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REVIEW: Stranger Things: Kamchatka #1


REVIEW: Stranger Things: Kamchatka #1

Book Title: Stranger Things: Kamchatka #1

Book Description: The first issue of ”Stranger Things: Kamchatka” takes us to the U.S.S.R. in the middle of the Cold War. It seems that the Soviets have discovered a creature unlike anything they’ve seen before. It has the potential to be a great asset if they can get it to do their bidding. There is a Soviet scientist, Dr. Orlov, who specializes in the paranormal. He’s developed a machine that has the capability of harnessing telekinetic power. When the doctor realizes what his government has in mind, he knows that they must not gain access to it. Dr. Orlov passes the machine on to his children, Anna and Leonid, and tells them to flee. How far can two children truly get in a country that has a government with eyes everywhere?

Book Author: Michael Moreci

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: Dark Horse Comics

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Illustrator: Todor Hristov

  • Story
  • Interior Art
  • Cover Art
  • Dialogue
  • Mechanics
  • Editing


I don’t know how, but the release of “Stranger Things: Kamchatka” never made it onto my radar. It was a very pleasant surprise for me to find this book on the shelves at my local comic book store. It instantly we went into the stack for this week’s haul and was added to my pulls so this wouldn’t happen again.

I love the adventures of the kids from Hawkins. Even so, I was happy to see a new lineup of characters to compliment a new setting. The only returning character that we really know is a Demogorgon. While it isn’t a reboot, this is my kind of reboot. We still get the same universe and timeline. We’re simply getting it from a different perspective.

This is going to be quite a series if the artwork on the cover is any indication. It gives us the promise of the cloak and dagger of the KGB. It teases the Demogorgon. It also shows Anna and Leonid clutching a case that could control the fate of the world.

The interior artwork is very crisp and detailed, it’s a minor thing but the little details are what pull the reader into the story. The folds on Dr. Natenko’s scarf were some of those little details that make the story feel real.

As a geek on a budget, I would highly recommend the first issue of “Stranger Things: Kamchatka”. It has that magical ability to transport us back in time and the reader is not required to be a die hard fan of the franchise to appreciate this series. In fact I think this is a great way to welcome newcomers.

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I grew up loving all things geek. I started reading and collecting comics when I was 8. My personal collection has roughly 8,000 books in it. When I’m not doing something geek-related I love spending time with my amazing wife and kids, gaming, and working on cross stitch projects.

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