Review – Avatar: The Last Airbender Volume 1—The Promise Part 1
Created by: Bryan Konietzko & Michael Diante DiMartino
Script: Gene Luen Yang
Art & Cover: Gurihiru
Letters: Michael Heisler
This series of digests rejoins Aang and friends for exciting new adventures, beginning with a faceoff against the Fire Nation that threatens to throw the world into another war, testing all of Aang’s powers and ingenuity!
Aang, Zuko, Katara, Sokka and the earth King Kuei discussing the state of the colonies and how to restore the four nations back to what it used to be before the war started. Aang comments that removing the colonies will not be easy and a lot of lives will be disrupted but, maybe if he takes part overseeing and making sure everything goes peacefully as planned it might work out. With everything ordered together they call the plan “The Harmony Of Restoration Movement”. The Earth King tells the others he will plan a celebration to announce the THORM to the earth kingdom citizens. As the meeting concludes, Aang steps outside with Katara and they share moment together before[spoiler show=”Story Spoilers” hide=”Story Spoilers”]
Sokka interrupts them. Later in day during the celebration festival a confliced Zuko tells Aang if he was to ever turn into his father and rule as he did, that Aang would kill him if necessary as safety net for the nations, a remorseful Aang agrees. One year later in the fire nations capital, Zuko who is having difficulty sleeping awakens shouting which alarms the guards. As they arrive, a visibly paranoid Zuko proceeds to tell the guards of an intruder inside the castle. As they tell him there is no one present but them, Zuko demands the men to believe him and then a ninja assassin makes an attempt to kill Zuko. After a brief fight with the assassin Zuko unmask’s the ninja who turns out to be a young lady named Kori, she tells Zuko that his and the Avatar’s The Harmony Of Restoration Movement is going to destroy her homeland the city of Yu Dao. The next scene with Zuko takes Kori back to Yu Dao and he confronts the mayor who is also Kori’s father about the attempt she made to take his life. As the mayor pleads for forgiveness for his daughters actions Zuko tells him that the movement will only help bring about peace. To which the mayor informs Zuko the history of fire nation citizens who have been there for generations and that they consider Yu Dao to be home and that his father would have never let the avatar and the earth king bully him. Enraged over the fact the mayor mentions his fathers name, Zuko has a flash back of a day he went to visit his father’s dungeon cell. The old Fire Lord reminds his son of the pressures of being the Fire Lord and that he will need his advice one day. The Scene changes to Aang and the others escorting fire nation citizens back they are told that the new Fire Lord has withdrawn form the movement. Shocked and confused, Aang, Katara, Sokka and Toph riding on top of apaa make their way to Yu Dao to confront Zuko, as they travel we see Aang who is in his meditating state. They ask for Avatar Roku’s guidance on how to handle the Zuko situation and if he should honor the promise he made the night of the festival…….
Avatar : The Last Airbender – This issue gives a glimpse of what type of pressure Zuko is under as the new Fire Lord and the responsibly it brings, also how its starting effect him mentally. We get see how skilled Aang has become during the time skip and Toph having her own school with 3 apprentices. As there are more things I can elaborate on in this issue I’ll leave it at this and say if you’re a fan of Cartoon series you should have no problem going from watching it on TV to reading. with the comic writing is solid along with artwork making Avatar the last Airbender easy to follow
On Sale January 25th, 2012
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