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The First Legend of Korra Comic, “Turf Wars”, Starts June 2017!

It was first announced that Korra’s adventures would continue in comics (much like Aang’s) last New York Comic-Con, but it’s taken until this one to get an update.  The new comic, titled “Turf Wars”, begins June of 2017.  The details:

This three-part graphic novel series is written by Nickelodeon TV series co-creator and executive producer Michael Dante DiMartino, drawn by Irene Koh (Batgirl, 1602, TMNT), with covers by Heather Campbell (Free Comic Book Day 2016: The Legend of Korra), and consultation by TV series co-creator and executive producer Bryan Konietzko.

Turf Wars begins with Korra and Asami leaving the spirit world and returning to Republic City only to find political hijinks and human vs. spirit conflict, as a pompous developer plans to turn the new spirit portal into an amusement park, potentially severing an already tumultuous connection with the spirits. In addition, the triads have realigned and are in a brutal brawl at the city’s borders where hundreds of evacuees have relocated.  In order to get through it all, Korra and Asami vow to look out for each other—but first, they’ve got to get better at being a team.
No information as to why Brittney Williams (who’s been great on Hellcat) isn’t the artist but Koh does great work.  I’m very curious to see if they will be showing more of the Korra/Asami relationship, which would be great to show some LGBTQ representation to younger readers.  The story sounds like classic Avatar, with a mix of serious and fun.  Can’t wait!  I’ll update the post when pre-orders show up at Amazon, or head to your local comics shop and pre-order there!
Books Review

Book Review – The Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series, Book One: Air

KorraNaga*whew* That’s quite a title.  I got a chance to check out the book thanks to a review copy from Netgalley, and it’s great.  I love The Legend of Korra almost as much as its predecessor, Avatar: The Last Airbender, but I’m also fascinated by the creators, Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino.  Whether it’s fun sketches, behind-the-scenes pictures, or deep thoughts about story and plotting, there’s always something interesting coming from them.  The Art of the Animated Series is no different, other than adding in the insights of artist Joaquim Dos Santos and some beautiful art from Ki-Hyun Ryu.  DC comics fans would know him from his work on the Justice League cartoon, as well as the DC Showcase shorts.

The book begins with the early development of the show, including early character design for Korra, Mako and Bolin.  Asami was totally going to be a bad guy, by the way, but they liked her too much, and I agree.  Team Avatar always needs a non-bender.  From there, it continues on through each episode of the show, highlighting new characters and places as they appeared, all accompanied by little insights from the creators.  For instance, Shiro Shinobi (the pro-bending announcer guy) has ‘Larry King’ shoulders.  The attention to detail as they point out something they thought about and put in (and yet would be impossible to see unless you were looking REALLY hard) is impressive.

If this sounds like something you’d like, get your copy here.