Updated on 16 October, 2021
IDW Publishing, a joint American comic publishing company that was publishing tie-in comic book series for Hasbro properties starting in 2021, started publishing monthly, web-exclusive, pony related comic books in December 2021. The first month of the new series, titled "Ponyasia" featured a pony version of the famous My Little Pony character. "Sonic the Hedgehog" a special Christmas special comic released in January features the famous hedgehog as well. IDW will continue with four monthly books for the fall, winter, spring, and summer months each featuring their favorite ponies.
The My Little Pony Friendship is Magic comic books are geared toward the young children audience. There are many different versions of the ponies found in the MLP comic books. My Little Pony Friendship is Magic is written by Kelly Lissner and drawn by Jenny Murphy.
" Friendship is Magic" is part one of four parts of the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic series. It features the regular My Little Pony along with two new additions. The ponies are introduced to all of their friends and to the world of magic in this part of the Friendship is Magic story. Twilight Sparkle, one of the main characters in the MLP comic book series, is not happy with the existence of evil. She vows to rid the world of evil at all costs. After a large meteor crashes into the Earth, destroying much of Ponyville, Spike gives Twilight Sparkle a magical spell that will rid the world of evil once and for all, and Twilight is determined to make it work.
Part two of the four-part My Little Pony Friendship is Magic series revolves around the " Unicorns" in the series. Unicorns are vicious creatures of magic, much like the dragons. In " Unicorns Weep" a unicorn appears under Twilight's pillow in order to warn her of impending danger, but Twilight Sparkle ignores the advice and goes on a quest to find herself a new friend.
Part three of the four-part series chronicles the adventures of the "Friendship is Magic" cast as a team. A unicorn appears in " Crushes and Flocks" along with several other ponies, and the team finds themselves surrounded by some kind of strange horned creature. The " Unicorns Weep" arc takes place near the end of the Friendship is Magic book series. This time, the unicorn appears in front of a crowd of ponies where it attacks them. This causes much destruction, including the destruction of the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic saddle and many of the ponies.
After the cancellation of the television show, MLP comics were created by Hasbro in the wake of the controversy. Following the episode "Rarity" in which Twilight Sparkle accidentally ate a poisoned apple, several people threatened to boycott the My Little Pony brand. As a result, Hasbro had to create comics featuring the characters in opposition to Twilight Sparkle, filling in the story between the episodes. In particular, this new creative team has created several original stories featuring Twilight Sparkle and her friends.
The four part "TV: Friendship is Magic" television series finale "New Moon" features Twilight Sparkle and her new friend, Cadence Rose, facing a battle against the evil Queen Chrysalis. The episode ends with Twilight Sparkle deciding to use her magic to open a portal to the alternate universe in which she lives. In the process, she accidentally sends Twilight through, and the two are transported to the land of Equestria. While exploring the strange unfamiliar land, the team comes across a buried ancient warship that contains a priceless piece of history. The gang eventually discovers that the ship belonged to a princess called Luna Lovegood, who was taken from her home and transformed into a monster by the Elements of Harmony. While investigating, the team finds out that the Elements of Harmony are still active, and that they intend to turn Luna into a part of their own family.
"New Moon" introduces us to a new generation of ponies who have found themselves stranded in an alternate universe after a mysterious event causes a great earthquake. When Pinkie Pie and her friends discover the location of the buried ship, they decide to form a club to help others in need. However, when the evil Queen Chrysalis and her troops make an attack on the town, the ponies are left defenseless. As Pinkie, Rarity, Applejack and Rainbow Dash fight their way through the Elements of Harmony, the evil Queen manages to escape and take over the reins of power herself, using her newfound magic to make the entire town fall under her rule.