At this year's San Diego Comic-Con, many thought that The Legend of Korra panel would be a farewell to the characters of the much-loved series, as creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino came together to talk to fans about this year's finale. However, much to the surprise of pretty much everybody, the pair instead announced plans to pick up the story right from where the last episode ended with a series of graphic novels from Dark Horse.

DiMartino will lead on writing the series, while Konietzko will consult on art. Whether that means they'll both be joined by additional artists and writers to round out the creative team has yet to be confirmed. No release date or titles have been announced yet either.

The series will continue the story immediately from the final episode of the series, meaning one thing we can be sure of; it will focus on Korra and Asami's relationship, speculated about for years and finally confirmed by the show right in its final moments. When last seen, the pair entered the Republic City Spirit Portal --- and as you can see in the above image from Konietzko, the graphic novels start with them walking right back out.

A follow-up to Avatar: The Last Airbender, Korra was critically acclaimed throughout its four-season run on Nickelodeon. The story followed the latest incarnation of the Avatar, Korra, as she set off on a mission to bring balance and peace to the world, using her mastery of all four elements to fulfill that quest. The continuation of her story, completely in canon with the animated series, is probably one of the most exciting announcements to come out of San Diego this year.