Why You Should Be Reading the IDW My Little Pony Comics
Mythic Aura here…
Today I shall be talking about the world of My Little Pony comic books. The IDW My Little Pony comic books to be exact. IDW is a huge comic book publisher in the comic book industry that specializes in many brands, including My Little Pony. I am an avid collector of the IDW My Little Pony comic being produced, and can proudly, exclaim, that I have read many issues of the IDW MLP comic series over a hundred times.
What makes the IDW Pony comics so great is that they give us a background to characters. They give extra Pony storylines and histories, which is why they are so wonderful. They spare no expense, obviously, in delving into the Mane 6, but for me, what makes them so great, are those deeper, extra-character stories.
There are a few different types of MLP Comics available under the IDW label. But, their main comic line is named after the show, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. This is their main, on-going comic series that first hit the shelves of your local comic book store back in November of 2012; and its still going strong; there is still a new IDW MLP: FIM comic released every month.
Recently, IDW put out My Little Pony: The Movie Prequel. There aren’t many issues of this MLP comic book out there, only a few, but each one has had a wonderful backstory for characters that we’ve barely got to know following their appearance in the MLP movie. For example Capper and Tempest Shadow. The backstories for Capper and Tempest were wonderful; the mad comic book geniuses at IDW really understood how to extend out these characters to show how they connect to the movie. We also get to see Storm King, and where all of these fun characters came from, eventually, landing in the MLP movie is what makes these IDW Comics worthwhile.
And we can’t forget the IDW series My Little Pony: Legends of Magic; this was a wonderful series where we got to see about the legendary First 6; it was great how they took time to explain how the 6 had all gotten together initially and went on, later in subsequent issues, delving deep into each’s backstory. It was important to learn how all ended up being the first-ever Elements of Harmony. I know the TV series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic covered this in a special episode of the show, but here in the IDW comics, it was explored in more depth; it really is difficult to not be enamoured with all the new information supplied to the brony fandom through a handful of beautifully-illustrated pages via the IDW Comics. Not only did we get to see each character’s personality, on a whole, other deeper level, but it all made for a great tie-in into the main IDW series, and the animated My Little Pony TV series as well — it did a fine job at bringing everything together for us fans.
Another favorite: My Little Pony: Friends Forever. What made this IDW series so special was in part how they spent so much time exploring the Mane 6, separately. They took the time to go through each pony’s day-to-day life, showing us their adventures and friendship problems with the various background characters that we don’t get to see too often, or at all, on the actual show itself. It is these types of things, that are included in the IDW MLP comic books that make them so important to read; it is so much fun experiencing the personalities of the other characters and various background ponies outside of those in the Mane 6.
Another: My Little Pony: FIENDship is Magic (I’ve capped FIEND, for obvious reasons). As you can imagine, this series features all the back stories for all of the MLP show villains; reading these, one may start to feel a lot of empathy for a lot of these characters as their stories are so wonderfully-crafted, brilliant in their detail. Question: How on earth did they know Tirek had a brother? These are points of interest for me that make any of the Pony comics by IDW totally collectible, infinitely readable, and essential to have if you collect Pony.
There are, of course, other series by IDW that I haven’t yet mentioned. These are the ones that are slowly-growing on me: My Little Pony: Ponyville Mysteries, My Little Pony: Adventures in Friendship, My Little Pony: Micro Series, and My Little Pony: Pony Tails. If you’re reading this and have read any of these Pony IDW comic series, please, do leave me a comment or two below in the page comment section — I’d love to know what you think of these IDW series.
Now, I know that there has been a lot of discussions out there on the internet as to whether or not the IDW Pony comic series truly belongs to the MLP Canon. What do you think? Personally, I believe that the canon is large enough to include everything that IDW is producing in relation to the show. How could it not be included? If you’re on the fence, up to debate it with me, then why not read all of the IDW MLP: FIM comic books yourself, come back to this article, having made up your mind, and convince me otherwise. I challenge you, dear readers!
Let me know in the comments below what you think about what I’ve written. Tell me which is your favorite IDW series and why? What are some of the highlights for the IDW Pony series thus far? Has there been anything you’ve disliked about the IDW books?