Stranger Things #1

Writer: Jody Houser Artist: Stefano Martino Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: September 26, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 10
7.2Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

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The nostalgia igniting hit Netflix original series comes to comic shelves. Follow Will Byers into a dimension of decay and destruction where he must use his wits and resolve to dodge the pursuit of the Demogorgon and escape the Upside Down.

o Written by award winning comics veteran Jody Houser (Faith, Orphan Black, Mother Panic)

o Based on Will's unseen journey during season 1 of hit Netflix show Stranger Things.

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Sep 11, 2018

    The definitive companion piece to the nostalgia-filled Netflix hit! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Watch - Cody White Aug 29, 2018

    With nearly a month before its release, Stranger Things should be on the pull list of any fan of the show, as well as fans of the genre in general. If you like strong narrative and clean, beautiful imagery, Stranger Things is just the series for you! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Aug 29, 2018

    A strong first issue with excellent captions and a story that pulls you in. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - Rowan Grover Sep 27, 2018

    A side story worthy of the Netflix series' success, "Stranger Things" #1 blends 80s comic aesthetic with modern sensibilities to triumphant effect. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    On Comics Ground - Kai Kiriyama Sep 9, 2018

    I am so jazzed for the continuation of this comic. Capturing the "I'm 12 and terrified" feeling the way this team has is phenomenal. It's a fine way to fill the time until Season 3, but also holds up as a story I am excited to follow. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Patrick Cavanaugh Sep 26, 2018

    While we don't expect the series to have major ramifications on the TV series, we at least get to spend more time with the characters we enjoy and explore more of what the other side has to offer. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Matthew Sardo Sep 2, 2018

    STRANGER THINGS #1 is a solid start to a quick series that will keep you on the edge of your seat, even though you know half the story. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Doom Rocket - Brendan F. Hodgdon Sep 14, 2018

    Stranger Things #1 may not be breaking any boundaries as far as its source material is concerned. But if you're a sucker for this tale of friendship and interdimensional monsters it will scratch that itch nicely. Hopefully as it progresses its top-flight creative team will have more of a chance to cast a die of their own, charting a thrilling new path both for this world and its heroes. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Nathan Koffler Sep 26, 2018

    This first issue of the new Stranger Things series packs a lot of great artwork and some interesting storytelling but fails to really flow as well as the show does due to some unnatural narration. The issue is pretty good for a media tie-in thanks to an already established plot but I am unsure just how good this series can continue to be while trying to make the little information we have from the show stretch. The show is still in the process of explaining a lot of details to us so it will be interesting to see if this series turns out to simply become a retelling of the story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Outright Geekery - Thomas Hulett Sep 4, 2018

    The hallmark of a good adaptation: it expands upon the source material and makes you want to return to it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Sequential Planet - Chelsea Weaver Smith Sep 28, 2018

    Fans of Netflix's original series Stranger Things no longer have to wait until 2019 for new content.Dark Horse debuted its first issue of the mini-series today, which details Will's adventures in the Upside Down. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter Sep 28, 2018

    Perhaps if I were more familiar with the events of the television show, I'd be better prepared for the book. I can't say that the book is a gateway to the series for the uninitiated, but I expect that if you're already a fan of the show you'll likely get more enjoyment out of the book than will anyone going into it cold. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Fortress of Solitude - George Chrysostomou Sep 5, 2018

    Capturing the spirit of the show whilst attempting to add something new, Stranger Things #1 successfully continues what works about the TV equivalent but has a lot of room to grow from it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Sep 10, 2018

    As first issues go this is off to a good start and Houser and the rest of the team seem to have the makings of a decent adaptation that will keep fans of the show happy as well as fans of horror comics in general. If they can just make the whole thing a little darker and scarier then I think they have the potential to turn a good adaptation into a great one. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    411Mania - Stephen Gustafson Oct 4, 2018

    This is a pass from me but I will say that it made me look forward to Season 3. Read Full Review

  • 4.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 26, 2018

    The Stranger Things comic doesn't do enough to enrich the mythology of the Netflix series. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Sep 17, 2018

    Stranger Things #1 tries to be a book for both die-hard fans of the hit show and brand-new readers and succeeds in alienating both audiences. Part of why the show is so popular is that, despite having moments that don't quite work, it is generally very tightly plotted. Because of that, there's very little wiggle room for the creative team to work with the main cast. As a result, nothing new is brought to satiate the hunger of fans that must wait until Summer 2019 for Season Three. Those that haven't seen the show may pick this up and discover an okay horror title that does little to make them want to come back for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    I Review Comics Nov 30, 2018

    Stranger Things #1 feels like a story we've been told before from a different angle. It delivers what you expect but not much beyond that. 

    I haven't followed the story behind this series but it appears to be a prequel or companion piece to the hit Netflix series but I'm not 100% sure what direction the series will go in.  

    The Story treads familiar territory. Will Byers is trapped in the "Upside Down" searching for a way back home while the Demogorgon stalks him. We get to see more of Will's attempts to escape from his perspective and we also get cameo's from the rest of the party. 

    Will Byers is the star of the show for a change.
    The pencils from Stefan Martino add atmosphere are ap more

  • 5.0
    Caped-Comic-Reviews Oct 3, 2018

    A very missable tie in.
    I think if you’re a massive stranger things you’ll pick this up regardless of quality, but for me this wasn’t very impressive.
    The writing of the issue was decent enough, but the narration style used doesn’t really fit in with the theme of the stranger things tv show and so it feels out of place. This is also an issue where not a lot of new things really happen and a lot of it you could have just guessed by watching the show. The art is where this book really falls down because it’s nothing like the cover and is in fact quite poor. I can see the artist has tried to get the characters close to how they appear in the show and I can distinguish between the characters, but i don’t think they were t more

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