The Sirens take center stage in the latest issue of Fienship is Magic! How does it fare? Let’s take a look.
Here’s the official description from IDW:
The first My Little Pony mini-series event! This month-long weekly limited series explores the secret origins of the Equestria’s greatest villains! The Sirens from Rainbow Rocks Equestria origin revealed!
The Sirens were one of the highlights of Rainbow Rocks. While their human forms were engaging throughout the movie, the short backstory given was even more interesting. I don’t believe any fan thought that would be explored further, but thankfully comics can do things the show might not bother with. Unfortunately, this is definitely the weakest issue yet.
Ted Anderson’s script isn’t necessarily bad. The content itself is just dull. The backstory of the Sirens established in Rainbow Rocks made them out to be these ruthless ponies of the air; not so here. Again, the writing isn’t bad, it’s just dull. The villains don’t get the engaging backstory one would expect. Another complaint is one thing with Star Swirl the Bearded. While he in the beginning was quite cool, it’s the ending that I have a problem with. So because he couldn’t defeat them, he sends them to another world not 100% knowing that with no magic it would be enough to stop them from wreaking havoc over there ? It’s a pretty controversial decision. And while we know judges of singing competitions can be mean, calling a song “junk” seemed rather too mean-spirited.
The art by Agnes Garbowska isn’t bad, but not particularly noteworthy either. (Though, I must give her props for drawing a mean young Star Swirl.) The main cover by Amy Mebberson isn’t too noteworthy either, but still showcasing a solid shot of the main characters. Like the previous issues, the subscription variant by Sara Richard features a uniquely drawn pony, this time Pinkie Pie.While again having nothing to do with “Fiendship,” it’s quite a lovely piece.
Overall, while not a bad comic, the Sirens’ backstory ends up being pretty lackluster. They aren’t as particular interesting as they are in Rainow Rocks. At least we see a young Star Swirl in action, despite his controversial move at the end.