*I received this book as an eARC from IDW Publishing on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
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Title: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Volume 1
Author: Katie Cook, Andy Price
Year Published: 2013
Synopsis: Welcome to Ponyville, home of Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, and all your other favorite Ponies!
Something's not right in the town though, as some of the inhabitants are acting very, very strange. It’s up to the Mane Six to find the source of the weirdness before it’s too late!
Review: When I first heard that "My Little Pony" was going to be rebooted for television as "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic", I thought it was a really terrible idea. I mean, there have been some pretty awful incarnations of this franchise. But then, I decided to give it a chance... and I got hooked. And so, when I saw this comic available on NetGalley, I had to request it immediately.
The ponies in this story are drawn a little differently than in the show, but it isn't too far off and I think it works in this medium. They're more cartoon-ish, but I guess that's what you get when you're not using a computer to animate. The story is predictable (because the Mane Six always win!), but it's nice and presents a good message nonetheless. They have to work past their differences and the trickery of Queen Chrysalis in order to make it to her kingdom and rescue the Cutie Mark Crusaders.
I think any fan of the TV show will really enjoy this comic. I also think this would be a nice way to introduce younger children to the wonderful world of comics and graphic novels - give them something nice and easy to read, full of vibrant colors and their favorite characters. Boys and girls alike will enjoy this story (I mean, there are Bronies after all), and you don't have to be afraid of anything too scary or too mature for kids to handle.
Overall, I actually enjoyed this story more than I thought I was going to. I would definitely suggest buying the paperback version though, because reading an electronic copy of this was a little rough. I think comics are more effective in printed form anyway. A 3/5 from me.