My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #43 Review

Written by: Thom Zahler

Art by: Tony Fleecs

Publisher: IDW

The wave of wonderful one-shots is over, and I for one am sad to see them go. The last handful of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic comics have been some of the best I’ve read. However, it is nice to have longer-running stories back in place, and in the case of Issue 43, we’re maybe in for a treat.


It’s always depressing when a story falls under, “good idea, bad execution,” but that’s what we have here. The idea is that the main six encountered a mysterious hot spring, had a soak, and then woke up the next day corrupted and unstoppable. Applejack cares only for business, Rainbow Dash is flying around and sonic rainbooming Ponyville apart, Rarity is being self centered—so normal—and Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie have gone missing.

What we’re left with are Spike and the Cutie Mark Crusaders to hopefully figure out what’s going on and stop it.

All of this should be good, MLP:FiM fun, and it kind of is but kind of isn’t. The problem is, the comic is very overwritten with more exposition than we need, and perhaps too stuffed with characters to boot. Luna and Cellestia show up for a bit, and there just isn’t enough page space to handle everyone in a seamless fashion.

Honestly, this comic is kind of like the new Warcraft movie in that regard.

That isn’t to say it isn’t entertaining or have its moments—it very much does—but they’re not the kind of highs I’ve been used to from this series. They’re also spread a bit thin.

It would help if the artwork were good, but I really found that lacking too. Fleecs’ ponies look…off at points, and any panel that’s even a bit zoomed out has this strange cartoony feel that doesn’t mesh with the colorful design that is Equestria. His close-up shots are quite nice though.

I do think that this little arc has potential to grow into something quite fun though. The last three or so pages cliffhanger the story in the perfect way, so I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes. As an entry point though, it’s flawed. Here’s to hoping things improve.