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What's Your Least Favorite Comic Arc/Issue?

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Mine being "Ponies of the Dark Water". Not because it is badly written or anything. Because...I love Mane 6. I am used to see them as not perfect characters, but good overall. And the sole thought of all 6 going bad gives me unreasonable amount of sadness. When I first learnt of the premise, it alone made me sad. But I avoided any spoilers and waited until the release of Vol. 11 to read it (I only buy TPBs, not issues). When I finally did...it hurt big time. Even before I read it, my brain gave birth to a short fanfic of rather dark nature with this idea being a major element of it.

Sorry, but...I CAN'T SEE PONIES GOING EVIL!! 'sobs'

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Chaos Theory.

 

Writer(s): "Hey, let's spend #48-49 giving everypony some decent development... then take a cosmic crap on both it and the overall canon just to make Starlight look good in #50!"

 

And this is coming from someone who actually finds her decent!

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Oh boy where do I begin?

 

For single issues, The Rainbow Dash Micro, simply due to the utter laziness of just about everything. It's like they were like, "HEY I'LL JUST THROW FUCKING MEMES AND REFERENCES EVERYWHERE, THAT'LL HIDE MY SHITTY WRITING"*fun fact, it took all the way until Friends Forever #6 for Rainbow Dash to finally have a decent appearance in the comics). Then there's the Holiday 2014, which is more or less a Sunset Shimmer torture porn that does an abysmal job at tackling cyberbullying 

 

As far as arcs go, almost every arc(Barring Manehattan Mysteries and the Camping one) since reflections, but there's a special place in Hell reserved for The Good The Bad The Ponies, Root of the Problem, Ponyville Days, Seige of the Crystal Empire, and Chaos Theory

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On 2/2/2017 at 12:45 PM, Megas75 said:

Seige of the Crystal Empire,

 

Actually, the only things I hated were the chosen secondary antagonists (except Chrysalis and the Changelings, of course), and the Umbrum suddenly becoming Stupid Evil jokes in the final issue (except Sombra, thankfully).

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The first arc that made me think that maybe I should stop buying the comics was the Reflections arc. Then 'The Good, The Bad and the Pony' convinced me that I was wasting my time with the main series.

 

Thinking about those fills me with dread that IDW is going to explore the past lore of Equestria.

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I will have to say it's Siege of the Crystal Empire. It was an ambitious story arc, but it just didn't work. Especially the ending was disappointing, but it already started with the first issue. They shouldn't have taken some minor antagonists from the show and made them into outright villains. This was especially jarring with Iron Will, who was never that bad in the first place and even had a comic focused on him that pretty much redeemed him. Radiant Hope's character wasn't all that appealing and her motivations were unclear. She was smart enough to rally all those "minor antagonists", but as soon as Sombra appeared, she immediately became helpless and incompetent. The entire relationship between Radiant Hope and Sombra came off as terribly cheesy and I'm saying that even though I liked Fiendship is Magic #1. And when the Umbrum appeared they really lost me.

I didn't like certain other arcs, such as Reflections and The Good, The Bad and The Ponies, but Siege of the Crystal Empire dared to take Sombra and reform him in the worst possible way. Say what you want about Starlight's reformation, but it wasn't even nearly as ridiculous as what happened to Sombra in that comic arc. It was just truly disappointing.

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Easy answer: the EQG Holiday Special. OOC RM5 who abandoned Sunset on the assumption that she revealed their secrets (yet forgave the CMC on the spot when they reveal to be Anon-a-Miss), the CMCs' worst portrayal of the series, ripping off Ponyville Confidential, and just a shitty commentary on cyberbullying. It's the series's worst media piece so far. For further explanations, read my review.

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Call me crazy, but am I the only one that doesn't understand the hate Siege of the Crystal Empire gets? Radiant Hope was neither helpless nor incompetent imo. The Umbrum had deceived her into thinking that they simply wanted freedom, and it's easy to see how she was deceived, considering they were her (supposedly) imaginary friends from her childhood and who she went to after betraying Sombra. As a result, she wanted Cadance to believe that they were good too, which she almost did believe, until they revealed their true selves when Cadance used her magic. As a result of this realization, she tried to warn Sombra of who and what they really are just as he's about to free them, and ultimately convinces him that his destiny didn't have to be predetermined by what he saw, as she gave up her own for him, which I found to be very sweet.

 

So I'm really not seeing where this arc went wrong or how it was so terrible. The Umbrum deceived her and Sombra both since their childhood. With that considered, it seems neither illogical nor unrealistic that she both wanted to free her friend and convince the others to believe what the Umbrum had told her (that they just wanted freedom). I suppose one could argue that there should have been more to Sombra reforming simply because Hope told him that she gave up her destiny for him, which I suppose I semi-agree with, but I still found it to be sweet regardless, and far from the worst reformation ever, and likewise, this arc is far from the trainwreck that many fans treat it as.

 

I'm also disappointed to see that some people mentioned not liking Reflections. I thought that was a wonderful arc too. But thankfully, it seems to have significantly less hate overall.

 

Honestly, the only arc I can say I didn't like was The Good, The Bad and The Ponies. Most of the rest are anywhere from great to "meh" at the worst for me.

 

Yeah I know my reply is 5 months late, but so was the last reply, so whatever.

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