Story and Art: Katie Cook (writer), Andy Price (art), Heather Breckel (colors), Robbie Robbins (letters), and Bobby Crunow (editor).
After a month hiatus, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic returns for issue two. Twilight Sparkle and her friends begin their journey to rescue the Cutey Mark Crusaders from the lair of Queen Chrysalis. Meanwhile, the Queen herself does her best to drive a wedge between ponies, while also contending with constant chatter of the Crusaders.
Katie Cook has the distant voice and personality of everypony down pat. Each pony gets more attention than last issue, as their adventure begins in earnest. The dialogue flows naturally between characters, like a scene early on with Twilight giving directions, Rainbow Dash huffing not being able to fly over a mountain, Applejack keeping her focused, and Pinkie Pie being excited about their quest.
I’d like to point out that the are very few caption boxes in the entire issue, with the dialogue driving the story forward. The banter of the ponies, coupled with the on looking Chrysalis keeps the pacing of the issue quick and smooth. I didn’t have and trouble reading this comic from cover to cover twice, and there wasn’t a dull moment to be had.
As good as the writing is, the artwork absolutely steals the show. The character look as they do in the animated series, but rather than emulate the art from the series, Andy Price adds to it with expressive characters, a more cartoony style in some places, and a dark and brooding style in others. One particular panel with Queen Chrysalis makes her look more menacing and vengeful than she ever did in the cartoon.
Colorist Heather Breckel uses a bright palette so every panel stands out. I can’t remember a comic with more color that this, but it’s very clean and never feels clutter. Last but not least, letters by Robbie Robbins has some nice effects throughout, especially a scene in which the ponies are surprised by a tremor which the word “RUMBLE” features the visage of each ponies, each with their own reaction. This is a gorgeous comic book.
Not only that, but the writing and artwork complement each other perfectly. Something I didn’t elaborate on in my review of issue one are the visual gags and easter eggs scattered throughout the issue. This issue goes further with references that range from Transformers to Spider-Man to Looney Tunes and a few that I didn’t get, but I noticed them. These little visual gags and homages are cool to spot, and make multiple reads of the comic that much more enjoyable.
I can’t stop singing the praises of this comic. It’s funny and suspenseful, the artwork is gorgeous, the characters are delightful, the ending leaves the ponies in a very different place from the start, and the entire issue reads like a stand alone adventure, despite being part two of a four-part story. Fans of the animated series owe it to themselves to pick up a copy. Everyone else will find an enjoyable all ages story from an awesome creative team that deserves to be read. I can’t wait to read more!
Story: Five out of Five
Art: Five out of Five
Overall: Five out of Five
Review by Andrew Mathieu