When I pick up comics from my local store, the My Little Pony comic is the best comic I read out of the 17 other titles I pick up during the month. Let’s start off with issue #1 of the horror comic.
No, that is not a typo. The first four issues of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic pays homage to horror stories, starting with Invasion of the Body Snatchers. You know, for kids!
Review after the page break.
The comic opens with the Cutie Mark Crusaders trying to earn their cutie marks in Zoology by studying the creatures in Fluttershy’s backyard. However, during their crusading, they were attacked by the animals, which for some reason have cerulean eyes.
We then move to the next day with this magnificent splash page. This is a good time as any to talk about the artwork. Andy Price’s penciling and inking with Heather Breckel’s coloring is gorgeous. There is always something to look at whether it is the ponyfied versions of the creators and all the interesting background ponies, or the Easter eggs hidden in the text. For example, Est. 1982 is a reference to the birth of My Pretty Pony, the forerunner for the series we know today.
After the splash page, the Mane 6 meet up with each other to discuss how everypony in Ponyville is acting strangely, as if they were not their original selves. This is where the Invasion of the Body Snatchers storyline kicks in, right down to the Donald Sutherland pony.
It turns out the “ponies” are actually changelings. Now there is no difference between changeling and pony, in appearance. Changelings will take the physical form of the pony they are copying, but they don’t know the personalities, mannerisms, and emotions of the pony they are copying. This is why you would read Applebloom’s, Sweetie Belle’s and Scootaloo’s dialogue as a little awkward compared to their normal set of dialogue. It’s also why some would appear as zombies to the audience. Although I will say being changeling is not the same as being infected.
After a funny and terrifying Shawn of the Dead reference from Pinkie Pie, it’s off to save the other ponies from the changeling hive; which is conveniently located at town hall…And cue fight scene.
After they rescue the ponies, Applejack and Rarity discover the Cutie Mark Crusaders are still missing. They, then, get a strange green orb from Spike’s mouth revealing Queen Chrysalis has fillynapped them.
And just to further emphasize it, the hand-drawn images are awe-inspiring. The reveal of Chrysalis is just beautiful. The shading, the pencil work, and the coloring all coagulate into this stunning exposure. Queen Chrysalis tells the Mane Six that they have to travel to the Changeling Kingdom and gives them three days to do so. Why?
Well, it turns out the Secretariat comet (Yes, that’s what they’re calling it) will be at its apex in three days which causes all magical creatures to feel it’s undetermined effects. As we will see in later issues, it gives unicorns a magic boost.
Chrysalis also wants the girls to come in three days because she does not know how long she can last with Cutie Mark Crusaders constantly bugging her while captive. So it is a race against time to save the fillies and stop Chrysalis’s plans for Twilight.
I LOVE THIS COMIC (and so does Blue Ink). I, honestly, have very little problems with the book. If there is one issue I do have with the book, it would be that the first part of the story was stuck on fast forward until Chrysalis showed up. However, that is relatively minor considering how much I was invested in the story at hand.
All of the characters were show accurate which brought on some very funny moments within the group. Not to mention the homage to Invasion of the Body Snatchers was generally surprising and entertaining at the same time. The dark tone was actually welcoming. When it comes to darker material, in terms of scary imagery, the comic will have more freedom than the show.
I can honestly say the comic is in good hands with Katie Cook at the helm.
4 1/2 out of 5 stars.