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Review: My Little Pony/Transformers #1

MY LITTLE PONY/TRANSFORMERS #1

Two properties that I’d not expect to crossover are My Little Pony and Transformers. The exception might be the more kid-friendly Transformers: Cyberverse or Rescue Bots. The concept of robots that turn into things and ponies in the same universe just doesn’t quite jive. Not to mention the fact My Little Pony, in my little experience, doesn’t exactly scream intergalactic civil war, lasers, and death. But, despite being so different, My Little Pony/Transformers #1 actually works!

The story is simple. An evil wizard pony wants allies and through a spell accidentally pulls Decepticons and Autobots through their space bridge into the world of My Little Pony. From there, the battle begins as Decepticons attempt to take over Equestria while the Autobots play their best defense and try to figure out what’s going on.

My Little Pony/Transformers #1 actually features two stories but they’re blended together in a seamless transition that makes it so it’s not noticeable at all. James Asmus handles the first story involving the mashing of worlds while Ian Flynn does the second focused on Arcee who takes on Starscream.

Despite the tonal differences between the two properties, the comic works and works well. The strengths of each are played off of each other and the general “wtf” reaction from everyone makes the story feel a bit more grounded. The characters seem to recognize the silliness of it all in a sort of meta self-awareness.

The violence of the Transformers is downplayed a bit and lets face it, the Decepticons would probably roll through Equestria fairly quickly if they wanted. But instead of the violence we get Starscream’s ego being his downfall and logically preventing a genocide of ponies. He wants the adulation and followers, and needs ponies the achieve that.

The art style of the comic is interesting with Tony Fleecs and Jack Lawrence handling the first and second stories. Their styles are really close to each other so there’s a pretty easy transition from one to the other. The Transformers are adapted to be more in the style of My Little Pony and I think that’s the one thing I don’t enjoy. It’d have been interesting visually to have each kept their distinctive look and style. The tone of the series would be different though and it wouldn’t be as kid-friendly as likely. Visually though, it could have been cool.

Fleecs, Lauren Perry, and Luis Antonio Delgado provide the colors for the comic, and Jake M. Wood and Neil Uyetake handle lettering. The art team really set the tone of the series making it much more geared towards younger readers. A shift in look more towards the Transformers could have made the result feel a bit more adult.

The concept might seem like it shouldn’t work but the team pulls My Little Pony/Transformers #1 off. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and seems to know it’s a bit goofy. But, more importantly, it knows it should just have fun. I never mashed up these toys into battle together as a kid but as an adult I get to see what might have been and escape into some innocent and fun entertainment.

Story: James Asmus, Ian Flynn Art: Tony Fleecs, Jack Lawrence
Color: Tony Fleecs, Lauren Perry, Luis Antonio Delgado Letterer: Jake M. Wood, Neil Uyetake
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: My Little Pony/Transformers #1

My Little Pony/Transformers #1

(W) James Asmus, Ian Flynn (A) Jack Lawrence (A/CA) Tony Fleecs
In Shops: Aug 05, 2020
SRP: $3.99

When Queen Chrysalis casts a spell looking for more changelings, she accidentally interferes with a malfunctioning Spacebridge! What’s this mean for our favorite fillies? There are suddenly a bunch of Autobots and Decepticons in Equestria! And as the dust settles, Rarity and Arcee find themselves teaming up against a hostile Decepticon force…

My Little Pony/Transformers #1

Preview: Cosmo: The Mighty Martian

COSMO: THE MIGHTY MARTIAN (TP)

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Tracy Yardley
Digital Exclusive On Sale Date: 7/29
160-page, full color graphic novel
$7.99 U.S.

Cosmo is the adventurous, quick-witted captain of his Martian crew. Together, they travel space in search of adventure and to help those in need! Cosmo’s strength and leadership are tested as the villainous forces of Venus threaten the universe, as well as the thing Cosmo treasures most: his friends! In order to protect them, the Mighty Martian will have to seek out ancient treasures, battle monstrous mutants and go beyond brave in this adventure-filled, all-ages follow-up to the award-winning COSMO VOL. 1: SPACE ACES! Collects the full five-issue COSMO THE MIGHTY MARTIAN mini-series.

COSMO: THE MIGHTY MARTIAN (TP)

Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #29

Sonic the Hedgehog #29

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Evan Stanley (CA) Jack Lawrence
In Shops: Jul 22, 2020
SRP: $3.99

“All or Nothing,” Part Four! This is it! Sonic and the remaining members of the Restoration team-up for their final fight against the ultra powerful Deadly Six. Not only do they have to take on Zavok, but a legion of zombots as well! The thrilling final battle of the Metal Virus Saga!

Sonic the Hedgehog #29

Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2020

Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2020

(W) Ian Flynn, Caleb Goellner, Evan Stanley, Sarah Graley, Samantha King (A) Evan Stanley, Jonathan Gray, Reggie Graham, Priscilla Tramontano, Abby Bulmer, Aaron Hammerstrom, Lamar Wells, Bracardi Curry (CA) Sonic Team
In Shops: Jul 08, 2020
SRP: $7.99

“Untold Tales of the Metal Virus!” As the Metal Virus plague-Dr. Eggman’s latest plan that turns all organic life into zombified robots-spreads across Sonic’s world, none can escape its path! Join Sonic and some of his greatest friends and worst foes in six incredible, previously untold stories about how the world reacts to this latest threat!

Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2020

Preview: My Little Pony: Feats of Friendship Vol. 1

My Little Pony: Feats of Friendship Vol. 1

(W) Ian Flynn (A/CA) Tony Fleecs
In Shops: Jun 24, 2020
SRP: $9.99

Come one, come all and join the Young Six at the School of Friendship’s very first sporting event – the Feats of Friendship! As Sandbar, Smolder, Gallus, Ocellus, Yona, and Silverstream prepare for the new competition, they realize they’re going to need one more pony to round out their team. Enter Swift Foot, a mysterious new exchange student! But will she help strengthen the Young Six’s bonds of friendship-or just drive them apart?

My Little Pony: Feats of Friendship Vol. 1

Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog Vol. 6 Last Minute

Sonic the Hedgehog Vol. 6 Last Minute

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Priscilla Tramontano, Jennifer Hernandez, Lamar Wells, Jack Lawrence (CA) Aaron Hammerstrom
In Shops: Jun 24, 2020
SRP: $15.99

The world has fallen to the Metal Virus, a manufactured plague that transforms all it infects into robotic zombies at Dr. Eggman’s command. Even Sonic the Hedgehog has been infected, though his speed has allowed him to keep the virus at bay. Now, Sonic and his friends in the Restoration launch a desperate plan to cure the world! Collects issues #21-24 of the ongoing Sonic The Hedgehog series.

Sonic the Hedgehog Vol. 6 Last Minute

Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #28

Sonic the Hedgehog #28

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Evan Stanley (CA) Abby Bulmer
In Shops: Jun 24, 2020
SRP: $3.99

“All or Nothing,” Part Three! Sonic’s allies continue their missions against the Deadly Six, attempting to reclaim the Chaos Emeralds. Who will return from their final stands? And will they make it back before Sonic has to face Zavok? Fantastic battles continue as we reach the climax of the Metal Virus Saga.

Sonic the Hedgehog #28

Preview: Star Wars Adventures Vol. 9 Fight the Empire

Star Wars Adventures Vol. 9 Fight the Empire

Cavan Scott (Author) Ian Flynn (Author) Derek Charm (Artist) Elsa Charretier (Artist, Cover Artist) Tony Fleecs (Artist) Arie Kaplan (Author) Drew Moss (Artist) Tony Fleecs (Artist) Shane McCarthy (Author) Nicoletta Baldari (Artist)
In Shops: Jul 15, 2020
SRP: $9.99

Join Han, Luke, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, and Chewbacca in these middle-grade-friendly adventures that take place during the original trilogy! Not ones to rest on their laurels, Han and Luke embark on a mission to secure equipment for the fledgling rebellion in this exciting tale set just after A New Hope! Then, after losing the man she loves to a bounty hunter, Princess Leia embarks on a dangerous mission with R2-D2 and C-3PO in this exciting tale set just after The Empire Strikes Back! And finally, Join Lando Calrissian and Chewbacca aboard the Millennium Falcon for another rollicking mission on behalf of the Rebel Alliance! Collects issues #21-23 of the Star Wars Adventures series.

Star Wars Adventures Vol. 9 Fight the Empire

Preview: Archie 80th Presents: Dotty & Ditto with Bob Phantom

ARCHIE 80TH PRESENTS: DOTTY & DITTO WITH BOB PHANTOM

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jeff Shultz, Pat & Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Woggon and Pat & Tim Kennedy
On Sale Date: 6/3
$0.99

Dotty is the cutest little cowgirl this side of the Rio Grande! She and her pet parrot, Ditto, join Little Archie and the gang on some adventures in nature! Plus, costumed crimefighter Bob Phantom causes a stir in Riverdale!

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