“When the end drew near for Lilly, Cole made a promise and that’s how Cole became the Master of Earth, just like his mother before him.”
Misako talking about Lilly

Ninja Legend! is the 68th issue of the Ninjago Magazine. Kai appears on the cover, and the comic, written by Jan Dinter, is called Mother Earth. 892068 Richie (Richie with a katana and floating surfboard) is included. It was released in October 2020.

Mother Earth

P.I.X.A.L. and Misako are working on a new ship while the Ninja and Wu are away at Shintaro. P.I.X.A.L. decides to take a break to play some video games. Misako comes in and scolds her for wasting time when they have so much equipment to bring onboard. P.I.X.A.L. returns to work and goes to move Wu’s teapot into the ship. In doing so, she knocks a stack of photos onto the floor. As she picks them up, she notices a young Wu with someone she doesn’t recognize. She shows the photo to Misako, who tells her it is Lilly.

After P.I.X.A.L. expresses confusion as to who Lilly is, Misako tells P.I.X.A.L. that she was a ninja who trained with Wu many years ago. She described Lilly as one of Wu’s most promising students and grew in power tremendously when she reached her True Potential. She used her Earth powers to protect the citizens of Ninjago City. She later acquired two blades representing light and darkness, the Blades of Deliverance.

Misako goes on to describe some of Lilly’s missions and adventures. One of these was to descend into the Underworld to spy on Garmadon. She infiltrates his Dark Fortress and eavesdrops on a conversation between Garmadon and Samukai, relishing in the capturing of Dr. Julien for the purpose of designing new vehicles. Shocked, Lilly escapes to tell Wu the bad news. Another mission was answering a distress call from Jamanakai Village. She is ambushed by some Venomari. They prepare to spit their venom into her eyes, but she covers her eyes with a blindfold. Despite being voluntarily blinded, she defeats the snakes with ease.

Misako then tells P.I.X.A.L. that her greatest adventure came later, when two tribes came to her from a far off kingdom for help with defeating a dragon threatening their lives. Lilly leaves the Monastery of Spinjitzu to set off towards Shintaro to face off against the beast. When she returned to the Monastery, she didn’t bring the Blades of Deliverance back. Misako assumes that the blades are still in the caves of Shintaro.

Later on, Misako tells of Lilly retiring and giving birth to Cole with Lou. She said that Lilly recognized young Cole’s destiny to be a great warrior and that he’d inherited her power. In her final moments, she made Cole promise that he would always stand up to those that are cruel and unjust. Of which, Misako recognizes, Cole has more than lived up to.

Trivia

  • "Mother Earth" is set sometime during Master of the Mountain.
  • P.I.X.A.L. is playing Prime Empire at the beginning, using Digi Zane as her avatar.
    • This marks the first and only time Digi Zane appears in a canon installment.
  • "Mother Earth" is one of the only magazine comics to be confirmed as canon to the TV series.[1]
  • While Nuckal had his Legacy design in this comic, Kruncha had his original design.
  • The Australian release includes 891958 Jay as a bonus toy.
  • An info box on the Spinjitzu Burst page reveals that Lilly was the first Elemental Master to use the Burst.
  • A citizen on page 6 resembles Eileen.

Errors

  • Despite being confirmed canon by Tommy Kalmar,[1] this comic's timeline does not match with the TV series. In the TV series, Cole is older than Lloyd, who was born before Garmadon was banished to the Underworld. However, in this comic, Cole's birth is placed after Garmadon's banishment, which would make Cole younger than Lloyd. Additionally, this comic shows Wu with his young appearance after the point in time when Dr. Julien was captured, even though Wu appeared as an old man when he was shown in "Snake Jaguar" to have met Dr. Julien before Dr. Julien's imprisonment. Also, in the TV series, the Serpentine were imprisoned in their tombs before Garmadon's banishment.
    • This makes this the second confirmed canon installment to have major inconsistencies with the TV series, the first being The Realm of Shadows stage play.
  • In the panel depicting Lilly attacking a Skull Motorbike, the Blades of Deliverance are drawn as standard katanas.
  • Grief-Bringer is drawn in its skeletal form while Lilly is battling it.

Gallery

References

Books

Character Encyclopedias

Character Encyclopedia · Character Encyclopedia Updated and Expanded · Character Encyclopedia New Edition

Chapter books

Official Guide · Kai: Ninja of Fire · Zane: Ninja of Ice · Cole: Ninja of Earth · Jay: Ninja of Lightning · Snake Attack! · A Team Divided · The Search for Zane · Breakout! · World of Ninjago: Official Guide · The New Ninja · Legend of the Brown Ninja · Pythor's Revenge · Fired Up! · Brother/Sister Squad · School for Crooks · Legends of the Ninja · Back in Action! · Spinjitzu Brothers (The Lair of Tanabrax · The Curse of the Cat-Eye Jewel)

Readers

Way of the Ninja · Masters of Spinjitzu · The Golden Weapons · Rise of the Snakes · A Ninja's Path · Pirates vs. Ninja · The Green Ninja · Attack of the Nindroids · Techno Strike! · The Titanium Ninja · The Rescue Mission · Ninja vs. Ninja · Spy vs. Spy · The Quest for the Crystal · Return of the Djinn · Day of the Departed · Ninja in Action · Shark Attack! · Mystery of the Masks · Epic Adventures · Lloyd vs. Lord Garmadon · How To Be A Ninja

Graphic novels

The Challenge of Samukai · Mask of the Sensei · Rise of the Serpentine · Tomb of the Fangpyre · Kingdom of the Snakes · Warriors of Stone · Stone Cold · Destiny of Doom · Night of the Nindroids · Who is the Phantom Ninja? · Comet Crisis · Dark Island Trilogy (Part 1 · Part 2 · Part 3)

Activity books

The Chosen Four · Spinning Power · Ninja vs. Snakes Activity Books · Ninja vs. Nindroids · The Tournament of Elements · The Way of the Ghost · Attack of the Sky Pirates · The Hands of Time · Garmadon Attack! · Ninja vs. Dragon Hunters · Game Time! · Golden Ninja

Sticker books

Lego Ninjago: Ready, Steady, Stick! Sticker Activity · Lego® Ninjago: Ready, Steady, Stick! (Sticker Activity Book) · LEGO Ninjago: Ready, Steady, Stick!: Sticker Activity Book · Lego Ninjago: Ready, Steady, Stick! (Sticker Activity Book) · THE LEGO® NINJAGO MOVIE: Ready Steady Stick! · LEGO Ninjago Ultimate Sticker Collection · Ultimate Sticker Collection: The LEGO Ninjago Movie

Other

The Way of Ninjago · LEGO Ninjago Spinjitzu Card Collection Holder · Brickmaster Ninjago · Brickmaster Ninjago: Fight the Power of the Snakes · Brickmaster Ninjago: Build Your Own Adventure · Secret World of the Ninja · Book of Secrets · The Book of Spinjitzu · Brickmaster Ninjago: Build Your Own Adventure Greatest Ninja Battles · Choose Your Ninja Mission · Garmadon Rulez! · Tournament of Elements · Ghost Ninja · From Ghosts to Pirates · The Ultimate Ninja Training Manual · The Untold Tales of Skybound · The Visual Dictionary · Visual Dictionary New Edition · LEGO LEGO Let's LEGO Ninjago!! · Way of the Departed · The Splinter in the Blind Man's Eye · The Book of Elemental Powers · The Uncharted Island · Frenemies · The Legend of Jay · Game Masters · Rescue Mission · Destiny's Bounty Adventure Box · The LEGO Ninjago Movie Junior Novel · The Making of the Movie · Lord Garmadon's Guide to World Domination

LEGO Club Magazine

Mid-Air Mayhem! · Ninja Ambush!

Ninjago Magazine

Main series:
Tournament of Elements: 1. Meet the Ninja · 2. Top Secrets Revealed · 3. Prepare for Danger · 4. Issue 4
Possession: 5. Packed with Ninja Fun! · 6. Full of Ninja Action! · 7. Ghost Alert! · 8. Ghost Attack · 9. Who's Scared of Ghosts?
Skybound: 10. Monster Attack · 11. Beware the Sky Pirates! · 12. Ninja in Danger! · 13. Pirate Attack! · 14. Ninja Explosion! · 15. Take the Spinjitzu Challenge · 16. Meet the New Ninja · 17. Issue 17 · 18. Issue 18 · 19. Ninja Beware! · 20. Top Secret!
The Hands of Time: 21. Dojo Danger · 22. Kapow! · 23. Snake Battle! · 24. Battle for Zane! · 25. Ninjago City in Danger! · 26. A Date with Destiny · 27. Desert Duel! · 28. Rogue Ninja! · 29. Boom! · 30. Techno Clash · 31. Issue 31 · 32. Rock Solid!
Sons of Garmadon: 33. Green Ninja · 34. Issue 34 · 35. Biker Battle in the City · 36. Attack of the Jungle Monster · 37. Battle of the Beasts and Bikers! · 38. Garmadon is Back for Evil!
Hunted: 39. The Ninja Heroes are Missing! · 40. Issue 40 · 41. Ice Blast! · 42. Dragon Race! · 43. Secret Mission · 44. Ninja vs. Garmadon
March of the Oni: 45. Return of the Dragons! · 46. Green Ninja to the Rescue! · 47 Jailbreak! · 48. Lost Dragons! · 49. Battle Ready! · 50. Battle! · 51. Ninja vs. Oni
Secrets of Forbidden Spinjitzu: 52. A New Adventure! · 53. Beware! · 54. Issue 54 · 55. Blazing Battle! · 56. Desert Showdown with Pyro Vipers! · 57. Showdown! · 58. Samurai Storm!
Prime Empire: 59. High Speed! · 60. Games Masters · 61. Game Over · 62. Secret Mission · 63. Speed Demons! · 64. Final Battle!
Master of the Mountain: 65. Shintaro! Secrets Revealed! · 66. Dungeon Monsters! · 67. Monstrous Mission! · 68. Ninja Legend! · 69. Yikes! · 70. Invincible Beast! · 71. Ship Wrecked!
The Island: 72. Full Speed Ahead! · 73. Jailbreak! · 74. TBA

The LEGO Ninjago Movie: The Biggest Ninja Mission of all Time!

Ninjago: Legacy: 1. Golden Ninja · 2. Snake Attack! · 3. No Fear! · 4. Mega Missions! · 5. Dojo Danger · 6. Issue 6 · 7. Issue 7 · 8. Issue 8 · 9. Issue 9

Miscellaneous: Ninjago Magazine 1 · Ninjago Magazine 2

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