The Wrath of Nightmare Rarity: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #7 Review

Will the ponies be able to fight a friend?

Will the ponies be able to fight a friend?

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

The Search for Rarity: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #6 Review

The Ponies, Princess Luna, and Spike on a quest to find a friend.

The Ponies, Princess Luna, and Spike on a quest to find a friend.

Review by Andrew Mathieu

Comic Written by Heather Nuhfer, Drawn by Amy Mebberson, Colored by Heather Breckel, Lettered by Neil Uyetake, and Edited by Bobby Curnow

Last issue saw the abduction of Rarity to the moon, as well as the surprise arrival of Princess Celesia and Princess Luna.  With the help of a magic-infused lasso, Twilight, Spike, Pinkie, Dash, AJ, Fluttershy, and Princess Luna embark on a lunar adventure to rescue their friend.  However, dark forces are at work and they’ll stop on nothing to hold the ponies progress to achieve their terrifying goal.

This issue features some nice characterization.  The addition of Spike and Princess Luna, both of whom were largely absent from the previous story arc adds a some nice moments in the story.  There’s an early moment between Spike and Twilight that perfectly captures their big sister/little brother vibe that’s a constant throughout the series.  Luna, on the other hand, is an interesting character in general.  Given her dark past and lack of social skills, she’s a polar opposite of her older sister, despite the fact they share the same kingdom.  In this issue she’s seems surprisingly vulnerable despite her familiarity of her surroundings.  It’s nice to see the ponies help Luna overcome her lack of confidence, and likewise see Luna guide the ponies as best she can on this dangerous adventure.

The artwork is the same colorful and lively look that has become a staple of this series for me.  Even on the dark and dreary moon the ponies are able to make any environment lively with the varied color palettes.  While Amy Mebberson’s artwork isn’t as meticulous as Andy Price before her, she makes up for it with a lot of character detail and a look that is, while similar in design of the animated series, has a nice tone and feel all its own.  The colors from the amazing Heather Breckal help lend this world an amazing level of visual depth and clarity.

While the characterization is fantastic, the actual story in this issue is somewhat bland.  Without spoiling too much, this issue goes into further detail of a sequence from last issue.  While not outright bad, it does feel somewhat unnecessary and it feels like some moments were over before they started.  Nevertheless it’s an interesting look at these characters and doesn’t ruin the issue as a whole, nor does it impact the shocking cliffhanger.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #6 continues the series streak of great characters, blissfully colorful visuals, and self-contained entertainment.  The story may not be as interesting as the characters in it, but the strength of the writing and artwork carry it to a finish.

Writing:  3.5 out of 5

Artwork: 5 out of 5

Overall: 4 out of 5