My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #61 Review

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Posted December 5, 2017 by Chad Waller in Comic Books

Written By: Ted Anderson

Art By: Andy Price & Heather Breckel

Published By: IDW

Before I begin with the nit-picky twattery about a children’s comic for little girls, can we all just take a step back and appreciate that this is the sixty first issue in the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic series? That’s amazing! I can’t believe how much of a powerhouse this franchise is–those are big-two numbers.

And now the nit-picky twattery.

MLP:FiM #61 decides it wants to play with politics, with Twilight Sparkle attending the Equestrian equivalent to the United Nations. It’s one part big party, one part bureaucracy, and one part friendship being magic. That last one is kind of expected at this point.

The problem is, it’s not all that interesting. The issue is largely Twilight walking around and talking to people, mostly old friends. We don’t get any big conflict or plot until over halfway through, and by then, it’s a little hard to really care. It’s kind of crazy how many leaders she knows (enough to fill around 12 pages of this) but then, maybe not. The heavy hitters are all here, and each one gets an introduction. We also see some people from the new movie, and for those who haven’t seen it, there might be spoilers here. It’s hard to tell since I haven’t seen it.

Issue #61 is a collage of MLP‘s beastery and Twilight having heart-attack levels of freaking out over everything and everyone. It’s cute and fun, but only to a point. She doesn’t interact with anyone long enough for any big character moments to shine through, turning what could have been an odd choice for slice-of-life into a slideshow. Or collage. I still stand by that word too.

That being said, Twilight is well written here. She’s at peak adorkable.

The good news is that Price and Breckel’s artwork is as phenomenal as always. There’s a lot to juggle and a lot of crazy creatures to depict, and they hit it all quite admirably. The standout, though, is Twilight herself. She barely goes a page without an amazing facial expression. Most of them got a good laugh out of me, too.

This isn’t the first issue of MLP that I’ll half recommend: The artwork is great and certainly sells the show, though the plotting itself is by and large kind of boring. You can do worse with this series. I dunno if I’d call that a high bar to set though.

 

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #61



My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #61

6.5

Final Score

6.5/10

Pros

  • Cute as hell
  • The artwork is great and really sells the show
  • So many animals and monsters and creatures!
  • Twilight is adorbs

Cons

  • Almost nothing happens
  • Might be spoilers for the movie
  • You remember when Star Wars: Episode 1 played at politics? Yeah. It's about as fun here



About the Author

Chad Waller

Chad Waller is the cofounder of Dual Wield Software, a two-man video game company working on their first game, The Regret of Vitrerran. He also likes to write, preferring fiction and poetry, but also the occasional book review or video game essay. You can follow him on Twitter @DualWieldSoft and find his company page on Facebook with a quick search.