COMIC BOOK REVIEW: MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDS FOREVER – VOLUME 3 / AUTHOR: VARIOUS / ARTIST: VARIOUS / PUBLISHER: IDW / RELEASE DATE: MARCH 17TH
My Little Ponies are back, although if you’ve got children of a certain age you’ll probably know they never left. Those colourful little mini-broncos have come a long way since their early toy store days, and if this third volume of My Little Pony: Friends Forever is anything to go by, they’re still continuing their whinnying formula.
In this fantastic four-story collection, the Ponies trot along to Apple Con where Granny is upset to discover the Flim Flam Brothers are back and apparently up to their old tricks. But when Granny sets out to teach those shady Flim Flams a lesson, the result isn’t what any of them expected…
When Fluttershy tries to help Iron Will discover his ‘inner pony’ she ends up giving him some unexpected relationship advice and finds out the bad-tempered Minotaur is pretty good in the kitchen…
Rainbow Dash is given a secret mission by Spitfire and is suddenly up to her hooves in trouble, teaching some troublesome fillies how to fly and learning that sometimes even heroes aren’t perfect…
And, finally, it’s the annual snack cart invasion and sweet-toothed Pinkie urgently needs Twilight’s help to kick her phenomnomenons habit because last year, after she indulged in all that yummy deliciousness, something really embarrassing happened. The problem is, Pinkie’s already jonesing for a ‘noms feast and Twilight soon finds out that keeping a hyper-addicted pony from her pastries is more challenging than it sounds.
Up until a couple of weeks ago, when a certain seven year old family friend came to visit, hijacked this writer’s computer and gave me a My Little Pony crash-course (yep, this is all your fault Bethany) I was a real neigh-sayer. As a kid in the late 1970s, I wanted a tauntaun for my Luke Skywalker doll to ride on and when my parents came back with a My Little Pony, because the tauntauns had all sold out, it was a traumatising moment that still brings me and a certain plastic Jedi out in a cold sweat.
But now that’s all changed. My Little Pony: Friends Forever is terrific, fast and funny, beautifully written and illustrated, brimming with irresistible imagination and packed with enough gags and goodwill that kids and even the most a-hoof adults will enjoy it (sorry… again…). So what that every story contains some kind of life message that’s delivered about as subtly as being smacked around the head by a giant sugar lump. This quartet of tails are more moreish than a mountain of Pinkie’s phenomnomenons (by far my favourite story of the herd) and that’s coming straight from the horse’s mouth. Get it before it gallops off the shelves.
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