I love the character development here. So far I have seen some comments talking about how evil and mean the queen dragon is, but I think it is a well thought out character who represents the realities of what sort of diplomatic decisions and actions are made by respectable leaders who care about the welfare of their people and can't afford to allow disobedience (dragons are a terribly unruly bunch). This might not make the queen nice, but it probably gives her the sort of strengths required to control a flock of dragons. The underlying complexity is well done. Bravo!
That's a fair sentiment. My intention was not to justify her morality. I just think that comments breaking characters down into simplified good and evil don't do justice to Karz's writing, and I think his comic writing is really great! He is good at hinting underlying complexity of his characters without having to explicitly say it.
Behind the Empress Dragon was a sudden Twinkle in the sky. The twinkle in the sky soon grew larger, to reveal an asteroid hurtling towards the surface of the Equestrian Earth. Within a matter of an eye blink, the Empress Dragon, was crunched under the weight of the impressive asteroid, killing her instantly. Whimsey and Fluttershy simple scratched their head, shrugged their shoulders, and returned the evenings sleep. All the while, Luna smiled as she knew she had defended two lives who had thought mere chance had saved their life (then instantly returned to her steam to pwn n00bs).
It was then that Fluttershy hastily whispered a missive to her loyal pigeon friend, who flew with all possible speed to Sugarcube Corner. Upon finding one Pinkamena Diane Pie, the pigeon relayed the message, a single word: Oatmeal.
Within minutes, the Elements of Harmony were gathered in ambush formation around Fluttershy's cottage, waiting for the signal to strike.