Nicky and I attended the last day of BronyCon last Sunday and I'll have a write-up of the experience on the blog sometime tomorrow. In the interim, it's time to catch up on the second four-issue story arc of the popular MLP comic title, known to all as... well, um, *blank*. That's right, the arc doesn't have an "overarcing" title of any sort. I'm calling it "The Nightmare Rarity Mash-Up Moonfest" for reasons which will soon become clear.
IDW assigned what would seem to be the "B" team -- writer Heather Kuhfer and artist Amy Mebberson -- to this arc. All things considered, they perform almost as well as "A" listers Katie Cook and Andy Price, but I was nonetheless disappointed to see that they fell back on the first arc's basic premise of an old enemy coming back to menace the ponies. This time, it's "The Nightmare Forces" that possessed Princess Luna in the two-part pilot episode of the TV series. Now, waitasec: I recall that Luna became Nightmare Moon because she was so bitter over being forced to make way for Princess Celestia and the dawn. That is, her (temporary) downfall was self-inflicted. As a result, the reprieved Princess Luna comes across as something of a star- (or moon-) crossed figure, capable of great evil as well as great good. Pinning the blame for her corruption on nebulous "Nightmare Forces" would seem to be missing the point. Anyway, after intimidating the "Mane 6" with visions of their worst nightmares (and no, neither giant bananas nor limo monsters play a role in the mental attack), the "Forces" carry Rarity off to the "Nightmare Dreamscape" on the Moon. I suppose that it does make reasonable sense for the nebulous goonies to try to turn the most conceited of the "Mane 6" into an empress of darkness...
Not as good as the "Return of Queen Chrysalis," but certainly a decent read. I would like to see a little more originality of thought in the basic plots, however. Issues #9 and #10 are reportedly going to be something of a departure from what we've gotten so far. We shall see.