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  • 43 weeks
    Season Eight Episode Reviews: Molt Down

    This week is a Spike episode? What a re-”molt”-ing development this is!

    Let's look at “Molt Down,” the episode that will surely be perfectly normal and have no long-lasting repercussions on a character's appearance.

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  • 44 weeks
    Season Eight Episode Reviews: Break Up Break Down

    I dread going into this week's episode. For today, we discuss matters of the heart. Romance, love, heartbreak, and all that rot. Which means we run right into the most loathsome of all fandom constructs, the kind of thing that destroys friendships and leaves the most brilliant of minds curled up helplessly in a corner, foaming from the mouth:

    SHIPPING.

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  • 45 weeks
    Season Eight Episode Reviews: Non-Compete Clause

    We've had a string of good episodes the last few weeks. Whether it be shapeshifting seaponies, an actual Celestia episode, or discovering Starlight's dark phase, we've had lots of fun and plenty of laughs.

    Today's episode is about Applejack and Rainbow Dash competing.

    The good times are over.

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  • 46 weeks
    Season Eight Episode Reviews: The Parent Map

    Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone who cares about that! What better way to spend the day than watching a cartoon about horses dealing with their mommy/daddy issues? Well, tough, because that's what we're doing. This is “The Parent Map.”

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  • 47 weeks
    Season Eight Episode Reviews: Horse Play

    So hey, it's a new episode. Surely nothing to be excited about. Just another standard episode of a cartoon pony show.

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    Prepare for extra spicy biased scoring as we look at Best Princess' newest episode, “Horse Play!”

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Nov
14th
2013

Comic Review: Micro #9 (Spike) · 3:31am Nov 14th, 2013

Well, recent car issues and my job's continued attempts to ruin everything aside, I guess we should get to today's review. So here's Spike's turn in the micro comics.


Twilight and Fluttershy are training Owlowiscious and Angel for the upcoming Equestria Pet Show, which kicks off a node of frustration in poor little Spike. Ever since he had to give up Pee Wee because of love and Twilight's eternal hatred of ice cream, he's been rather down in the dumps. But salvation comes in the form of a full-page comic advertisement: Sea Beasts. The poor baby dragon is completely taken in by the ad, going so far as to buy a giant aquarium in preparation for all his new pets. And of course, they turn out to be nothing more than little specks. But when Twilight and Owlowiscious leave for the pet show, Spike figures out a way to make them grow...until he found out Twilight took the magic wand with her, so he settles for magic growth food...

The rest of the comic deals with Spike transforming his uninformed purchase into a rapidly-evolving civilization of green, tadpole-esque creatures. They begin to grow legs and walk on land, become more intelligent, and even start turning their trade towards war. Can Spike find a way to undo the mess he's caused?

The basis for the Sea Beasts is obviously Sea Monkeys. Ads for these things graced comics for decades, right next to Spider-Man stopping Doctor Doom from nuking Manhattan by giving him Hostess Fruit Pies, and for many children, they ended up being their first encounter with the evil that is advertising. The first part of the comic follows that route, from Spike becoming overly-excited at the thought of the Sea Beasts to his desperate attempts to justify his purchase. (I imagine this is the same process anyone who bought a Wii U is still going through.)

Once the things start transforming, though, the story changes to Spike dealing with his blunder. And to the comic's credit, I like how they worked the lesson in this time, with Spike watching a mother talk to her daughter about how growing up works. The creatures themselves are also rather cute, looking appropriately alien and bizarre while still having a general adorableness to everything they do. This is helped by the art, which isn't as expressive or bombastic as some of the other people working on the comic, but still does a good job capturing the show's cartoony style.

The actual dialogue and writing, on the other hand, is not quite as good. There's a weird sense of wrongness in some of the things the characters say, like this was being written by someone who had just watched the show for the first time ten minutes before they began writing. The ending is also...well, weird as heck, even for a story like this. And there is one flaw I cannot forgive: ANGEL WINS THE PET SHOW. That's only because Gummy tried to nibble the judges and Tank knocked one of them unconscious. You got lucky this year, bunny. (Although he does get some comeuppance thanks to how Spike taught the Sea Beasts.)

In the end, this isn't a standout issue, but it's still a good one. The Sea Beasts are amusing, Spike is fun to watch this time, and the art is generally within the show's aesthetic. It's not up to my current top three for the micros (Rarity, Celestia, and Pinkie Pie), but it still holds its own.


Next month, we finish off the Micro Series with Luna's story, which will no doubt be far more popular than that stinky, good-for-nothing Celestia's. It'll be fun, assuming I'm still around.

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Comments ( 9 )

Next month, we finish off the Micro Series with Luna's story, which will no doubt be far more popular than that stinky, good-for-nothing Celestia's.

I liked Celestia's...

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So did I, but I know this fandom all too well. :twilightangry2:

Weird as heck is an excellent way to describe the ending. Amusing enough comic, however.

I wouldn't mind getting a Wii U if I had Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate.

Can't both princesses be liked equally? Guess I have to buy this one...doesn't seem as horrid as the RD/Fluttershy & AJ comics...

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Can't both princesses be liked equally?

Of course they can. I joke about Luna and all that, but I'm looking forward to her issue next month. I think it'll be a good note for the Micro Series to go out on.

1506703 1506700 I agree I like Luna, but I prefer Celestia... problem is if I wrote a comment on EQD i'd probably get flamed out of existence.

Seriously Luna fans... put a lid on it.

I like the WiiU. Just saying. (get Pikmin 3! :pinkiehappy:)
Anyways, good review. Btw, what is it with the fandom with Celestia vs Luna thing? I don't hang out in the forums, so I don't know.

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It's just that Luna is usually the more popular of the two, while Celestia tends to be reduced to a troll, tyrant, molester, or outright villain.

It's not really all that true these days, but back in the early days, it was a constant presence.

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