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I gotta say this going in: I never bought into the idea of Nightmare Moon being separate from Princess Luna. To my view, it cheapens Luna’s cautionary tale because her feelings only provided a window for possession rather than her being corrupted from within. So this comic is going to have an uphill battle as it serves as a prequel to the events of the Nightmare Rarity arc.  

Nightmare Moon has just been banished to the moon and is taking it in stride. Really in stride. Like it’s a minor inconvenience. It may actually work to her advantage as Celestia apparently plunked her down right next to the castle of the nyx.

Yes, nyx. I don’t know if this is a wink to the Brony fandom, but I’ll take it!

The nyx are a magical race that craft Equestria’s dreams. They’re innocent and unsuspecting. None moreso than the bird-nyx, Doran. At first, she’s presented as an eccentric character who doesn’t have the proper caution to resist Nightmare Moon’s manipulation. But as Nightmare Moon begins to craft nightmares to torment the ponies, Doran’s innocence becomes stupidity.

It’s one of the hardest distinctions in writing. Innocence is child-like trust, but the character still reacts when something bad happens with either shock or anger. Doran’s inability to see the situation in front of her goes beyond naïve. She’s not seeing anything.

And perhaps that is the biggest hurdle for this comic. Characters seem to take in everything without reacting. Nigthmare Moon is banished, so she needs something to do. Celestia sees her subjects tormented, so she just blinks them back to normal. Doran watches all this unfold and only talks about braiding manes.

The best part is when Celestia and Nightmare Moon duke it out in dreamspace. Each one embodies emotions either positive or negative. Though visually it looks like Celestia is attacking with Lucky Charms.

Nightmare Moon hits her where it hurts, showing Luna despairing in a mental prison. Given that this is meant to happen immediately after Luna’s fall, it’s good to see Celestia shaken by the sight. She’d been so composed throughout the story that I was beginning to wonder if it even registered.

Celestia triumphs thanks to Doran’s subversion. And though the nyx are now corrupted by Nightmare Moon, they work to resist and undermine her for the next 1,000 years. Until they start corrupting ponies on their own, I guess.

This comic is more involving than the Sirens, yet it struggles with a sense of detachment. I feel like a lot of the characters are going through the motions rather than being invested in the situation. Nightmare Moon is pure evil and all about hurting Celestia, which makes her more of a primal evil but even she seems kind of “meh” about her recent banishment.

We’ve but one more villain to go in this month-long marathon. Can Chyrsallis, the villain that gave the MLP comics such a strong start, make a comeback?

Princess Amore by MLP-Silver-Quill
Princess Amore
Every so often I need to just draw something for the fun of it. I was so impressed by Amore's design in Fiendship is Magic #1 that I decided to try adapting it to the show's look.

Despite her poor choices in the story, I hope the comics will do something with her character. There's a lot of potential to rescuing this fallen princess.

Crystal Empire background by Hawk9mm:
Background - Crystal Empire by Hawk9mm

Crystal Pony Texture by Kimikonyanchan:
Crystal Pony Texture by KimikoNyanChan
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I gotta say this going in: I never bought into the idea of Nightmare Moon being separate from Princess Luna. To my view, it cheapens Luna’s cautionary tale because her feelings only provided a window for possession rather than her being corrupted from within. So this comic is going to have an uphill battle as it serves as a prequel to the events of the Nightmare Rarity arc.  

Nightmare Moon has just been banished to the moon and is taking it in stride. Really in stride. Like it’s a minor inconvenience. It may actually work to her advantage as Celestia apparently plunked her down right next to the castle of the nyx.

Yes, nyx. I don’t know if this is a wink to the Brony fandom, but I’ll take it!

The nyx are a magical race that craft Equestria’s dreams. They’re innocent and unsuspecting. None moreso than the bird-nyx, Doran. At first, she’s presented as an eccentric character who doesn’t have the proper caution to resist Nightmare Moon’s manipulation. But as Nightmare Moon begins to craft nightmares to torment the ponies, Doran’s innocence becomes stupidity.

It’s one of the hardest distinctions in writing. Innocence is child-like trust, but the character still reacts when something bad happens with either shock or anger. Doran’s inability to see the situation in front of her goes beyond naïve. She’s not seeing anything.

And perhaps that is the biggest hurdle for this comic. Characters seem to take in everything without reacting. Nigthmare Moon is banished, so she needs something to do. Celestia sees her subjects tormented, so she just blinks them back to normal. Doran watches all this unfold and only talks about braiding manes.

The best part is when Celestia and Nightmare Moon duke it out in dreamspace. Each one embodies emotions either positive or negative. Though visually it looks like Celestia is attacking with Lucky Charms.

Nightmare Moon hits her where it hurts, showing Luna despairing in a mental prison. Given that this is meant to happen immediately after Luna’s fall, it’s good to see Celestia shaken by the sight. She’d been so composed throughout the story that I was beginning to wonder if it even registered.

Celestia triumphs thanks to Doran’s subversion. And though the nyx are now corrupted by Nightmare Moon, they work to resist and undermine her for the next 1,000 years. Until they start corrupting ponies on their own, I guess.

This comic is more involving than the Sirens, yet it struggles with a sense of detachment. I feel like a lot of the characters are going through the motions rather than being invested in the situation. Nightmare Moon is pure evil and all about hurting Celestia, which makes her more of a primal evil but even she seems kind of “meh” about her recent banishment.

We’ve but one more villain to go in this month-long marathon. Can Chyrsallis, the villain that gave the MLP comics such a strong start, make a comeback?

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I became a My Little Pony fan in the latter part of 2011, well into the show's second season. As a latecomer, I'm in a strange situation. The online community is pretty unknown to me, and none of my local friends are fans.

I admire the creativity surrounding MLP, in both the show itself and the creativity of its fans. I created this account to focus my own expressions. Keep checking back and I hope everyone enjoys my drawings!
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Futaba2 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
while I really like your review on CASTLE SWEET CASTLE  I'm surprise when you got to talk about the spa ponies you didn't bring up the fact that Twilight was actually referred to as Princess which as mention in the past was rarely used in season 4.
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tyruvelp Featured By Owner 1 day ago
i would just like to note something (not that i am ever expecting it to ever happen but...) 

if you and animated james did a collab together i don't think equestria would survive that level of comedy and awesomeness 
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roseblackwoodsart2 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Artist
No discord!
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kayyeh1 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Artist
did you see gloom and bloom episode? 
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Retroactive-Mayhem Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so, so much for the favorite on the art I made for you, it seriously made my day ;v; <3
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soradical Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago
The Vote begins tommorrow we still have time to stop it! help save the internet.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnC1mq…
petitions.moveon.org/sign/stop…
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pikatwig Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Hey uh, you won't mind me using Clutterstep in something, so long as I credit you?
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DarkTidalWave Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Artist
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WarpX97 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
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TeamInTheDarkness Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Hey Silver, how are you doing? ^^
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