Every year, Princess Celestia hosts the School for Gifted Unicorns Royal High Tea at Canterlot Castle. It is an honored tradition designed to bring ponies and teachers closer together. And while the luncheon is seen as an exciting event for new teachers, the novelty has started to wear off after a few years. What’s more, teachers, parents, and students alike feel that it is time for one of Celestia’s most cherished teachers Inkwell, who is seen as old fashioned. Celestia does not want to force Inkwell out before she is truly ready to leave, but how can she make the others see just how valuable Inkwell can still be?
This issue of the Micro Series shines a spotlight on Princess Celestia herself. It is an opportunity to really explore the character beyond her role of being ruler of Equestria and the mentor of Twilight Sparkle. Georgia Ball takes on this seemingly daunting task and passes with flying colors. It’s not often one has a chance to develop of story that finds Celestia in the position usually reserved for her star pupil, as seen in a few pages where is quite unsure how to deal with the situation of so many wanting Inkwell to retire despite her belief that the teacher has much left to teach. The Inkwell character is also well developed, setting her apart just enough from Granny Smith to be seen as a completely different elder, sometimes cranky lady.
Illustrating the issue is Amy Mebberson. Her style is easily one of the closest to match the full look of the television show and not try to look like Andy Price’s artwork. I imagine just trying to draw so many different and new ponies is a challenge for any one, particularly comic book artists because the medium allows for more creative freedom. It also allows for parody ponies, like in one page that features a familiar trio of characters make an appearance. Nevertheless, Amy is able to illustrate some wonderful pages that rather enhances the storytelling at times. Her staging of the panels is well thought-out, making this one of the easiest to believe it could be adapted into an actual episode some day. And I have to say that I adore her coloring job, bring out a great deal of depth and definition in each page.
Just as My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has surprisingly turned into one of the finest shows on television, the comic books by IDW Publishing are turning into some of the finest titles being published. And the creative teams do the series, and its fans, proud with some wonderful stories that are well written and well illustrated. Georgia Ball and Amy Mebberson tell a great story that enhances the Princess Celestia character while also hitting all of the right notes that has made My Little Pony so appealing over the last few years. I’m sure non-fans will likely try to avoid this book like the plague, but it is still highly recommended.
How interested are you in reading more about Princess Celestia? Comment below and follow me on Twitter @LordAkiyama.