The adventures of Stranger Things are officially expanding into the world of comic books. Netflix has entered into a partnership with the folks at Dark Horse Comics in order to publish stories based on the hit sci-fi series. The books will give fans "an opportunity to explore the mysterious world of Hawkins, Indiana." At the very least, this will help fill the gap and make the long wait between seasons a little shorter. Here's what Dark Horse President Mike Richardson had to say about it in a statement.
"Dark Horse is known for championing stories and storytellers. We are so excited to work with Netflix to bring the world of Stranger Things to comics."
This first Stranger Things book will arrive this fall and will give fans some answers they've been seeking ever since the show's first season debuted. Stranger Things #1 (of four issues) follows Will Byers as he enters 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.
Stranger Things #1 features a cover by artist Aleksi Briclot (New Avengers, Maskemane) with three variant covers, one each from Rafael Albuquerque (American Vampire, Blue Beetle), visual artist Kyle Lambert, and a photo-variant cover designed by Patrick Satterfield and Netflix.
The team behind the first book includes award-winning writer Jody Houser (Faith, Orphan Black, Mother Panic), penciller Stefano Martino (Legs Weaver, Nathan Never), inker Keith Champagne (JSA, Superboy), colorist Lauren Affe (Rebels, Five Ghosts), and letterer Nate Piekos (Briggs Land, Green Arrow), who unite to bring the nostalgia of the Netflix original series to comic shelves. This is just the first installment of what is being described as a "multi-year publishing line." So we should have the opportunity to explore plenty more in the future.
Netflix found themselves one of the biggest hits they've ever had with Stranger Things. Fans simply can't get enough, but it's taken longer than many fans would prefer from season to season. Stranger Things season 3 is currently in production, but it's still not supposed to arrive until later this year. Beyond that, it's unclear when season 4 could be expected. It wouldn't be at all surprising to find out that the show is going to take a break for a bit.
Point being, these comics could really do a great job of filling the void for fans. When licensed comic books such as these are done well, and Dark Horse has done them a lot in the past, they work as excellent companion pieces to the show or movie they are based on. The folks at Entertainment Weekly debuted several of the variant covers, as well as some of the early art for Stranger Things #1, which you can check out for yourself below. The first issue arrives at a comic shop near you on September 26.
Stranger Things COMICS! - Excited to share the variant cover I illustrated for the new Dark Horse comic series. https://t.co/bVFv4Apia2#strangerthings@strangerthings@EW@DarkHorseComicspic.twitter.com/BrAYOnI8TN— Kyle Lambert (@kylelambert) June 18, 2018
Dark Horse announces line of #StrangerThings comics. The first series, launching this fall, will explore the adventures of Will Byers @noah_schnapp after he was transported to the horrific extra-dimensional Upside Down at the beginning of season 1 @DarkHorseComicspic.twitter.com/DnC1PTFA77— Hawkins Things (@hawkins_things) June 18, 2018
This four-issue Stranger Things miniseries will finally give fans a look at what happened to Will in the Upside Down. Stranger Things #1 hits comic shops Sep. 26. @DarkHorseComics#StrangerThingspic.twitter.com/DWZbtZuUZR— Hawkins Things (@hawkins_things) June 18, 2018