“The Return of Queen Chrysalis, Part II.”
Written by Katie Cook. Drawn by Andy Price.
After chatting with Katie Cook, I’m confident that this four-issue adaptation of Friendship is Magic will be good. How many people will stick around? Some comics sales sites have My Little Pony #1 in the top 100 sales. Instead of waiting for Celestia’s aid, our heroines chose to venture out to find Sweetie Belle, Apple Bloom and Scootaloo. In this issue, friendships will be challenged no thanks to the dark Queen Chryaslis.
There are a few parts to this issue. In the first few pages of the story, the situation and the stakes are re-established. Rainbow Dash who asserts that flying over the Appaloosan Mountains is best, but all the pony protagonists, some of whom can’t fly, decide to go into a mine and encounter a cave troll, which you can see in the preview below. This scene has plenty of comedic rhythm where the troll is more of a nuisance than a menace. Afterwards, the ponies go further then darkness comes out. Said darkness isn’t only from the caves’ lack of lighting. Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Fluttershy, and Rainbow Dash face bigger threats.
While Chrysalis’ true motives for fillynapping are withheld, she orchestrates our heroines’ diessention by having her Changelings split them up into pairs. Each pair meets a pair of disguised Changelings that spread horrible doubts about the ponies’ abilities. This leads to a bitter reunion where the ponies engage with other creepy creatures. The ponies may exit the cave more experienced, but the pairs will carry discord into the third issue.
Andy’s art displays appropriate wacky reactions throughout the issue. The cave antagonists’ designs are silly, ensuring that the comics stays mostly light-hearted. At the height of conflict, the panels get craggier and less harmonious. Both Andy and Katie make smart use of each page. Each pony retains a distinct personality and I’m still interested in continuing this adventure. This is a fine tale for kids and kids-at-heart.
Regular covers drawn by Katie Cook. On the last page (back cover?) there’s a map to follow along with the ponies.
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