“The Return of Queen Chrysalis, Part 3,” published by IDW.
Written by Katie Cook. Drawn by Andy Price.
“The filly-ship is broken. The suspense is terrible… I hope it lasts.” – Chrysalis
The characters of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic are still worthy of a monthly engagement. This time, the issue opens with a sepia-toned recap by Spike with our heroines caricatured like 1930s cartoon characters. Then there are about four pages about Chrysalis and her prime motivation. It’s understandable to have to focus on her instead of the ponies’ strife in order to build an emotional crescendo.
The three groups, Applejack and Rarity, Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash, and Twilight Sparkle and Fluttershy, go on their respective ways and encounter freaky creatures. Through all the menace, My Little Pony #3 has heartfelt optimism. Some of gags and sentimentality is a bit saccharine, but I felt a little better after finishing this issue. So much action and so many gags are packed here that it makes a smooth and engaging read. Katie Cook gives the dialogue slightly heftier vocabulary than what’s expected in childrens media.
It’s clear after chatting with writer Katie Cook that she takes great care at writing a work faithful to the original Friendship is Magic cartoon. Andy Price, meanwhile, shows an energetic passion for the story. Price puts on a display of broad exaggerations and expressions with occasional cartoon indulgences like Pinkie Pie’s method of dealing with the Changelings.
This issue, story title “Love is a Many Splintered Thing,” may be the best comic yet in the series. The first Chrysalis-centered portion of the story may be creepy for the little ones. However, by the time the issue has wrapped up, they and adult readers continuing this series will be happily looking forward to the conclusion coming next month.
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See also: the Dynamic Forces variant cover so silly that it’s better if you see it after reading MLP #3.