Sunday, July 20, 2014

My Little Pony: Friends Forever (Volume 1)

Title: My Little Pony: Friends Forever (Volume #1)
Authors: Alex de Campi, Jeremy Whitley, Ted Anderson, Rob Anderson, Amy Mebberson, & Carla Speed McNeil
Illustrators: Tony Fleecs & Agnes Galbowska
Length: 104 pages
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Classification: Graphic Novel, Children's Books
Release Date: July 2014
Source: e-galley (Thank you NetGalley, IDW publishing and Diamond Book Distributors for allowing me to review this book)
Read: July 2014

Introducing four tales dedicated to exploring the magic of friendship. First, Applejack and Pinkie Pie enter a baking contest! Then, The Cutie Mark Crusaders team up with Discord, Spike enlists Princess Celestia to help him find a birthday present, and finally, Twilight Sparkle and Shining Armor chase down a mysterious ghost. (From GoodReads)

***I received an e-galley of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*** 

My Rating:

Overall, I enjoyed this collection of the first four comics in IDW's new My Little Pony comic series. I have read several of my daughter's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic comics. And I think that this is another collection that we will need to buy and read. She will love these stories. And I liked the illustrations.

Tale #1:
Story one was a fun silly story involving mostly Pinkie-Pie and Applejack entering a baking contest. Although Applejack entered by accident. This one focuses on the silly things that happened during the contest. But it also was about Applejack being mistaken as a different pony, and that pony kept trying to fix it but was ultimately unable to. I think that is tale shows that winning can be fun, but that it isn't everything.
Out of the four stories it was the one that I enjoyed the least.

Tale #2:
I liked this story a lot. It focused on the Cutie Mark Crusaders (the little ponies that don't have cutie marks yet). I think the main reason I liked this story was because it was full of little references to different things. And I found those references to be funny. This tale was cute and entertaining. And I liked the moral of the story.

Tale #3:
I really enjoyed this tale and the moral taken from this one as well. I found this one to be full of action and adventure. Spike and Princess Celestia travel to get a piece needed for a present. I enjoyed having a story that really focused on Spike as more than just a side-kick character.

Tale #4:
Another fun tale. This one focuses on Twilight Sparkle and her brother. Something fishy is happening in the palace and Twilight Sparkle takes it upon herself to find out what is happening and solve the mystery. I liked the sister-brother relationship shown in this tale. And I loved the pony reference to the Mario Brothers. Another cute and entertaining tale.

My Recommendation:

If you are a fan of the other My Little Pony comics, or have a child that enjoys reading these comics, then I highly recommend reading this new comic series. It has the characters that we already know and love. And is full of fun and entertaining adventures. I know my daughter will love it.

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