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About the Author
- ASIN : B00D9DCS50
- Publisher : Dark Horse Books (July 2, 2013)
- Publication date : July 2, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 32132 KB
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- Print length : 80 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #82,223 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The comic series is broken up to 3 issues per storyline. I found this first storyline to be kind of like the author just getting their feet wet in the Avatar universe. The second story, The Search, is where it really starts to get good. But I still recommend the Promise just so you can be treated to Toph's Metal Bending school. It's perfect! There are also some other story elements that you might be sorry you missed if you skip ahead.
And, I know it's noted elsewhere, but the creators of the show work closely with the creation of this series as well.
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.
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and even took advantage of being Chi-blocked ! Is there nothing Azula can't do ?! Azula even got the better of Zuko
when he brought her some tea,on a tray as a peace offering,awesome ! I must admit to being sad when Katara
defeated Azula...,although I know that Katara has become an experienced fighter too,it's just that
I LOVE AZULA !!
The creators have come up with the ultimate in absolute power and mastery of the elements in Azula.
I read and re-read Azula's escape time and time again...,using Zuko's fire blast to shatter her chains...,
it just doesn't get any better than that.At the bottom of page 43,Azula has the most disgusted scowl Ever !
So...,this book explores just what happened to Ursa,Lord Suko's Mother.
Obviously we don't know what to think because we know so little about her and her past.
Is Ursa an innocent bride taken away from her childhood friend or is she a bit of a witch ?
There is a slight misunderstanding at the beginning of this book where Azula asks Ty Lee
and Suki why they betrayed her and how did 'she' convince them to change sides.
They both reply that they don't know what Azula is talking about.You see,the mystery might have
more than a little to do with Ursa,was she secretive and manipulative ?
Did she live a complicated life...,so far,we just don't know.
But I aim to find out by buying books 2 & 3 in The Search series.
All the Avatar books are great creations filled with brilliant characters and engaging plot lines.
You have to read each book several times to catch all the little extras going on in the background.
I've loved reading comic books and graphic novels all my life and rate Avatar up there with the best.
Yeah yeah,I know,it's about Zuko...,again but still,it's all good.
I like Toph and her down to earth attitude,the way she explains fireworks
to Sokka.Not forgetting the lovely Katara and the way she levels her attackers
when she and Aang visit Yu Dao.It started with Katara just wanting to put out
the small fire in Aang's clothing,ha ha.
All great stuff with the usual battles,failed diplomacy,and family 'doom and gloom'.
Excellent artwork of course and some great dialoque along with the renowned facial
expressions.Women worriors make up at least 50% of the characters and deservedly so.
What would Avatar be without the Women worriors,right ?
So 10/10 for Avatar,the last airbender,as if anything less than 10 was even possible...
I've taken a star off because I was disappointed at how short this was for the price. I'm suppose to pay £6-7 for each part that I could read in half an hour. I know this is fully coloured as opposed to black and white manga but I feel that the content didn't warrant the price. However, I'm still a sucker and I'll be eagerly awaiting the next instalment since it does take roughly 6 months for each part to be released.
After reading, I can say it's really great! As an avid fan at this point I was keeping my eyes and fanboy-sense peeled for anything that was out of order with the canon, or things likes characters doing/saying things they wouldn't in the show, and it was pretty tight! It was co-written by the show's creators though, so that'll be why. It definitely does the job nicely of extending the series, and so far it's set up an interesting plot - one that isn't just black and white, good and evil, which is always nice to see. As long as they stay on track and stay true to the world of the show as they have so far, this is going to end up being an awesome set of books that I look forward to reading.
The only things I'm not thrilled about is that the books are being released very slowly (luckily I chose the right time to buy this one, since book 2 is coming out this month, but after that I'll have to wait with the rest of the fandom), so the story's going to be left hanging and incomplete for long stretches of time, which is unfortunate because it's going to leave a nagging feeling in the back of my mind for months (especially after the actual ending of TLA rounded the story off so nicely). That, and Amazon's price is a little high considering how short the book is (I tried to pace myself to make it last but it's hard not to finish the whole thing in 20-30 minutes, no exaggeration).
Still, lovely art that really pops, nice writing, I look forward to more! Definitely worth a buy if you miss the TLA characters like I do.