As a reward for passing my essay exam Monday morning, and subsequently the important class I was enrolled in, I went to the bookstore and picked up the first two official graphic novel continuations of the Legend of Korra series, the Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part Two (graphic novel 76 pages) created by Bryan Koonietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino. This particular book is written by Michael Dante DiMartino, layouts by Irene Koh and Paul Reinwand, art by Irene Koh, colors by Vivian NG, lettering by Nate Piekos of Blambot, and the cover by Heather Campbell with Vivian NG.
“New beginnings for Korra and Asami! On a return trip to the Spirit World, Korra and the Airbenders discover that the lush, beautiful landscape is now dark and desolate – and what little flora remain want to drive humans out! Meanwhile, General Iroh establishes a military presence on the outskirts of the portal, further threatening the balance of human and spirit relations. When things seem to be at their worst, Republic City’s housing crisis reaches its peak and Zhu Li sets her sights on the biggest public figure in the city – President Raiko – in a bid for the presidency! With her friend’s success, the future of the spirit portal, and the wellbeing of Republic City’s citizens at stake, can Korra remain neutral and fulfill her duties as the Avatar?”
I am continuously fascinated by how this series in general deals with politics and the current political environment without this even being about our own modern world. For example, President Raiko is only focused on getting reelected and not on actually listening to the needs of the people. And then he goes around using everything that’s happened in Republic City during the Legend of Korra animated series to make life worse and more miserable for Korra by blaming everything on her instead of working to find a positive solution that would help the majority of his constituents.
Then you get Zhu Li who is working so hard to try to provide for the people and improve their living conditions but she’s going mostly unnoticed in her efforts. This series also shows the difficulties of people in large groups. I’m positive that individually, all the normal people in this series who are refugees and such are wonderful individuals, but when grouped together as a whole, they definitely develop an unhealthy mob-like mentality where they’ll believe whatever voice is talking to them at any given time and not think for themselves, nor attempt to work to solve their issues. They are all quite good at saying what all their problems are but none of them appear willing to go the extra mile to help get their own lives and the lives of everyone else in their situation back to a semblance of positivity.
Korra and Asami’s relationship is being shaped very well and I appreciate the writers for not making everything automatically perfect. Korra and Asami both have a bit to learn about how their relationship works and what each other’s boundaries are, which I think is a very healthy way of representing a real relationship. Korra and Asami are both very strong-willed and they are having some mild communication errors, which makes perfect sense for where they are. I was so hoping to see their date, though. Korra clearly worked to make sure she looked fantastic for Asami and she knew Asami wouldn’t have stood her up. So while I understand and appreciate the plot progress, I am hoping to get to see the date in the next issue in June. I hope we get to see all the cute and romantic things.
Overall, I’d rate this graphic novel as a solid high three on my rating scale. I’m happy I purchased the first two, I look forward to book two in June, and I’ll happily buy more as they’re produced.