Someone on youtube posted a couple pages of the first manga and, I have to say, Sokka and Toph keep their usual humor. Very pleasing to know that! I'm definitely buying it when it comes out. I kind of hope they change the cover in time; Aang's too young and Katara...just doesn't look right. *IMHO
But listen -- listen! Do you hear it? Do you hear the horned owl cry? And if you listen -- really listen -- I may ask, where has the wind gone today?
The title of the story, "The Promise" is a reference to a promise Aang makes to Zuko in the beginning, when Zuko asks Aang to kill him if he ever ends up like his father. The Gaang collaborate with the Earth King, and Zuko, to create a Harmony Restoration Movement which will separate the Fire Nation and Earth Kingdom, by removing the Fire Nation colonies. It's all going ok, until Zuko realizes that some of the colonies have been around for hundreds of years, and the people in the colonies have meshed so much that separating them would be cruel to both sides. He's a little rash, and decides to withdraw support from the Harmony Restoration deal. After a little misunderstanding, he finally talks to Aang and everyone, and they else agree to set up another meeting with the Earth King about it. The book ends with Zuko actually bringing Ozai tea and asking him for advice.... Oh crap.
Some extra things you guys might want to know: The Earth King's name is Kuei. Smellerbee and Longshot are alive and protest against the fire nation. There have been at least five attempts on Zuko's life between him becoming the Fire Lord, and the events in the book. Ozai DID NOT tell Zuko where Ursa was, though he did tease him with it and said that if they talked about being Fire Lord, the subject may come up. Toph has a metalbending school. Aang and Kataraa are constantly freaking Sokka out by being lovey dovey, an call each other sweetie.
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[Keeper of Zuko's kinder side] [Keeper of The Fire Lord crown] [Keeper of Ursa's cloak] [Keeper of Iroh's fatherly love for Zuko]
1. How far does The Promise take us (in terms of timeline) into the Legend of Korra? Will we see Team Avatar all grown up or at least what happened to them before Korra begins?
The Promise: 1-3 takes place in about a week! It begins immediately after the events of Avatar: the Last Airbender and then skips ahead a year after the first few pages.
Team Avatar are in a “modern city,” aka the beginnings of Republic City, which is an amalgamation of different cultures in a way that Avatar with its separate nations was not.
During the year “off,” Aang, Katara, and Sokka are involved in “Harmony Restoration Movement” with the Earth King Kuei to get all Fire Nation colonies out.
New Fire Lord Zuko is working with the others with the initiative while Toph started a Metalbending school to spread the art of Metalbending.
2. Will the graphic novel series (in all three instalments) show the creation of Republic City and the advanced technology that we see in Legend of Korra?
We will see the “groundwork” being laid for Republic City, which is compared to Asia in 1920s by Mike and Bryan of Avatar. If Avatar: the Last Airbender was Asia in 1800s, then Legend of Korra and Republic City is similar to Asian in 1920s with new flush of technology.
The groundwork for Republic City will be laid out in the “modern city,” as described by Gene in the previous question, and there will already be hints of tension.
3. Will we see the status of the characters’ romantic relationships beyond Aang and Katara’s?
All romantic relationships will be present and shown…at least in the beginning. Everything is up in the air…including the status of Zuko and Mai’s relationship (!!)
We know from Korra that Aang and Katara end up together but everyone else’s is unknown, and Gene laughed and explained that he can’t go into further detail.
4. Will the trilogy complete the story of Team Avatar, or will it remain open?
It will definitely not be complete; there is more to tell, especially since the timespan (one week) is very short. Gene Yang also explained that while The Promise will serve as a connection to Legend of Korra, it isn’t necessarily a direct connection. The events at end of The Promise (the trilogy) doesn't lead into the beginning of Korra.
5. How much of The Promise is/was influenced by the writing/events of Legend of Korra and visa versa?
Gene Yang explained that he is writing to fit Legend of Korra and the world of Mike and Bryan, who are “very hands on” with their characters and specific storylines.
They have a vast history of their world in their heads, and Korra and Aang are just a piece of the story.
Main characters of The Promise will still be Team Avatar and new side characters may or may not be present in Legend of Korra. The new characters, such as Toph’s metalbending students will serve to highlight the core people from Avatar: the Last Airbender.
6. Will we see the beginnings of equalist struggles?
There will be hints of the tension, even in the brief week that we see the beginning of Republic City.
7. Will we get to see the Southern Water tribe rebuilt?
That part isn’t covered in The Promise; not to say it won’t be happening but it’s not covered. The focus of the story is on Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation, and beginning of Republic City.
Gene did reveal that the Air Nomad culture being rebuilt will be hinted at!
8. Will there be cameos from familiar characters?
Gene Yang is also a huge fan of the Cabbage Merchant! He revealed that we’ll see the Freedom Fighters: Smellerbee, Longshot, and Sneers (who is his favorite!) We will also see the Kyoshi Warriors, including Suki and Ty Lee, who is now a Kyoshi Warrior. And of course, Uncle Iroh, although not the Order of the White Lotus.
The spirits like La, Tui and Koh won’t be seen, because the story will take place in the physical world.
9. The Avatar community is of course very invested in the backstory with Zuko’s family and Ursa, his mother. Is there anything you can reveal about the story of Ursa and whether we will see her again?
Gene Yang revealed that this was the first question he asked Mike and Bryan! Although he couldn’t comment…he did reveal that we will definitely hear the rest of the conversation between Zuko and Ozai about Ursa at the end of Avatar!!
10. Azula has such a large and loyal following. Fans have been eagerly awaiting news of her fate since they heard that she would make an appearance in The Promise and her next steps if she were to leave the asylum.
Gene Yang agrees with the rest of the Avatar community that Azula is a layered and fascinating character. He couldn’t tell us much about of the princess but she will definitely show up in The Promise, which discusses her being put away in the insane asylum.
I'm pretty surprised that they brought Kuei back into the mix; I just figured they wrote him off and Bumi would represent the Earth Kingdom. Guess not! There are some other very, very exciting things going on here between Zuko and everyone else. I found the name of the movement to be a bit odd at first, but then I realized that the Korra intro mentions how Republic City was founded to foster "peace and harmony" and it actually seems pretty clever! All in all, sounds like this will be a great expansion, and I can't wait to get my hands on it!
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That's an interesting interview, and makes me even more excited for the rest of The Promise series to come out. I was a little wary of The Promise when I first heard about it since I've never really been a huge fan of the Avatar comics. However, it exceeded my expectations, and did seem like it could have been an episode of the show. I thought the storyline was very interesting and can't wait to see how things turn out.
It's great that some of Jet's old gang is coming back, and I'm glad Azula's situation will be addressed. The attempts on Zuko's life keep surprising/not-surprising me as well -- who would take over if they succeeded? Can't imagine they'd be satisfied with Iroh, and Azula's not out yet. An undercover coup from the military brass, maybe? Hmm. Everything else sounds really interesting too. Can't wait to get it. ^^
When what was whispered by the lovers in a cave as they blazed a trail toward freedom will be shouted from the mountain tops. When the world finally sees that the hopes of the little girl from a crumbling Southern Water Tribe are the same as the dreams of the boy in the iceberg. We will begin the next great chapter in the Avatar Saga with one word- KATAANG!
Post by nymphadora on Feb 26, 2012 23:34:20 GMT -5
Ah I forgot about these! I would go out to the bookstore and pick it up, but I'm at school in the absolute middle of nowhere. Like the nearest Barnes and Noble is over three hours away. >.< Too lazy to buy online.....maybe I'll add it to my birthday list.