Rating: 5/5 – Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it.
It’s an age-old adage that certainly applies to the My Little Pony phenomenon. Nobody can argue with the history of the toy line – it was designed to appeal to young girls – or the subsequent cartoons that came out with a definitive feminine slant to them. There was little doubt to whom this property was designed to appeal.
To coin another common turn of phrase – that was then, this is now.
Today the ponies are everywhere, and they appeal not only to young girls, but to young boys and older men and women as well. Those who have never seen the show may not understand how something this bubbly and cute could ever appeal to an older, more jaded crowd (particularly an older, more jaded crowd of men), yet it does. Rare is the “all-ages” book, cartoon, or movie that can truly appeal to ALL ages, but somehow the My Little Pony franchise has found a way to do it.
Part of it might be the diligent eye of Katie Cook, who brings enough pop-culture reference to the table to keep even the most watchful eye scanning every panel (in this particular issue I’m proud to say I found Waldo!) and tossing in a few one-liners that might fly right over the heads of younger readers. Artist Andy Price does an excellent job capturing the current animation style of the MLP cartoon, while throwing his own artistic voice in there, giving each pony their own unique look and emotional range.
This particular issue is the 2nd half of a two-part quest by (one of my personal favorites) Big Macintosh to find a nail. It’s an opportunity to explore pretty much all of Ponyville as he interacts with close to every pony that’s been revealed so far (with even a shout out to villains Discord and Queen Chrysalis!). Along the way there are jokes and mishaps galore that will keep young eyes glued to each page, and maybe when they’re done, Mom and Dad might want to pick the book up and give it a once over.
Fads come and fads go, and I’m sure there’s bound to be a time when the My Little Pony train will run its course and their fans will move on. Then again, perhaps not. Something this fun, well-done, and with this much appeal deserves to hang around as long as possible.
Reviewed by: Al Sparrow – email@example.com
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