Ok this is going to sound pretty silly, but what if Starswirl didn’t send them 1,000 (or less if time moves slower in that dimension) years into the future? What if there was literally no technical progress in this dimension of strongly colored humans who put funny symbols on their cloths?
@Background Pony #886A I can understand that but there are quite a few good ones, a lot of meh ones, and then you have some absolutely horrible ones like this and the Sunset Shimmer comic. The quality bounces all over the place really.
@Background Pony #A5CE worse is that there was just so much potential for it. they could have had the sirens at the center of some major issue.
and i know there are some rather questionable decisions and a few outright bad idw comics for mlp. but this one is easily the worst for me. i cannot even defend it by terms of it just being badly executed. it was ded on arrival when they decided to ignore the fact of their sea pony dragonessness and just made them like their selves in rainbow rocks without chemistry or personality. and it worked in that one because they were infinitely more limited in what they could do.
@Background Pony #7DEB It boggles my mind that people are actually defending this comic at all, regardless of your opinion on Anderson or IDW this was just poorly made comic.
The art was just plain bad, the sirens had no personalities or chemistry at all compared to the show, Star Swirls character was boring and kind of an idiot (he never once tried to involve the princesses or even try talking to the sirens, it was "oh shit, I sense magic, gotta fuck these faggots up" and then he felt bad that he couldn't convince them to use their powers for good, despite not trying to ask them), why is Canterlot based on a Roman city when it's canon that Pegasus culture is based on Rome? Why didn't the sirens spell effect Star Swirl, I'm not saying it can't happen but I'd like an explanation as to why it can't happen. And of course the nail in the coffin was that massive plot hole both you and me pointed out.
It just seems like there was almost no actual effort or thought put into the comic, they quickly wrote a first draft and just went with it instead of trying to iron out the finer details.
@Background Pony #A5CE out of all the times i try to defend the comic, i gotta agree here. this is just wasted effort.
hell i could have at least gone along with it if he used his FIRST mirror. for sake of continuity and of a more unstable magical portal to use, especially if he did not perfect it enough till later in his life.
@Gungelion let us go with the thought line of no it doesn't, cause this is just an unworthy effort. this is LAZY. it is not worth being part of mlp if it has such a bankruptcy of competence and effort to it.
and i am a guy who usually likes the idea of the comics and the show being together. i am the guy who usually argues with those guys who go way out of line with the hate. but this…… just wasted effort.
So you filled a non-existent plot hole (that almost no one questioned because the idea that immortal sirens could have just been around for 1000 years in the human world wasn't very hard to believe) by making a huge fucking plot hole that contradicts the established canon in the movies (time in Equestria and Earth moves at relatively the same speed).
Congratulations Anderson, once again you prove that the only reason you get work is because IDW doesn't feel like hiring competent writers.
@platypusmac Speaking of the reflections arc, for all we know this could be an alternate universe starswirl who also knew how to create and manipulate the mirrors as well. Which could explain why his coat is blue and not grey. Although in the journal of the two sisters its stated that he has a brown coat and it turned grey because he exhausted his magic. Though I still believe time travel theory rather than immortality theory. I mean the fandom believed that it was the pendants pretty much keeping them alive, and with them destroyed, it kind of felt grim to think they would just rapidly age to dust. But with the comic canon stating that they were sent forward in time, it makes more sense that the pendants were just holding their magic. Its just that, if they had lived 1000 years in the EQG world, why didn't they mention any of it at all. You'd think that with a thousand years experience it would be easy to take over the school, hell even the world despite the lower magic in that world.
@Background Pony #886A In fact, because of his track record and reputation I had high hopes for this comic. The first EQG Annual was pretty nice, Pinkie's Micro was fantastic, CMC's Micro is my fave, Spike & Celestia's FF is impressive, and the Manehattan Mysteries arc was another hit of him. So far his work since the Second Annual has been sub-par, but I expected that to be a little hiccup in his career, and not follow Katie Cook into the "From Bad to Worse" train.
Not to defend Ted, but according to another comic (yes, "Reflections") Starswirl was the one who made the Mirrors, so he probably knows a few tricks about them that not even Celestia does know. Like, for example, how to make them appear in mid-air, rather than in a different portal, so that they have no idea how to go back.