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In case you haven’t seen, here are the 8 pages now previewable for The Rift, Part 3, as released from this site.

If I may comment on this, since it would seem stories of both The Legend of Korra and the continuing adventures of the GAang in these graphic novels have hit their respective strides…

Aside from the glaringly obvious, what makes this exchange worth our time, and how do we know character development is really at stake? The end here appears to be Toph’s usual self-affirmation. “I’m the best, so step-off.” Well, I see key differences:

  1. Where’s the indignation? The light in Toph’s eyes seems new somehow. This isn’t the standoffish and petulant declaration she made upon discovering Metalbending and locking away Master Yu and Xin Fu. Toph has recentered herself and therein done away with the “so step-off” clause of her mantra.
  2. Toph has never faced a threat in which her own life hung in the balance. The will to save others is something entirely different from the will to save self. The latter should be more natural, given instincts of self-preservation, yet Toph has never been about that. She has never been threatened in that way. She has always fought for her freedom, never her life. Even if we have no fault of faith in her, you can see the questioning behind her eyes, until the last panel.
  3. Here we see how important it is for her self-confidence and strength to issue from a less selfish and insolent place, for Toph to finally empathize with her father, and for him to finally accept her identity and place his fragile life in her hands. It’s hard enough to save others whom you might not respect (Satoru’s uncle for instance), but it’s even harder to do so when one of these others (Toph’s father) shakes your core sense of self.

I cannot wait to see where Gene Luen Yang carries our beloved characters, as I now invest more and more in these canon tales.

Note: For those wondering, Gene Luen Yang addressed the Pro-Ozai Society in the free, Mai-centric comic, called Rebound, which you can read here! Mai’s father, former Governor of New Ozai (now Omashu), headed the Society.

I would also like to note that:

  1. This is the first test of Toph’s capacity for Metalbending. How long can she endure and what does this have to do with her inner strength and her psychological state? These questions compel any reader, I’m sure!
  2. Toph is superhuman, like no other bender is, save for The Avatar. She held up Wan Shi Tong’s Library having a single turret from which to anchor. Whether it was gravity that pulled the massive edifice down into the sands and out from this world, or the Knowledge Spirit’s mystic powers, Toph overwhelmed this in order to save her friends. I hold this to be the single greatest amount of any elemental substance manipulated by any single bender in one instance. My point being: she’s virtually invincible. She never needs to save herself.
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Flight

Anyone else mystified at how the two greatest guardians of the element of Earth fail to tether him once he has entered the Void?

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Zelda Williams as Kuvira, Metalbending Guard from Zaofu

Friendly reminder that Zelda Williams, daughter of the late Robin Williams, voiced the character Kuvira in Book Three: Change, Chapter Eight: The Terror Within.

Her character is a capable defendant of Zaofu and one of its high-ranking guards, as evidenced in her first response to the Red Lotus attack and in her firsthand report to Matriarch Suyin and Chief Lin Beifong regarding Ai Wei’s disappearance. As a Metalbender, she is an official member of The Metal Clan.

In light of Robin Williams tragic passing, I would like to honor him and bring awareness to how his legacy lives on in his daughter, Zelda. Through her recent voice-acting work, Robin’s legacy has even extended to my favorite fictional universe, that of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra!

Robin Williams was overladen with talent. His death has affected me like I didn’t know a celebrity’s passing could. Nonetheless, in celebrating his work and his family, I am overjoyed to know his daughter has followed in his footsteps. Her character acting for Kuvira was quite well-accomplished. Here’s hoping her first character will reappear in future episodes or that she will collaborate with the Korra creative team to bring life to another character in the future.

Thanks to bryankonietzko for acknowledging this, Zelda Williams’s voice acting role, in his beautiful homage to Robin Williams.

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why is everyone obsessed with Suyin being a villain!?!

Reasons she isn’t:

-  That Zaheer look-alike from the circus
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Had way too thick eyebrows to be Zaheer! Just look!

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They don’t have the same shape of face either! Or the same nose! Plus, the circus guy is much bigger and taller than Zaheer, who strikes me as all that tall. I don’t think they’re the same person!

- She may have progressive political views regarding the Earth Queen, but that doesn’t make her an anarchist! She runs her own city! Sure this makes her a leader and a matriarch and in a way a governor of the people, but I like to see Zaofu as a safe haven, an extended house that she owns — she literally bought the land and built the city — something similar to Elrond’s Rivendell!

- Suyin had nothing to do with the Red Lotus attack on her city, actively opposed the Red Lotus, and has grieved quite genuinely over the loss of her advisor.

- Ai Wei assured Zaheer that no one in Zaofu knew anything of his affiliations or machinations! There you have it, I have exculpated Suyin.

Believe what you want, but I think, though Su might have a complicated past and a bit of a darker, angrier side, she is Team Avatar through and through.

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Anonymous said: That anon was me - I don't think Toph is a slut and didn't want to imply anything like that, sorry you misunderstood my wording. We have some really bad LOK haters here, who can't deal with the fact that Aang is not the Avatar anymore, that he's dead. They hate Korra and Bryke for "ruining original characters" (their words, not mine). And I really have a feeling it will be a problem after B3... They got makorra down, they judged Aang, they'll judge Toph. And I don't like it.

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So confused…this is still anon!

Also, well if this is the case I haven’t seen any of this hate yet and hadn’t even considered this until I received your message which seemed like you were labeling Toph a slut … I am certainly outright opposed to this. I do however think a large part of the fandom tends to be feminist, female- and sex-positive sooooo here’s hoping what you’ve heard is an angry, ignorant minority lashing out.

Basically though…

TOPH DONT CARE

she gon have all the baby daddies she wants…

the thrilling saga continues

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Anonymous said: I do NOT think she's a slut, but Legend of Korra haters, who still live in ATLA world, WILL call her that, don't you think? Some of them already are... And I hate that.

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Hmmmm *debates whether I owe this anon posting the clarification they have just made*

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The wording of the original message I received was highly suggestive of judgment against Toph, but sure you can be concerned with fandom misinterpretation of her character!

Personally, I don’t think many people will call her a slut for having two children with two different fathers…this is a common fact of life in the world! It happens! Understanding and sensible fans will realize this and not fault Toph, let alone slut shame her.

I’m just thoroughly tickled that the creators have written a character’s past in such a way. It liberates the sexuality of the show to some degree, wouldn’t you say? That such a powerful woman could have these two children without any ramifications or implications of her “sluttiness” having brought about this result challenges the status quo of puritanical, ultra-conservative, and misogynistic views of female sexuality in our world.

Soooo…

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move aside. The fandom knows not to fuck with the queen.

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Anonymous said: After B3 we're going to have even bigger problem than Aang looking like a bad father - why did they make Toph look like a) a slut or unfaithful woman who had her daughters with 2 different men (or is she a black widow?), b) bad mother, since she left her daughters and is traveling around the world for who know how many years now, without any contact. There'll be also not only "who's Lin's daddy" question, but also "who's the other one's father".

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imageDID YOU JUST IMPLY that having more than one child with different men makes you a slut?!?!?!?!

No sorry, will not tolerate anon slutshaming in my inbox…ESPECIALLY NOT OF TOPH!!?!?! ARE YOU KIDDING!!

Just because she had two lovers or two love affairs, both of which resulting in a child yet neither of which resulting in marriage, does not make her a “slut.”

Also, you will see in the new season (I can speak to this specifically since I have seen the leaks) that an entire conversation is dedicated to exonerating Toph as a parent. She had good intentions in her childrearing that perhaps backfired as a result of her children and their personalities, but by no fault of her own. I will not spoil here, but that’s what it meant. It’s obvious you saw the leaks and did not understand the creators’ approach at all.

Yeah…don’t know what to say here really…

Are you kidding me?!?!?!

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A Breath of Fresh Air

New sidebar!

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A Breath of Fresh Air

New sidebar!

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The Legend of Korra
Book Three: Change, Trailer Stills

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Book Two: Spirits, Chapter Five: Peacekeepers

Rookie Mistake

Location: Police Headquarters, Downtown Republic City, United Republic

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