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Author: Heather Nuhfer & Amy Mebberson
Year Published: 2013
My Review of Volume 1
Paul's Review of Volume 1
Synopsis: Get ready for another unforgettable adventure in the land of Equestria! Twilight Sparkle and gang are confronted with a perilous new danger in the form of a long-unseen enemy!
Review: I really enjoyed the first volume of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic comics (probably way more than I should have), so I was pretty stoked to find out that there was a second volume coming out. Because who doesn't love the ponies?! And they're up against an old enemy? Seriously, recipe for awesome right there. And yes, this series is totally a guilty pleasure that helps me to relive my childhood.
Compared to the first volume, these ponies are drawn more closely to what they look like in the show, so that was pretty neat. And all of the colors are just gorgeous and convey the moods that they're supposed to. When the ponies are in trouble, things get very dark and shadowy. When their friendship triumphs, the colors become more vibrant and welcoming. The artwork is beautiful, and made this comic a pleasure to read. And I definitely think it would hold the attention of a little kid who is just being introduced to comics and make them want to read more.
The story is also really sweet. I mean, it does get a little scary at times, so I wouldn't recommend it for very young children, but I think any kid old enough to watch the show and not get scared should be fine. Plus, we get to see some familiar characters other than the Mane Six, and it's really interesting to have their stories developed a little more than what we already know. Luna is one of my favorite characters, and I loved that she had a bigger part in this volume than she's had since the Nightmare Moon episodes.
Like the show and the first volume, this set of comics is chock full of morals and lessons about life and love and friendship. It helps teach about insecurities and the power of working together and trusting your friends. Love is definitely the answer to overcoming fears and the baddies, as it always is with MLPFIM. I would definitely recommend this to fans of the show, and to young readers who are just getting started with comics and graphic novels. A 4/5 to this volume, and I can't wait to read more!