This issue is part 2 of a three-part story arc called “Chaos Theory.” It turns out that Discord has a ‘flip side,’ the magical dragon Accord. Accord, once the chaotic scourge of Equestria is now proving that his opposite side, an imposed order and peace on the Pony Kingdom is an even greater threat.
Chaotic Discord, reduced to comic relief, has become a threat that the combined efforts of the greatest ponies can barely withstand. He is using his magic to control the minds of every pony within his ever widening field of influence.
While the others try to evacuate Canterlot, Princess Luna and Twilight Glimmer take a desperate gamble: invading the mind of Discord/Accord to find out what happened to cause this danger, not only to Canterlot, but to all of Equestria.
This is an interesting issue/arc. Discord is a significant character. In the TV series, he is a fan favorite. This former villain is voiced by John DeLancie, well known to Star Trek fans as Q. The opportunity to really “get inside” a popular character to this degree is unusual. Perhaps this is an attempt to bring more fans of the TV show to the IDW comic; in any event, it is an interesting premise.
Writer Ted Anderson is a veteran, with a lot of experience in this franchise. While his familiarity with the characters settings and relationships is evident, he is taking the readers into uncharted territory here, and he is doing so very smoothly.
Andy Price, another IDW veteran with great experience in this franchise has a solid grasp of the franchise and the style needed to combine the child-like characters with the more serious tone of this story.
The next issue is the 50th in the series. Comic fans remember that certain issues (50, 100, 200, etc.) are treated as “special,” points where something memorable is scheduled to happen. It is likely that IDW intends to deliver something special in January’s 50th issue of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
Written by: Ted Anderson
Illustrated by: Andy Price