Review: My Little Pony Micro Fun Pack
This week IDW is launching a new line of comics in a brand new format. On November 15th the first wave of the product line called Micro-Fun Packs will be released. The first series of packs will feature four My Little Pony micro-series issues. The four ponies getting the mini-pack treatment are Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, and Twilight Sparkle. Each pack comes with a 22-page standalone comic, a sticker, tattoo, and a special foldout poster. There are 16 different stickers, tattoos, and posters, but they are all placed in the pack at random. Each issue is a full-sized comic, but the book itself measure about 6 inches by 3 inches (hence the micro title if you didn’t catch on). IDW was nice enough to let me get a look at all four of the books. So how does IDW’s micro entry into their expanding all-ages range measure up?
The four different issues available in the first issue feature writers Bobby Curnow, Ted Anderson, Ryan K. Lindsay, and Thomas Zahler. The artists assembled include Brenda Hickey (colors by Heather Breckel), Ben Bates, Tom Fleecs, and Zahler (with colors by Ronda Pattison). All four stories are great character pieces on the various ponies. Each self-contained story offers up a look at an adventure of the pony and how they learn about friendship and family. These don’t patronize the readership either. All-ages means all-ages in this case. There’s enough here for everyone. There’s a fun and cutesy story here for the younger readers, but there are some jokes and references that will make the older crowd chuckle. With references like the Horseback of Notre Dame, the Sass Squatch, and a Tom Petty lyric or two, the adults will be just as entertained as the kids when they sit down and read it with them. The “Learn to Draw” section in the back is another great part of the interactive package. The stickers, tattoos and posters are neat, but the double-page spread in the middle of the book to insert stickers and the drawing tutorial in the back offers kids a chance to use their imagination and do something a little different.
The art in the books are equally great. There’s a consistent look to the books since it is the world of My Little Pony, but each artist offers up their own little flair and gives the action sequences and different pony interactions their own special touch. IDW put just as much effort into these micro-comics in finding the right artist, colorists, and writers as much as they would one of the huge monthly titles. There was a lot of care put into each of these books and the packages as a whole.
Bottom Line: Anything that gets kids reading, comics especially, is a great thing. This is another great entry in IDW’s latest all-ages efforts. Even if MLP isn’t in your wheelhouse, you can’t help but respect the work and effort going into the micro-series. Kids will love it and adults will find some humor in it. What’s not to love? These will be available on the 15th from stores like Toys R Us, K-Mart, comic shops, hobby stores, and some Wal-Marts. It’s well worth picking up