My Little Pony: Movie Prequel, written by Ted Anderson and drawn by Andy Price, was published in 2017 by IDW Publishing.
Because I have been a My Little Pony fan for a long time (*cough*25 years*cough*), I am beyond excited that, beginning this Thursday, fellow fans and I will be able to see My Little Pony on the big screen. Although the 80’s ponies were my first love, I greatly enjoy following this new version, and the Friendship is Magic comics, created by IDW Publishing, have generally been quite good and very fun.
My Little Pony: Movie Prequel is not part of the ongoing comic story – instead, it’s four mostly separate one-shots providing background for some of the main and side characters who will appear in the movie. The story is very light, but I can understand that – this book wasn’t made to tell a story…it was made to hype a story. And I’m hyped! There are quite a few characters, with very neat visual designs (in fact there are only two actual ponies! How fun!), and I can’t wait to see them on the big screen.
On a negative note, I was struck that some of the artwork, particularly in the backgrounds, seemed very rushed. One of the aspects of the My Little Pony comics I enjoy most is the Easter eggs and background goings-on, and I was disappointed that many of the backgrounds in My Little Pony: Movie Prequel were flat or entirely empty.
I was already super excited for the My Little Pony movie, but after reading this comic I’m even more pumped. Keep up the good marketing, Hasbro!