Saturday, March 31, 2012

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise: Part 1

created by Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, 72 pages

After Avatar Aang defeats the Fire Lord and bonds with the latter's wayward son Zuko, the rest of the conflict-weary world needs to be healed, too. But agreeing on the best way to achieve real peace may just drive another wedge between these new friends.

This is the first part of a story meant to fill in the continuity between the end of the animated Avatar: The Last Airbender series and the new Avatar: The Legend of Korra series that's starting later this month. The art looks like it could have been pulled straight from the television series, which is fine since it's just supposed to be a bridge, anyway. While it's frustrating to see Zuko go all insecure and angry again after having struggled so long to grow as a person, the tension stems from some understandable dilemmas. I just hope they clear things up soon. Things move a little too fast and come off a bit shallow here, but it does the trick. Strictly for fans of the original series, this, but they'll be happy for the extra time with characters they've grown to love.

(I am so excited about the new series! The first two episodes of Korra aired online weekend-before-last and I can't wait to see where they go with it from there. And woot for the new Avatar being a girl!)

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