Originally published on Set The Tape
My Little Pony: Legends of Magic has been slowly revealing the secret history of Equestria, delving into the myths and legends that surround the magical kingdom. Whilst the first six issues of the title established the mystical heroes of Equestria, such as Rockhoof and Flash Magnus, issue #7 is the first part of a multi-issue story that will bring these heroes together into a team. Yep, this is the Avengers Assemble of My Little Pony.
When a young unicorn studying sea creatures heads to the beach one autumn morning he discovers three Sirens, Adagio, Sonata, and Aria; known as the Dazzlings. Adagio asks the young scholar to bring them to the townspeople so that they can perform their music for them.
When the pony tells the Dazzlings that he’s not sure the townspeople would want to listen to the Sirens they become angry, demanding that the town’s people ‘power them’. Managing to run away from the Dazzlings, the pony researches the myths surrounding them and discovers stories that suggest Sirens are very dangerous creatures.
Later that evening the Dazzlings appear in the centre of town, ensnaring the town with their music, draining the magic from them. Knowing that he cannot stop them himself the young pony flees the town to find a hero from legend to stop the Sirens. Travelling far the young pony comes to a town beneath a volcano. Falling inside a deep hole, the young pony finds himself staring up at the shadowy form of the hero Rockhoof.
Issue #7 of My Little Pony: Legends of Magic sets an interesting stage in which to draw its heroes together. The lead character, whilst unnamed, is interesting; a young pony who craves knowledge and enjoys pouring over books. It’s a similar template the to Twilight Sparkle at the start of the television series, and much like the series I’m expecting the unnamed pony to go on to become a hero in his own right. The fact that we never see the pony’s cutiemark, don’t hear his name, and he’s trying to bring together the ancient heroes of Equestria all come together to make me wonder if he may be a young Star Swirl the Bearded (pre-beard).
The Dazzling are a unique group to make the foes of the story, having appeared in small roles previously in past stories, both on screen and in comics, it’s nice to see them being given the spotlight. Whilst only the first part of the story, we’re given a solid base for more issues to come, and promise of excitement in the future. Hopefully the quality of the series will remain strong through to the conclusion of the adventure.
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