Following on from Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra quickly become an iconic show. Known for its beautiful animation and mature plot, Legend Of Korra brought a level of style and sophistication to children's programming. Unfortunately, the show did have some network struggles, with Nickelodeon abruptly shifting the episodes to stream online instead of on TV.
After a thrilling and groundbreaking finale, demand is high for more of Korra's story. And that's exactly what we're going to get, in the form of a new comic book which should be published later this year. But will there ever be another TV show set in the Avatar's world?
Why The Comic Is Exactly What Korra Needs
There will be 3 volumes in total of the Legend of Korra comic book, which definitely means that the creators have a lot more story planned for the Avatar.
The creators confirmed that this new story would be set right after Korra and Asami's return from the Spirit World, which means we'll get development of all our favorite characters without having to play catch up. There's plenty to look forward to with this setting, as although all the plot threads were tied up at the end of season 4, we still want to find out how all the characters are getting along. And perhaps the most important thing about the comic's announcement was the fact that yes, the story will focus on Korra and Asami's romantic relationship.
After years of developing Korra and Asami's relationship, the Legend Of Korra season 4 finale confirmed what many of us had always suspected: that the two characters were slowly falling in love.
Of course there were restrictions to how oblique the creators could be, but Bryan Konietzko took to his Tumblr after the show aired in order to confirm that the two ladies were indeed in love.
"Korrasami is canon. You can celebrate it, embrace it, accept it, get over it, or whatever you feel the need to do, but there is no denying it. That is the official story. Korra and Asami fell in love. Were they friends? Yes, and they still are, but they also grew to have romantic feelings for each other."
Konietzko also confirmed that Nickelodeon had worked with the team to make sure the romance was as clear as possible, but as this was primarily a show aimed at children, there was no way Korra and Asami would be awarded the same relationship depiction as the heterosexual relationships in the show (for example, the two sharing a kiss was probably out of the question).
But this, of course, is exactly why the comic is the perfect way to continue the story, as the creators will be unfettered by network restrictions. Of course, Nickelodeon is not the only network out there...
Will Netflix Produce Another Avatar Show?
It's no secret that Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko struggled with Nickelodeon.
"Avatar, especially Korra, is not typical Nickelodeon fare. And so they've had kind of a hard time fitting it into their programming."
So said Konietzko at SDCC 2014, just after the show was removed from Nickelodeon's usual channel and began to air exclusively online. Considering this, it seems highly unlikely that Nickelodeon would order another show set in the Avatar world. So what about another network?
Netflix occasionally picks up shows that were cancelled on other networks but still have a loyal fan following, and so far this has worked well for the streaming service. Of course, their list of shows to pick up is very long, but that hasn't stopped some fans petitioning for a Legend Of Korra movie to be made for a Netflix release.
Personally, I think a show which explores the next Avatar would be far more interesting, especially as the new comic book will continue Korra's story. But it looks like we'll have a long time to wait for this, as Konietzko and DiMartino announced they won't be working on Avatar projects together any time soon.
"We didn't break up, but we are working on different things."
These "different things" are two comics: DiMartino's Geniuses, an exploration of art and magic, and Konietzko's Threadworlds, a scifi adventure about a "scientific superhero".
For the moment, it seems our only glimpse into the Avatar world will be through comic books and in the future... who knows? It would certainly be fascinating to return to this world for the next Avatar's adventures! And until then, at least the Legend Of Korra comic book will satisfy all our Avatar needs.