Ted Anderson has written a lot of My Little Pony. He worked on My Little Pony: Friends Forever, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, My Little Pony: Adventures in Friendship, and more.
Like Ted Anderson, Andy Price has a long history with My Little Pony. In addition, He has worked on Betty and Veronica, Adventure Time, the Haunted Mansion, Quantum Leap, and more.
This, the 50th issue of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, deserves more than just a series of variant covers; it needs a well-written story and artwork that captures the feel of the franchise. Anderson and Price do not disappoint.
This is the third issue of a fascinating little story arc centered on Discord. Discord, the formerly evil draconequus, now an ally of the ponies, is trying to change for the better. He realized that his chaotic nature was not helping the ponies, and he used his vast magical powers to recreate himself as Accord – the bringer of order. He is suave and well-mannered, polite to a fault, and determined to bring order to all of Equestria.
Unfortunately, order comes at the cost of individuality and freedom. He is mind-controlling all of the ponies in Equestria. He started in Canterlot, and his power increased. Princess Celestia and the Mane Six fell to Ponyville.
The Ponies find themselves outmatched at each turn, by both his magic and his logic. In the very end, only one Pony, Starlight Glimmer, stands alone against Accord.
Somehow, she must find a way to defeat the seemingly all-powerful Draconequus.
If this weren’t enough, there is also a fine backup story by Jeremy Whitley with art by Jay Fosgitt, called “For the Pony Who Has Everything.” Discord is invited to Princess Celestia’s birthday. Despite his Chaotic Good nature, he understands that there is nothing he can give the ruler of Equestria that she cannot provide for herself.
Using his magic, Discord solves the problem in his own unique way, and gives the Princess a wonderful birthday. It’s a light-hearted romp and an opportunity to look at one of the Franchise’s most serious characters in a less serious light.
Written by: Ted Anderson
Illustrated by: Andy Price