Ted Anderson has written a lot of My Little Pony over the past five years or so. He has written for MLP: Friendship is Magic, MLP: Friends Forever, MLP: Equestria Girls, and a few issues of the MLP Micro-Series (Pinkie Pie and Cutie Mark Crusaders)
Agnes Garbowska has drawn a lot of MLP, but she has also done work on Powerpuff Girls, Red Sonja, Looking for Group, Grumpy Cat, Sonic, Psycho Bonkers, Jem, Transformers, Peach, ‘Lil Vampi, Samurai Jack, and more. She had worked for Marvel, IDW, Aspen, Dark Horse, Dynamite, and Aw Yeah! Comics.
This is the second issue of a two-part story arc called “Election.” In the last issue Filthy Rich, campaigning on a platform of many huge promises has won election as Mayor of Ponyville, defeating Mayor Mare, who ran on her record of stable and prudent (if pragmatic) governance. It was a close election, and it put stress between many friends in Ponyville. Filthy Rich has taken over, not as a bully, but with a smile and promises of a new and better day for all.
Unfortunately, many of the promises were contradictory, and Mayor Rich was not able to deliver on all of them. Problems mount, and every pony gets upset. The Mayor is not evil or corrupt; he is just trying to do everything for everybody, and discovering that is just isn’t possible to deliver on all of his promises.
Ex-Mayor Mare, meanwhile, is enjoying her retirement and fishing. She does not want to come back.
Then, a crisis arises that threatens all of Ponyville. Will the new Mayor be able to rise to the challenge?
Obviously, this episode is a gentle poke at the current election, and Anderson writes it without malice or mean spirit. To do otherwise would be unponylike.
Anderson is a good writer for this storyline. He understands the characters, but more importantly, he understands the spirit that makes the My Little Pony Franchise unique and special. His writing is simultaneously straightforward enough for little children, but nuanced enough for adults. His humor is not biting or snarky; it is gentle and good spirited. Unlike much of the political narrative in the ‘adult’ world, there is no evil villain in the Ponyville political scene.
Garbowska’s artwork is bright and colorful. She has a strong sense of action and motion. Like Anderson, she has a strong connection to the characters and the franchise. Even when working with new characters, such as Filthy Rich, Spoiled Rich, and Diamond Tiara, they all look organic to the series. None of the characters are artificial or imposed on the franchise; they all look and move as if they belong there.
This issue does not cast any great light on modern American political discourse. Fans/supporters of neither candidate would be offended by this story arc. It is an amusing little ‘slice of life’ in Ponyville.
Written by: Ted Anderson
Illustrated by: Agnes Garbowska