My Little Pony: Cutie Mark Crusaders Micro Series (IDW)

MLP CM Crusaders

Rating: 4/5 – A Fun Parable About Expecting Too Much.

The micro-series of side stories about individual ponies has run its course with the Mane 6 (Applejack, Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, Rarity and Pinkie Pie) so now it’s time to focus on the supporting cast. And with a cast this large, the potential for some great, revealing issues is sure to please Pony fans worldwide.

The Cutie Mark Crusaders take center stage for this new outing, and as Scootaloo, Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle continue their dogged pursuit of a cutie mark (the tattoo that appears on the rump of every pony to define their talent) they come across a Mimicker – a being that can change its appearance into…well…anything. Though benign and eager to please, it isn’t long before the Crusaders take advantage of this new plaything, getting it to change into more and more things than it ever wanted to, until finally it runs away.

There’s a happy ending, of course, but there’s also a lesson. The Crusaders considered the mimicker a new plaything, as mentioned, and not as a potential new friend. The error is realized and confessed, the wrongs are righted, and things are wrapped up just in time for the story to end.

We bemoan comics that have what’s known as “deconstructed” storytelling. Stories that plod on for book after book in the hopes it’ll make a great trade paperback sometime down the road. While nobody will ever confuse My Little Pony with the Avengers or X-Men, it’s still refreshing to read a story that will not only entertain but educate younger readers, throw in a Mystery Science Theater 3000 reference for the older folks who might pick it up…and still be able to tell such a story in one complete issue.

Reviewed by: Al Sparrow – Covering the full spectrum of comics culture

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