By Andrew Mathieu
If you follow my Cartoons and Cartoons blog, it will come as no surprise that I am a huge fan of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic animated series. With lovable characters, awesome animation, and heartfelt stories for all ages, Friendship is Magic has become one my favorite cartoons of the last few years. IDW Publishing has the honor of launching the very first My Little Pony ongoing comic series, from writer Katie Cook and artist Andy Price. I’m happy to report that My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #1 captures the spirit of its animated source material while adding its own bit of magic!
The story begins with the Cutie Mark Crusaders, Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo, trying to gain their Cutie Marks in Zoology. The trio find themselves in a dangerous situation, and it’s up to the “Mane 6”, Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Pinkie Pie and Rarity, to help them out. As if that weren’t enough, the inhabitants of Ponyville have been invaded by the Changlings, creatures capable of taking on anypony’s form. At the center of all this is Queen Chrysalis, fresh from her defeat from “A Canterlot Wedding,” making a startling return.
I very much enjoyed this first issue. The art style uses exaggerated expressions for the characters and bold colors throughout the issue. Katie Cooks absolutely nails the dialogue between the various ponies. With only a few exceptions (Applejack and Rainbow Dash sound odd in some places), everypony sounds like they do in the cartoon. Twilight is reasonable and forward thinking, Pinkie Pie and hilarious and over the top, and the Cutie Mark Crusaders are boastful and persistent. The entire issue is full of visual references from the series, with multiple character cameos, and visual cues that callback previous episodes.
The thing I love about this comic the most is how seamlessly it fits in with the series it’s based on. I know this will only be apparent to those who watch the show, but the story captures the spirit of adventure, comedy, and fun so well. Using Queen Chrysalis as the main villain was a bold move considering her character debut was only a few months ago. I loved her evil nature in “A Canterlot Wedding,” and she is by far the best villain from the series to date. Getting to see her here for the first storyline of this series is a great bonus to an already great comic. A shout out to Andy Price and colorist Heather Breckel on Chrysalis in her debut panel, with a great use of shadows that make her look extra eerie!
This comic is off to a great start. Despite a few some dialogue hiccups, the beautiful artwork, great characters and compelling story makes this one of the best new series I’ve read all year. With a solid first issue that nicely complements its animated source material, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #1 is an great comic for all ages.
Story: 5 out of 5
Art: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5