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Konietzo and DiMartino Announce Legend of Korra Comic Book

Joey Sack ’17 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer

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The Legend of Korra wrapped up its four-season run on Nickelodeon this past December, with many fans hoping that the finale’s heartwarming ending would be expanded upon in some way. During a panel with Avatar co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino at San Diego Comic Con, it was announced that The Legend of Korra would continue in the form of a comic book series by Dark Horse Comics, the same publisher of the Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novels.

At the moment, there are few actual details involving the plot, except that the series will focus on the development of Korra and Asami’s romantic relationship while covering some of the changes the world will be going through following the events of the finale. The development of Korra’s relationship with Asami will be the most intriguing, as theirs is one of the first LGBT couples in Western animation, which makes Korra the first openly LGBT protagonist in Western animation. One of the criticisms some viewers had of the Korra finale was that the “Korrasami” ending was a bit rushed. This comic book series will help to flesh out what attracted the two women to each other (even more than the clear indications in Books 3 and 4), and readers will get the chance to see their relationship develop even further.

Three volumes of graphic novels are planned, with Avatar and Korra co-creator Michael DiMartino writing the story and fellow co-creator Bryan Konietzko consulting on the artwork. It’s great to hear that Mike and Bryan will continue doing work for the Avatar franchise, and it’s a good way for the co-creators to continue working together, since they have also started working on their own separate graphic novel projects.

The Legend of Korra graphic novels from Dark Horse Comics do not yet have a release date, but in related news, the first part of the next Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novel series, Smoke and Shadows, will be released this September. Check back in the coming months for more analysis of Korra-related news.

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