Review – My Little Pony Fiendship is Magic #2

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Writer: Christina Rice
Art: Tony Fleecs
Colours: Heather Breckel
Letters: Neil Uyetake
Cover: Amy Mebberson
Publisher: IDW

“There are two things that can drive a living being to near madness. Cause the most unbridled of actions. One of those things is love. The other is power.”

So explains issue 2 of the My Little Pony Fiendship is Magic series. Where last week focussed on how the former could lead to villainy, the latter is introduced in Lord Tirek’s origin this week.

Which isn’t to say there isn’t the presence of love in Lord Tirek’s back story. Both brotherly love and family love play a big part in this villain’s history but it appears teenage angst is alive and well, even within the My Little Pony universe. Yet history seems to be a fair way of explaining the plot, this week doesn’t really feel like an origin story, there is no major turning point for this character more an epiphany.

Tony Fleecs art and Heather Breckel’s colours combine the traditional MLP animation style with a darker twist. The panels almost pop on all the pages and while the artwork is cartoony it doesn’t feel childish. This issue also boasts something rather strange that although this is a MLP comic there is a distinct lack of ponies, in fact only one appears in proceedings. Not that there is anything wrong with that, it’s nice to see that just because the story takes place within the MLP universe there is no reliance on using characters where they are not needed.

Amy Mebberson is again on cover duties for this issue and again creates a striking cover. While there is a variant cover available by Sara Richard continuing the Dia Los Muertos themed characters, this issue boasting Fluttershy, it feels that there is really no contest when pitted next to the regular cover.

Once more this My Little Pony series is probably one of the most interesting. Although this issue possesses darker art it still maintains its all ages roots and while this week isn’t really a complete origin story, fans will still have a few questions answered and probably have a few more they want to ask afterwards.