My Little Pony: Deviations Review

Written by: Katie Cook

Art by: Agnes Garbowska

Publisher: IDW

The last time I saw Katie Cook paired with My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic was issue #42, which I gave a perfect score. Her writing and Andy Price’s artwork were everything I love about the series in comic book form, which was great because the last two seasons of the show have had problems.

In what is less of a twist and more of a straight line, My Little Pony: Deviations also has problems. A lot of them.

The idea behind the issue is one of fanfiction: What if Celestia gave Prince Blueblood—a total, self absorbed douche—a chance to be her star pupil instead of Twilight Sparkle? What if Prince Blueblood then went to Ponyville during Nightmare Moon’s season premiere attack and acted like a total, self absorbed douche?

The answer is not be funny.

I’m willing to buy into alternate timeline fanfiction because when it comes to MLP:FiM canon, nothing is sacred. Let’s face it, this is a series about candy-colored horses solving friendship problems. If Twilight can magically turn into a princess and then spend four bad movies in human land, then Prince Blueblood can somehow win Princess Celestia’s favor for 40 pages. That’s fine.

What isn’t fine is writing the male equivalent of Rarity and then doing nothing fun with him.

Half the jokes here are Prince Blueblood not understanding that he’s a douche, and the other half are him really wanting a cup of tea. That is literally the extent of his character. He’s not charming, he’s not funny, and he’s not interesting. And because he’s the focus, he brings down everyone else around him.

Are there funny bits here and there? Yeah. Pinkie Pie and Rarity both have some standout jokes, and even Nightmare Moon pulls her weight in the silly department, but it’s not worth it when most of the words are one note and insufferable.

Thankfully, Agnes Garbowska still kills it with her artwork. If there’s one thing MLP:FiM does right in all its forms, it’s over-the-top facial expressions and poses that really sell what’s going on. It’s a shame Prince Blueblood’s words are everywhere and take up so much space, and it’s a shame that even on the art front, he has almost no range to him.

I guess he’s just a bad character. Shame he has a full comic devoted to him.