I sat in my bedroom on December 19, 2014, listening to the beautiful end credits of the Legend of Korra finale in disbelief. For a moment, everything seemed silent, and I was filled with a sense of validation and happiness. The season finale of Legend of Korra officially introduced one of the first cannon LGBTQ protagonists in children's animation, confirming that the Avatar was bisexual and in a relationship with a woman! Three years later, the legend continues in Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part One, picking up where the animated series left off.
In this first part of a three-part story, Korra and Asami explore the Spirit World together the two expand on their relationship together, talking about the beginning of their attraction to each other as well as spending much-deserved vacation time cuddling and flirting. However, trouble soon arises, as conflict between the Spirit World and the mortal one begin to flare up, and suddenly the honeymoon is over (not the official honeymoon of course, but here's hoping for the future.)
After the events of the last season, things are still pretty chaotic in Republic City. Following the destruction within the last battle, the metropolis is in dire need of reconstruction. Thousands of citizens have been displaced from their homes and gangs riot in the city. But the President of Republic City seems to be more concerned about his public image than the actual welfare of his citizens (why does that sound familiar…) and the burden of Republic City's responsibilities are placed yet again on the Avatar's shoulders. Meanwhile a greedy developer has his eye on the Spirit Portals, wanting to turn one of the most sacred parts of the city into commercial profit (again, eerily familiar). As Korra and Asami try to figure out how to handle this situation, as well as the beginning of their relationship, the two must learn how to rely on each other and others more than ever.
Honestly, I was grinning the entire time I was reading this comic. Written by Michael DiMartino, one of the original creators of Legend of Korra, and gorgeously illustrated by Irene Koh), the comic is a fluid combination of storytelling and incredible art. I was instantly hooked from the first page, delving into romance, action, humor, and all the things they loved about the Avatar Universe, and more. The comic explores the topic of queerness within the Avatar Universe, revealing previously established characters as queer, as well as expanding upon the different sociopolitical opinions each nation holds towards sexuality and same-sex relationships.
What’s more, Koh self-identities as a "bisexual martial arts-practicing Asian woman" (https://previewsworld.com/Article/191100-Koh-Kicks-Back-And-Communicates-About-Korra), allowing for a greater sense of authenticity in intersectional queer representation. The comic is perfect for all ages, providing some necessary representation for young queer individuals, who will need material such as this to navigate their own exploration of identity and self-acceptance. If you haven’t already picked up this comic, then I suggest hoping on a polar bear dog and running to the nearest bookstore as quickly as possible! Trust me, you won’t regret it.