We review issue #15 of the My Little Pony: Friends Forever comic book series
Artist: Brenda Hickey
Colourist: Heather Breckel
Letterer: Neil Uyetake
My favorite part of the My Little Pony : Friends Forever series is the way the writers put characters together that rarely or never meet in the show and see how well they blend. In this issue they pair Applejack and Mayor Mare together, and it seems that they are more alike than I originally thought.
The story begins with Applejack having to face Ponyville’s legal system after Sweet Apple Acres’ barn gets a citation for being too high. This leads to her facing the hellish paperwork until the Mayor shows up and shows her the deeper workings of pony politics.
Having the mane six around to save the day means that we don’t get a lot of chances to see Mayor Mare being a leader in the town. This issue shows that she is perfectly capable of organizing a group of ponies even if it’s a stressful situation. We also get to see some of the Mayor’s back story and the reasons why she got into politics in the first place.
As far as I am concerned, Applejack has always been one of the most level headed ponies in the MLP universe and it is often shown that she is a strong leader among her family and peers. The Mayor realizes this as well and even goes as far as to suggest that Applejack should consider going into politics someday.
The two ponies don’t exactly see eye to eye on how to lead and the Mayor lets everyone handle their work themselves only stepping in when necessary; unlike Applejack who takes charge and is more hands on from the start. Their views may vary but they still work well together as a team.
The pacing may seem a bit too fast at some points, but not so much that it takes you out of the story. The artwork and humor are up to the standard that I have come to expect from these comics and I’ll definitely call it an enjoyable read.