A prequel comic from Netflix' award-winning series, delving into the mysterious workings of Project MKUltra and the weird science that opened the door to the Upside Down.Francine, a teenage girl with precognition, has struggled through a lifetime of exploitation: first by her parents, then by Dr. Brenner of Hawkins Laboratory. Dr. Brenner wants to harness her powers as well as those of the other gifted children that they hold captive at the lab. Wracked by increasingly disturbing visions, she sees an opportunity for her and all the children to escape. But at what cost?From the pen of Jody Houser (Faith, CMYK: Magenta, Max Ride: Ultimate Flight) and featuring art from Edgar Salazar and Keith Champagne (Black Panther), Stranger Things comics is essential reading for fans of the hit Netflix series as well as fans of the urban fantasy and horror genres in general.Collects Stranger Things II issues #1-4.
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Stranger Things Review
- January 1, 1970Ben BrownI was pretty hard on Jody Houser’s first “Stranger Things” comic – despite a couple of interesting narrative tie-ins to the show’s first season, I found it to be about as milquetoast as milquetoast gets. As a result, I approached “Stranger Things: Six” from a place of sizable skepticism – after all, how much better could Houser’s follow-up series REALLY be? Turns out – quite a freaking bit. “Six,” while maybe not a home run, is still a sizable improvement on its predecessor in pretty much every I was pretty hard on Jody Houser’s first “Stranger Things” comic – despite a couple of interesting narrative tie-ins to the show’s first season, I found it to be about as milquetoast as milquetoast gets. As a result, I approached “Stranger Things: Six” from a place of sizable skepticism – after all, how much better could Houser’s follow-up series REALLY be? Turns out – quite a freaking bit. “Six,” while maybe not a home run, is still a sizable improvement on its predecessor in pretty much every way – in fact, I think there’s an argument to be made that “Six” might be the strongest piece of “Stranger Things” tie-in fiction that’s been released yet. How’s that for a pleasant surprise? A big reason for why the series works as well as it does, I suspect, has to do with the fact that it feels like Houser was allowed to truly cut loose here in a way that she wasn’t with the first series. While the previous “Stranger Things” miniseries was set during the events of the first season and devoted primarily to filling in blanks from that story, “Six” is set 10+ years prior to the events of the television series. This frees the series up to focus less on tying things into the events of the show and more on telling its own unique tale, while also exploring more interesting, previously unseen terrain within the universe (including setting up one particularly juicy narrative nugget that, if the Duffer Brothers were so interested, could end up having serious repercussions on the show’s broader canon). It also helps that a lot that the characters in “Six” are actually legitimately compelling in their own right – as subjects of Dr. Brenner’s experiments, we feel for them, and by the time that the fourth and final issue is reached, we’re fully invested in their wellbeing. It’s not a perfect mini-series – Edgar Salazar’s art is a mixed bag, and Houser has a habit of over-explaining certain story beats while under-explaining others. Still, though – it’s hard not to come out of “Stranger Things: Six” decidedly more optimistic about the state of “Stranger Things” comics than before. So long as the franchise can keep pumping out tie-ins at this level of quality, I’ll be a happy camper.more
- January 1, 1970Chris Greensmith"I'm not one of the babies. 'sides Dr Brenner says I'm special.Yeah, he says that a lot."
- January 1, 1970Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)Another short and decent but imperfect prequel to the hit Netflix series.Yours truly,Lashaan | Blogger and Book ReviewerOfficial blog: https://bookidote.com/
- January 1, 1970ChristyI hope we see Brenner in season 4 and that Joyce just punches him in the face.
- January 1, 1970AhdomJodie Houser does a great job at giving us yet another neat backstory for the Stranger Things canon. This was short but sweet. I loved the artwork and the drama in this limited series and I would say it is well worth the read.
- January 1, 1970JuliaTook a turn I was not expecting at the end, but definitely enjoyable and interesting to get more content surrounding Stranger Things.
- January 1, 1970Sam Nicholson6/10
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