My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic IDW #4 Review

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Written by Katie Cook. Drawn by Andy Price.

A congratulatory neigh, not nay, goes to Katie and Andy. These four issues of the main series have been a fun trot. Our heroines stand at Chrysalis’ castle as the Secretariat comet blazes through the sky. To free the young Apple Bloom, Scootaloo, and Sweetie Belle, our heroines must overcome the icky darkness on their last leg of their journey.

MyLittlePony04-cvrRE-JetpackLarry-webNothing in issue #4 will dissuade current readers from finishing their run. Andy Price does a good job with the art, but sometimes he does get a bit too ambitious with the art. For example, a page containing references to movie characters shown in the preview. I know what the everyone’s doing, but how it’s done seems scrambled. As much as I enjoy the illustrations, I wonder if kid readers can understand the art.

While the story’s climax shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who started in the first few pages, I didn’t feel like a dummy after finishing. I sense a genuine respect for the My Little Pony characters and the readers. Cook teases Spike fans in the two-page back-up appropriately titled, “In the Interim…”

Anyway, I got a kick out of “The Return of Queen Chrysalis.” I don’t know if I’ll review #5, but I can at least say there’s a mainstream comic that looks on the bright side.

Preview My Little Pony #5

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See also: my interview with writer Katie Cook.

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Author: Clarence

Webmaster, editor, writer of Red-Headed Mule. RHM was founded in 2011. Currently is liking British TV better than U.S. TV, mayhaps.