The story of My Little Pony: Micro Series #2 begins with a festival that celebrates all things flying, with a particular emphasis on our issues heroine, Rainbow Dash. However, things soon take a turn for the worse as Rainbow finds herself in troubled skies, trapped in the midst of a dark cloud that is generally kind of a nag. Unfortunately for Ponyville, that cloud of negativity rains on their parade, seeping away at their happiness and putting everyone is in a pretty foal mood. The issue then follows Rainbow as she attempts to put things right, and let me tell you, it's no dog and pony show.
Well, I mean, there's plenty of ponies, but nary a dog to be seen. And the comic is far from boring, as Ryan K. Lindsay and Tony Fleecs pony up to deliver on heck of a read. I've always been a sucker for one-shots, all-ages stories, and humour in my comics, and this book hits that triple crown like you wouldn't believe. It is, unsurprisingly, a My Little Pony book to its very core, but that's one of its greatest strengths. Lindsay takes that well-established world and leverages it to tell a compelling tale that is approachable to readers regardless of their familiarity with the property. Lindsay remembers that the most important thing when it comes to comics is that, regardless of target audience, they should be fun. And let me tell you, Lindsay and Fleecs bring that fun. They bring it in spades.
Dash's dialogue is fast and furious, coming in long, near train of thought bursts. It's almost a little too cutesy and self-aware at times, but for the most part, Lindsay manages to stay just on the right side of that line. Indeed, Rainbow has some of the best zingers and jokes in a book that is replete with them. It's almost like a stampede at times, but many of the jokes and gags end up serving the plot, offering them an extra importance beyond their eliciting hearty guffaws and chortles.
One type of joke that both Lindsay and Fleecs seem particularly fond of are allusions to popular culture of all varieties. References to movies, music, television, and more are packed into these panels, and they, too, often help the story along in at least a small way. Catching the references is by no means a requisite for enjoying the comic; in fact, many of them are funny even if you don't know their true origin. However, for alert readers, it feels like Lindsay and Fleecs are putting those jokes there just for you. It can sometimes feel like a subtle wink between friends. And while I'm a big sucker for Fight Club references of any variety (and yes, there is a Fight Club reference in this issue and it's rock solid), one of the best references is a sly Simpsons one. I don't know if I've seen a better goggle reference before, but once it happens in this comic, all of a sudden one of the many details that Fleecs has put into this comic makes all the sense in the world.
Verdict - Buy It. I could trumpet this book until I'm horse in the throat. This is an excellent My Little Pony comic, with the emphasis on the comic part. If you like one-shots, if you like fun comics, and if you like something that's approachable on a number of levels, then this is the book for you. You should hoof it to your local comic book shop and grab yourself a copy. You won't even have to trade your kingdom for it. It's possibly the one gift horse that you can look in the mouth.
And as a final tail end to this review, I make no apologies for the horse puns, so you neighsayers should probably get over it.