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Preview: My Little Pony/Transformers: Friendship in Disguise

My Little Pony/Transformers: Friendship in Disguise

(W) James Asmus, Ian Flynn, Sam Maggs (A) Jack Lawrence, Sara Pitre-Durocher, Casey W. Coller, Priscilla Tramontano (A/CA) Tony Fleecs
In Shops: Mar 31, 2021
SRP: $15.99

Collecting the comic book crossover event of the year where Ponies, Autobots, and Decepticons mix it up together!

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. Plus Spike and Grimlock; Pinkie Pie, Gauge, and Shockwave; Fluttershy, Discord, and Soundwave; Rainbow Dash and Windblade; and Optimus Prime and Twilight Sparkle all team up for more adventures because in the end, Pony and Autobots are both fighting for friendship.

My Little Pony/Transformers: Friendship in Disguise

My Little Pony and Transformers Meet Again in April

IDW Publishing once again welcomes fans of all ages to the most imaginative comic book mashup of Hasbro creations ever with My Little Pony/Transformers II, a four-part monthly miniseries launching in April!

While using a modified Spacebridge to bring magic to Cybertron, the Decepticons end up unleashing a more powerful evil from Equestria than they ever could’ve imagined. Two worlds collide in the return of this hit crossover concept, with a first issue by writers James Asmus and Sam Maggs, and artists Jack Lawrence, Priscilla Tramontano, Tony Fleecs, and Casey W. Coller!

My Little Pony / Transformers II #1 will be available with multiple cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy, including Cover A by Tony Fleecs, Cover B by Bethany McGuire-Smith, and two Retailer Incentive editions featuring art by Jon Gray and Anna Malkova, respectively.

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: My Little Pony: Holiday Memories

My Little Pony: Holiday Memories

(W) Katie Cook, James Asmus, Bobby Curnow (A) Agnes Garbowska, Andy Price, Trish Forstner (A/CA) Brenda Hickey
In Shops: Nov 18, 2020
SRP: $12.99

Celebrate the holiday season with all of your favorite Ponies in this collection of stories that focuses on family, friends, traditions, and all-around joy!

Spend time with the Apple family preparing an array of tasty apple treats for all of Poneyville; Spike and Twilight telling stories as they’re stuck in a snowstorm; and Rarity, as she tries to go to three Hearth’s Warming Ever parties in one night!

My Little Pony: Holiday Memories

Preview: Voyage to the Stars #3 (of 4)

Voyage to the Stars #3 (of 4)

(W) James Asmus (A) Connie Daidone (CA) Darick Robertson
In Shops: Nov 11, 2020
SRP: $3.99

SURE, Earth may have been consumed by the Nothing, and a freak accident killed the ONLY being who could have possibly stopped it, and yes, the Cult of Nothing’s armada is on its way, but look at the bright side… I’m sure it’s here somewhere… right?

Voyage to the Stars #3 (of 4)

Preview: My Little Pony/Transformers #4 (of 4)

My Little Pony/Transformers #4 (of 4)

(W) James Asmus, Ian Flynn (A) Sara Pitre-Durocher (A/CA) Tony Fleecs
In Shops: Nov 04, 2020
SRP: $3.99

When the Insecticons descend upon Sweet Apple Acres and begin devouring the Apple family’s crop, it’s up to AJ and her siblings to rally to save the farm! Meanwhile, Optimus Prime and Twilight Sparkle finally band together the ponies and the Autobots to get things back to normal. The finale you’ve been waiting for is here!

My Little Pony/Transformers #4 (of 4)

Preview: My Little Pony/Transformers #3 (of 4)

My Little Pony/Transformers #3 (of 4)

(W) James Asmus, Sam Maggs (A) Priscilla Tramontano, Jack Lawrence (CA) Tony Fleecs
In Shops: Oct 07, 2020
SRP: $3.99

When Fluttershy and Discord’s tea time is interrupted by Soundwave, it’s robot logic vs. whimsical chaos! And Dash, sure that she can fly faster than any Autobot can drive, finds herself in a race with the one and only Windblade-let’s just hope Crasher and his Decepticon friends don’t make things too dangerous.

My Little Pony/Transformers #3 (of 4)

Preview: Voyage to the Stars #2 (of 4)

Voyage to the Stars #2 (of 4)

(W) James Asmus (A) Connie Daidone (CA) Rebekah Isaacs
In Shops: Sep 30, 2020
SRP: $3.99

We’re sorry. Exemplar, the Savior of the Universe, can’t speak to you right now.
He’s… um… not feeling well?
But if you and the KNIGHTS EXEMPLAR armada currently surrounding our ship don’t mind waiting, our crew will have him fixed up in no time!

Voyage to the Stars #2 (of 4)

Preview: Voyage to the Stars #1 (of 4)

Voyage to the Stars #1 (of 4)

(W) James Asmus (A) Connie Daidone (CA) Freddie Williams II
In Shops: Aug 19, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The hit sci-fi comedy podcast starring Colton Dunn (Superstore), Felicia Day (Supernatural), Janet Varney (Legend of Korra), Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds), and Steve Berg (Drunk History) crashes into comics! Earth is gone. Only one intrepid crew of misfits managed to escape, now determined and ambiguously destined to stop a growing, ancient evil from consuming the universe. Though stopping it may be tricky, as our heroes can’t help but destroy just about every planet and species they come across. Kinda debatable who’s the bigger threat.

Voyage to the Stars is a bonafide podcast phenomenon! With 2.5 million downloads in its debut year and over 100,000 viewers on Twitch, the wild sci-fi podcast that’s consistently ranked in the Top 100 for comedy is now on its way to conquer the comics world, helmed by five-time Harvey Award-nominee James Asmus!

Voyage to the Stars #1 (of 4)

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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