A review by samwescott
Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise, by Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, Gene Luen Yang


You guys? This was really good. If you're missing Airbender (which, let's be real, I always am), go ahead and pick this up. Not only is it a great continuation of the tv show and opportunity to fill in the gaps between Last Airbender and Legend of Korra, but it's also a really thoughtful story about colonialism and loyalty and cultural appropriation, which completely surprised me.

There were a few things that I didn't quite love. Zuko had a really major character struggle that I though developed way too suddenly for something so intense. And I was disappointed with how little Mai and Suki were given to do in the plot. Also, Toph's students were The Most Annoying and I hated every single moment wasted on them.

But percentage-wise? Those complaints are negligible. The characters felt appropriately aged from the TV show and the plot was interesting and felt like a totally realistic concern for a world recovering from war. The blend of topics and struggles with colonialism and culture and how to rebuild were surprisingly nuanced and occasionally very touching.

Plus, there was plenty of silliness with the beloved gang. Highly recommend for the homesick airbender fans.