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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. 5 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. 4 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. 5 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. 4 out of 5

    Sina

    Francine kann in die Zukunft sehen und dies wird von ihren Eltern schamlos ausgenutzt. Die Gier der Eltern führt so weit, dass Francines Kindheit und Jugend keine schöne wird, denn der Druck, der auf Francine ausgeübt wird, zerstört ihr Innerstes. Erst als sie Ricky, den Nachbarsjungen kennenlernt, erfährt Francine so etwas wie Glück. Als es besonders schlimm zu Hause wird, erzählt Ricky ihr von einem Programm für Kinder und Jugendliche mit besonderen Fähigkeiten. Sie könnte ihr Zuhause Francine kann in die Zukunft sehen und dies wird von ihren Eltern schamlos ausgenutzt. Die Gier der Eltern führt so weit, dass Francines Kindheit und Jugend keine schöne wird, denn der Druck, der auf Francine ausgeübt wird, zerstört ihr Innerstes. Erst als sie Ricky, den Nachbarsjungen kennenlernt, erfährt Francine so etwas wie Glück. Als es besonders schlimm zu Hause wird, erzählt Ricky ihr von einem Programm für Kinder und Jugendliche mit besonderen Fähigkeiten. Sie könnte ihr Zuhause verlassen und in dem Labor unterkommen, in welchem auch Ricky an dem Programm teilnimmt. Doch dann kommen ihr Zweifel, ob alles mit rechten Dingen vorgeht. Vor allem da Dr. Brenner, der Leiter des Programms, immer mehr von ihr fordert. Im zweiten Comic zur TV-Serie Stranger Things geht es um Francine, alias Sechs, die in dem Laborprogramm unterkommt, welches von Dr. Brenner geleitet wird. Ihre Fähigkeit, die Zukunft vorauszusehen, ist für den Doktor von enormer Wichtigkeit. Doch Francines Gabe ist nicht ausgereift und sie sträubt sich auch, diese richtig zu benutzen. Francine hat Zweifel, ob wirklich alles mit rechten Dingen zugeht und als sie im Programm auf Ricky trifft, der ebenfalls eine Fähigkeit besitzt, möchte sie nur noch eins: fliehen. Und möglichst viele Kinder mitnehmen und retten. Jody Houser, die sich für den Text verantwortlich zeigt, hat eine sehr Interessante Vorgeschichte geschaffen. So werden einige Kinder eingeführt, die mit ihren verschiedenen Fähigkeiten am Programm von Dr. Brenner teilnehmen. Auch Elf bzw. Elfie, die in der TV-Serie eine große Rolle spielt, wird kurz erwähnt. Vorrangig geht es jedoch um Francine, die im Labor nur als Sechs bekannt ist. Die zugehörigen Zeichnungen wurden diesmal von Edgar Salazar angefertigt. Im vorherigen Band "Die andere Seite" war dies noch Stefano Martino. Auch Salazar hat eine sehr interessante Art, die Geschichte durch Bilder lebendig werden zu lassen. Mir haben die Zeichnungen ausnahmslos gut gefallen. Das Zusammenspiel von Text und Bild ist sehr gut gelungen. Die Vorgeschichte ist sehr interessant und packend. Und das Ende ist mehr als überraschend. Ich frage mich, ob Personen aus diesem Comic in weiteren Comics auftauchen, da die Fähigkeiten einiger Patienten im Labor schon sehr interessant und auch ausgeprägt sind. Trotzdem bleibt weiterhin die Frage, wie genau Dr. Brenner wohl seine Patienten für was einspannen will. Sein Vorgehen ist manipulativ und zerstört den Willen seiner "Schützlinge". Am Ende des Comics finden sich auch noch einige Cover-Zeichnungen zu der Serie, die ich sehr gelungen finde. Meggies Fussnote: Ob Sechs wohl einen Ausweg finden kann?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rich Stoehr

    Now that's more like it. In "Six," the Stranger Things creative team has done what I hoped for in the first collection, "The Other Side." Like the previous story, "Six" feels right at home in the Stranger Things universe, both in story and in tone. Unlike the earlier volume, "Six" tells an original story related to the main plotline and characters of Stranger Things, but not enslaved to it. This is the fresh storytelling I was expecting to get the first time around. "Six" is the story of another Now that's more like it. In "Six," the Stranger Things creative team has done what I hoped for in the first collection, "The Other Side." Like the previous story, "Six" feels right at home in the Stranger Things universe, both in story and in tone. Unlike the earlier volume, "Six" tells an original story related to the main plotline and characters of Stranger Things, but not enslaved to it. This is the fresh storytelling I was expecting to get the first time around. "Six" is the story of another subject in the Hawkins lab, the same place where Eleven came from but taking place just a few years earlier. In learning about how Six is developing her powers, how Dr. Brenner's experiments tries to enhance them, and in meeting the other subjects in the lab, we get a more detailed picture of what took place there before Eleven changed everything, and it's an interesting one. Vaguely reminiscent of Stephen King's 'The Institute' on a smaller scale, "Six" tells and compelling and interesting story that adds to the Stranger Things world. The art style is understated and skillful, applying dramatic splashes of color only sparingly and to good effect. There's plenty of detail worked into each panel, with clever nods to the late '70's and some nice visual callbacks to the TV series as well. My only issue (ha!) with "Six" was that it felt like it could have been a little longer. As a four-issue miniseries, you're just getting into the characters and the story when it kicks in, wraps up, and...that's it. The ending feels abrupt and rushed, and the characters were mostly basic sketches - the added breathing room of another issue or two could have given us a chance to invest more in the people and the events taking place. It's a story worthy of a little more length. Stranger Things (the show) was a fantastic story in itself, but it also opened up a doorway to a new world to be explored. "Six" makes me hopeful that future graphic novels will expand further on that world and give us deeper glimpses into this fascinating place.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cale

    I would hesitate to call this an essential part of the Stranger Things story. It's a nice look into the MKUltra program, using characters that are at most tangential to the main series (with the exception of Dr. Brenner, whose motivations get a little more fleshing out here). Six has limited precognition abilities, and gets pulled into MKUltra, but has second thoughts. That's pretty much the whole of the story, although the characterizations are interesting, and its exploration of abusive I would hesitate to call this an essential part of the Stranger Things story. It's a nice look into the MKUltra program, using characters that are at most tangential to the main series (with the exception of Dr. Brenner, whose motivations get a little more fleshing out here). Six has limited precognition abilities, and gets pulled into MKUltra, but has second thoughts. That's pretty much the whole of the story, although the characterizations are interesting, and its exploration of abusive relationships is uncomfortably realistic. But there's only the loosest hints of the Upside Down provided here, and the supernatural aspects are not significant. It's ultimately a story I didn't really think needed to be told, and provides very little expansion to the Stranger Things world. It's okay, but not something I'd recommend going out of your way to read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really liked this comic, I am a huge Stranger Things fan and I enjoyed being able to read more about that world. I thought that the illustrations were great and overall I found that Six’s story was very interesting. My favorite part was when we get to see young Eleven in her session with Six watching, and then see Six confused by Eleven calling Dr. Brenner “Papa”. Eleven is one of my favorite characters in the show, so I’m glad that wet got to see a little bit of her in this comic.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    3.25- It was good to get a glimpse into this prequel about the test subject Six and her brief history at the lab and how she came to be there. It also mentions Eleven briefly. Although it was a good read, I felt it was too short(finished reading in 20 mins) and I would have liked to read more about this test subject and those surrounding her.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    A much better entry than the previous one, Six provides a glimpse into the experimental facility at the center of the Stranger Things story. With some familiar characters and some newer faces, it fills out the world a bit more while also bring life and heartbreak to some of the other children touched by the experiments into superhuman abilities.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Newell

    Now THIS, THIS is how you do a Stranger Things graphic! None of this straight up tie in stuff like the last volume. Good things can happen when you get creative and don't simply play it safe. Also a landmark because this is the first Jody Houser book I have read an actually really enjoyed the writing. Hopefully more of the same to come!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    A really cool prequel that goes hand in hand with the prequel novel and then the Netflix series. I love all of these novels and graphic novels they are producing now for the fans rather than just the show!

  13. 5 out of 5

    James Shields

    Very enjoyable read. Adds some depth to the activities in Hawkins Lab, and introduces some characters, who may some day make an appearance in the TV show - you never know. Certainly not essential, but well worth reading if you're a Stranger Things fan.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anna Heidick

    This series gave a very brief glimpse of a small handful of test subjects prior to the Stranger Things show. The book was okay for how limited and short it was.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Oh man. I kept over looking this. Big mistake, huge. This was fantastic.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    2.5

  19. 4 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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Withem

    This was a nice look into some of the other children before 11. The ending wasn't what I thought it was going to be, but I did like it. Stranger Things fans will like this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Wallabdi Snockburst

    3.5 cool. short. one with kalis past'd be cool too. if s4 is not an all out world war i'm not interested

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sam Nicholson

    6/10

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Borgman

    I love these prequel tales... especially about other children/subjects!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dave Taylor

    Maybe a 15min read in total, adds nothing to the mythology of Stranger Things. Pretty disappointing, and I surmise teen readers would feel the same.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Taylor

    Very good world building story addition for the Stranger Things world.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    You can’t go wrong with more Stranger Things universe in your life!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Adrian Hon

  28. 5 out of 5

    Eric Mauer

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ross

  30. 4 out of 5

    JJ

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