Inspired Review: Avatar The Last Airbender: The Promise Part 1

The Last Airbender: The Promise Part 1The Last Airbender: The Promise Part 1 by Gene Luen Yang

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First, let me say that I am a die-hard fan of nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series! Aang’s adventures teach both children and adults about racism and political concepts in an entertaining and intimate way. Each episode carries a message about loyalty, honor, pride, courage, forgiveness, or another of life’s many lessons. And the creators manage to do this with a large dose of humor and without sounding preachy. I suffered serious withdrawals when the series ended, and had to appease the addiction by re-watching favorite episodes on Netflix.

Secondly, I must add that I have so much respect for Gene Luen Yang for his American Born Chinese graphic novel. Yang offers up pure genius, culled from the painful and bittersweet memories of my own Asian American childhood.

So of course, The Last Airbender: The Promise delivers everything it promises–favorite, quirky characters, witty dialogue, tons of action, and edge-of-your-seat conflicts of both the political and internal, identity crisis kind. You won’t want to miss their friends and family’s hilarious reaction to Aang and Katara’s new couplehood, Zuko’s struggles as the new Fire lord, and the latest adventures of Toph and the Kyoshi warriors.

Of course now, the addiction is back at full intensity, and I can’t wait for The Promise Part 2, not to mention the upcoming Legend of Korra. A million thank yous to NetGalley and Dark Horse Comics for letting me read this e-galley!

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