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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: 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 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: Tangle & Whisper

Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper

Ian Flynn (Author) Evan Stanley (Artist) Jack Lawrence (Artist) Jennifer Hernandez (Artist, Cover Artist) Diana Skelly (Artist) Jonathan Gray (Artist) Caleb Goellner (Artist) Gigi Dutreix (Author)

Join two of the most popular new characters from Sonic’s world in this classic odd-couple team-up adventure! Tangle the Lemur’s got a problem: there’s not enough action in her life! Whisper the Wolf’s also got a problem: she’s hunting down an incredibly dangerous enemy named Sonic the Hedgehog! Can Tangle and Whisper help solve each other’s problems, or will they just make things worse? Also collected is Sonic The Hedgehog: Annual 2019. Join Sonic and some of his coolest friends in adventures that show just how wonderful Sonic’s world really is.

Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper

Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper

Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper

Ian Flynn (Author) Evan Stanley (Artist) Jack Lawrence (Artist) Jennifer Hernandez (Artist, Cover Artist) Diana Skelly (Artist) Jonathan Gray (Artist) Caleb Goellner (Artist) Gigi Dutreix (Author)

Join two of the most popular new characters from Sonic’s world in this classic odd-couple team-up adventure! Tangle the Lemur’s got a problem: there’s not enough action in her life! Whisper the Wolf’s also got a problem: she’s hunting down an incredibly dangerous enemy named Sonic the Hedgehog! Can Tangle and Whisper help solve each other’s problems, or will they just make things worse? Also collected is Sonic The Hedgehog: Annual 2019. Join Sonic and some of his coolest friends in adventures that show just how wonderful Sonic’s world really is.

Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper

Evan Stanley Dashes in to Write Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic The Hedgehog #33

IDW Publishing and SEGA of America, Inc. have announced that Sonic The Hedgehog comic book fans will get a double dose of fun this summer, as fan-favorite Sonic illustrator Evan Stanley will be taking over as both artist AND writer beginning with Sonic The Hedgehog #33, while a dastardly delicious spin-off miniseries, Sonic: Bad Guys, will debut from writer Ian Flynn and artist Jack Lawrence.

Artist Evan Stanley takes on double-duty as series writer for the ongoing Sonic The Hedgehog series with an action-packed, friendship-fueled new arc! The Metal Virus is gone, but things aren’t quite back to normal. Tails and Sonic try to solve how to fix their damaged ally, Omega. Elsewhere, Rouge and Shadow team up with Cream to win replacement parts for Omega through… Chao races! Debuting in issue #33, the “Chao Races and Badnik Bases!” storyline serves as the perfect jumping-on point for new readers!

Sonic The Hedgehog: Bad Guys #1

Meanwhile, the four-issue Sonic: Bad Guys miniseries — scribed by series mainstay Ian Flynn and artist Jack Lawrence — asks the question: Whatever happened to Dr. Starline, former evil assistant and life-long fanboy to Dr. Eggman? The answer: The shadowy scientist is back to his evil antics… and what better place to concoct new nefarious plans than one of Eggman’s abandoned bases? With badniks guarding the entrance, Dr. Starline must recruit some familiar and not-so-friendly faces for help!

Sonic The Hedgehog #33 will be available with multiple cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy, including Cover A by Evan Stanley, Cover B by Gigi Dutreix, and a Retailer Incentive edition by Nathalie FourdraineSonic: Bads Guys #1 will be available with Cover A by Aaron Hammerstrom, Cover B by Diana Skelly, and two Retailer Incentive editions by Jack Lawrence and Bracardi Curry, respectively.

Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog Vol. 5 Crisis City

Sonic the Hedgehog Vol. 5 Crisis City

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Tracy Yardley, Jack Lawrence (CA) Ryan Jampole
In Shops: Feb 12, 2020
SRP: $15.99

Dr. Eggman has launched his most extreme plan yet, and Sonic’s already racing to catch up! As Dr. Eggman drowns entire cities in his Metal Virus, creating hoards of Zombots-civilians infected with the virus to become zombified machines-Sonic himself struggles to keep his infection in check! And when Sonic’s friends start falling victim, it’s clear no one is safe! Collects issues #17-20 of the Sonic the Hedgehog series.

Sonic the Hedgehog Vol. 5 Crisis City
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