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Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise Part 1 (Avatar: The Last Airbender Book Four)

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part 1 - Gene Luen Yang, Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, Gurihiru Full Review at: Mother/Gamer/WriterARC Provided by NetGalleyFinally the wait is over! This is exactly what fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender have been waiting for since 2008. Aang and the rest of the crew are back embarking on a brand new adventure picking up right where the show left off. The Promise Part 1 begins a new trilogy of original graphic novels which are set up to bridge the gap between the end of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and the upcoming release of Legend of Korra, which will air on Nickelodeon mid 2012After the first few initial pages, the story jumps ahead a year. During this time the gang has been mostly separated, each enjoying peace among the four nations. Zuko, trying desperately not to be a tyrant like his father, enacted a treaty called the Harmony Restoration Movement. It states that in order to remain peaceful, all four kingdoms should live separately. The declaration even calls for the removal of Fire Nation civilians from other kingdoms. Not to spoil the story, because the whole comic is based around this decision and the results of the movement, let me just say Zuko is struggling. And because of this, Aang is put into a difficult situation and has to make a choice, between keeping a promise and fulfilling his Avatar duties.Overall, if you are a hardcore fan of the show then Avatar: the Last Airbender, The Promise Part 1 is a MUST read. Like the show it delivers a fantastic storyline with humor, conflict, and situations that will put their friendships to the test. There was never a dull moment in the graphic; each frame was written to gain a specific emotion and reaction. My only concern is that it is too short and the writers will not be able to completely finish Aang’s story without leaving us with more questions than answers (like the conditions of Zuko’s mother). Only time will reveal how the writers will conclude such an epic story. Though in my opinion, The Promise Part 1 is still a satisfying start to a new chapter in our young Avatar’s life.