The Legend of Korra (Ruins of the Empire, #1)
Korra must decide who to trust as the fate of the Earth Kingdom hangs in the balance!On the eve of its first elections, the Earth Kingdom finds its future endangered by its past. Even as Kuvira stands trial for her crimes, vestiges of her imperial ambitions threaten to undermine the nation's democratic hopes. But when Korra, Asami, Mako, and Bolin don't all see eye-to-eye as to the solution, drastic measures will be taken to halt a new march to war!Written by series co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino and drawn by Michelle Wong (Goosebumps: Download and Die), with consultation by Bryan Konietzko, this is the official continuation of the beloved television series!

The Legend of Korra (Ruins of the Empire, #1) Details

TitleThe Legend of Korra (Ruins of the Empire, #1)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 21st, 2019
PublisherDark Horse
ISBN-139781506708942
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GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Comics, Young Adult, LGBT, Fiction, Media Tie In, Graphic Novels Comics, GLBT, Queer

The Legend of Korra (Ruins of the Empire, #1) Review

  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    Fans of the series will definitely enjoy this. It's written by one of the creators of the show and the art and coloring is right in line with the show. The Earth Kingdom has decided to hold its first democratic elections but must still deal with remnants of the army.Received a review copy from Dark Horse and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.
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  • milou ☁️
    January 1, 1970
    While the election for Earth Empire is drawing closer Kuvira’s trial for her crimes against the world are beginning. Only when one commander in the Earth Empire refuses to surrender Korra, Asami, Mako and Bolin and they have to make a drastic decision that can put everything in jeopardy. This comic basically takes place shortly after the Turf Wars series ended and continues with Zhu Li as president of Republic City. Who doesn’t love powerful women? King Wu has announced that a democratic electio While the election for Earth Empire is drawing closer Kuvira’s trial for her crimes against the world are beginning. Only when one commander in the Earth Empire refuses to surrender Korra, Asami, Mako and Bolin and they have to make a drastic decision that can put everything in jeopardy. This comic basically takes place shortly after the Turf Wars series ended and continues with Zhu Li as president of Republic City. Who doesn’t love powerful women? King Wu has announced that a democratic election is about to take place which will change the unbalanced fate of the Earth Empire. But there is one commander who is disrupting this plan. After Kuvira surrendered and is now forced to face the tenants of her crimes she wasn’t expecting that her part wasn’t played yet. There is something that needs to be done.How freaking soft are Korra and Asami?? It just brings out a huge grin on my face whenever I see them interacting with each other. Team Avatar is back together for this special mission! Even King Wu is joining their forces. It actually felt a bit like the old days and it was great to see how strong the friendship between all of them is. I’ve never been much of a fan of Mako, but I like him an awful lot more as a character now that he’s not dating Korra and Asami anymore and is actually very supportive of their friendship and a good friend of theirs. I’d say that’s a great development in his character. Also I need to point out that I adore Bolin okay, he needs to be praised as well. I need to add in some judging Korra in here. This issue deals with some heavy topics involving politics and war, and how far commander Guan is willing to go to get what he wants. And he doesn’t bend easily. For a moment it made me think that Kuvira genuinely wasn’t as bad as she was during book 4, but only for a moment. Because Kuvira was definitely an evil and corrupted dictator, and commander Guan shares the same views and beliefs that Kuvira used to.Tension is rising as the election date for the Earth Empire draws closer and it appears to be falling to shambles. Luckily Korra and Asami support each other through this and have each other’s back until the end. Can y’all see how much in love these two are with each other? I have no words for it. I need to say that Turf Wars was illustrated by Irene Koh this was illustrated by Michelle Wong and I love her artstyle which still feels very close to that of Irene.Guess now all I have to do is to patiently wait for Part Two to drop. Books in the series: ↠ Genre: Avatar The Last Airbender Universe, LGTB, Comic↠ Pov: Multiple↠ Type: Book 1 out of 3 in the Ruins of the Empire Series↠ Rating: 4,5 starsTwitter | Instagram | Youtube | Last.fm
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  • Rosie
    January 1, 1970
    Ahhhh!! I'm so excited to read more about some of my favourite characters!! I'm so happy that there will be more written for this universe!! I can't wait to read this :)
  • Artemis
    January 1, 1970
    Heh, solid.Could have used more action, though. It felt like the first episode of a whole season.But 'The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire, Part One' is a nice and relevant follow-up to the series, where you just have to find out where it's going. 'The Legend of Korra' comics are getting more and more political, but it's never boring, nor is it overt in its allusions to certain political climates in the real world. It feels like a natural progression, organic even, not a smack-on-the-head, " Heh, solid.Could have used more action, though. It felt like the first episode of a whole season.But 'The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire, Part One' is a nice and relevant follow-up to the series, where you just have to find out where it's going. 'The Legend of Korra' comics are getting more and more political, but it's never boring, nor is it overt in its allusions to certain political climates in the real world. It feels like a natural progression, organic even, not a smack-on-the-head, "GET IT? GET IT? GET IT? RELEVANCE!" preachy message. Despite the politics - the teaching of the ways of a successful and/or failing democracy - there's plenty of room to breathe and enjoy a good story, with characters you care about. Everyone is in-character and lovely and understanding of one another. The dialogue is genuine and humourous at times. As usual, the art is great and stays true to the animated show. I barely noticed the change in artists.And who could neglect to mention Korrasami! The couple are a good team, and they do kiss again! Finally! Yey!Plus, I'm relieved that, while the comic saga seems to be building up Kuvira's redemption arc, her terrible crimes (like attempted murder, and actual murder) are not glossed over or forgotten about. Each character has good reason for not forgiving her and trusting her. I do like her - I love complex female villains; we get so little of those - but I know she shouldn't be given an easy pass. I want to see a female villain go through well-written character development and redemption, which have nothing to do with falling for a guy (seriously, in all fiction, name me one other female ex-baddie who DOESN'T change because of a guy on the good side. I don't think there are any).Korra is less impulsive, and more calm, level-headed and reasonable than before. It's a nice, consistent progression for her; as a person, a friend, and as the Avatar. Other shout-outs to female characters in this comic include: President Zhu Li Moon, and Naga the polar bear-dog! And of course Asami and Kuvira. Since this arc will focus on the Earth Kingdom, there will be little to no inclusion of the Air nomads and characters associated with Republic City, and will feature Suyin Beifong and her family.'The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire, Part One' - Too short! But I'm looking forward to Part Two.Final Score: 4/5
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  • TJ
    January 1, 1970
    The Korra graphic novels continue to be excellent! This one is really interesting, and it’s giving me “The Search” vibes in terms of Kuvira being the Azula of this story. Although I expect Kuvira will see much more redemption than Azula, for better or worse. The political angle of this story is probably my favorite. 5/5 stars
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  • Paul Decker
    January 1, 1970
    *I received this book as an eARC from Dark Horse Books via Edelweiss. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*The second story arc post-tv series is here in Ruins of the Empire! Team Avatar is at it again. This time, it's democracy time for the Earth Kingdom! But, there are some Earth Empire Holdouts. How better to relate to them, then with Kuvira herself? President Zhu Li is such a wonderful character. I love that that is her role now *I received this book as an eARC from Dark Horse Books via Edelweiss. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*The second story arc post-tv series is here in Ruins of the Empire! Team Avatar is at it again. This time, it's democracy time for the Earth Kingdom! But, there are some Earth Empire Holdouts. How better to relate to them, then with Kuvira herself? President Zhu Li is such a wonderful character. I love that that is her role now.I give this first part of Ruins of the Empire a 5/5. I really enjoy how much modernizing is happening to the world of Avatar/Korra. There are new technologies. There are democratic elections. The story has a modern element to it that i really like.
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  • Vicki
    January 1, 1970
    This is already going to be so much better than Turf Wars, I can tell. With the return of my favorite villain from the TV series, Kuvira, and dealing with the lingering political fallout from the series finale with her surrender... this is going to be a great one.Wu has also reemerged as a fantastically developed character from his introduction in the series. He's still decidedly Wu, but the maturity he exhibits now, even through his bouts of immaturity, is so wonderful to see. Kuvira, as mentio This is already going to be so much better than Turf Wars, I can tell. With the return of my favorite villain from the TV series, Kuvira, and dealing with the lingering political fallout from the series finale with her surrender... this is going to be a great one.Wu has also reemerged as a fantastically developed character from his introduction in the series. He's still decidedly Wu, but the maturity he exhibits now, even through his bouts of immaturity, is so wonderful to see. Kuvira, as mentioned, is my favorite villain from the TV show, although I think villain is too harsh a word and more... misguided? The first volume of "Ruins of the Empire" kicks off her reintroduction brilliantly by portraying her in the shades of gray that made me fall in love with her in the first place.I think Bolin is getting set up for a nice character arc, which is sorely needed. I'm hoping for more Mako and Wu content, and I'm always hoping for more Korrasami although what brief glimpses we did get were perfect to see how beautiful and supportive their relationship is.I'm so excited to see where the rest of the trilogy takes us. This is already off to a fantastic start and already so much better than "Turf Wars" — which I also loved, but I think this is shaping up to be a better plotted story.
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  • Rafel
    January 1, 1970
    This arc starts in an excellent way! So much better than Turf Wars, and it reminded me of the Legend of Korra stories that I loooove.
  • Online Eccentric Librarian
    January 1, 1970
    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ These graphic novels are always on the mark - they capture the look and feel of the original series so well and continue the complex story lines nicely. That said, some have been better than others. Ruins of the Empire definitely is a first book that starts a new adventure; there is a lot of down time, musings, and preparation. As well, the art was very inconsistent: sometimes capturing the characters very well and other More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ These graphic novels are always on the mark - they capture the look and feel of the original series so well and continue the complex story lines nicely. That said, some have been better than others. Ruins of the Empire definitely is a first book that starts a new adventure; there is a lot of down time, musings, and preparation. As well, the art was very inconsistent: sometimes capturing the characters very well and other time not quite nailing the features. But I know with the books from this franchise that they will always be worth the read. I have yet to be let down.Story: Prince Wu has abdicated the Earth Empire throne in favor of creating a democracy. But there are many who still want to keep power in the hands of aristocrats. Team Korra has to face the last of the imperial resistance - but that means teaming up with an old threat.It's great that we have returning character as well as the complex politics and writing that made the series so memorable. The humor isn't as apparent in this novel but there are some smile-worthy moments that peek in now and then and make the read so rewarding. Since this is the first book in a new series (you don't need to have read them but of course you should have watched the series) it ends a bit abruptly. But I look forward to reading the next in the series. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.
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  • Star Shyne Brite (Stargirl)
    January 1, 1970
    Initial thoughts: I really want to re watch Legend of Korra now! It feels like I’m watching a new season of the show and I AM HERE FOR ITFull review (for this and Turf Wars #1-3) are on my blog (starisallbookedup.wordpress.com):So if y’all don’t know, Avatar: the Last Airbender (aka: one the greatest animated television shows to ever be created) got a spinoff show a few years ago that featured a female avatar named Korra! She’s stubborn (kind of annoying) and super kick-butt! And at the end of t Initial thoughts: I really want to re watch Legend of Korra now! It feels like I’m watching a new season of the show and I AM HERE FOR ITFull review (for this and Turf Wars #1-3) are on my blog (starisallbookedup.wordpress.com):So if y’all don’t know, Avatar: the Last Airbender (aka: one the greatest animated television shows to ever be created) got a spinoff show a few years ago that featured a female avatar named Korra! She’s stubborn (kind of annoying) and super kick-butt! And at the end of the series (SPOILERS, I GUESS?), Korra basically comes out and decides to go on vacation to the spirit world with Asami.So this three part story takes place after that! It explores the new shift of balance between the spirit world and the outside world as well as the shifting politics. AND it develops Korra and Asami’s relationship! Although Korra is a bit frustrating at times, I just really loved that she isn’t perfect (like.. by a long shot) and she still has so much to learn and grow!It really just felt like a continuation of the TV series, which is exactly what I wanted! I loved diving back into the world and following the beloved characters (Bolin is hilarious and I love him with all my heart okay?).ALSO, I forgot how much I enjoyed Zhu Li’s character! Like after I read these I really wanted to go re-watch the show!!! Why did it have to end???? *gross sobs* (but also, since this the official continuation of the series, I am HERE FOR IT ALL)NOW ONTO THE NEXT PART:Ruins of the Empire obviously continues where Turf Wars left off! Kuvira is back!!! oH MY GOSH. AND THERE ARE ELECTIONS! (Zhu Li for president 2k19, I’m ready!)This was so fun because of all of the above reasons! I loved the politics (strangely enough) and I really enjoyed the banter and the characters (also, it still felt like I was just watching the show, which made it all the more entertaining!)I can’t wait to see what comes next for all my faves!
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  • Kaitlin
    January 1, 1970
    *I received this ARC to review by Dark Horse, thank you!!!*I am an AVID Graphic Novel reader, purchaser, collector. . . I am also in love with the animated Avatar TV series, and The Legend of Korra is no exception. Michael DiMartino did a superb job recreating the characters' banter and extending their story lines in ink. I am so pleased to have additional adventures to delve into with Korra and her crew.This new story line drops Korra and gang in the middle of a ruined Earth Nation empire. Kuvi *I received this ARC to review by Dark Horse, thank you!!!*I am an AVID Graphic Novel reader, purchaser, collector. . . I am also in love with the animated Avatar TV series, and The Legend of Korra is no exception. Michael DiMartino did a superb job recreating the characters' banter and extending their story lines in ink. I am so pleased to have additional adventures to delve into with Korra and her crew.This new story line drops Korra and gang in the middle of a ruined Earth Nation empire. Kuvira has been arrested and is being tried for numerous crimes against all nations. The President is up for re-election, and an Earth Nation General is ready to bring his multitude of troops to war. Korra is tasked with making peace with said General - by convincing convicted felon Kuvira to help.As expected (oof) Kuvira does more harm than good in negotiations with the General. The General insists he is NOT starting a war but. . . campaigning for Mayor? There is a nice plot twist at the end of the novel, begging me to continue on to reading Part Two. #BrainWashing ???The art is gorgeous and true to animated series renditions of charters. I have a soft spot for Bolin and his red panda <3 If you love Avatar, TV show or novels, definitely recommend picking this up!
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  • Cassie
    January 1, 1970
    YES YES YES! I am so so SO happy with the direction of this comic. It starts out where the tv series naturally would’ve went, with the aftermath of kuvira and the beginnings of the democratic election. Kuvira has always been one of my favorite characters, so getting to see her interact with our characters again, and getting more insight to her character and past, is all very interesting. Seeing Korra and Asami interact as a legitimate couple is amazing, of course. The story is not romance focuse YES YES YES! I am so so SO happy with the direction of this comic. It starts out where the tv series naturally would’ve went, with the aftermath of kuvira and the beginnings of the democratic election. Kuvira has always been one of my favorite characters, so getting to see her interact with our characters again, and getting more insight to her character and past, is all very interesting. Seeing Korra and Asami interact as a legitimate couple is amazing, of course. The story is not romance focused, but just having them there and supportive of eachother and in love is not only a fangirls dream, but a positive step in the right direction for comics and (hopefully) TV to come. I really like the artwork! Obviously it’s different from the show, but it adds a bit of maturity to the characters and I’m very impressed with the way color is used to amplify the tone of a scene. Overall, It’s just part one of a comic so it’s pretty short, but it’s still a great read. If you’re a fan of LOK reading the comics is a great way to continue with the story. It’s a different medium, but it’s the same characters and the same world we know and love.
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  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    The second Korra continuation comic starts here as democracy comes to the Earth Kingdom, with varying degrees of effect. I always felt like Korra was the more 'mature' show compared to Avatar (although that was hardly just a kid's cartoon either), and the material here rings true to that as Korra wrestles with Kuvira potentially looking for redemption, and the ever-growing politics of the United Republic. It's a lot of talking, but it's never boring at all.Artwise, we're changing it up here with The second Korra continuation comic starts here as democracy comes to the Earth Kingdom, with varying degrees of effect. I always felt like Korra was the more 'mature' show compared to Avatar (although that was hardly just a kid's cartoon either), and the material here rings true to that as Korra wrestles with Kuvira potentially looking for redemption, and the ever-growing politics of the United Republic. It's a lot of talking, but it's never boring at all.Artwise, we're changing it up here with Michelle Wong, who suits this series even more than her predecessor Irene Koh did. Wong's style makes these pages look like animator's storyboards, and her character work is excellent - the little sight gags during the longer talking scenes are well placed and always elicit a chuckle.Korra's next story arc might be in ruins, but her series is anything but.
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  • Your Common House Bat
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so happy that Kuvira is back! I loved her so much. And I really enjoyed reading this one. We finally got see little Kuvira and her parents. I'm excited to see if we'll get more on her back story. I think that this comic managed to keep all of the characters true to their TV counterparts and I'm interested in the whole election plot line.
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  • Sami
    January 1, 1970
    I love that they're bringing Kuvira back for another story arc. She's a wonderfully complex character and Ruins of the Empire is faithful to that.
  • Louisa
    January 1, 1970
    Loved reading this story, and seeing more of Korra and the gang! Need to read the first collection of Korra stories! And yeah, that ending was pretty ominous and I need more!
  • Kathryn
    January 1, 1970
    Really good can’t wait for next one
  • Cam Cantù
    January 1, 1970
    I’m enjoying these comics more than The Last Airbender’s ones! Which is a surprise, since with the TV shows was the other way around.
  • Cynthia
    January 1, 1970
    This was certainly not as bad as Turf Wars, but everyone is either OOC or a caricature of the show.
  • Becca
    January 1, 1970
    Pabu I would die for you.
  • Mel Hawk
    January 1, 1970
    I forgot how much I loved a Legend of Korra. KORRASMI 😭😍😍😍Full RTC
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