Dark Horse to Publish “Stranger Things” Comics

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Having a hard time waiting until the third season of Stranger Things drops next year? Netflix is coming to the rescue with new comic book miniseries, the first of which will expand on what Will was doing during the events of season one.

It will be made through a partnership with Dark Horse Comics, which is particularly well-known for adapting properties like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens and formerly Star Wars.

Dark Horse describes the deal as “a multi-year publishing line” made up of multiple short series, which will allow for “an opportunity to explore the mysterious world of Hawkins, Indiana.” The first miniseries will begin in September.

Created by the brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, Stranger Things is one of Netflix’s most popular programs. Set during the 1980s in the aforementioned fictional town, its plot kicks off with the disappearance of a boy named Will Byers (Noah Schnapp), with the viewer seeing that he vanished while being attacked by a monstrous being that came to be known as the Demogorgon.

As fans know (minor spoilers to follow), Will was taken to the Upside-Down, the Demogorgon’s home dimension. He was trapped in this cold, swamplike mirror of Hawkins for about a week, and while he was able to communicate with his mother and friends on occasion, overall we do not know how he survived during that time.

A preview image shows Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), a psychic girl who helps Will’s friends try and find him on the show. We see a ghostly image of her against the background of the Upside-Down, along with a caption box that reads “Later, when he hears the story from his friends on the other side, he will better understand what it is he sees.” This seems to imply that, just as Eleven was able to let Will’s friends briefly hear his voice, she was also appearing to Will and possibly helping him brave his new environment.

The comics are not the only new media coming to the expanding Stranger Things franchise, as Penguin has been announced to be making a series of novels based on the show. The first will be about Eleven’s mother, Terry Ives (Aimee Mullins), whose involvement in the government’s MKUltra program apparently resulted in her daughter’s powers. This is all exciting news for the show’s fans.

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