Title: The Promise
Author: The creators of “Avatar: The Last Airbender”
Genre: Historical fantasy graphic novel
Rating: Five stars
“The Avatar’s adventures continue right where the TV series left off, in this beautiful oversized hardcover of The Promise, from Airbender creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko and Eisner and Harvey Award winner Gene Luen Yang! Aang and friends must join together once again as the four nations’ tenuous peace is threatened in an impasse between Fire Lord Zuko and Earth King Kuei! As the world heads toward another devastating war, Aang’s friendship with Zuko throws him into the middle of the conflict!”
Who’s driving this thing?
The original cast of the TV show Avatar: The Last Airbender!
What’s this all about?
This graphic novel follows the adventures of Aang and the cast immediately after the end of the TV show. It’s a follow-up story!
After the 100-year war is over, the new Fire Lord Zuko clashes with the Earth Kingdom King Kuei as they try to decide whether the Fire Nation colonies living in the Earth Kingdom should be allowed to stay or get shipped back to the Fire Nation.
When the residents of Yu Dao, the oldest Fire Nation colony in the Earth Kingdom don’t want to leave, all out war threatens to break out between the two nations. With almost everyone able to either control fire or earth, it’s a battle nobody wants to engage in! It’s down to the Avatar, Aang, to keep the peace.
What’s so great about it?
This is my first time reviewing a graphic novel and I just had to because it’s Avatar.
The illustrations are gorgeous for starters: vivid colours, really consistent illustrations with the TV show and just a joy to look at.
The story was really heart-breaking. After 100 years of war, tensions are still high between the four nations and it’s almost as if they have forgotten how not to be at war with one another. The themes, the characters’ struggles and the sad reality of war make for hugely emotional reading.
The sheer ginormity (it’s a brand new word, help it catch on!) of this book is also amazing. It’s a huge hardback book that makes you look and feel like you’re a gnome trying to read a normal-sized book.
What’s not so great about it?
Nothing. Literally nothing. I might be biased because I love Avatar so much, but in my personal opinion, this book is perfect!
It’s so perfect in fact that it is getting The Secret Library Recommended Reads seal!
Where can I get it?
Naturally, I got mine off Amazon and like I mentioned, it’s only available in hardback edition but it’s so worth it. Because if hardbacks were cake, they would be a decadent, seven-tier, chocolate wedding cake with the bride and groom figurines doing Kung-Fu on top.
Thanks for reading!