Comic Written by Heather Nuhfer, Drawn by Amy Mebberson, Colored by Heather Breckel, Lettered by Neil Uyetake, and Edited by Bobby Curnow
Review by Andrew Mathieu
After being kidnapped and having her greatest fears consume her, Rarity has become the new Nightmare Moon. After having overcome the obstacles put before them in the last issue, Twilight, Princess Luna, Spike, and their pony friends must now try to save their lost friend from the clutches of darkness. However, with a legion of corrupted denizens at her disposal, Nightmare Rarity may not be so easy to overcome.
This issue, at its core, focused a small number of characters, and despite most of the ponies being in play, along with some nice cameos, they are mostly left by the wayside. The first half of the issue helps us get aquinted with the new Nightmare Moon as her friends must fight of both her and the various shadow creatures at her beck and call. Later the issue focus on Spike, as he tries his best to free Rarity, the pony he loves.
The dialogue from the ponies is spot on and true to each character, from Pinkie Pie’s attempt to free Rarity by telling an embarrassing story about her, to Fluttershy finding the beauty in one of the more grotesque creatures of the moon. The scenes in Ponyville where Princess Celestia attempts to prepare the town’s citizens for an impending attack help illustrate the threat of Nightmare Moon nicely. My main problem with this issue is the fact that Rarity as Nightmare Moon feels less groundbreaking to the ponies than I would have thought. The pacing of the story doesn’t allow for much reflection on the pony’s part, nor does it allow them to question how their friend could have possibly fallen to the evil specter from their past. The scenes featuring Spike are nice, showing just how much she cares for Rarity, as well as how resourceful the little dragon can be. It does run a little long, though, and doesn’t leave anymore room for Twilight and her friends before the issue comes to an end.
The artwork from Amy Mebberson, with the colors of the Heather Breckel, continue the colorful symphony of fun I continue to adore from this series. The characters look very animated and expressive, while the backgrounds are more mute and less important to the characters filling them. Nightmare Rarity is also very well designed, with the stylish hair and uptight demeanor making a nice contrast to her predecessor. The moon is a dark and dank place with its citizens matching the environments well, but the addition of the ponies (and dragon) help them dominate each panel. It’s a nice mixture that really drives home the ponies are not from this world, which is an impressive feat. Andy Price may be unbelievable meticulous in the minute details, but Mebberson and Breckel bring their own synergy to make the comic familiar to fans of the show, yet unique in their own colorful style.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #8 is a nice continuation of a decent story. The setup has a ton of potential, but the end result is a lot less ambitious. Not a bad way for the story to go by any means, but nothing that really blows me away. The story is well told, the artwork continues to impressive, and the ending helps build anticipation for the grand finale. A good, just short of great, pony adventure.
Writing: 3.5 out of 5
Artwork: 4 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5