Get Started In STRANGER THINGS

Current Series  |  Latest Jumping-On Points  |  Compilations  |  1st Appearance  |  Origin Story  |  Main Publication History  |  Secondary Publication History  |  Key Storylines  |  Media Source Material  |  Key Issues

by snowbi-wan, updated Nov 2019

Stranger Things is a Netflix science fiction-horror web television series created, written, and directed by the Duffer Brothers which tells the story of the disappearance of young Will Byers from Hawkins, Indiana coinciding with the appearance of 'Eleven,' a young girl with psychokinetic powers. The events are related through an accidental tear in our reality leading to an alternate reality called the 'Upside Down,' where dangerous creatures live and are infiltrating our reality. Set in the 1980s, the series is an homage to that decade's pop culture and is also influenced by film and novel genre greats like Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter and Stephen King. Strong characterization, story pacing and its vintage 1980s cultural references have made the show a popular phenomenon of its own. The franchise has expanded into print and comic books, as well as video games.

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Current Series

This is a curated list of the most current series to help you get started with Stranger Things comic books. The series listed in this section are predominantly series of individual comic issues, but the list can include digests and softcovers (and even hardcovers) if the material is original material.

Dark Horse has a muti-year deal to produce comic books based on the Stranger Things franchise, and they are telling brand new, in-canon stories--expanding the franchise universe.

PublisherFrequencySeries 
DARK HORSELimited (4)STRANGER THINGS: SIX [2019](prequel origin of Six)
DARK HORSELimited (4)STRANGER THINGS: INTO THE FIRE [2020](a tale of former patients of Dr. Brenner, including Nine)
DARK HORSEOne-Shot (Softcover)STRANGER THINGS: ZOMBIE BOYS [2020-SC](original story follows the events of Season One)

Latest Jumping-On Points

Comic books are serialized periodicals. The absolute best place to jump on with any comic series is a series beginning, but, if the run has gotten lengthy, the beginning of a new story arc or of a new creative team are other great--and perfectly acceptable--places to get started right away. This section contains a curated list of the latest issues from current and recent series where you can get started in Stranger Things. Look below for series beginning or start of a story arc. Subsequent sections explore the subject's publishing history and indicate other less recent places to get started in Stranger Things.

PLEASE NOTE: The issues presented in this section are either in-stock issues or pre-order/pre-sale issues. To get the largest discount, new comic books can be pre-ordered two months before they are published. We offer pre-sale books for issues that we plan to have in stock when they are published. If you purchase pre-order/pre-sale comics now, you will be charged now, and the comics will be shipped after they are all published. If you mix in-stock issues with pre-order/pre-sale issues, you will create two orders subject to separate shipping charges. In-stock issues will ship right away.

CoverRelease MonthSeries / Number / Storyline
STRANGER THINGS: SIX #4
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Aug 2019STRANGER THINGS: SIX [2019] #4 BRICLOT CVR A  (Part 4 of 4 (mini-series end))UNAVAILABLE$2.59
      
STRANGER THINGS: INTO THE FIRE #1
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Jan 2020STRANGER THINGS: INTO THE FIRE [2020] #1 KALACHEV CVR A  (Part 1 of 4 (mini-series beginning))UNAVAILABLE$2.59
STRANGER THINGS: INTO THE FIRE #2
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Feb 2020STRANGER THINGS: INTO THE FIRE [2020] #2 KALACHEV CVR A  (Part 2 of 4)UNAVAILABLE$2.59
STRANGER THINGS: INTO THE FIRE #3
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Mar 2020STRANGER THINGS: INTO THE FIRE [2020] #3 KALACHEV CVR A  (Part 3 of 4)UNAVAILABLE$2.59
STRANGER THINGS: INTO THE FIRE #4
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Apr 2020STRANGER THINGS: INTO THE FIRE [2020] #4 KALACHEV CVR A  (Part 4 of 4 (mini-series end))UNAVAILABLE$2.59

PLEASE NOTE: The issues presented in this section are either in-stock issues or pre-order/pre-sale issues. To get the largest discount, new comic books can be pre-ordered two months before they are published. We offer pre-sale books for issues that we plan to have in stock when they are published. If you purchase pre-order/pre-sale comics now, you will be charged now, and the comics will be shipped after they are all published. If you mix in-stock issues with pre-order/pre-sale issues, you will create two orders subject to separate shipping charges. In-stock issues will ship right away.

Compilations

In modern comic publishing, it's common (and expected) for individual comic book issues to be collected into compilations of trade paperbacks and/or hardcovers, as well as other special compilations. Unlike the individual source issues, the collected editions typically stay in print for long periods and are less 'collectible.' If individual issues are out of reach or are not of interest to you or if you just need reading copies, the following collected editions of Stranger Things comic books are the most recent in-print editions and are the perfect alternative to get started right away with Stranger Things. The following compilations are presented in a chronologically-based suggested reading order with softcover editions before any hardcover editions (unless the only in-print editions are hardcover--these are integrated into the softcover list).

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CoverRelease MonthSeries / Number / Storyline
STRANGER THINGS [VOL 01]: THE OTHER SIDEQuick ViewMay 2019STRANGER THINGS [2018-TPB] [VOL 01]: THE OTHER SIDE
CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
STRANGER THINGS [VOL 02]: SIXQuick ViewNov 2019STRANGER THINGS [2018-TPB] [VOL 02]: SIX
CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
STRANGER THINGS [VOL 03]: INTO THE FIREQuick ViewJun 2020STRANGER THINGS [2018-TPB] [VOL 03]: INTO THE FIRE
  
UNAVAILABLE$16.99
      
STRANGER THINGS: ZOMBIE BOYS Quick ViewJan 2020STRANGER THINGS: ZOMBIE BOYS [2020-SC]
CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon

1st Appearance

The first appearance of a character in comic book form is often the most valuable issue featuring that character. It's a nice place to get started in Stranger Things, if it's within your budget.

  • STRANGER THINGS [2018] #1  (1st appearance of Stranger Things (in comics))

Origin Story

The original presentation of an origin story or a retelling/recounting of it can be a good place to get started with a character or subject. The 'origin' of a superhero is typically the event or circumstances surrounding how they gained their powers and/or began fighting crime. Stranger Things is not a superhero genre comic book, however, so there is no real origin story, per se. Dark Horse's stories are untold stories set in the show's continuity.

Main Publication History

Series beginnings are always great places to get started in comic books. Here is the Main Publication History for Stranger Things comic books. It is pretty sparce, as it has just begun, but Dark Horse has a multi-year deal to produce comics for the franchise.

  • STRANGER THINGS [2018] #1-4   (untold tale of how Will survived in the Upside Down)
  • STRANGER THINGS: SIX [2019] #1-4   (prequel origin of Six)
  • STRANGER THINGS: ZOMBIE BOYS [2020-SC]    (follows the events of Season One)
  • STRANGER THINGS: INTO THE FIRE [2020] #1-4   (a tale of former patients of Dr. Brenner, including Nine)

Selected Key Storylines

This section contains a curated list of some of the best storylines for Stranger Things, any one of which can be a good place to get started.

Key Storyline cover 1 for STRANGER THINGS
2018STRANGER THINGS [2018] #1-4   (untold story of how Will Byers survived in the Upside Down during Season 1)

Media Source Material

Media source material cover for STRANGER THINGS

If you've enjoyed non-comic media for Stranger Things, this section describes the comic book source material for some of the most popular non-comic media. However, the Netflix Stranger Things television series are integral with--and completely complimentary to--the comic book publications in one seamless continuity. The first comic publication, the 2018 mini-series, STRANGER THINGS [2018] #1-4, is the untold story of how Will Byers survived in the Upside Down during Season 1. Other stories explore new and familiar characters in the Stranger Things universe(s).

Key Issues

A key issue can be an acceptable place to get started with Stranger Things, but they are more of a collector's checklist, as they can carry high price tags.

Key Issue cover 1 for STRANGER THINGS
  • STRANGER THINGS [2018] #1   (1st appearance of Stranger Things (in comics))