To my watchers, you knew this was coming. Let's take a look at FIEND-Ship is Magic.
The first issue gave King Sombra a story he never needed. First off, Sombra was evil, insidious, ambitious and mysterious. Jeremy Whitley should have built around that, but instead he featured Sombra in yet another hackneyed Start-of-Darkness trope. Furthermore, FiM already has similar tropes with Nightmare Moon, Trixie, and Sunset Shimmer; plus, cartoons have already pulled that trope on several occasions. Like I said, hackneyed. Second, when it comes to the tragic aspect, this story misses that mark, too. It heads in that direction when introducing adorable Radiant Hope and the lovely Princess Amoré as practically family to Sombra. But then Sombra eventually betrays them both, unhesitatingly, because he was told to by the voice of someone he doesn't even know in the form of a stupid crystal formation. Real tragic! Finally, almost everything we know about what went on is narrated by Sombra. Fans who liked this presumably hated that season premiere. Well if you ask me, this is no better than that premiere. Yeah, I said it! It's more weak characterization for Sombra; more telling and not showing; and the redeeming qualities are offset by the premise and main focus. On the paper of characters, it is above average; as something King-Sombra-related, pitiful and worthless.
Lord Tirek's story was a complete and total red herring. Here's all that happened: a young Tirek constantly snuck out to the hermit Sendak's lair, twice; Vorak, Tirek's father—a 1-D controlling father to boot—knew about it, and constantly berated Tirek for it. In the second act, Tirek takes it upon himself to tap into Sendak's unicorn captive's magic. It backfires, burning down Sendak's lair, and Tirek runs away. The next morning, Tirek's family finds out about the incident. Tirek gets grounded, and the story ends. How Tirek mastered his genetic ability remains unexplained; Scorpan was just there, hence me not even mentioning him; and the plot was LAAY-ZZEE.
The Sirens' origin overglorified the Sirens and Starswirl as characters. Starswirl, immune to the Sirens' frenzying magic... somehow, is made the inventor, along with the Sirens, of all music genres in Equestria. Again, overglorified. Plus, you've got it all wrong, writers—Starswirl was a magician, not a MUS-ician; there's absolutely no way he became Father of the Amniomorphic Spell after dedicating chunks of his time to being Equestria's own Beatles, Metallica, etc. Seriously, comics, how forceful can you get?! Anyway, as a last resort Starswirl banishes the Sirens, and it was made apparent he had the mirror all along. It ends with the Sirens in the human world. Why didn't Starswirl just banish them in the first place? Never explained. More red herrings, huh? Great.
In Nightmare Moon's story, she can still haunt Equestria from the moon, and that Celestia can still kind of communicate with her sister. If this is canon (God forbid), then it completely undermines the entire series because it takes away the dramatic weight and appeal that made people like the show in the first place. With cop-outs like this, I hope you're not still wondering why I hate the comics.
Queen Chrysalis's story was, I'll admit, almost okay. Andy Price treated Chrissy's aesthetics well; in the end, she pulls a trick on Twilight that's as badass as Queen ever was. Sadly, those were the issue's only redeeming qualities. Also, SPOILER ALERT:
Queen Chrysalis and her changelings were born from a tree. As Chrysalis steps out of the tree, you can only see her rape face and part of her hooves. If I find out Chrysalis was confirmed not to be small then, comics, God help you!
Final thoughts: what can I say? It's just the Pony comics being the Pony comics, with the Start-of-Darkness trope thrown in. And like all IDW Pony comics, they have absolutely no purpose save to milk off a franchise and trend that are both doomed at the current rate. Well, to Andy Price, Jeremy Whitley, Katie Cook and the rest of the Pony comics' staff, I hope you guys are happy. However many of your brain-dead consumers buy into your garbage, you are still just a bunch of unprofessional motherfuckers with a superiority complex. And sooner or later, either the fact you are talentless, incompetent hacks will kick you in your sorry asses, or if your lucky your success will just fade away, like Stephanie Meyer's and Twilight's. But until then, enjoy your satisfactory in making these eyesores you call MLP:FiM.