Pinkie Pie gets her Micro-Series comic with Issue #5. Do we have a quality story that matches up to the fantastic Rarity one? I will say this, it’s on par if not even better.
Here’s the official description from IDW:
When the famous clown Ponyacci comes to Ponyville, Pinkie Pie learns a startling secret about him that could ruin his career! Determined to save the master of mirth, Pinkie Pie sets out to prove the value of laughter. The show must go on!
Pinkie Pie is the type of character we need to see more of in the real world. She’s ultra nice, to her friends and even to total strangers. She’s also the most trickiest to write, with her hyper personality. In the show she’s fun to watch, but sometimes she can be written as ‘the annoying character.’ Despite being tricky to write, she has been a highlight in IDW’s comics. She gets some of the funniest and breaking-the-fourth-wall scenes. Now I wasn’t truly sure what to expect from her Micro-Series comic. These issues have been solid, but neither Twilight’s, Rainbow Dash’s, nor Fluttershy could match Rarity’s. This changes here, we have a story that ‘gets’ Pinkie and is full of heart and laughs.
Ted Anderson handles the writing, he may have written the best Pinkie Pie to be captured in comic land. One of the problems with some of the previous issues was awkward dialogue, none of that is seen here. You will literally hear the voices as you read. One of my favorite scenes is when she runs into a pony that claims ‘not even Ponyacci could get me to laugh.’ Pinkie, distressed, is willing to give her ticket so he could go and see the pony clown. This scene I felt was great and is the perfect example of Pinkie’s character. What kind of person/pony would give away their ticket to a total stranger? Someone like Pinkie Pie. Interestingly, Twilight has a big role throughout. This could have have been a problem, not that seeing Twilight isn’t cool, but she could have stolen the spotlight away from Pinkie’s story. It’s actually quite the opposite, Twilight’s presence merely made the story even more fun. Anderson captures her ‘voice of logic and reason’ extremely well, I’d like to see him write a Twilight focused story one day.
The story itself with having Pinkie wanting to get the clown back in business has heart. By the end, we’re left with a really good ending and moral. While the writing is fantastic, it wouldn’t be fair to leave out Ben Bates art. It’s bright and show accurate, pretty much perfect for this one-shot story. The main cover is pretty cool and Pinkie-like. Cover B is more dynamic, having her all excited for the show holding popcorn and other theater-related stuff.The RI continues the tradition having the title pony in filly form. This one is quite nice to see I’d say, maybe the best RI yet. As for store exclusives, Sources is the only cover relating to the story within, but if you can snag it, BotCon’s Transformers one is obviously the best.
Overall, I was genuinely surprised with how great this comic turned out to be. It’s a Pinkie story, with Twilight as a guest star. The writing captures both ponies well and the art is fun to look at. Some may like it more than Rarity’s, some might not. But there’s no denying this is one of the best My Little Pony stories yet.
My name is Daniel (@Destroyer_199), the main guy for comic reviews here at Unleash the Fanboy. I was born in 1995 in the Big Apple, spent my formative years in Staten Island, and currently reside in the awesome state that is New Jersey.