Just wanted a place where we could chat about the comics as they came out.
Please use spoiler tags on spoiler items of the most recently released comics. No need for spoilers for general comments.
Main Series: Issue #18 (Reflections Part 2 of 4) out, Issue #19 (Reflections Part 3 of 4) to be released June.
Friends Forever: Issue #4 (Twilight/Shining Armor) out, Issue #5 (Fluttershy/Zecora) to be released June.
Micro-Series: Finished (10 issues)
Equestria Girls Annual: Finished (1 issue)
Review and buyers guide to all the Comics (LIGHT spoilers):
There are also a pair of bonus, 2-page comics that are good, including a Pinkie/Rarity dress one-shot, and an explanation for Celestia's absence during the adventure, which is my favorite of the bonus comics.
Main #5-8 (Nightmare Arc). A dark and depressing story with some disturbing ideas and imagery. The idea was good, but the execution was unsettling. Furthermore, Luna's part is very unsatisfying. If not for the personality given to the nightmares, this would have been a total bust.
Main #9-10 (Zen and the art of Gazebo Repair). The best arc thus far. It features Big Mac in a fun and believable epic that is both totally within his character while further developing him. Of course, he doesn't say much, but we are partial to all his thoughts, and there is a major change in him. It doesn't hurt that the humor is hit out of the park, or that there are so many wonderful cameos and homages.
There are also bonus pages in the form of a fair scrapbook that is well done.
Main #11-12 (How Shinning Armor and Cadence Met). The first issue was maddening. It felt like betrayal; and a lazy and trope-y production of little merit. It was so frustrating to see MLP delve into well trod Rom-Com ground. However, the final issue revealed great depth and and an actually unique storyline. The things that had been so frustrating in the first were reborn and suddenly made you want to laugh! It was a fresh look at the pair, and is the kind of story that makes you want to give these writers the benefit of the doubt in the future when things don't feel right.
Both issues have bonus content. The first is a table with the pony-flavored D&D layout. The second is a completely unrelated series of fantastic '80's songs references, and very well done.
Main #13-14 (The Salty Sea Mare). There is a lot to be said for this arc. Its creative, fun, action packed, and full of great costumes and imagery. However, the ending is weak, and it hurts the story to a high degree. It feels a bit too contrived, which is a shame because the lead up is excellent, and it deserved a strong finish.
Main #15-16 (Bookworm Arc). Take the "creative, fun, action packed, and full of great costumes and imagery" line from the last arc and turn it up to 11. This is a wacky and pleasing arc to read. Unfortunately, the action and ending is incomprehensible. In this case, I was willing to try to ignore the confusion just because everything else was so fun, and that is almost possible. The artists out did themselves, and numerous pages will drop your jaw.
Main #17-20 (Reflections). One issue of four out. Promising start.
Micro #2 (Rainbow Dash). The worst comic by a good margin. There is not anything redeeming about it after you are done enjoying the art. The story is weird and depressing, and the solution is awful. It could have been saved, but by solving the problem in such a thin and uninspiring way, the whole story collapses. Fortunately there is a small moment in the epilogue to salvage a bit of MLP-ness, but its far too late by that point.
Micro #3 (Rarity). Strong Rarity stories like this one are in short supply. She is firmly in-character, generous, contemplative, positive, and unwilling to be taken advantage of for the whole episode. The setting is sublime, and the new characters are so strong that when you see them in a later publication, you will want to smile all over again. The climax is both fun and powerful. If Rarity was like this more often, she might be my favorite pony.
The bonus comic, a story about a stallion with a crush on Rarity, is awful. But whatever. The rest of the issue is perfect.
Micro #4 (Fluttershy). (in process)
Micro #5 (Pinkie Pie). (in process)
Micro #6 (Applejack). (in process)
Micro #7 (Cutie Mark Crusaders). (in process)
Micro #8 (Celestia). (in process)
Micro #9 (SPIKE). (in process)
Micro #10 (Luna). (in process)
Friends Forever #2 (CMC/Discord) (in process)
Friends Forever #3 (Celestia/Spike) (in process)
Friends Forever #4 (Twilight/Shining Armor) This one has a weak start. The royal advisers are annoyingly incompetent and rude, and they don't have to be to serve the story. However, as the action fires up, the story improves. Its great to hear back story on Shining and Twilight, and to see them as a team of equals. Furthermore, there is just the right amount of mystery and unknown to keep you excited about the plot. The conclusion includes healing, redemption, and a fond farewell to make you smile.
Equestria Girls Annual: