newsflash Mr Yang, this is a book for the fans of Avatar, not your pet project. This is a book for fans that enjoyed ALL the characters from the original show. And yes, some of them were fans of Mai and Ty Lee, and don't appreciate how poorly you've written them.

The original characters wouldn't be a problem, if they weren't so awful. Kori is an obnoxious, self righteous piece of crap that should have had a meeting with the royal executioner after attacking her rule. And the rest are just so boring. They barely make it past the stereotype phase, and when they do it's poorly written.

I would say don't waste your money, but we all know we need to know how it ends. If nothing else than to see if Mike and Bryan undo the damage caused by Yang. What was anyone involved with this thinking? That fans would appreciate this kind of crap? Apparently so, because nobody else is pointing out what a horribly written mess this is. Just...read it to find out what happens, and hate it all the while. I had been thinking of trying out Yang's other work, but if it's as bad as what we see here he doesn't deserve the money it would cost me to buy his crap.
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