By Jen P
Last night, I read my very first comic. If you know anything about me, then you’ll understand that I adore all things bright, cute, and sparkly. Naturally, My Little Pony was my first choice. Where there other options? I don’t know, I was blinded by the cute:
Being a fan of the show, I was a little disappointed with the comic. First of all, I’m saddened that it’s not a self-contained story. If I want to know what happens, I have to buy another, and I don’t know how many more after. Momma ain’t got money for that!
That being said, this is a minor issue. My main complaint is with the dialogue and story. It’s missing that special magic that MLP FIM sucks you in with. Honestly, I could go the rest of my life never knowing what happens to those ponies, and I’ll be alright.
Plus, the artwork was fun and stylized, but it was so different from the show. Without the clean lines and solid pops of color, it felt like fanfic. Sorry. I know I’m going to get hate mail for this. That’s not saying the artwork wasn’t great, it just wasn’t the same as the show. Yes, yes. They are two different things. Shut up.
What I do see in the comic is potential for it to grow into something fun. Having only read the first, I admit I can’t be a fair judge of the series.
Another thing I like is the freedom given to the artists. Many of the favorite background ponies from the show make appearances, and the characters can be so much more within these pages. One favorite scene in the comic is when derpy gets cloned by a chrysalis. Her eyes are straight when she pops out, so another chrysalis bonks her on the head to make her eyes wonky. It’s one of the funnier parts of the story and one of the few I actually laughed out loud at. Also, Pinkie Pie gets plenty of time in the spotlight, and she’s always hilarious. (The party cannon makes a special appearance.)
Look at all the pretty background ponies! There’s Dr. Whooves! and Derpy! and… and… and… Blues Brothers??? Wait, am I missing something? And what’s with all the cats?
I don’t know enough about comics to know if it’s good in comparison, but I enjoyed reading it- just not enough to pay a ton of money for the next one. That’s not saying I’ve written off all comics. I also picked up a copy of Fables: Issue 19, so we’ll see how that goes (although the cover makes me a little nervous). And I’m interested in Zodiac Starforce after reading T. Mack’s review of the first issue. So yeah, I’m not hooked on comics just yet, but there’s a teensy tiny chance of it becoming my new thing.
So what do you think? Have you read the comics? Do you love them? Hate them? Don’t give a crap either way? Let us know in the comments section! We’d love to hear from you.