Fiendship is Magic is back, this time time starring the sinister Nightmare Moon! 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 untold story of what Nightmare Moon did during her time on the moon!
Nightmare Moon has always remained one of the most popular characters, being the debut antagonist of the show and Princess Luna’s former persona. The comics have made excellent use of her, most notable in the arc “Nightmare Rarity” from the main title. This issue explores just what she did on the moon when Celestia banished her. In retrospect it’s interesting, but overall it’s definitely a weaker one.
Heather Nuhfer introduces a new type of creature who resides on the moon: the Nyx. Apparently they’re the ones who put dreams in ponies when the latter sleep. They’re definitely intriguing, though not as explored as one would like. The concept is interesting, but the writing for them is very dull. Doran in particular is very naive, and it seems she was just like that for the story’s sake. Nightmare Moon is solid for the most part, no complaints. The best part is easily the battle between her and Celestia inside a dream. (Features some emotion between the two sisters.) Without that, the story would have almost been as dull as the Sirens’ issue.
Tony Fleecs’ art is solid. As far as MLP art goes, it’s pretty much the definition of standard. The entire sequence of Celestia vs. Nightmare Moon deserves great praise however, with some epic-ness and genuine emotion displayed. The main cover by Amy Mebberson features a nice portrait of the title character. (Though once again with these covers, I’m confused by what exactly she’s wearing.) The RI by Sara Richard featuring a stunning rendition of Rarity. While once again having nothing to do with the issue, it’s too “fabulous” to pass up.
Overall, a not bad, though not great issue of Fiendship is Magic. While definitely better than the Sirens story, it’s generally just not eventful aside from the battle in the dream. The Nyx are interesting creatures, but are quickly put to the side. Plus, Nightmare takes over the moon rather too quickly, in basically a few panels. Still, if you like her a lot the comic is worth a read.