After the original series Avatar: The Last Airbender ended, the Nickelodeon folks (for some reason unfathomable to me) quashed any hopes of ever reviving it. They eventually confirmed that fans had shown a positive response to Avatar Kyoshi and were interested in starting up a new series based on a female Avatar and to avoid a rehash of Aang's adventures it would be set in a single semi-modern city and feature people who are anti-bending of any element. True to their word, enter Avatar Korra. If you're wondering about Zuko's mom or are craving a continuation of the gang's adventures I recommend Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise, Part 1. The book raises more questions than it answers but it is definitely a start to unraveling the mystery. The rest of the comics are as of 5/18/2012 unpublished so we have no choice other than to be patient and let the series creators tell the story in their own time/way.
The legend of Korra starts off with Aang's successor, Korra learning Airbending under Aang's son Tenzin in the semi-modern Republic City. To avoid overlap with the last airbender Korra is shown to have already mastered the bending of the other 3 elements. To fill the need for a bad guy (terrifying guy, really) we have Amon - the leader of the anti-bender movement. For the sports lovers, there's the pro-bending championship featuring some really cool bending moves aaand we get to see more than just one or even two elements being bended at the same time (in a non-lethal environment)! For the pet lovers, there are characters Naga and Pabu who could easily grow to be as lovable as Appa and Momo. The story unfolds quickly and is very engaging. And of course, the animation and effects are great. The background theme is haunting and I've already added it to my list of favorites. There are some cheesy teen romance, comedy and some serious moments in Korra that will definitely, successfully appeal to older fans of the genre as well as the younger Avatar fans. I am adding this to my own Avatar collection :) Glad to finally watch more Avatar action.
As a note to fans of Aang - Nick has kept its promise of ensuring that the 2 series do not have much overlap. So of course, the beloved characters from Airbender either 'guest star' for brief moments or not at all. I've made my peace with not being able to enjoy more of the gang's (Aang, Katara, Toph & Sokka) adventures and whole-heartedly welcome this series as it gives me the opportunity to relate to new characters and watch their cool new bending (and non-bending) moves. So be warned, if you're expecting a rehash of Aang's series you will be sorely disappointed (and most likely give Korra a low rating). If you do embrace Nick's promise you will see the brilliance and hard work that has gone into making Korra a fast-paced entertainer.
Comment/disclaimer unrelated to product:
Some reviewers apparently feel the need to point out that the reviews that disagree with their own are either 'engineered by Nick' or somehow too good/bad to be true or plain imbecilic and then add to the melee by pointing out that it doesn't matter if their own reviews are disagreed with as its just an opinion/review and is totally valid. Honestly, review whatever you want and if you do so wish give a magnificently glowing positive or an utterly damned negative review. We all have a right to an opinion and are entitled to voice it in a safe environment. I ask only that you please make sure you're polite enough to not insult other reviewers. Amazon is a great place to shop & enjoy movies, music etc that relies on its customers to give honest reviews that will help other prospective buyers make their own decisions. I for one do not believe that Amazon would be stupid enough to allow fake reviews or accept some compensation from the product manufacturers to engineer positive reviews and believe that no one is conspiring against anyone here. And oh, just by the way - my review and comment are my opinions. It is not my intention to hurt, defame, conspire against or con anyone in any way, shape or form.