The Legend of Korra Talks New Characters While the Comics Focus on Zuko’s Parentage

News for The Legend of Korra has been pretty thin on the ground these days, with the latest series of sneak-peek videos revealing next to nothing. The newest of this lot shows a blurry shot of an animated clip that appears to be Bolin talking to two members of the Southern Water Tribe. With hints that we will be meeting Korra’s twin cousins in this season, what does that tell us about what’s coming up? And what about those very interesting canonical comic books that are still being released?

Korra’s twin cousins, Desna and Eska, are supposed to make appearances in Book Two along with her Uncle Unalaq, so it’s safe to assume that the video is correct in pegging those fuzzy figures as the twins. And since Bolin is supposed to get a love interest this time around (we figure this means a reciprocated love interest rather than his pining for Korra), it’s a fair bet who that lucky lady is.

Also revealed elsewhere is the upcoming appearance of Aang and Katara’s other children, Bumi (who we saw only briefly from a distance at the end of Book One) and Kya. But that’s not quite as interesting as knowing their ages and bending status: Both Bumi and Kya are older than Tenzin, with Kya being a waterbender and Bumi being a non-bender. We feel for poor Bumi on that front, but it’s also amusing that Tenzin is the youngest and the only airbender, which begs the question—would Aang and Katara have produced more and more children if Tenzin had not been an airbender? It is a pretty important skillset for them to keep alive, practically speaking. Then again, bending can skip generations, so it’s possible that their grandchildren would have been airbenders (though they would have had to learn it without Aang’s considerable expertise).

Onto more interesting developments in the Avatar: The Last Airbender comics currently out from Dark Horse (which are considered canon, by the way): Part 2 of The Search trilogy is due out this Wednesday, which should give us some more information on a newly uncovered revelation—that Firelord Ozai was not Prince Zuko’s father.

Whoa, now. That’s kind of important.

According to Part 1 of the comic, it would seem that Zuko and Azula’s mother, Ursa, was engaged to be married before meeting Ozai—and was coerced into the marrying the prince by her family and Firelord Azulon. What no one knew at the time was that she was already pregnant by her fiancé, a play actor named Ikem. Zuko’s father knew about his son’s paternity, which explains a lot about his favoritism with Azula, but it’s also sort of disappointing; one of Zuko’s main character arcs on the show was fighting between the natures he received from a dual heritage—the violence and anger on his father’s side and the peace and compassion from his mother’s side, descended from Avatar Roku. So, this battle was all metaphorical, then?

Of course, the next part of the comic will reveal more, such as where Zuko’s mother can be found (we hope). Maybe more questions will get put to bed, and Azula can find some peace of her own.

How are you all feeling about the recent revelations in Avatar-land? Are they sitting well? Are you excited for Book Two? (You have no idea how excited we are for Book Two.)

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