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Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise Hardcover – February 19, 2013
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As for the artwork, the artistic team continues to produce illustration that shows great attention to detail, including the very obvious physical and mental changes that the characters experience as they go through adolescence. The colors are vibrant, and the costumes are fresh yet loyal to each character's personality.
This comic cannot be fully experienced through any kind of online media; you just have to buy it. If not for the experience itself, then buy this comic to support the wonderful creative team that created this universe. I have never seen an animated series that had such consistent high quality, a series that continued to improve with each episode, challenging viewers to question and reflect upon our own society. BUY IT!
This trilogy is named the promise because of the relationship that Zuko and Aang have after the war. In his "clearest state of mind", Zuko asks the Avatar to end him should Zuko become like his father. The books revolves around this Promise. Overall, the books are very similar to the TV show. They both have similar humor and the characters look almost the same.
I found that you can read/"watch" the comics on youtube. However, I suggest that you purchase the book because no video can capture how high quality the drawings are. In my opinion, it is worth it to buy the book.
My only complaints are not large issues. Firstly, I found the book to be too short. It takes maybe 10-20 minutes to read. If it was presented on television; I believe that it might take 2 episodes to complete (30 minutes each). Although this is expected because it is an anime book, I was disappointed when it was over so quickly. Also, I didn't like the new ways Katara and Aang display affection for one another. When both of them repeatedly call each other sweetie, it is not only annoying but rather a break of character from what we used to know them to be. Also, on pg. 50 and 51 Katara states the sentence:
The reason I used dashes in between each word was because the writer devoted a a whole slide for one word. I found this to be a waste of space and something that I would never see Katara do in the Television series.
An interesting thing I discovered was that in the Legend of Korra, Tenzin's bison is named Oogie. I suspect this comes from Sokka repeatedly calling Aang and Katara's PDA, Oogie.
Generally, it was fun to read and had a very similar mindset to Avatar the Last Airbender.
The thing to keep in mind, though, is that this is a SHORT book. The content in it is probably worth about one episode of show-time. It's not a full-length graphic novel, and you will have to keep buying the next volumes to complete the story. I'm personally okay with this. I'm excited for the next book, and I will be preordering that as well so I can read it ASAP. But don't expect a full story in just this volume. Expect an episode.
If you're a fan of the series, you have to know what happens next. This is the book to start it, definitely a must-have. But, here's hoping they animate this story as well. That would pretty much make my life complete. (Korra 2012! Whoo!)