Netflix may have made waves with their The Magic Order collaboration with Mark Millar at Image Comics, but Dark Horse has announced today they are collaborating with Netflix too via an Stranger Things adaptation. Also noteworthy is the writer, Jody Houser, who is hard at work adapting the Thrawn novel into a comic series at Marvel Comics. Alongside her is Stefano Martino on pencils, Keith Champagne inking, Lauren Affe coloring, and Nate Piekos on letters. This will be a four-part series and as you can see in the covers below it’s going full retro 80s movie with the variant covers.
Dark Horse will also be publishing young adult graphic novels in the Stranger Things universe.
Check out the full press release below for all the details as well as the first preview pages.
MILWAUKIE, Ore., (June 18, 2018)–Dark Horse and Netflix are excited to announce a strange, new partnership of a multi-year publishing line based on the hit Netflix Original series, Stranger Things! Set to debut in September 2018, the officially licensed publishing program will give fans of the beloved show an opportunity to explore the mysterious world of Hawkins, Indiana. Dark Horse will publish a line of comics and young adult graphic novels expanding the world of Hawkins and its many inhabitants.
“Dark Horse is known for championing stories and storytellers,” explained Dark Horse President and Founder Mike Richardson. “We are so excited to work with Netflix to bring the world of Stranger Things to comics.”
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) unite to bring the nostalgia igniting of the Netflix original series to comic shelves in the first installment of Dark Horse’s publishing program.
Stranger Things #1 (of 4-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 from Rafael Albuquerque (American Vampire, Blue Beetle), visual artist Kyle Lambert, and a photo-variant cover designed by Patrick Satterfield and Netflix.