Sunday, 29 January 2017

Comic mini-review: Friends Forever #36: Rainbow Dash and Soarin

Obselescence has called it a day – not just from his moderating role, but from Fimfiction as a whole, due to lack of time. A shame, but Real Life is increasingly poking its ugly muzzle into the ponyfic community. I'm glad I got round to reviewing Twilight Eats a Peach before Obs disappeared, though. :P

MLP Friends Forever #36 RI cover showing Fluttershy tucking Angel into bed
I rarely go for RI covers, but Low Zi Rong's was unmissable!
Now that we know that the Friends Forever series is coming to an end, I'm hoping for some nice comics for it to go out with. This one, despite its apparently fanservicey pairing, isn't at all a bad start. Rainbow and Soarin work well together (and no, things don't go all shippy) and Soarin in particular gets some good extra depth to his character. Christina Rice provides a solid, interesting story that fits in with canon, and Tony Fleecs' art is colourful and varied. There's some good (albeit not that epic) adventure and Spitfire's background/supporting role is fine. If you wanted to nitpick, you could say that Derpy's cameo was a bit forced, but still – a comic I'm happy I bought. ★★★★

Note: thanks to IDW's continual messing around with schedules, this, and not main-series no. 50, is the first comic to use the new white MLP logo.

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