Listen, I like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic a lot, but if there's one crucial flaw in the entire franchise, it's that it's not about superheroes. I mean, honestly, I like friendship and peppy songs as much as anyone, but how am I supposed to enjoy those things in comic book form if they do not also involve using phenomenal powers to concuss evildoers?

Fortunately for me, that problem has been neatly solved by writer Ted Anderson (also known as NPR's Chief Brony Correspondent), artist Ben Bates and colorist Heather Breckel, in the pages of next week's My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Annual 2014. It seems there are now pony superheroes and, more importantly, thematic pony villains who are dressed as hot-rod mummies. Really.

Of course, as we all know, this isn't the first time there have been hints at equestrian vigilante activity. The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well, who had a look inspired by Batman: The Animated Series, was featured on the show as part of a plot that was even more complicated than the average superhero tale. The real question, though, is since most of these ponies already have superpowers, what makes these ponies so special? Aside from the costumes, I mean.









My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Annual 2014 will be out next Wednesday, September 24.