In an interesting turn of events, Amazon has listed The Art of the Animated Series for Book 3: Change on their website. According to the listing, the art book will be available in stores on January 15th, 2015. While Amazon is considered a reliable source, the release date for this particular product could be a placeholder since it has not been officially announced.
I wasn’t expecting the art book for Book 3 to be listed until sometime after the premiere of the new season, so it’s safe to say that I’m pleasantly shocked. The description of the listing is very much generic for an Avatar-styled art book, so there isn’t much there in terms of Book 3 details.
There are, however, a few Book 3 details visible on the cover of the art book.
The first thing I noticed on the cover was the background. The background appears to depict the Northern Air Temple, which hints at the possibility that Book 3 will visit this particular location. The last we saw of the Northern Air Temple was when the Gaang helped the inventor and Teo fend off the Fire Nation.
The battle left much of the Air Temple’s rocky base in shambles, but it looks like buildings were constructed to fill in the large gap. It will be interesting to see what other changes occurred to the Air Temple in last 70 years.
The last thing I noticed was that Korra appears to be holding a glider. This leads me to believe that Korra will be spending a lot of time in the Air Temples this season – particularly the Northern Air Temple since is appears to be depicted in the background. Since Korra’s animal guide does not fly, the only way for her to reach an Air Temple without a flying bison is by gliding herself.
Korra’s new-found glider will help her do just that.
Day by day, Book 3 appears to be the richest season of Korra yet in terms of content. It’s almost unbelievable that the writers managed to fit it all in 13 episodes. Hopefully we get some news on the release date sooner rather than later.