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YMMV / My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) Issue 17 to 20

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No, actually, this about sums it up...

  • Angst Aversion: Some feel the Bittersweet Ending was too cruel/dark, and that Celestia and Mirror Sombra should've at least gotten to say goodbye on more-closure-y terms.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Princess Celestia. For some, her selfish and short-sighted actions in her younger years have driven away any amount of sympathy; for others, her deep regret over it and portrayal as The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask make her a far more interesting character.
  • Broken Base: Ho boy, the issue broke the fanbase into as many pieces as there were left of the mirror. To recap some of the issues discussed:
    • Was Celestia and Sombra's romance a tragic case of Star-Crossed Lovers, or a blight on the plot?
    • Was Sombra's Heroic Sacrifice a Bittersweet Ending, or a Deus ex Machina Anti-Climax and an inter-dimensional invoking of Status Quo Is God?
    • Does Star Swirl's friendship with Celestia invalidate the other information revealed about him, or just add depth?
    • Most wanted a story that focused on the Prime Mane 6 fighting their alternates and were disappointed when the story didn't deliver. Others actually didn't mind this since they though the focus on an alternate Celestia made for a more interesting threat since they pretty much fighting a "goddess" and that it was a good parallel to the start of the series where they fought Luna.
  • Dork Age: Disappointment over this arc signaled the start of one for the main series: most issues after this have had mixed to bad reception, with the better ones viewed as So OK, It's Average by fans left jaded.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • The good King Sombra, for having a well-developed backstory and personality over more original characters to come from the comic, his Tall, Dark, and Handsome design, his relationship with Celestia, and his ultimate Heroic Sacrifice to save two worlds.
    • The anti-Mane Six are also very popular.
  • Epileptic Trees: Some fans have taken it upon themselves to expand the mirror universe, mainly by fleshing out the characters that only had brief cameos.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The Reality Bleed between the two universes. Come My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games, and a certain One-Winged Angel threatens to do the exact same.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Several comparisons can be made between this storyline and Inner Glory. (Evil/opposite Twins of the Mane Six, a Magic Mirror leads to an alternate universe, ect.
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  • Romantic Plot Tumor: The actual conflict between the two worlds takes a back seat to exploring Celestia's relationship with the mirror world Sombra.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: See all those Mirror Universe counterparts on the page image? Yeah, you're not gonna see any of them actually take part in the story: Chrysalis and Derpy only appear via depictions of them in stained glass windows, the alternate versions of the Mane Six and Cadance and Shining Armor only make a cameo on a splash page in the last issue, and that same splash page is the only time the Doctor Hooves of either universe is seen.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The limitless potential offered by a Mirror Universe plot was squandered by focusing on a romance between Celestia and Sombra, and keeping the action confined to Sombra's castle and his battles with the evil versions of Celestia and Luna.

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