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REVIEW: Stranger Things: Tales From Hawkins #3

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REVIEW: Stranger Things: Tales From Hawkins #3

3.78/5.0 Stars 
Rating if the Book Were a Movie: PG-13

Creative Team:

Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Giorgia Gio Sposito
Colors: Dan Jackson
Letters: Nate Piekos
Cover: Keyla Valerio
Editor: Spencer Cushing
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics 

Ratings:

Story: 3.8 Stars
Artwork: 3.8 Stars
Cover Artwork: 3.7 Stars
Dialogue: 3.8 Stars
Mechanics: 3.8 Stars
Editing: 3.8 Stars 

About the Book:

Stranger Things: Tales From Hawkins gives us glimpses into the lives of some characters in the franchise before we met them on the show. In the third installment of this series we get to know Robin better. Robin is adding the role of director for a high school movie to her already packed schedule in an attempt to woo her crush. Robin hopes to express her feelings through the script….. That she has yet to finish.

Reader’s Notes:

Of all the characters beyond the core group in Stranger Things, Robin is my favorite. She is very intelligent. Her wit is hysterical, if you’re not on the receiving end of it. Most importantly, she’s honest. At least about most things.

I don’t fault her for that. Robin is gay and is reluctant to be honest about it. In 2023 the LGBTQ community isn’t necessarily greeted with open arms. In the 80’s it wasn’t anywhere as accepted, especially in a small town in a midwestern state.

It’s possible that Robin could have missed out on her chance at a lifetime of something wonderful. The more likely scenario involves rejection, humiliation, and being ostracized in Hawkins. I loved how Houser was able to convey these conflicting emotions in this short.

The dating scene can be rocky for a 17 year old. With the unknown variable of sexual orientation being a factor Robin has so much to lose if she’s wrong. Hiding the real Robin from the world is a safer alternative. I am thankful that over the years our society has made some progress in accepting the LGBTQ community so this happens less. We still have a long way to go though.

I’m very fond of this cover. It’s a perfect representation of the faces of Robin. Some see her as the band geek. Others see the smart girl that gets good grades. In the middle lies the real Robin that’s afraid to let anyone get too close.

The artwork on the interior pages is very well done. We get great lines and the color palette sets the mood for this short. The characters jump off the page as this story proves that a comic doesn’t have to have an action filled plot to be riveting.

As a geek on a budget I believe Stranger Things: Tales from Hawkins #3 is a good read for anyone that is a fan of the franchise. We have a solid story with great artwork. Best of all, even though this story takes place almost 40 years ago, it is still very relevant in today’s society.

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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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