These comics take place after the events of the TV show, so this post will contain spoilers for the show. You’ve been warned!
Publication Date: 2012
Length: 228 pages total
Okay. So. The Promise is a three-part comic series that follows the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender. The Fire Lord has been defeated and the gang is working together to fulfill the Harmony Restoration Movement, which involves removing Fire Nation colonies from the Earth Kingdom.
But when one of the colonies makes Zuko have second thoughts about removing people from their homes, it pits Zuko against the Avatar. Zuko doesn’t feel that it’s fair to force out people who have built their lives and homes there for the last hundred years, while Aang and the Earth Kingdom don’t believe there can be peace while the Fire Nation is still present in the Earth Kindom. The three-part series focuses on Aang’s struggles trying to figure out what is the right decision.
Before I get into talking about how much I loved these, let me just get out my one complaint. Aang and Katara are always calling each other “sweetie.” Like practically every time they talk to each other.
It does not fit their characters at all. I don’t know what demographic they’re trying to cater to by trying (and failing) to make them seem all cutesy, but it definitely isn’t mine (mind you, I’m in the age group that grew up with this show).
Every time they called each other “sweetie,” it just completely took me out of the story. The weird thing is, I felt like the writers so perfectly captured the personalities of the other characters. The creators of the show were even the ones who wrote these comics, so I have no idea what’s up, but this tiny little thing just really annoyed me.
Other than that, the rest of the comics were really enjoyable. Like I said, the characters were really true to the way they were in the show, especially in the interactions between characters, such as the banter between Sokka and Toph. As I was reading I could totally picture these scenes playing out in the show. It made me feel so nostalgic and made me want to rewatch the show.
I also really loved the story. Like Aang, I also found myself struggling to know whose side I should be on. I kept wavering back and forth on who was right. Wanting to know the outcome really kept me reading.
Also, these comics were super short! Each part was about 70 pages, so you can read the whole three-part series in an hour or two. If you’re a fan of Avatar and haven’t read these, definitely check them out. And if you’re not a fan of Avatar, you should go watch the show 😉