Written by Katie Cook
Art by Andy Price
Published by IDW Publishing
Release Date: April 13, 2016

Rainbow Dash is having a bad day….and, by golly, so should everyone else. Katie Cook and Andy Price show the ripple effect of a bad mood with the clever and delightful My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #41.

Most every time travel story deals with the butterfly effect in some form, with a small event spiraling into a larger one as things ricochet and snowball into a massive catastrophe. This issue follows a similar path, with Rainbow Dash’s bad mood being unleashed on others, causing the dominoes to fall and gloom to descend on Ponyville. Cook tells the story in a clever way, using the always-interesting Zecora to rhyme her way cleverly through the events of the issue. While nothing particularly wild happens in the issue, it is the way the story is told that makes it work. Cook’s rhymes and dialogue are on point, enjoyable for all ages and very true to the voices from the show. You can hear Zecora in every rhyme, Rainbow Dash’s “awesome” explodes from the page and each of the main crew’s voice is just right. There’s a ton of clever jokes for young readers and folks like myself, and the whole issue is quite delightful.

Andy Price’s artwork is fantastic, using multiple styles to properly tell this tale. These characters are expressive, lively and Price captures their personalities visually just as well as Cook nails their voices. The layouts, in particular, are unique and keep the story moving along in interesting ways. Price’s colour work is as strong as his line work, and the characters are as vibrant in this issue as they are on the screen. The visual tone of this comic is as fun as the script and Price’s artwork is exactly what I want when reading an all-ages tale like My Little Pony.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #41 is a great read for all-ages, and by that I don’t just mean kids. I laughed quite a bit, smiled from start to finish and enjoyed every bit of MLP #41. I’ve watched a fair amount of the cartoon and this issue captures all the best parts of the show and world. Cook & Price delivered a great comic here…it’s awesome!

The Verdict: 9.0/10


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