Review: Avatar: The Promise Part 3 by Gene Yuen Lang

Filed in 4 Stars , Gene Luen Yang , Review , The Winged Lover Posted on April 29, 2013 @ 7:00 am 1 comments

Format read: paperback
Release Date: 9 October 2012
Length: 76 pages
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Formats available: paperback
Purchasing Info: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Book Depository US | Book Depository (UK)


Avatar: The Last Airbender creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko bring The Promise to its explosive conclusion The Harmony Restoration Movement has failed, and the four nations are plunged back into war In the midst of the battle, can Aang and Fire Lord Zuko mend the rift between them, or will Aang be forced to take actions that cant be undone? Written by Eisner winner and National Book Award nominee Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese) and drawn by Gurihiru (Thor and the Warriors Four), this is the adventure Avatar fans have been craving.

My Thoughts:

Part 3 was another great instalment to this carry-on of Avatar: The Last Airbender, but was unsatisfying as the end to The Promise trilogy.

Aang has quite a dilemma, Zuko is bringing an army from the Fire nation and the Earth King is bringing his forces from the Earth Kingdom to descend on the city of Yu Dao. The city is on alert, because they don’t want things to change. It’s everyone else who wants to change it for them.

Although we knew that the good guys had to prevail, it was far too easy. It made for an extremely unsatisfying end to this series. Instead of the epic end we received in the animated series it was more along the lines of an episode finishing off.

Aang and Katara’s relationship is still a little iffy for me, but I was happy with the huge milestone they reached in this part of the series. Again the way their relationship is being handled is still a little awkward, but I feel confident that it will be more natural in the next trilogy.

The jokes are still comic genius, the characters still hold mostly true to form and The Promise Trilogy is another fantastic extension of the incredible Avatar world.

Considering the ending and the very obvious hook for the next trilogy – The Search – in which we finally find out what happens to Zuko’s mother, I am definitely not finished with the Avatar series of graphic novels, I can’t be it hasn’t ended yet.

I give The Promise Part 3 4 stars.

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Amanda-Lee is a proudly addicted reader and writer from Sydney. She lives with her wonderful husband and their more like a baby than a kitten Hamish. Amanda-Lee has been blogging for 4 years now and is a lover of all genres, though she does have a tendancy to stray towards the weird and wonderful concotions in the paranormal and fantasy genres. In addition to being the Winged Lover on BLI she also runs the book blog StoryWings.

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  • draconismoi April 29, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    I never really liked the Katara/Aang pairing (Kataang? Aanara?). It just didn’t seem natural.

    AND it creeped me out. Like it was Aang’s duty to repopulate the world with little airbenders and Katara was just going to have to go with the flow.

    Is their relationship really built on love or just a response to outside pressure to breed?

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