It wasn't that long ago that the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic animated series did an episode all about the joys of reading. It's a good lesson for the kids, but it does raise an interesting question about just where you go with literary themes once that's done -- especially in the MLP comic, which is presumably already being read by children who enjoy, you know, reading. Well, if you're Heather Nuhfer, Amy Mebberson and Heather Breckel, then the answer is simple: You tell a story all about how the joy of reading presents its own life-threatening (but fun and adventurous) dangers!
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You ever fight a giant crab for its treasure map with your pirate crew of magical ponies from another realm? If your answer is "no" -- and if it isn't, we envy you greatly -- then IDW's My Little Pony Friendship is Magic #14 is probably fit for your consumption. The concluding chapter in a two-part "X Marks the Spots" adventure, the new issue by Heather Nuhfer, artist Brenda Hickey and colorist Heather Breckel shows what happens when horses hit the high seas full with a taste for treasure and a talent for conferring with crustaceans.
As you can probably tell from the title, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is pretty heavily based around, well, friendship. Being nice to each other, supporting their fellow ponies through the tough times, sharing common interests and overall kindness. So, you know, what better way to express those ideas of friendship and togetherness than by ditching Ponyville and heading out to the high seas for a life of lawless pillaging under as pirates!
That's the premise of Heather Nuhfer and Brenda Hickey's story in MLP:FiM #13, where everyone's favorite Equestrians join up with Hoofbeard the Pirate for an all-new buccaneer adventure. We only have the first few pages, but from what I've seen so far, I'm fully expecting it to mirror the plot of Assassins Creed IV, right down to someone air-assassinating an ocelot. Check it out below!
Last week, we brought you the news that IDW was launching My Little Pony: Friends Forever, an all-new, all-pony team-up series kicking off in January. The idea behind the new ongoing title is to pair up two members of the MLP cast for new adventures, and things are starting off in the first issue with a team up that's even more interesting than Pinkie Pie and Applejack having a bake-off: writer Alex de Campi and artist Carla Speed McNeil.
This week, I spoke to de Campi and McNeil to find out more about their approach to the characters, their favorite moments from the show and their ideal plans for Rainbow Dash -- which I can assure you are awesome.
I was born just a little too late to be part of that generation that was continually burned by the misleading promises you'd get from the ads in comic books, and to be honest, I've always been a little saddened by that. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I want to be ripped off, but for decades, the disappointment that came from cardboard X-Ray Specs and $2.98 nuclear submarines was an important part of the medium. Also, I've always been curious about the secrets of dynamic tension.
Fortunately for me, I can live out the thrill of disappointment through a purple cartoon dragon that lives in a tree that is also a library with a pony (also purple) in this week's My Little Pony Microseries #9! The story, focusing on Spike and brought to you by Rob Anderson and Agnes Garbowska, finds Twilight Sparkle's #1 assistant attempting to get a pet of his own by sending off for sea monkeys, with hilarity to ensue upon delivery. Check out a preview below!
Crack open your history books and mark it down, everybody: 2013 is the year that the superhero genre finally gave up its stranglehold on the medium of comic books and was replaced by its new successor: Pony Comics. This week, we have seen the first step in the equestrian takeover as IDW has announced the creative team for My Little Pony: Friends Forever, a second ongoing series set to launch in January starring everyone's favorite friendship-based horses, starting with a story about Pinkie Pie and Applejack from the creative team of Alex de Campi and Carla Speed McNeil.
If you weren't able to snag Kaite Cook and Andy Price's San Diego Comic-Con exclusive My Little Pony story this past summer, IDW's My Little Pony 2013 Annual—Spotlight should cure what ails you. The reprinted tale is only part of the appeal for fans, however, as Ted Anderson and Tony Fleecs are expanding The Hub's animated My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic world with a prequel story that ties into the recent Equestria Girls movie, where the famous ponies live as teenage humans in another realm. IDW's provided CA with a first-look, which you can check out after the cut.
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What with most of their appearances on the show thus far involving replacement by magical villains and sinister mind control, we don't know a whole lot about My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic's Shining Armor and Princess Cadance. Sure, we know that he's Twilight Sparkle's brother and she's Twilight Sparkle's old babysitter, because we all have a complex Twilight Sparkle Family Tree diagram up on our walls that we add to as needed (it's not just me, right?), but beyond that, nothing. Until now!