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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: 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: 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: My Little Pony: Legends of Magic Omnibus

My Little Pony: Legends of Magic Omnibus

Jeremy Whitley (Author) Brenda Hickey (Artist, Cover Artist) Tony Fleecs (Artist) Heather Breckel (Colorist)

Explore the secret history of Equestria in these tales delving into the unique places, characters, and stories of the Ponies’ world!

It’s all here: the origins of friendships, magic, and the legendary ponies who inspired the Elements of Harmony. Find out how Equestria’s most renowned pony heroes came together to face the greatest evil any of them had ever encountered! Featuring Star Swirl the Bearded, Rockhoof, Mistmane, Flash Magnus, Somnambula, and Mage Meadowbrook. Collects the complete 12-issue series and the never-before-collected Annual.

My Little Pony: Legends of Magic Omnibus

Preview: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #88

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #88

(W) Ted Anderson (A/CA) Tony Fleecs
In Shops: Mar 25, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The conclusion of Ted Anderson’s exciting two-part adventure is here!

The Draytona Breach has begun! Big McIntosh and Silver Streak are racing to determine the fate of their friendship; Rainbow Dash is racing to prove herself (again!); and Sacks Roamer is racing to retrieve his stolen goods in order to get them across the Yakyakistani border! Who’s going to come out on top?

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #88

Preview: My Little Pony: Legends of Magic Omnibus Vol. 1

My Little Pony: Legends of Magic Omnibus Vol. 1

(W) Jeremy Whitley (A) Tony Fleecs (A/CA) Brenda Hickey
In Shops: Mar 25, 2020
SRP: $24.99

Explore the secret history of Equestria in these tales delving into the unique places, characters, and stories of the Ponies’ world!

It’s all here: the origins of friendships, magic, and the legendary ponies who inspired the Elements of Harmony. Find out how Equestria’s most renowned pony heroes came together to face the greatest evil any of them had ever encountered! Featuring Star Swirl the Bearded, Rockhoof, Mistmane, Flash Magnus, Somnambula, and Mage Meadowbrook. Collects the complete 12-issue series and the never-before-collected Annual.

My Little Pony: Legends of Magic Omnibus Vol. 1

Preview: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #87

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #87

(W) Ted Anderson (A/CA) Tony Fleecs
In Shops: Feb 26, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Strap in, sports fans, because it’s time for the biggest race in Equestria-the Draytona Breach 500! And where there’s a race, there’s Rainbow Dash, ready to be trained by the most unlikely of ponies… Big Macintosh?! Meanwhile, a plunderer of ancient antiquities known as Sacks Roamer throws a wrench into the competition when he steals a priceless artifact. It promises to be the fast and the furriest in this brand-new My Little Pony adventure!

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #87

My Little Pony is More Than Meets the Eye

My Little Pony/Transformers

When the Mane Six gallop alongside Autobots in battle, the forces of villainy stand no chance! IDW Publishing and Hasbro welcomes comic fans of all ages to enjoy the wildest crossover of Hasbro creations ever: My Little Pony/Transformers, a four-issue miniseries shipping weekly in May!

In My Little Pony/Transformers, the scheming Queen Chrysalis casts a spell in search of changeling allies, but accidentally interferes with a distant Cybertronian Spacebridge… and brings the Autobots and Decepticons to Equestria! As the dust settles, it’s up to Twilight Sparkle, Optimus Prime, and others to overcome the menace of malevolent magic and machinery!

My Little Pony/Transformers assembles an all-star team of comic creators for this mind-blowing series: writers James AsmusIan Flynn, and Sam Maggs, and artists Casey W. CollerJack LawrenceSara Pitre-DurocherPriscilla Tramontano, and Tony Fleecs (who also provides cover artwork for the entirety of the series).

My Little Pony/Transformers

Preview: Star Wars Adventures #29

Star Wars Adventures #29

(W) John Barber, Michael Moreci (A) Tony Fleecs (A/CA) Derek Charm
In Shops: Dec 18, 2019
SRP: $3.99

In this finale of a three-part story, the mighty Wookiees of Kashyyyk defend their home against the armies of the evil First Order. Plus, R2-D2, C-3PO, and BB-8 team up on a top-secret spy adventure for the Resistance.

Star Wars Adventures #29
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