Once again I embarrass myself by talking about the girliest of comics. It’s MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP #3. The crew has been split by disharmony, and now must venture in three groups to the stronghold of the Changeling Queen. Can they survive the trek through monster-infested woods? And more importantly, will their friendship recover from this terrible division?
Honestly I don’t know why I’m bothering to recap what happened in previous issues, since MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #3 itself recaps them twice in rapid succession. Once as a brief recap on the inside cover, and then again in two pages of narration by the resident magical dragon/token boy Spike. He even presents it is the form of an early animation era cartoon, complete with stylized character designs and sepia tones. It’s almost enough to distract me from the fact that Spike is blatantly ignoring the fourth wall, commenting on things he couldn’t possibly know about, and turning the page for you.
Anyway, the mane six have been divided by the vile trickery of Chrysalis, the Changeling Queen. Made to believe their friends think poorly of them – once again displaying that wonderful lack of communication that seems rampant in Equestria – they break into three groups and try to make their own way through the wilderness. Twilight Sparkle and Fluttershy follow the map into an oubliette in the middle of the forest – making me wonder at what time those living in the extremely bright world of Equestria needed a hole to throw prisoners into – and get attacked by a Chupacabra. Because as happy as this world is, it’s still not above goat eating monsters.
If you think that’s bad, you should have seen My Little Pony in the early eighties pilots.
Applejack and Rarity venture through a field of murderous flowers, Applejack taking one opportunity to play lumberjack. And the pair of Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie put on nightmare-inducing costumes of themselves and get chased by vampire bunnies.
I have no jokes. All I can do is point and say these things happened.
While all of that is going on, we finally learn what Chrysalis and her army of changelings were doing since the season two finale. After getting ejected from Equestria’s capitol, they wound up in a land that can best be described as Caralot of Care Bears fame, populated by small animals that would be right at home on a Hallmark card. They are creatures of boundless, unconditional love for all they meet. Naturally this goes kind of dark, since the changelings feed on love. It’s one of those dark comedy moments that remind you why grown men love this series.
Well, that and the references to pop culture. This issue is full of references. We’ve got references to Spaceballs, Indiana Jones, the Wizard of Oz, and even Star Trek II.
Yes, they do the line. At the very least this adaptation of an eighties Hasbro property uses it in a less grievous fashion than the Transformers films. At this least comic didn’t drag Leonard Nemoy out of retirement to parrot the line.