I don’t know about the rest of you, but I miss Legend of Korra so freaking much. Every couple of years, I get this insatiable urge to rewatch Avatar: The Last Airbender, and ever since Korra ended in 2014, I’ve folded them in together as one big rewatch. I find them both so lovely and comforting and fun and beautiful. I’ve also been reading Gene Luen Yang’s official comics continuations of Aang and the gang, and really enjoying them, so you bet your ass when I heard that there would be an official comics continuation of Korra, and written by one of the show’s co-creators, no less, I’ve been waiting for it like a little kid on Christmas. The library finally got a copy to me last month, and after I read it (twice in a row), I immediately started rewatching Avatar: TLA. I’d finished both series within the week. Which is all to say, this book felt like Korra in all the ways that matter.
But better because Dark Horse doesn’t care (Like Nickelodeon did) if they show girls kissing and explicitly mention same sex relationships. Woooooo!
The comic picks up right where we left off, with the newly relationshipped Korra and Asami heading off for a (romantic) vacation in the spirit world. They just go for it right away with all the Korrasami up in there, and I was just like yesssss, and had to put the book down for a bit to calm down. Actually, there’s a whole part where Kya is talking to Asami and Korra about her first girlfriend and they discuss the different tribes’ attitudes regarding sexuality, and it was so interesting. (In case you’re curious: the Water Tribe doesn’t really care who you love, as long as you don’t talk about your relationships publically, and they are private about sexuality in general; the Fire Nation didn’t used to care at all, but Ozai and such made it taboo during the war because fascism, and only during Zuko’s reign was it made legal again; the Earth Kingdom was historically the most resistant and traditional and while open condemnation was rare, it did happen; and the Air Nation (big surprise here) was openly accepting of any type of relationship. (P.S. Avatar Kyoshi was totally bi!)
And now I will talk about something other than sex.
As for the actual storyline, Korra and Asami come home early from their spirit world vacation and immediately have to start dealing with the fallout from the creation of the new spirit portal and all the refugees created by the battle with Kuvira in the finale. This all felt very much like a beginning, and I’m not sure where it’s going, but for now I’m just happy to have Korra (and Tenzin, Bolin, Meeko, Jinora, Asami, Varrick and Zhu Li, Su and Lin and all the Beifongs) back in my life, and I shall continue to assume what’s coming will be awesome. (Though it’s pretty hard to top the greatness of season three, let’s be honest.) I read this three times before I finally gave it back to the library. Looks like the next issue won’t be out until 2018 and that is unacceptable.
Oh, and look at Mako’s face when he finds out his two ex-girlfriends are now dating each other: