My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic came to an end after nine exciting seasons. It was a show of unique caliber, appealing to its core demographic but wielding enough complexity to attract fans of many different ages and backgrounds. Take me, for instance. I’m a mid-twenties man who didn’t know the first thing about My Little Pony, but when asked to watch the show with my significant other, I discovered a sophisticated, clever show that had a lot to say. I just finished the series about a week before writing this review, and that's what inspired me to return to the My Little Pony comic series in the form of today’s review: My Little Pony: Legends of Magic Omnibus, Volume 1.
Growing up, my mother would go through different “kicks,” as she would put it. For one six-month period, it was all Jane Austen movies and books, and then Norse mythology. The longest "kick" - and the one I found the most interesting - was her Arthurian period, where she became obsessed with all things related to King Arthur lore. During this time, she read books like Mists of Avalon and watched many on-screen versions of the stories with me by her side. Once I was old enough, she let me read T.H. White’s Once and Future King which I inhaled. Let me just say that the new title from BOOM! Studios, Once & Future, is definitely not a retelling of the classic story, but a modern twist on the classic lore that is King Aurthur.
Comic books. With their intense visuals and heavy focus on plot and characters, the medium can be much more engaging than other literary means of storytelling. We live in new and interesting times, and although the past has always seemed to have had it worse, fear can lay waste to an individual's psyche when the stream of consciousness is battered with Dread. That’s why comic books will be our savior. And Dread our new law. No, not that Dread. Dredd.
Quick recap: While the McGuires (and Rose) successfully staved off Arthur’s attempt at bringing xenophobia back in style, they did not come out of the experience unscathed. Having learned of his family’s history and accepting the nature of his calling, Duncan is a bit more jaded now, and his relationship with Bridgette is strained. Meanwhile, Elaine is out there, doing stuff after meeting Merlin.
With the Destiny Man hot on their heels, the international group of heroes tasked with infiltrating the walled-off United States has done what they came here to do: getting a mysterious key into the hands of an even more mysterious leader. Our group is a bit splintered, as many of the most talented minds in the world are doing everything they can to escape the throngs of the Destiny Man's followers. Daniel and Lottie are working on their own to meet up with a potential ally who may provide deeper access into the secretive, dark world of the United States of America. With this strange, new world surprising them at every turn and the deadly Sky Virus terrorizing the globe, things only seem to be getting more complicated.
Something Is Killing the Children is so good. James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’edera are masterfully world building and character building all at the same time. Their dialogue-driven scenes are just as visually intense and psychologically involving as their action scenes. This is a masterclass is storytelling.
A quick recap of “New Sheriff in the ‘Verse” so far: Mal and Moon are trying to solve a murder mystery. Zoe, Wash, Book, River, and Simon have been burying dead Browncoats, casualties of the Second Unification War. Meanwhile, Kaylee and Jayne have joined the Chang-Benitez Gang. On the hunt for the killer, Mal and Moon encounter someone who seems to have no qualms about committing mass murder in order to get to Mal.