Written by: Katie Cook
Art by: Katie Cook, Brenda Hickey, Agnes Garbowska, & Andy Price
The first thing that should pique your interest is the amount of awesome My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic pony artists involved in this year’s Holiday Special. Katie Cook and Andy Price are my two favorites of the list, but Brenda Hickey deserves a big mention for that Discord / Princess Luna Friends Forever issue; Agnes Garbowska rounds things out with her very cute style.
So we’ve got an issue jam-packed with solid artwork! That’s always the necessary first half of anything MLP:FiM, and the second half is made up of one part fun story and one part fun jokes. As luck would have it, this Holiday Special has both of those things.
Twilight Sparkle and Spike are stranded in a Canterlot train station due to a giant blizzard. Other than one staff member, they’re by themselves and missing a Pinkie Pie Hearth’s Warming Eve party. To make matters worse, Twilight Sparkle has left her only book at her mother’s house—HOLD UP! In what version of this MLP universe does Twilight Sparkle only carry one book? I am calling non canon Mrs. Cook! You had one job!
Instead of falling into a dark, wintery depression like I plan on doing around December 25th, the three ponies grab a few children’s Hearth’s Warming Eve stories and read them while munching on cookies and drinking tea to pass the time.
It’s super cozy, and I wish I had a physical copy of this comic in my hands to mirror the characters.
The real meat of the book is in the ponified versions of notable Christmas stories, like a Rudolf the Winged Pegasus and Rarity as the damsel in The … Ponycracker? (I’m making these up on the spot so you know, don’t judge me too hard.) As little vignettes, they’re absolutely adorable and loaded with jokes, both self-referential and otherwise. I found myself laughing a lot at them.
As a way to frame a narrative, this is hardly anything new. We’ve seen other franchises tackle Twas the Night Before Christmas, but the mold doesn’t always need to be broken to deliver a good story. In the case of this MLP:FiM Holiday Special, the mold is perfectly intact and its’ all the better for it.
If you’re looking for a nice mix of holiday cheer and MLP:FiM, then this comic will more than fill that void. It’s quite nice.