My Little Pony meets Transformers may not be the most beloved crossover of all times, but it is right up there. IDW’s first pairing of these two beloved Hasbro toy lines took the form of a comics miniseries last year – and Hasbro even threw in a few toys as well. This friendship was so magic that they are doing it again with the well-titled My Little Pony/Transformers Friendship in Disguise II.
The four-part miniseries launches in April – the first issue is by writers James Asmus and Sam Maggs and artists Jack Lawrence and Casey W. Coller, but other creators will join in on the fun in subsequent issues — call it creation by combiner.
The storyline involves a Spacebridge joining Equestria and Cybertron, as well as Decepticons and, probably, all hell breaking loose.
“I can’t wait to jump back into this world of magical friendships that really is More than Meets the Eye,” says Maggs. “It’s such a blast coming up with the most fun (and downright weird) pairings of ponies and ‘bots, and I think fans of both series are going to be surprised at what’s we’ve got for them this second time around!”
“The first crossover was about as much fun as I’ve had in my writing career,” says Asmus. “I am hugely delighted that we’re not only doing a follow up, but getting to flip the script. In the first series, we got to tell really charming and fun stories by tossing the Autobots and Decepticons into the colorful, magical world of Equestria. But now, dragging dark magic and friendly ponies into the sci-fi world of Cybertron lets us play with brand new tones, toys, and team-ups!”
Editor Megan Brown says, “We are so excited to work with some amazingly talented writers and artists to bring this marvelous mashup back to comic stores! Just like the previous volume, many creators are contributing stories that are going to bring our favorite ponies to Cybertron and beyond, including returning writers James Asmus, Sam Maggs, Ian Flynn, and returning artists Jack Lawrence, Casey W. Coller, Priscilla Tramontano, and Tony Fleecs — all joined by some new, exciting faces! The creators on this series are exceptional, able to bridge the gap between Autobot and pony to make a colorful, vibrant world. We’re thrilled for everyone (and everypony!) to see what we have in store!”
As if all that were not enough there will be variant covers by including Cover A by Tony Fleecs, Cover B by Bethany McGuire-Smith, and two Retailer Incentive editions featuring art by Jon Gray and Anna Malkova, respectively.
Given all that we’ve been through, a world of magical ponies frolicking with heroic giant car-robots might just be the only thing that makes sense any more.