|My Little Pony: The Movie Prequel|
|Published:|| June 28, 2017 (#1)|
July 2017 (#2)
August 2017 (#3)
September 2017 (#4)
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My Little Pony: The Movie Prequel is a Hasbro-licensed four-issue miniseries of full-color comics by IDW Publishing that ties into My Little Pony The Movie. Each issue serves as a standalone origin story for some of the new characters in the film but is also part of an overarching plot that spans all four issues.
Issue #1: Storm King
The comic begins with the Storm King addressing the reader and narrating his own backstory. In the lands beyond Equestria, the Storm King is the commander of a fleet of airships and notorious as a conqueror and destroyer of whole nations. Having just conquered most of the kingdom of Abyssinia, the Storm King and his second-in-command Strife set out to invade the Abyssinian capital of Panthera.
As the Storm King and his forces invade the city, an anthropomorphic cat named Capper and his friend Chummer watch as they pillage and destroy. The Storm King's soldiers use a battering ram to break down the royal palace doors, and he accepts the surrender of Abyssinia's king and queen. The king and queen give the Storm King control of the kingdom, but the Storm King is only interested in its vast collection of treasure and artifacts. The king and queen protest, saying they need their wealth to conduct trade with other nations and provide for their subjects, but the Storm King is unsympathetic.
As the Storm King's soldiers haul away the palace treasures, he expresses a particular interest in magical artifacts and relics. While the king of Abyssinia denies the presence of anything of that nature in their vaults, the Storm King discovers a glowing green gemstone inside a treasure chest. The king and queen fearfully identify this gemstone as the "Misfortune Malachite" and explain that, while it possesses considerable power, it is cursed to bring its wielder bad luck and misery. Ignoring such a warning, the Storm King takes the Malachite for himself. With all of Panthera's riches plundered, the Storm King and his forces leave the city in blazes.
In the skies over Abyssinia, the Storm King explains to Strife the secret to his great success: not having friends. He considers friends to be liabilities and potential traitors, viewing those who follow him—including Strife—only as servants and agents of his will. As the Storm King retires to his stateroom, Strife ponders heavily on his master's words.
In his personal quarters, the Storm King addresses the reader again and contemplates on his ultimate goal of one day ruling the whole world. During his contemplation, the Storm King's armada suddenly comes under attack by parrot pirates. As the pirates seize control of his airships, the Storm King wonders how they got so close without being detected. Strife reveals that he helped the pirates launch their attack, having goals of his own that don't include his former master. With his lead ship sabotaged, the Storm King is unable to follow Strife and the pirates as they make off with his collection of plundered treasure.
The Storm King, enraged by Strife's betrayal, appoints a lowly deckhand named Grubber as his new second-in-command and tells him to get the ship fixed so that they can chase after Strife.
- The Storm King: Whoa! Hey! Seems kinda unfair to have somebody else telling my story! If we're going to have a whole issue about me, then I'm gonna tell it! So please, join me on the next page, won't you?
- The Storm King: After the invasion, I should do something for the soldiers. You know, like a pizza party! Or a funny hat day! Something to show I appreciate all their hard work pillaging and looting!
- Chummer: Come on, Capper!
- Capper: I wanna get a better look at their ships, Chummer!
- The Storm King: I know I call myself a "king," but frankly, monarchy just isn't my thing. You take over one country, next thing you're dealing with taxes and committees and retirement packages!
- King of Abyssinia: The Malachite brings bad luck and woe to any who possesses it. Whoever holds it for too long, or who uses its power, will come to ruin!
- The Storm King: Really? Well, then, lucky for you I'm taking it off your hands!
- Queen of Abyssinia: Why have you destroyed Abyssinia?
- The Storm King: Because it was next on my list.
- The Storm King: Friendship is a weakness. A liability. Friends distract you. Make you weak. Friends can betray you, make you forget your goals. I have soldiers, commanders, workers—but no friends. Which means nobody will ask me to sacrifice my ambitions. My goals are my own. Even you, my right-hand creature! Even you are not a friend. You are an agent of my will. You serve me not out of some misguided sentimentality or imagined camaraderie... but because you know I will win, in the end.
- The Storm King: Now, I'm sure some of you may be asking: Why? Why do I desire conquest about all else? For that matter, who is the Storm King? Was I the child of a thundercloud and the sky? Was I born from an egg on a mountaintop? Am I merely an ordinary creature with dreams of greatness? What does it matter? I am purely what I am—no more and no less. I am not the king of the storm... I am a king who is a storm.
- The Storm King: Strife? You... betrayed me?
- Strife: No, Storm King. As you said, friends can betray you. I merely have my own goals. And they do not include you.
- Strife: You claimed to have no friends... but you trusted me. That was your mistake.
- The Storm King: You. Small, weak, useless creature.
- Grubber: T-That's me!
- The Storm King: You are too cowardly to ever attempt to betray me, are you not? Too spineless to consider your own wants. Aren't you?
- Grubber: Y-Y-Y-You got me pegged, boss.