Story by Ted Anderson
Art by Ben Bates
Letters by Neil Uyetake
Edits by Bobby Curnow
Published by IDW
Yes it’s a My Little Pony comic. And it’s great. If you have an issue with that, or indeed with stories with energy, humour and a sweet nature, then you should probably skip this one. The Extinction Parade review’s just over here, and here’s the Age of Ultron one.
If you’re still here, hi! This issue focuses on Pinkie Pie, the relentless entertainer of the six main characters. Here she’s in clown heaven when she wins tickets to see Ponyacci, the greatest clown in Equestria. Okay she has to drink over 300 bottles of Colt Cola to win but she did and here he is and yay!
Except on the way in, they run into a very sad pony. And then, after the show, they find out who he is…
Anyone who knows their clown history will recognise what Anderson’s done here but that’s no bad thing. He not only honours his historical sources but uses them in a way which is utterly in keeping with the show and casts Pinkie in a new light. She’s still insanely cheerful and energetic and, of course, still has a party cannon but she’s also one of the most compassionate characters on the show. Her adoration of Ponyacci is absolute, relentless (It is Pinkie after all) and genuine and she’s crushed when she finds out he’s retiring. Admittedly that depression leads to a couple of the best gags in the issue but it’s genuine and really sweet.
Whilst the issue understandably focuses on Pinkie and Ponyacci there’s some good stuff with Twilight and Spike on back up comedy. The entire issue is paced and feels like an episode of the show, right down to Twilight and Spike looking bemused as Pinkie plans something new and Pinkie’s deliriously cheerful song and dance number. Anderson’s script is a perfect fit with the style and pacing of the show, just as Bates’ art captures each one of the characters. Uyetake’s lettering is just as impressive, getting across the pace and energy of the dialogue and meshing with Bates’ art, especially on the musical number.
If you’re a fan then this is an absolute joy to read. If you’re not, and you’re curious, then this is a perfect place to start. It’s funny, hurtles along and has a heart a mile wide. Just don’t drink 315 cans of Colt Cola before you read it…