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REVIEW: Stranger Things: Summer Special 2022


REVIEW: Stranger Things: Summer Special 2022

Book Title: Stranger Things: Summer Special 2022

Book Description: The “Stranger Things: Summer Special” for 2022 takes us back to July 1, 1985. In the timeline for the television series it puts us about three episodes into season three. This issue doesn’t focus on Eleven, the boys, or Hopper. Instead this issue branches out and gives us the opportunity to get to know a couple of Hawkins’s finest, Officers Powell and Callahan. We see the officers talking about how things around Hawkins have been unusual for the last year while on patrol. When they see Billy’s car wrecked by the steel plant they stop to investigate. Billy’s nowhere to be seen; but the rats are getting out of the building in a hurry. This prompts the officers to go inside. What has that many rats that scared? Aside from some smelly goo on Powell’s boot, there’s nothing of note inside the steel plant. When the officers get back outside Billy’s car is gone, and this is just the beginning of a week they will never forget.

Book Author: Keith Champagne

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: Dark Horse Comics

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Illustrator: Caio Filipe

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


As a fan of “Stranger Things” it was nice to get to know some of the characters we’ve seen on screen that didn’t get as much attention. From my observations Officers Powell and Callahan aren’t necessarily bad policemen. They are just completely over their heads when it comes to some of the happenings in Hawkins.

As stated earlier, this issue runs parallel to the events of season three of the television series. It’s terrific at giving us more filler for what happens off camera. While it doesn’t change the story, the extra interactions of the characters help give them more depth.

This cover is a perfect tribute to the 80’s with the colors that were used. I liked how the artwork was relevant to the story. All of the characters depicted play significant roles.

I liked the artwork on the interior pages. It’s very crisp and it’s easy to identify the characters from the show. I was particularly fond of the panels of Mrs. Driscoll. Her sweet charm exudes from the pages.

As a geek on a budget I believe that if you are a huge  fan of “Stranger Things” and want as much content as possible this is a great pickup. If not, you may find that the lack of familiar characters or a huge reveal that changes the entire story to be a disappointment. 

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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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