Last month concluded the Mane 6 spotlight of the Micro-Series. The next few issues will continue the micro-series by looking at the secondary characters, starting with the Cutie Mark Crusaders. Did Ted Anderson and Ben Bates bring the same level of show accuracy as they did in Issue #5? Well, click below to find out.
Ben Bates once again is the artist in teaming up with writer Ted Anderson. Now instead of a poppy and bright color palette, like in Pinkie Pie’s issue, Bates now goes for manga-style pencil work with a more flat and brushed color palette. Occasionally, the art does delve into the lazy as with one crowd shot in a two-page spread where the ponies are unrecognizable outside of Waldo and Mayor Mare. Yet, it is still less amateurish than Tony Fleecs’s or Thom Zahler’s artwork.
The story this time around features Applebloom, Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle doing their usual CMC business when the fillies stumble upon a giant gem. They bring it to Rarity, who is tailoring a dress for Twilight, and for some reason can’t recognize it. Well, according Spike and Twilight, the creature is a mimicker. Unlike changelings, they can change into anything except ponies. So the CMC’s decide to make him…her…it an honorary member of the Cutie Mark Crusaders and have it turn into things they want to see.
Unfortunately, the girls end up tiring the mimicker, who they’ve decided to name Imp, to the point where it runs away in debilitation leaving the girls at a loss. Realizing they made a mistake, the girls try to find Imp to say they’re sorry for being so selfish. This point is what makes the comic very powerful. Ted Anderson GETS that the Cutie Mark Crusaders are children. Children will act selfishly at their age to the point where they would treat friends like toys. As the moral of the comic goes:
“We formed the Cutie Mark Crusaders in order to find out what we wanted to be. Imagine how we felt when we met Imp, who could BE anything…We’re going to let Imp grow at her own pace, and maybe when we’re all a little more mature, we can be friends again.”
This moral makes me proud that social commentary through the eyes of the CMC’s can be done well as with the episode, “Ponyville Confidential.” Ted Anderson once again shows his comic scripts could actually pass as exceptional episodes of the television show.