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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 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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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 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.

30 review for Stranger Things: Six

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ben Brown

    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 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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. It’s a joy for fans to see their favourite franchise grow and expand into uncharted territory, trying to not only explore new ways to tell stories set in their universe, to reach new potential audiences for their fanbase, but to also obviously make more money. The Stranger Things Netflix TV series saw its fandom grow incredibly quickly since its release, bringing in a modern cinematographic experience where both horror and fantasy happily held You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. It’s a joy for fans to see their favourite franchise grow and expand into uncharted territory, trying to not only explore new ways to tell stories set in their universe, to reach new potential audiences for their fanbase, but to also obviously make more money. The Stranger Things Netflix TV series saw its fandom grow incredibly quickly since its release, bringing in a modern cinematographic experience where both horror and fantasy happily held their hands together while also drenched with time-period nostalgia to keep you hooked. Following the first comic book story set in the Stranger Things universe, writer Jody Houser returns with a brand-new prequel story for fans to indulge and it is a step in the right direction. What is Stranger Things: Six about? This four-part story arc is a prequel to Netflix’s most popular original TV series and follows the story of Francine and her mysterious powers that is of utmost importance for Dr. Brenner of the Hawkins Lab where the secretive MK ULTRA project is conducted to no one’s knowledge. Having had to learn to live with her powers of precognition, she has struggled her whole life with individuals, including her family, continuously using her for their own personal desires. It is during her time in the laboratory that she sees a terrible future brewing for her loved ones and for the residents of Hawkins. But what will she do about it? Unlike Jody Houser’s first attempt at creating a comic book story set in the Stranger Things TV universe by giving us Will Byers’ point of view during the events in season 1, this time around she wasn’t constrained by any of the previously established narratives, allowing her full control over what she wanted to tell. In this story, set in 1978, Francine is at the heart of all the drama with an upbringing filled with neglect and ignorance. The character development is precious, as you feel empathy for her unusual predicament that forces her to please others instead of thinking about her own well-being first. Trust thus becomes a luxury and considering how young she is, she’ll learn the hard way that it isn’t meant to be earned or given naturally. The length of this story doesn’t, however, allow this to have as much depth or impact as it could’ve had. Following the usual themes of friendship and family, the story doesn’t fail in staying loyal to the show’s nature and in giving fans a decent prequel chapter in this fantastic universe. Artist Edgar Salazar also does an incredible job in this story arc, allowing the art to capture the eerie yet familiar atmosphere of this franchise. The fact that the story also relies heavily on the emotional state of the characters with a lot less dialogue through the giant panels, it’s safe to say that artist Edgar Salazar masterfully captured those expressions. Praise should also be given to inker Keith Champagne and colourist Marissa Louise who have flawlessly given this story arc an artistic edge. Stranger Things: Six is an original prequel to the hit TV franchise offering comic book fans insight into the paranormal scientific discoveries uncovered in the midst of the Cold War right in Hawkins. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/ _______________________ Another short and decent but imperfect prequel to the hit Netflix series. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chris Greensmith

    "I'm not one of the babies. 'sides Dr Brenner says I'm special. Yeah, he says that a lot."

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    I hope we see Brenner in season 4 and that Joyce just punches him in the face.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ahdom

    Jodie 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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Took a turn I was not expecting at the end, but definitely enjoyable and interesting to get more content surrounding Stranger Things.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lucia Rodriguez

    El dibujo y la trama no está mal pero desearía que unieran más las historias con la serie la verdad.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sam Nicholson

    6/10

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    Eric Mauer

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    Rob Schamberger

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