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Re: General Comic Chat - 75 Issues of FiM and Counting

Post by Adiwan (?) » Sun Jun 27, 2021 5:10 am

It's insane that the series has been as long as it got, including all the side series like the Micro-Series, Friendship Forever, Legends of Equestria, Fiendship is Magic, Equestria Girls and Holiday specials, and the hand full of mini series like Feats of Friendship.
Just recently I got my two comic short boxes so full that they cannot fit any additional comics.

Saying that I still wished the main series with its 10th season was a little longer as the arcs felt a little short for what it's building up to.
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Re: General Comic Chat - 75 Issues of FiM and Counting

Post by PonyHag714 (?) » Sun Jun 27, 2021 4:17 pm

I can't help but be curious as to who makes up the Knights of Order.
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Re: General Comic Chat - 75 Issues of FiM and Counting

Post by SigmasonicX (?) » Sun Jul 04, 2021 3:45 am

My Little Pony / Transformers II: The Magic of Cybertron #3
In the penultimate issue, both stories were pretty good.

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The first featured a lot of characters, with not just Vinyl, Octavia, and Soundwave teaming up, but also all of the Student Six. All things considered, given the limited number of pages, the balance of characters was pretty nice. Art-wise, it was weird that Gallus was so big, but it was otherwise good at getting across expressions, and the awesome musical team up.

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The second story featured the unusual combination of Rarity and Ratchet. Once Knock Out was brought into the picture, it all made more sense, with Rarity and Knock Out getting along and Ratchet being the grumpy old man. I was surprised to see Knock Out be portrayed (or strongly implied) as being in a gay relationship with Breakdown, and I liked how supportive Rarity was of it.

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Knock Out showing off the parts of Cybertron that aren't just a city but instead look semi-natural was interesting; I wonder if this is a thing in the normal Transformers lore, or if it was made up for here. The art was good, though the bit where Ratchet assembles a gadget and Knock Out uses it before it's ready was a bit confusing. It was pretty neat seeing Rarity be the one to expose how magic and Cybertronian technology can interact.

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Silver Quill's review mentions that Tony Fleecs both drew and wrote the first story, which is interesting. He doesn't really bring up anything else of note.

Next issue is the end of this mini-series, and likely the end of MLP/Transformers crossovers for a while, as G4 comics are winding down.

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Re: General Comic Chat - 75 Issues of FiM and Counting

Post by SigmasonicX (?) » Thu Jul 08, 2021 3:41 am

Friendship is Magic #99
Marble is accepted to a rock school in Abyssinia—moreover, one on a remote island that only has boats to and from there in the summer—and Pinkie can't bring herself to plan her going away party. The synopsis emphasized Cheese's role, but much more of the issue is focused on Pinkie than I expected. Applejack plays a pretty decent role too.

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The story is really sweet, featuring nice emotional moments between all the involved characters. Marble leaving Equestria to go to an Abyssinian school is a really neat bit of cultural exchange that I would have liked to have seen a lot more of in the comics. Adventuring is good and all, but give me slice of life stories set in other regions!

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The art is by a first time MLP artist, as indicated by an interview at the end, and she did a really good job. The ponies look adorable and there are a lot of fun expressions. This includes a set of new (but nonspeaking) characters, Pinkie's cousins!

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Silver Quill's review is also very positive. Also, I didn't notice until seeing his screencap that Mudbriar is miscolored.

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This is the final "slice of life" story of G4, with the remaining issues all being focused on the Harmony storyline, and it's a great sendoff.

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Re: General Comic Chat - 75 Issues of FiM and Counting

Post by SigmasonicX (?) » Thu Jul 15, 2021 3:58 am

Friendship is Magic #100
In this 100th issue, we visit the land of the birds, Captain Celaeno's homeland, Ornithia. A bit of an odd subject for a milestone issue, but with the increase in pages, and manages to tell a pretty good story.

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Interestingly, the art was a collaborative effort of multiple artists. Overall, the issue looks great throughout. Ornithia is a nice colorful, if not entirely unique-looking, setting. The new focus characters are pretty nice looking. I especially liked the crow design.

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Compared to the other Tree stories, we only really see one other Element bearer, which definitely works better for this issue. And hey, it turns out Celaeno is saphhic! Though I wished they leaned into the pirate saving a princess thing more for that.

This story finally introduces the Knights of Harmony, and the true natures of the trees we've seen. The other trees not being based on Friendship, and the Tree of Harmony not being connected to the light systems we saw, is a pretty interesting way to recontextualize previous stories, though I'd have to see how well it really works. Given they specifically had Starswirl show up to say that in all his journeys (including Reflections!) he never found any indication these other trees existed, I wonder if there's some twist with what we learned about the Knights.

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Here, we meet one Knight of Harmony, who has the ability to alter living matter. It's a shame there's so little left, because the Knights of Harmony slowly revealing its members over time and having individual encounters with them would have been really neat. It would have been really anime.

Here are the covers. That last comic cover, with all the comic-specific characters and moments, really makes me sad that more than anything else FiM, we'll never really see them again.

Silver Quill's review reminded me of the racial structure shown in Ornithia, with parrots being considered lesser. I was surprised that wasn't resolved by the end. I assume we'll see more of this place in the coming issues.

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There were also a bunch of subplots I neglected to mention, including Lyra and Bon Bon's sneaking. It was a pretty nice showcase of them. Plus there's the moment where everyone is put on a crashing ship! I have to say, it's pretty weird seeing Celaeno fly with her wings. Spitfire, unfortunately, doesn't get much to do as part of this team.

Like Silver Quill, I wish more time was spent developing Celaeno's relationship with Ocypete.

And then there's Katie Cook's one-page story at the end, which is really cute.

Overall, while this is a good issue, more than anything, it makes we wish we got a lot more time with the comic.

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Re: General Comic Chat - 75 Issues of FiM and Counting

Post by SigmasonicX (?) » Thu Jul 22, 2021 2:22 am

My Little Pony / Transformers II: The Magic of Cybertron #4 (FINAL)
With the end of this miniseries, we're one step closer to not having any MLP G4 comics at all. In any case, this goes out with a bang, with a good dragon showcase at the start, and some insanity in the second half that I hesitate to spoil.

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The first story features Spike and Smolder interacting with the Dinobots, then fighting off a combiner. I suppose there are only so many threats to the Dinobots, but having a combiner again felt weirdly repetitive. That said, we got some nice bits with Smolder, and Spike got to save the day with his Transformers geekiness. We had gags before of the Transformers becoming MLP fans, but it's neat to see Spike become a Transformers expert. The Dinobots themselves didn't get to do much, alas. The art for Spike and Smolder was really good. The Transformers art was also really good, but it was weird seeing the Dinobots other than Grimlock with irises and pupils.

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The second story resolves everything, making use of Ratchet and Rarity's discovery of how magic and Cybertronian technology can interact. The form this takes is pretty ridiculous, and I'd rather not spoil it. I will say it's a shame that Fluttershy didn't get in on it.

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When Sombra was digging up a buried Transformer and everyone was worried, I assumed it'd be Unicron, but instead it was Scorponok, who I guess is a bigger deal than he was in Beast Wars now.

The resolution, with Megatron starting to maybe make amends with the Autobots, and being willing to allow more interactions with the ponies, was pretty interesting. With obviously out of continuity stories like this, it's an opportunity for developments like this, and it's neat to see. I was pretty surprised to see this end with another sequel hook. I definitely wouldn't mind seeing more.

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Silver Quill's review points out Rarity's odd line that it's only been twenty minutes since Twilight was brainwashed, which is an insane timeframe no matter how you slice it. I have to imagine there was some mix up when laying things out for the writers.

Overall, this miniseries was once again a ton of fun. The quality is overall about the same as the first miniseries, though none of the stories were as weak as the Pinkie vs. Shockwave one from the first miniseries. Definitely worth checking out.

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Re: General Comic Chat - 75 Issues of FiM and Counting

Post by SigmasonicX (?) » Fri Jul 23, 2021 9:17 pm

October comic solicitation. It's weird not seeing FiM included. Also, I suppose this confirms we aren't getting a G5 comic as of yet.

My Little Pony: Generations #1
Casey Gilly (w) • Michela Cacciatore (a) • Amy Mebberson (CVR A) • Agnes Garbowska (CVR B) • Samantha Whitten (1:10 RI CVR)
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A brand-new Pony adventure begins here, encompassing generations both old and new when G1 and Friendship is Magic collide!

A long time ago, an evil witch named Hydia sought to destroy pony-kind. Now her granddaughters, Grackle and Dyre, are back to finish the job!

With the School of Friendship overloaded with students, Starlight Glimmer and the Mane Six reach out for help. Enter: Violet Shiver, Shadow Storm, and Black Belle! But these ponies aren't quite what they seem; in fact, they're working for Grackle and Dyre! With their sights set on revenge and a brand-new Smooze on hand, the young witches and their dastardly creations are ready to cause some mayhem...

FC • 22 pages • $3.99

LCS Order Due Date: August 18th, 2021

Estimated Street Date: October 20th, 2021

Looks like this follows the premise of G1 characters already existing in the G4 universe. I wonder if the witches will be humans, and if they'll explain that.

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Re: General Comic Chat - 75 Issues of FiM and Counting

Post by SigmasonicX (?) » Thu Aug 12, 2021 1:50 am

Friendship is Magic #101
Here it is, the penultimate issue. I actually forgot about that fact when I was reading, and was wondering, were there two or three issues after this one? Turns out the answer is one.

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I reiterate that I really wish this Knights of Harmony story had room to breathe. Introducing five new villains (plus one introduced just last issue), all with unique powers, and having them be defeated next issue (the final one of the series) just doesn't work.

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As is, the Knights of Harmony are nothing more than random tough guys introduced late with little characterization. There are things I could say about them, but they all come down to me wishing they had more issues. So many aspects are "oh, that's weird, is that going to be explored more?" with the answer "probably not because there's only one issue left". Also, one of them has the ability to change peoples' sizes. That's a unique power we haven't seen in FiM before! There could have been a 4-issue arc's worth of stuff to do right there, just focused on defeating this one Knight.

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More than anything, I'm pretty disappointed that the final non-crossover story of G4 is going to be spent wrapping all this up. Even season 9 knew that the actual final episode was better spent focused on the characters rather than fighting a big threat, while I don't expect much more than a few pages spent on that in the final issue.

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Silver Quill's review focuses on explaining the names and theming of the new villains rather than judging their qualities as characters, though he doesn't hide how unimpressed he is by their leader at least.

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Re: General Comic Chat - 75 Issues of FiM and Counting

Post by SigmasonicX (?) » Sat Oct 16, 2021 2:42 am

Friendship is Magic #102 (END)



Well, here it is, the final issue of the Friendship is Magic series, and it was pretty solid. It's been a long ride, all the way from 2012 when the first issue dropped and season 3 still hadn't arrived. It hasn't always been great, but it took risks, and I'll miss the extra bit of spice it brought to G4. That said, I'm sure we'll get a G5 comic series, and there's still the G1 crossover left to release.

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Off the bat, we get some much-needed backstory for the Knights of Harmony. I'm not a fan of the choice to have Discord be the one that broke up the alliance of nations with Trees of Harmony. It places an odd amount of focus on Discord this late in the story, and it ultimately doesn't have a satisfactory resolution. Also, it was pretty confusing that the Knights in the flashback looked exactly like the current ones, when they explicitly aren't.

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As I've said with previous issues, I would have greatly preferred more time spent facing off against the Knights of Harmony, but I did appreciate that they got individual fights here, even if they're brief. Each faction of heroes got a moment to shine, including Silverstream getting a big win with Yona. No rainbow blast to solve everything here! Unless that's what happened to defeat the leader, it was hard to tell what was going on there. We also got nice moments with Trixie, Cadance, and Maud.

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As expected, all the nations we saw throughout this season returned to help in the end, though the focus on them did mean the odd exclusion of the changelings, dragons, etc. that helped out in "The Ending of the End". Things are a bit rushed after that, with the promise of further dangers and possibilities in the future, but we don't get too much on the character front. I was hoping for something to bridge the gap between the present day and future moments of "The Last Problem", but this did nothing of the sort.

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Silver Quill's review points out that Discord didn't bring up his involvement during the Abyssinia arc, which makes me wonder if this was a last-minute change. He also points out that there's possibly an element of propaganda here, though. Discord doesn't back up Danu's claim that he was involved, the flashback doesn't indicate that anyone actually saw Discord mess with the other nations, and it's entirely possible that they're leaving out details about how their spread of harmony actually went.

He points out that this doesn't feel like a true ending, especially with the G1 crossover coming, and I find myself agreeing.

Regarding the idea that the conflict between nations that Danu claims is inevitable being the cause of Equestria's fall leading into G5, Silver Quill and I agree that this is just Danu projecting and that won't be what happens.

The ending isn't as satisfying as the show's ending, but it isn't bad.

On another note, the Free Comic Book Day 2020 comic is up on Comixology now, so I finally got to read it. It's a nice cute story, and it's a shame I couldn't read it when it came out.

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Re: General Comic Chat - 75 Issues of FiM and Counting

Post by SigmasonicX (?) » Thu Oct 21, 2021 2:55 pm

Generations #1
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I have to say, I didn't expect this so soon after the main series' ending, but that's what happens with delays, I suppose.

Right off the bat, oh hey, there's Starlight! She's been conspicuously absent from the comics for a while.

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The story here is pretty strange. It starts out well enough with the descendants of the witches from the G1 movie being left the task of messing with the ponies, but being unable to use magic outside the volcano they were sealed in. For some reason, rather than attacking the ponies in their own world, they use a magic portal rat to look for the closest ponies in any dimension and come across the School of Friendship. In the G4 world, there are too many students at the school (I guess they have the same walk-in policy as Canterlot High), so Starlight sends out the call for more teachers. The witches intercept this and use their magic to create three evil ponies out of Smooze, which they send to the school to end the chapter.

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If you look at the cover, then read the summary above, you might notice a problem. There is no mention at all of the G1 ponies on the cover. Maybe they come in later in the story, but there isn't even a hint they could get involved in this issue. In fact, if you don't count the two new witches and the fact that the new ponies are made of Smooze, there are no G1 characters at all here! It's very odd for a big crossover special.

Artwise, I thought the witches were pretty well-drawn. They remind me of that Jem comic from IDW. The ponies, on the other hand, have some issues. On their own, the pony art looks fine, but there are moments where their expressions don't match what they're saying, and the poses often look rather stock. For the former, we can see this in the very first pony panel, with Pinkie saying "Eeee!" while having a concerned look on her face. The panel layout is odd at times too, when it's cutting between the witches, the rat, and the ponies, without the different plot threads necessarily relating.

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If the story is just going to be about the new Smooze ponies causing trouble, then this is going to feel oddly similar to the Feats of Friendship miniseries.

This is a pretty odd start to the miniseries, but I'll see where it goes.

Silver Quill's review points out that the witches have Equestria Girls skin tones. I wonder if there was a Hasbro mandate that all humans need EQG colors regardless of context. It isn't strange for witches in any case.

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