Apple Jack gets a notice from City Hall that her barn is too big and is receiving a citation. Confused by the citation Apple Jack sets off for City Hall to find out how to fix it. When she gets there she is given the run around by the information desk with a giant stack of forms. Mayer Mare shows up to help Apple Jack and takes her around City Hall. Apple Jack is puzzled by all of the ponies who seem to have meaningless government jobs. Mayer Mare offers Apple Jack a chance to help around City Hall and they get off to solve problems all around Ponyville. Apple Jack learning how each member of the government works together.
I found this one-shot really funny because many adults can relate to what Apple Jack goes through when she tries to get her citation resolved. The best was the page where the reader is asked to help Apple Jack navigate through the maze of bureaucracy. This is an issue where the best jokes will fly over young readers’ heads. The message that the younger readers get out of it relates to showing how everyone in the government though their job seems meaningless can come together when the town really needs them to do what is best for Ponyville. I’ll let you come to your own conclusions on that one.
This issue is great to read along with younger readers because there is something enjoyable for both children and adults.
My Little Pony: Friends Forever #15 is now available from IDW Publishing.