What happens when you team the most light-hearted of ponies with the Princess of the Night? You get My Little Pony: Friends Forever #7, one of the best issues of the series yet!
Here’s the official description from IDW:
Princess Luna faces her greatest challenge yet… making jokes in public! Luna turns to Pinkie Pie, the master of merriment, to help her find her funny bone. If Pinkie’s teachings backfire on Luna, there might be very few laughs to be found in Canterlot!
Friends Forever continues to be a nice little highlight of the month. Quality is mostly consistent, with a few average ones in there. This time it features Pinkie Pie and Princess Luna. The team-up is interesting for a bunch of reasons, with one being that the only pony to interact alone with a princess in the show has been Twilight; so it’s great to see another of the Mane 6 having some time with royalty. What we have here is one of, if not the best issue of Friends Forever yet.
Jeremy Whitley has written one other issue in this series: #2. That one featured Discord and the Cutie Mark Crusaders. While it was far from bad, it wasn’t particularly great either. The writing here is fantastic however; Whitley crafts an incredible story while keeping true to Pinkie’s and Luna’s characters. Here we have Luna who wants to leave Celestia’s shadow by becoming funnier than her. The opening scene with Twilight was a lot of fun, Whitley writes a very good Twilight in her little page-time. The majority of the issue is dedicated to Pinkie Pie showing Luna how to be humorous. It packs a lot more emotion than you might imagine at first, and the writing includes one very important message in just one sentence spoken by Pinkie: “Not everypony can take pranks and it’s important to know when to stop.” Not only does it add extra dimension to how Pinkie operates in her thinking, but it presents a great message to its readers.
Tony Fleecs by now is no stranger to MLP. His art here might be one of his best interiors yet, almost every panel is nicely drawn with an appropriate amount of emotion and humor. The main cover by Amy Mebberson is a detailed piece featuring a smiling Pinkie and a bewildered Luna. The Subscription variant in contrast features an excited Luna and a worried Pinkie. Each cover is great in their own rights.
Overall, Jeremy Whitley crafts a wonderful story. Pinkie Pie gets a lot of depth, almost as much as her fantastic Micro-Series one-shot. Luna is a highlight of course; she learns what laughing is all about. The issue also contains a great message that is fabulously interwoven into the story. If it’s one Friends Forever comic you should pick up, it’s this one.