IDW Main Issue #27 (Spoilers!)Mind the spoilers! They're like creeper vines.More Like This
I like the Everfree Forest. Since it’s introduction, it’s been this place of mystery and danger. It’s also a place where ponies aren’t meant to go. They’re bosses of their own world, managing everything right down to the weather. Everfree is the part of the world that doesn’t fit the ponies’ plans. Rather than try to destroy it, the ponies simply keep their distance.
Except when they seem to stroll in-and-out with impunity. Even before the Tree of Harmony got back to full power, I noticed that the forest from which “no pony has ever returned” wasn’t living up to the fear of the first episode. It’s been an ongoing critique of mine. So I’m glad to see Everfree expanded upon in the latest IDW comic. But how does it hold up?
I heard it through the green vine
Ponyville is under attack by vines! Again!
Yes, it’s a very va
Friends Forever #13 (Beware Spoilers!)Our story begins with a pony who’s not the focus of this comic: Sweetie Belle. She awakens to an ear infection with the most curious reaction: “Naaarrrrrrr!”More Like This
I shall have to try that expression the next time I suffer harm. It seems… unexpected.
Rarity steals the show next page with a full-drama entrance, complete with treating her bed-ridden sister as if she were on death’s doorstep. Followed by confirmation that she’s not contagious. This is what I enjoy about Rarity: her extreme reactions with snippets that show something beneath the fashionista tropes.
Anyway, it’s off to Manehatten for Rarity for another round of being Sapphire Shores’ designer. Things take a turn as Babs shows up. Rather poor communication on Sweetie Belle’s part not to tell Rarity that Babs was coming. Then again, the ponies in this franchise really aren’t great at logistics.
The comic does several things right with Babs. First of all, it
MLP Issue 26 Review (Spoilers!)The StoryMore Like This
Katie Cook’s writing has featured more and more winks at the audience, usually with the characters acknowledging that something doesn’t make sense. In this case, a camp of settler ponies admits that the plan from the previous issue was plain dumb. Not a great way to start, saying “Our heroines were idiots.”
Longhorn makes his master move: to legally file for ownership of Rancho Bronco. Applejack’s counter-plan requires misdirection. While Twilight and Fluttershy keep Longhorn bogged down in paperwork, the others try various tactics to move the bull camp off the land and invalidate their claim. They fail repeatedly, usually due to poor planning or incompetence. There’s a very strong Looney Toons vibe to these scenes. They’re being played for comedy, with absurdities from both the bulls and the ponies, yet fail to include something important.
In Looney Toons, the incompetency was on the part of the villains. They would fail, and