Spoiler-Free Review : My Little Pony: Equestria Girls (Graphic Novel) by Ted Anderson and Katie Cook
Illustrators : Tony Fleecs and Andy Price
Based on the hit movie, join the girls as they get settled into Canterlot High. Plus, Sunset Shimmer tries to find the true meaning of the holidays as rumors circulate around the school. Collects the 2013 Annual and the 2014 Holiday Special.
*Received a copy from the author/publisher via NetGalley in trade for an honest review*
This graphic novel showcases two different stories.
The first one features an interview by Sunset for the 5 girls (Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Pinkie Pie and Rariety.) The girls are asked questions focusing on the beginning of their friendship and school. It talk about how they met and how they created this life-long friendship between them. Throughout the story you can clearly see the bond between the girls growing as they each remember their eventful pasts.
The second one is about the festive season. The girls catch ear that Sunset has never experienced a proper Christmas and she is missing her family at home. All 5 girls decide they must do something about this and bring Sunset a Christmas to remember. They each decide to host a sleepover at their own houses. However, the girls secrets from the sleepovers end up travelling around the school. Is it Sunset?
I have to admit that I'm not exactly a My Little Pony fan and have only watched the first few episodes of the TV show. Despite this, I still know the characters well enough to understand this graphic novel and each character showcases their personality so clearly that even for people who don't know a thing about My Little Pony they can still get a grasp on the different characters. Anyway, I recently said that I wanted to venture into the graphic novel world as I've previously only read one graphic novel (Crystal Cadets #1), so when I saw this on NetGalley I immediately requested it as I knew it would be super easy to get into and overall just a fun read.
Overall I really enjoyed both stories, but my favourite was the second one. It seemed more mature and there was an actual mystery for the reader to solve. Some parts were easily guessable, but others not and that kept me on my toes. In the end the culprit is revealed and I am not ashamed to admit that I was completely and utterly wrong. Despite this I enjoyed the journey immensely and don't regret it for a single second.
I really enjoyed the art style and was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't too girly. I know that there are lots of male My Little Pony fans out there, but I have always assumed that the main audience for the cartoon etc is for girls, but the art style proved me wrong. I have included some screenshots of the art/illustrations for you all to look at.
I loved the art style a lot and it definitely added a lot to the story.
As I absolutely loved both the stories and the art, I'm going to have to give this graphic novel 4/5
I really recommend this to anyone who just wants a fun read.
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