We review the 3rd issue in the My Little Pony Fiendship Is Magic comic book series
Artist: Agnes Garbowska
Colorist: Heather Breckel
Letterer: Neil Uyetake
Editor: Bobby Curnow
After Sunset Shimmer’s awesomeness in Rainbow Rocks I didn’t get much of an opportunity to care for the Dazzlings. Not that there is anything wrong with this trio of villains, it’s just that in a world where we see dragons, manticores and hydras a musical group of teenagers just doesn’t stack up.
The comic takes us back to when the Dazzlings were still sirens, traveling Equestria and absorbing the disharmony energy of ponies, until Star Swirl the Bearded banished them to the Equestria girls universe.
Star Swirl is a character we don’t have much of a back-story on, the comics portray him as a powerful unicorn with a silly side. Here it is shown again with him trying to beat the Dazzlings in a musical battle before deciding to banish them, creating over twenty genres of music in the process. After seeing that he doesn’t have the musical ability to defeat the sirens he send them away to a world without magic hoping that they would solve his problem for him.
For a comic made to give us the backstory of the Dazzlings, we didn’t really get that much backstory. Rainbow rocks already told us about their powers and banishment, all this issue did was fill in some blanks. I was hoping to see where they originally came from, how many sirens there are in Equestria and is there a chance we may get to see more of them in the future.
This issue wasn’t bad by any means, but I wouldn’t go as far as to call it great. There are a couple of good references and even a joke or two that got me smiling. I think that the reason that I couldn’t get truly invested in this story is the Dazzlings themselves. They remind me too much of the snobby bullies we see so much on todays’ kids shows. But who knows, maybe they can someday do the same to them as they did to Sunset Shimmer by redeeming them and adding a bit more depth to their characters.
If you like the Dazzlings you should definitely get yourself this comic, if you don’t you can still pick it up and give it a read, just don’t expect it to improve your opinion of them.