Saturday, February 7, 2015

Book Review: Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise - Part Three by Gene Luen Yang et al.

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise - Part Three written by Gene Luen Yang, art by Gurihiru, lettering by Michael Heisler

Avatar Aang arrives at Yu Dao, the Fire Nation city on Earth Kingdom soil, before the armies of both countries make it there. He fails to convince the local Fire Nation people to leave. They claim that they are too fully integrated to go--this is their home. Then the Earth Kingdom army shows up to remove the Fire Nation descendants by force. Soon enough the Fire Nation troops arrive and things go from bad to worse. Katara convinces Aang to separate himself from the conflict so he can think clearlyt about what the best solution is. He enters deep meditation where he can discuss the situation with the spirit of a previous avatar, a Firebender named Roku who happens to be the great-grandfather of Fire Lord Zuko. His advice is for Aang to contemplate the world and the obvious choice must be made--kill Zuko. Aang does his contemplation and comes to a different, more satisfying conclusion.

The book has the usual combination of action, comedy, and drama that the series does so well. The story wraps up nicely and sets up a new storyline for another series--The Search--which I'll be sure to read.

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