Graphic Novel Review: The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part One

As a reward for passing my essay exam this morning, and subsequently the important class I was enrolled in, I went to the bookstore tonight and picked up the first official continuation of the Legend of Korra series, the Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part One (graphic novel 76 pages) created by Bryan Koonietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino. This particular book is written by Michael Dante DiMartino, art by Irene Koh, colors by Vivian NG, lettering by Nate Piekos of Blambot, and the cover by Heather Campbell with Jake Bak.

“New beginnings for Korra and Asami! After a refreshing sojourn in the Spirit World, Korra and Asami return to Republic City but find nothing but political hijinks and humans vs. spirit conflict! Pompous developer Wonyong Keum plans to turn the new spirit portal into an amusement park, potentially severing an already tumultuous connection with the spirits. At the city’s edge, Zhu Li enlists everyone she can to aid the thousands of hungry and homeless evacuees who have relocated there. Meanwhile, the Triple Threats’ ruthless new leader, Tokuga, is determined to unite the other triads under his rule, no matter the cost. 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!”

This was a really short, but good, read. One of the interesting parts to me is that this is not a “normal” graphic novel or comic book size book. Instead, it’s a bit smaller, which I liked a lot better.

I also liked that the story didn’t pull any punches. This first graphic novel is focused on Korra and Asami’s budding relationship and how hard it is sometimes to find a good balance with someone you care about. Both Korra and Asami are highly dedicated and strong-willed, which means that finding a balance for them is going to be a lot of communication and a lot of making sure they’re being good for and to each other. I think the relationship portrayed in this story is actually accurate.

Overall, I’m happy I purchased this graphic novel, I’d rate it as a high three, and I’m excited to read the next books in the series.

About C.A. Jacobs

Just another crazy person, masquerading as a writer.
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