Are You Upset that Book 2 of The Legend of Korra is Taking so Long to Release? Don’t be, This is a Good Thing

This offseason has been tough on the Legend of Korra fandom so far. The long hiatus has taken a tole on many fans and it’s starting to show as many of them are beginning to reach their breaking point. Their frustration and disgust with the lack of consistent news is beginning to show and, to a certain degree, it’s almost expected. But that doesn’t mean it’s necessary.

What if told you that I’m actually happy that Book 2 is taking this long to come out? What if I told you that the longer we wait for Book 2, the happier I’d be? You’d probably think that I’d gone crazy somewhere along the lines of writing this blog. I wouldn’t blame you for thinking that either.

But the crazy thing about it is that these are in fact my current views. I really am happy that Book 2 is taking this long to be completed. I’m happy to wait as long as it takes. But before you start looking for an insane asylum to check me into, let me explain my self.

Avatar has always been a show defined for its story telling. The way Mike and Bryan have been able to create the Avatar World through story telling and the development of characters has truly been remarkable. It’s an art that requires quality-time and patience. It’s not something that can be rushed and completed at will.

One television series that is able to crank out episodes at will is South Park. I remember watching a documentary called “Six Days to Air” where they basically showed the process of creating an entire South Park episode. It was an entertaining watch, no doubt, but it showed how the South Park team is able to crank out a single episode in 6 days. Keep in mind that one episode of South Park is equally as long as an episode of The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. 6 days is absurdly fast.

The reason why I bring this up is because South Park episodes weren’t always prepared in 6 days. The studio used to take its time with it, but slowly the time per episode decreased until they hit the 6 day mark. And as a result, the quality of South Park has been on a steady decline ever since.

By complaining about the wait time for Book 2, we are essentially asking Mike and Bryan to rush the creative process behind developing episodes. If Mike and Bryan ever decided to pull a “South Park” and rush the process of developing episodes, it would be all too obvious as the quality of Avatar would also take a massive dip.

Avatar would lose its identity because its a show that’s been praised for its quality, not its quantity. If you felt that Book 1 had its fair share of issues, imagine how it would’ve turned out if Mike and Bryan rushed it even more than some people felt they did. Imagine what it would’ve been like if they cranked out each episode in 6 days. For the record, I don’t think this would be possible even if Mike and Bryan wanted to, but I think you get the idea. Rushing the creative process behind Avatar should not be done.

Every day, Mike and Bryan are hard at work, doing their best to complete Book 2 in a timely manner. And the longer they take, the more effort they are able to put in. The more effort they put in, the better the Book.

So in a sense, the best way to look at this long off season is that the longer we wait, the better Book 2 will be. So what if we don’t get a trailer? So what if we’ve been left in the dark? The only thing information on Book 2 will do is raise our level of excitement. But in the end, there will never be a substitute for the excitement we will feel when Book 2 actually airs. We may not know exactly when that is, but again, who cares? So what if Book 2 airs during the Summer or the Fall? Obviously most of us would prefer the Summer, but if it happened to premiere in the Fall, that just means the Book will be even better. And why would you want Book 2 to be deprived of quality? The wait for Book 2 is temporary, but the quality that defines Book 2 will last forever.

We wouldn’t want Mike and Bryan to mess that up just to cut a few months off the planned premiere date, would we?

Please leave your thoughts below in the new commenting system I implemented.

  • Jeremy

    Personally I really don’t care when they release it, as long as they don’t cancel the show. If they cancel the show, THEN I will be pissed. I bet that Mike and Bryan wouldn’t be very happy about it either…. Oh and Keval I don’t know if you saw my other post, but there’s something wrong with your blog. I noticed that apostrophes are showing as random numbers and letters… then again it could just be my browser.

    • Keval

      Hey Jeremy,

      Yeah I’m aware of that problem. I’m on vacation right now, so when I get home I’ll do my best to get is resolved as soon as possible. Thanks for letting me know, though!

    • DunbansBiggestFanForever

      With the success the first Book had as well as A:TLA previously, I highly doubt the show will be canceled. That would be tons of work just gone to waste.

  • Joey

    I don’t mind that it is taking so long to release, I am upset because Nick will not tell us when it will be released, and that we keep getting jerked around. Now I know a week or so ago you posted a thread saying they might not even know the release date. I don’t believe it though, they know, they can release it anytime they want, they wouldn’t let one of their most successful shows just sit in limbo. They pull the strings not Bryan and Mike. They could tell us when to expect it, it doesn’t even have an exact date just a season will do fine.

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      Hey Joey,

      Yeah I really don’t think Nickelodeon knows it yet, but that’s just my opinion.

      • http://twitter.com/AirspeedPrime Morgan Bannon

        Most people are frustrated because of Nick not saying anything. I think everyone understands how long the show takes to make and that Nick may not know the date until weeks before it airs. The problem is and has been since Book 1 ended, that Nick have effectively ignored Korra completely. All they need to do is try and be helpful and not make it seem like it is an annoyance to interact with fans.

        Lets look at Nick Uk, who I have been in contact with for the past few months about the Uk release of Korra. I have not even mentioned to them that I run a site myself, so to a random fan they are giving me in depth and helpful replies to every message I send them, Explaining their decisions, just today they told me the month for Korra for the Uk and Ireland.

        Nick USA have never responded to me.

        Tells a big story with the difference between the two Nick’s.

        -Morgan (Airspeed Prime)

        • crystalline

          So when is the month?

          • http://twitter.com/AirspeedPrime Morgan Bannon

            Nick Uk told me Book 1 will air in the UK and Ireland in May. They are not 100% sure but it may be May 12th at 9am.
            They even explained to me why they cannot be sure, Nick America just need to say anything about the show.

          • crystalline

            Oh wow cool thanks good to know.

  • crystalline

    I agree that we should be patient if we want quality, however whats making this stressul is the fact that we have all been swayed into believing that the release of book 2 is close and all this new information from lok cast is buidling us up for excitement which of course is gonna make us mad when all of a sudden they say ohhh jk that was inaccurate info. If we have to wait a while they need to just telk us!! I dont mind waiting its just I, and im sure other people, dont like to get all jumpy and anxious inside from false info constantly. Fans just wany structure and accuracy. If it comes out in fall, which i strongly doubt, then i want to at least know so I dont have this false anticipation inside me and i know when to be excited and when to be patient and move on to something thats happening in the now for a bit.

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      Yeah, being swayed into believing false information has really been the downfall of this off season. If we didn’t have to deal with that it would have been 10 times better.

      • crystalline

        Keval you are a very helpful and insightful person. Thank you:)

  • disqus_48E4ai3way

    theyve teasedus up to the point you no longer care how long itll be juat as long as it comes out. i dont mind waiting untill fall as long as we do have a day to look forward to

  • crystalline

    April 26!!!! Lok is coming

    • DunbansBiggestFanForever

      lol prove it

      • crystalline

        Read a comment saying janet tweeted it for april 26

        • Keval

          That would be an April Fools joke, I’m afraid. I checked Twitter as soon as I read that haha.

        • qwerty

          FINALLY!!! SOMEONE ACTUALLY SAW MY COMMENT!!! YES, JANET VARNEY DID TWEET THE CONFIRMED RELEASE DATE WAS APRIL 26, BUT NOW SHE’S DELETED IT. I TOOK A SCREENSHOT OF IT, BUT I CANT UPLOAD IT RIGHT NOW.

          • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

            E-mail me the screen shot: contact.legendofkorra@gmail.com

          • qwerty

            April Fools, guys. Sorry if I got your hopes up (even though that was kind of the point >:) I apologize if some of you found this too cruel, and understand if you’re angry at me. But, if you think this was cruel, you should’ve seen my face when I found out youtube was “shutting down” today.

          • crystalline

            Just a question. Why? Whats the point of that?

          • qwerty

            I wish I knew crystalline, I wish I knew

          • crystalline

            Lol guess your stuck wondering…

          • DunbansBiggestFanForever

            fuck you buddy. fuck you

          • crystalline

            Sweet and thanks…..i wanna believe you. I know that multiple lok members did mention that lok fans would not be disappointed this month so i know something is coming!!! …

          • khsora

            Not saying I don’t believe you I just want to make SURE that someone wasn’t playing a clever (and awful) April Fools Joke. I’ve had my hopes dashed and thrown in the mud about two thousand times waiting for Book 2. Did she tweet yesterday? Here’s hoping its not a joke…

  • DunbansBiggestFanForever

    The least Nick could do is give fans some accurate info regarding release dates for ONCE. That’s the main thing fans have a problem with, not that its taking so long but because we have absolutely no idea when to expect a release date. For all we know, this shit could be delayed till 2014! Nevertheless, this is a great article. I agree 100%, the longer it takes, the more amount of quality should be put into the show’s development process. I just hope it…y’know…at least comes this year. But that’s pretty much bound to happen.

  • http://twitter.com/emilyofjane Emily Anderson

    I totally agree. :)

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      Thanks Emily!

  • somerandomdude

    Fortunately, Nick sent a tweet saying that the Legend of Korra has been postponed until 2014. http://images.4chan.org/co/src/1364852463165.jpg

    • crystalline

      That tweet didnt even specify what book….shouldnt it have said legend of korra (book 2)…….

    • DunbansBiggestFanForever

      THAT’D BETTER BE A JOKE…WHAT THE HELL? IF THAT’S TRUE I’M GONNA LOSE IT

    • Keval

      Don’t freak guys. It’s a joke. Tweet doesn’t exist. Edits are fun.

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      I can’t find the tweet on Nickelodeon’s feed so as far as I know, this picture is an edit. If someone finds the tweet on Nickelodeon’s feed, please link me to it.

      • crystalline

        Its so obviously an edit. I believe and KNOW that for multiple reasons.

  • http://twitter.com/joeshmo08551756 joe shmo

    I totally agree, quality is much more important than timing. However, that does not explain why they have delayed the DVD release date. The recordings were finished a while ago. The episodes got erased from my dvr and I want to watch them on my TV again.

    • DunbansBiggestFanForever

      I know, right? When in the name of Appa is the DVD going to come out?

  • http://www.facebook.com/tamuscat Thomas Anthony Muscat

    I agree. Another example is the game ‘BioShock Infinite’. Fans faced one delay after another (which was actually referred to in an in-game joke in the finalised version), much to their frustration. However, the finalised game has received so much praise (even surpassing the original BioShock) that the dedication of the creators at Irrational Games had to their vision of the finished game was easily deemed worth waiting a bit longer. I’d take quality over quantity any day.

  • http://twitter.com/BBandiera Ben Bandiera

    I totally agree, but it would still be nice for a heads up. Honestly if they came out and did say book 2 wasn’t airing until 2014 I’d be happy, just as long as they announce something. And I’ll just continue rewatching my TLA DVDs and LOK recordings until its 100% ready.

  • Kyle Edgecomb

    They could at least give us a teaser or something to raise the excitement more, but it was said we might get some info later this month, praying that we do

  • josh

    agreed, the last airbender and the legend of korra are two shows that I am very glad are not rushed. I never even believed it was possible for a cartoon to be so addictive and kick ass. my favorite movie is ATLA book 3 last four episodes phoenix king through avatar aang. thats how good this show is. like someone else said, it is not the fact that it is taking so long to release book 2, it’s all the false release dates being thrown around and then on nickelodeon tumblr it said something about not until 2014?!?!?! and then the voice actors are still saying sometime this year… WTF?!?! please, for the love of god just give us something… anything…. Ive read all the comics, ive seen every episode of atla and tlok at least 10 times each (not even exaggerating), read all the comics except for the second part of the search which also has not come out yet?!?! just someone give a real date or timeframe something

  • josh

    by the way thanks for this blog, its the only objective posting on korra i can find.
    p.s. i read some douchebag say something about lok sucks because it was deus ex machina at the end of “endgame” when aang gives korra her bending back. anyone who thinks that can kiss my hairy white ass, korra is the avatar, no one can take her powers, not even amon. psssssh *scoff

  • Filmeditor16

    True. That’s what I have been thinking in the back of my mind. But Nick should at least give us a decent timeline of events. They need to communicate with us, when the general idea of a release date or trailer. I understand why there not because if there’s a snag, they won’t want to mislead us. But at the same time they are keeping us wandering around in the dark without a flashlight. We have absolutely no idea what’s going to happen next. There aren’t any big events for the next few months. That means we could all wake up one morning to a trailer posted on Nicks website. We don’t know at this point. I wouldent put you in a mental institution. Your right, the longer we wait, the better it will be. Besides we will all be in mental institutions by the time it airs. By the way, I decided to start writing a Korra blog! I wasent copying you I swear, I just thought I could practice my writing and I could get credit for it in school! I don’t think any one has been on it yet, so if you have a spare moment, you can check it out if you want to! http://www.korranewstoday.blogspot.com

    • crystalline

      Great blogspot i checked it out. I tried to vomment but was having too many problems. Its really nicr though i support you.:)

  • David Tichy

    There is another Upside to this that nobody pointed out. The fact that Mike & Brian are working on Season 3 now. This could take out a BIG wait for Book 3. Lets say Book 2 Starts October (Which I hope doesn’t) and ends in December. For All we know we could have Book 3 in May! Then by that time Book 4 will be to an end of making and out in January maybe. I think this is profit game Nickelodeon is playing, and it is now a good one to the fans and to Nickelodeon.

  • David Tichy

    Could you e-mail the pic of the Tweet by Janet Varney david.tichy.15@gmail.com @tichy_d on twitter.

  • Lorenzo

    To be honest, I believe the reason Nick hasn’t given us information is because it is a marketing scheme. I know it sounds odd, but bear with me.

    The day Book 2 finally airs, LoK fans are going to be on that like starving flies on korra doo doo. I really believe it to be some cruel marketing ploy. People will be so starving for Korra that when it DOES come out, we are going to gouge ourselves in it. Honestly, do you really think they are going to lose fans from this long wait? Avatar is their most popular show, and anybody who does “lose hope” so to speak will more than likely jump right on the Korra bandwagon when it is on television again.

    I do hate to be cynical, but what are your thoughts?

    • crystalline

      I agree that no matter how long we wait once lok airs fans will immediately gravitate toward it; however, i do not think nick is keeping us waiting for marketing purposes. I seriously think they do not know or they know and we just have to wait a little while more before they release new info and a trailer. I strongly believe and know something is coming this month. There are sooo many signs. I think we all just need to be patient a little while longer because we supposedly wont be disappointed this month. Its coming ,just a matter of time.

      • Lorenzo

        Why would it not be a marketing ploy? It’s perfect. Us unsuspectign Avatar fans just waiting for that juicy morsel and Nickelodeon makes us wait ‘just’ a little longer. When we do get that first bite, their viewings (and most likely ratings) will be uberhigh.

    • http://www.facebook.com/landon.dickey.9 Landon Dickey

      I don’t believe it is their most popular show, as Drake and Josh re-runs came back and you have all of those shows on Teen nick, Nick Jr, Nick at night, Nick, Nickelodian, etc. Yes Nick and Nickelodian are two different stations.

      • Lorenzo

        Their most popular show on NIckelodean, yes. In comparison to their other stations, I don’t know.

  • josh

    I got a question that maybe one of you can shed some light on. It was about 3 or 4 weeks ago, and I had heard that book 2 was coming out in March, and of course I was excited out of my mind, but as the days started passing in march and I saw not even a smidgen of news or a trailer about korra, I went onto wikipedia to see if anything official had been anounced because nick.com has not posted anything useful in…. well never. Anyways, to the point, on the wikipedia website for book 2, it specifically said “The Legend of Korra book 2 which will be entitled “Spirits” has no official date set to air in the United States…” and then went on to say “…”Book 2 (the second part of season 1) is set to air April 26 2013 in Japan…” (I believe it was the 26th, I am taking these quotes from memory, so I could be off by a few days, but I am positive it was April twenty-something). now If you go onto the wikipedia sites, I cannot find it on the TLOK wiki, the ATLA wiki, or the wiki that is specifically made for TLOK book 2. did anyone else happen to catch that? and whether or not anyone did, IS IT ACTUALLY POSSIBLE THAT TLOK BOOK 2 WOULD COME OUT IN JAPAN BEFORE THE STATES? I remember when I saw that, I was psyched because I was absolutely positive that book 2 would come out in April sometime before the Japanese date. Now that whole shabang is shot down, and it leaves me wondering if anyone else saw that because it seems to have miraculously disappeared like everything else seeming to lead into any new korra stuff. The people on here seem to know their korra stuff pretty well and keval seems to be pretty up to date with his stuff, so i figure someone on here would know.

    • http://www.facebook.com/landon.dickey.9 Landon Dickey

      I’m not quite sure, but I know Spongebob aired in Japan before the US. I think Nick anime/cartoon series gets alot of their sponsors and other stuff like that from Japan. If you know how, and I’m not suggesting this as it is a copywrite infringement if you are caught, but you can get a voice override (note: it won’t be the character’s actual voice) and translate the Japan version into English, add it to the voice override and there have it, an unwanted episode. You will know what happens to decrease your anxiety, but you won’t get the actual feel. I really do not suggest this, but what you can do it watch the Japan version from an anime streaming sight and translate the words, then add a sub to it, or wait for the sub version to come out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/landon.dickey.9 Landon Dickey

    Here’s the thing, release dates are always changing, someone on the team could get sick or injured, there could be a few glitchy episodes, there could be episodes that need to be completely changed. For all we know all of Book 2 could be finished with just minor tweaking or something delaying this. Like Keval was saying, quantity or QUALITY?

    They don’t have a large team like South Park or other TV series that have seen high ratings. Here is what I say: Let the anxiety and enthusiasm build, so that when Book 2 is released, you will be happy enough to watch that one episode 24/7; this is if they really take their time and try to make it appealing to most viewers. Many people were disappointed with Book 1 Episode 1 because the show had too much going on and the fact that it just looked bad compared to the original Avatar, but as the story line unfolded, people saw that it was right around the quality of Avatar: The Last Airbender.

    • crystalline

      I definitely agree with everything you said and i do believe that book 2 is definitely finished and they have minor tweaking to do.

  • David Tichy

    MO FO! NICK MADE A POST LEGEND OF KORRA’S COMIN BACK IN F***IN MAYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ako-Si-David/100003729847473 Ako Si David

      That’s Book 1 for UK, not Book 2

  • David Tichy
  • David Tichy

    HOLY SHIT!

  • David Tichy

    WAIT! UK is JUST getting iGoodbye. So If Legend of Korra Is Coming in May 12, THEN IT MUST F***ING BE COMING IN APRIL HOLY SHIT!

  • David Tichy

    THIS IS NO APRIL FOOLS JOKE SOMEBODY RESPOND QUICK! KEVAL HOLY SHIT!!!!

    • crystalline

      Yea but it seemed like it was saying that legend of korra as a whole will be premiering not legend of korra “book 2″ will be airing in may. I think the UK is just now getting acces to lok…i dont think this has much to do with the premiere of book 2 unfortunately.:/

      • David Tichy

        Oh yea. It says Season 1. Dangit :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ako-Si-David/100003729847473 Ako Si David

    Quality takes time, but not this long… I hope that Book 2 is worth the wait… this long wait is making me set high expectations for the show… I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

    • crystalline

      Good point. We may think that the longer wait the better the quality but what if it really isnt as great as we hope it to be?……

  • MitchGunner

    Avatar- The Promise Parts 1-3 Review

    INTRODUCTION
    The Promise is a Dark Horse comic book series set in the events following the Book 3 finale of the original television series.  I’m not a fan of comic books, though I never really gave them much of a chance, so the only reasons I decided to read The Promise was because of my love for the show and my anticipation for Book 2 of The Legend of Korra.  I was both pleasantly surprised and expectedly unimpressed with some of it’s qualities.  Hopefully, this review will help support my opinion…

    STORY
    Storytelling has always been a specialty of the Avatar series, as it provides complex and meaningful themes, and captures the realities of a world at war, all while incorporating an incredibly dense mythos comparable to that of Star Wars.  Unfortunately, The Promise doesn’t always stay true to these aspects and, instead focuses on what seems like filler material that never made it into the original series.  As negative as that sounds, it’s not necessarily a bad thing.  A lot of the filler material in ATLA is used to develop characters in interesting ways, which The Promise actually takes advantage of.  Basically, there are a few different story arcs occurring: Aang and Katara attempting to enforce the “Harmony Restoration Movement,” oddly named by Sokka, then there’s Toph, with Sokka’s assistance, training a group of kids to metal-bend, and finally, Zuko struggling not to follow in his father’s footsteps as Firelord.  The greater of the three is definitely Zuko’s arc which most resembles ATLA and possesses the best dialogue and drama in The Promise.  The Aang/Katara story is primarily solid with a bright mood and some fun action sequences involving some returning characters and some new ones.  As for gripes, Katara and Aang’s romantic sides show once and a while and I agree with Sokka… It gives me the “oogies.”  Their romance is awkwardly written, as they often refer to each other as “sweetie” which feels forced at times.  Yes, we get it… We watched the show and we know they’re in love, so why must you remind us so frequently?!  A slight problem I have with the Aang/Katara arc is it’s more childlike mood.  It’s hard to take scenes seriously with the completely unserious feel to the story.  It’s limiting and detracts from the mature storytelling the show is known for.  The Toph/Sokka arc is, by far, the weakest.  It has a little humor with the addition of Sokka, but it doesn’t emanate as well as it did in ATLA.  Even Toph’s sarcasm isn’t on par with what it used to be, but the humor isn’t always failing (I found myself smiling a couple of times).  The story itself is very cliche, unlike the unique and intriguing stories told in the original show.  Of the three main arcs, the Toph/Sokka one definitely feels the most “fillery.”  Luckily, Zuko’s side story with Ozai takes the material more serious and is pretty good for the most part.  During my reading, I was usually eager to get through the other stories to the Zuko/Ozai and Aang/Roku scenes which seemed to move the story along the most, despite being separate from the central plot.  The dialogue, while not phenomenal, is superior to the rest of The Promise thus making these one-on-one character sequences the stand outs of the story.  However, the most successful part of the story is how it’s formatted.  It follows the “classic Avatar” formula of having multiple groups of characters on their own journeys that, eventually meet up in the end for one important confrontation.  It gives the separate mini-stories a purpose that would have, otherwise, left them feeling unnecessary.  The Promise manages to blend it’s 3 arcs in the conclusion and, for me, it’s the best accomplishment.  The climax and ending are fitting because of it.  Overall, when it comes to storytelling, The Promise is a mixed bag, with some solid arcs that clearly respect the original series and some less impressive ones that bog down the experience.  I liked the character interaction between Zuko and Ozai, and Aang and Roku, but, outside of that, there’s just too many fan girls and Karate Kid rip-offs (respectable coach – Toph – with unconfident students turned confident vs. overconfident students under a wild teacher – the fire-benders) for me to say the same about the rest of The Promise. 

    CHARACTERS
    The characters of The Promise are also hit and miss.  Obviously, the main characters from ATLA are already established and great in their own ways, but not all of the new characters are very good.  They’re primarily straight forward and 2-dimensional.  One character named Kori is a little more complex because of her personal conflict between being an Earth bender and part of the Fire Nation.  She’s my favorite from the set of new characters and I enjoy her ignorant confidence which adds a fun quality to her personality.  On the opposite end, I don’t care for Toph’s metal-bending students at all.  Not only are they generic, they’re also very flat.  You got the immature little kid, the oversensitive larger kid, and the depressed kid with a hidden softer side.  The three are better left forgotten.  Zuko undergoes some serious change in his arc, some of which I found to be a little severe.  His psychological state shapes the premise of the story and is the most successful portion, but he seems a bit out of character at times.  I don’t think he would be willing to nearly start a war and oppose the Avatar’s judgment simply because of Ozai’s influence.  It seems more like the kind of stubborn decision making that he had grown out of in ATLA.  Another stretch is Earth King Kuei’s sudden strive to “show he’s a man.”  It’s a little goofy, but it’s not a big deal considering his absence from the majority of the narrative.  On a positive note, the most promising aspect of The Promise is revealed through how it deals with past characters: it’s ability to take them in new directions.  Yes, I think Zuko’s change to being a cold-hearted Firelord is odd, but, at the same time, it’s interesting seeing what happens to him because of it.  The same can be said for King Kuei.  In this sense filler material is useful, as it creates a blank canvas for the characters to evolve in different ways.  The Promise’s character potential is greater than what it presents in the actual story, though what it has isn’t terrible.  The return of past characters is cool, but the new characters mare the overall package.   

    PRESENTATION
    I don’t read comics so I don’t really have anything to compare to The Promise presentation-wise, but I’ll try my best.  The Promise utilizes the same visual style as the TV version (clean lines, lots of colors, and vast landscapes).  The only thing that the promise fails to replicate is the character designs.  They look a little inaccurate and make the characters look younger than they are supposed to be.  Rather than having the appearance of the matured, aged heroes they became, Katara, Sokka, and Aang look like they’re from season one of the show.  Technically, that’s how they should look, since the series occurred over the course of a year, but, by Book 3, there was an obvious change to their features that made them seem more grown up.  On the other hand, the side characters like Smellerbee and Longshot are nailed in design, looking like they’re pulled straight from ATLA.  Throughout The Promise, the presentation supports the mood of each scene with a variety of colors and lighting.  There’s one moment in particular when Earth-benders and Fire-benders are battling and it’s raining which makes the situation more intense and dark.   Also, the heavier contrasts in the scenes with Zuko and Ozai, and Aang and Roku help the mood feel atmospheric and tense.  The bright, vibrant color palette is applied and it pays off in spades.  As far as I can tell, The Promise is a pleasure to the eyes.

    ENTERTAINMENT VALUE
    Apart from the flaws, there is still fun to be had with The Promise.  If you’re a fan of the original series you may enjoy the references to past events and characters, as well as the returning art style.  The side stories don’t do much to progress Aang’s journey, though the filler material approach adds some variety.  The humor is okay.  I suspect that viewers of the TV show will be a little let down by how the comedy is translated in the comic.  However, there are some nice gags from Sokka, as usual.  The action is pretty good, but it’s actually quite uncommon and most of the focus is placed on The Promise’s story.  It’s very simplistic, but it’s not bad.  Just don’t be expecting a lot of depth.  The Promise is better read as something to pass the time, in my opinion, with some mindless laughs and mild action to keep the reader occupied.  It’s an entertaining mini-story for the Avatar universe to tackle. 

    CONCLUSION
    When I came across The Promise, I was expecting something worse than what I discovered.  Sure, it may not be as good as the TV version, but it’s still enjoyable and contains some nice call-backs to ATLA that will appeal to the fans.  I can’t say I would recommend The Promise to any ordinary reader.  I would recommend it mainly to fans of the original series eager to go on another journey with the old “Gaang” or to readers willing to keep an open mind.  In conclusion, The Promise is average with some obvious and frequent flaws along side some prominent strengths which is why I give it a 7/10. 

    I’m planning on reading The Search in hopes that the new series can redeem it’s broken qualities and, most importantly, to learn the truth about Zuko’s mother…

  • DunbansBiggestFanForever

    At the end of the day, everyone just needs to be patient. It’ll come when it comes and good things happen to those who wait.

    • crystalline

      Amen

  • somerandomdude

    I hate Korra.

    • DunbansBiggestFanForever

      so….what are you doing here? lol

  • Jonelle

    No one’s asking them to rush out the episodes. We know they’re working as hard as they possibly can and we accept that. We want the best quality there is. But what irks me is the constant lack of updates and the damn secrecy of when the show is coming out. We just want information, details that can tide us over with this long wait, how about a frickin’ trailer at least? There is NONE of that. No promotion, nothing other than the few bits we get from Bryke and the creative team on tumblr. And that’s only because we fans are so dedicated we have to scour that site daily for any little bit of news. So yes, I will continue to be frustrated because Nickelodeon – this is on you. I, in no way, blame the LoK team for taking long. I just want…something.

  • http://twitter.com/I_Love_Bolin Jirah Hicks

    Oh. My. God. Everyone the second season is done finished completed seychelle Gabriel said they are even working on

  • Abdul Mubdi Bindar

    An extremely brilliant thought!! Firstly, I think people seems to forget the essential thing of art: Art cannot be rushed. As it’s said in Toys Story 3. Secondly, it’s not about when the release exactly is, but it’s about whether the release exactly will be happened or not. And if they say the Book 2 will be absolutely released, I think we don’t need to be frustated.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hiLLneR88 Ryan Hillner

    from the news, I’ve been reading, I’ve heard that book 2 is basically all done with the exception of a few touch-ups and stuff and have already been working on book 3!!! so wtf, how much more time and effort do they need to put into it?! If book 2 won’t air till Fall (or summer for that matter) whats the damn hold up, do touch-ups really take that long? My impression of this whole thing is that they want to complete all the books before they start airring Korra again so, they won’t make us wait long again.

  • PerfectlyFlawed

    I disagree with the under handed statement of south park… South park goes off of what is going on in the world around us or whats trending that is why it is able to pump episodes out so quickly its stuff thats just being exaggerated. This doesn’t mean that south park is a bad show they just dont have to come up with their own world and back ground all of this has already been set in place years ago being 16 seasons in they have devoloped a formula to creating shows quickly not to mention technology has gotten much better.

    Furthermore you need to take into consideration the different animation styles… Ignorant post in my opinion. Comparing two completely different types of shows to justify why they are taking forever. The truth is they are working hard to make the show the best they can if you cant be patient you’re more than likely a child which is fine being as this is a kids show. However if adults are crying over this thats just sad… Theres tons of anime and other shows to watch in the mean time. Please don’t talk shit on shows just because you watched a “documentary” that doesn’t give you the authority on how shows are made.

    Regardless I too hope that they release Book 2, but I wont waste my time trying to keep tabs on it. Oh and if your wondering how I end up here thats simple… I typed in google “avatar legend of korra book 2″ thought this was gonna be insightful but instead its just bs.

    Oh and for those who think im just some south park fan being pissed because my show got attacked guess again. I love both shows and I dont really need to defend a show with 16 seasons now do I. Just thought this would be fun. Educating people is always a pleasure.

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      You sound like a fuckboy.

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  • nari18

    actually they’re almost done with book 2. they already started on book 3.

  • kid version

    It’s annoying because they won’t give us and idea about it at all! Like Half life episode 3. 7 years and nothing… korra’s first season only had 12 episodes. TWELVE! If it had 26 I wouldn’t be complaining as much. But it literally had less than half or a real season all because they rushed the stupid finale. That and the fact that it’s taking forever to come out has damaged my feelings about this show. Yes I love the story and the characters, but the finale and this wait has almost made my interest and excitement in this show fade and diminish completely. I actually forgot about this show till I was looking something up on youtube. If it needs time to work on a season and a NON RUSHED ENDING/FINALE. Then I’m fine with it. But as far as wikipedia says, season 2 is only gonna be 13 episodes long. That’s pretty lame. TMNT almost has 26 and it’s almost been a year. Korra… nope… It better not be rushed and it better be exciting and they better not make Makko a cheating jerk! And Bolin better have more to him then just cheap comedy. Surprise me Nick, make me hang on the edge of my seat, make me beg for more. Or I’m afraid that this show like many other good one’s will be gone forever. Don’t let this one slip.

    That is all…
    ~kid version