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Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise Hardcover – February 19, 2013

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books; Library ed edition (February 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616550740
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616550745
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,511 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 the National Book Award and won the LA Times Book Prize. Gene currently writes Dark Horse Comics' Avatar: The Last Airbender series and DC Comics' Superman. The first volume of Secret Coders, his middle-grade graphic novel series about computer coding, illustrated by Mike Holmes, will be available September 2015.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Stone on March 6, 2013
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At the end of the show, ATLA, i was extremely sad. Don't get me wrong, the finale was a breathtaking work of art, but the ending was also bittersweet for me. My favorite show is over, i thought. There is no more Avatar... but not so fast. After years of waiting, the makers of Avatar finally come up with something else. Though i truly wish they would have continued the original tv show, a comic book will have to do. Korra is great and all, but it's just not the same!

The Promise delivers on all levels, it captures the essence of what made the show so great; the humor, the action, and yes, the romance... fans of Kataang will love this book, (even though the name they end up calling each other is a bit cringe worthy and very much oogie). The artwork is beautifully done, and all the main characters are perfectly portrayed; i could literally hear the voices of all of the characters. Another great thing about this book is that it combines all three parts of The Promise into one neat book, with some very interesting bonus content. My only complaint is that the plot is a little weak, though still good. Other than that, The Promise is a wonderful addition to the Avatar series, and if you loved ATLA, then you are in for a treat with this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wendy A. Emlinger on March 4, 2013
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I've loved this story since it first appeared on TV. So much thought and planning went into it! I can tell this story has been a labour of love to its creators. This book picks up after the events in the original Airbender series. The Firelord is cooling his heels in prison and his son, Zuko, is doing his best to work with the other kingdoms and restore order and balance to the world. But trying to undo a hundred years of occupation of the other kingdoms has unexpected consequences. And Zuko's fears of becoming like his ruthless father don't let him sleep well either. That's the setup for the drama. You'll have to read the rest for yourself. I particularly like this version of the book because it includes commentary from the creators in the margins. :-)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jevon on June 9, 2013
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After all these years since the series finale this is just a satisfying and promising continuation of everything you loved in the original series. From the unique sense of humor to how the characters emotions shine through the beautiful etches of art. I didnt have high expectations when buying this book, it was more of something that I would read on leisure but if your a true Avatar fan you'll get swept in from the first page.

The quality of the book is great and its actually really big which surprised me. Id estimate it to be 13 1/2 by 8 inches wide. The cover and back, while you clearly see it in the description its something else in person I mean theres texture differences and the art just shines through and feels like your just looking into a fluid living environment. In the book I believe this is a special edition as its the full culmination of the promise series you see little notes on the side of the pages to get takes on the writers and such and in the back theres a little section on how they drew the characters.

Story- Not to give any spoilers but to note this book and "The Search" are intermediary to "The legend of Korra". From the title you get the idea that somewhere along the lines a promise is made and it takes Team Avatar on an adventure as they struggle against a moral code that has long been the staple of the four nations but is now challenged in the post war society. It creates tension and you see a lot of the characters struggle in what to make of this but the ending is satisfying and you could say teasing ;) to the next books story in the post war series "The Search".
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Happy Potato on February 25, 2013
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I just bought this today at Barnes & Noble. Read the whole book in one sitting. The art is perfect. The charcters transfered great to the new writers. I simply love this comic. High quality pages and cover. Great story, best comic i've read all year. If your an avatar fan and need to know more about what happened to Aang and the gang between the end of last airbender and the start of legend if Korra. This is a must buy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Barnett on April 11, 2013
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This one started off strong and kept me interested throughout the adventure. It is an excellent companion to the original animated series. The art is solid, drawn quite well at times, it's genuinely funny, action is done nicely. Story was pretty good, not the best of the Avatar storylines, but fun and it felt more authentic, less fan-fiction-y. The characters were VERY WELL DONE, they all behaved and spoke right along with their animated counterparts.

As for the product itself, I purchased the hardcover because I enjoyed the trilogy and wanted something I could keep intact over the years. It's well constructed, although I noticed that the covers slightly curve inward when this book is placed down flat; both do, which you'll notice by flipping it on the other side. Can't say this is a deal breaker, but I'd have liked the covers to be flat. Construction seems solid too. Only time will tell how long, and how many reads, it holds up under.
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