We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!
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Stranger Things: The Voyage #1 Review:
Written by Michael Moreci with art by Todor Hristov, The Voyage picks up where Kamchatka left off, with some deadly cargo, aka a Demogorgon, being transported from Russia by boat. Naturally, things go horribly wrong.
Noting that he thought Kamchatka was not just one of the best Dark Horse Stranger Things series, but also “one of the better non-TV show Stranger Things [properties] that have come out,” host Alex Zalben added, “I really dug this first issue as well.” Zalben compared the book to Alien and The Last Voyage of the Demeter, “but with Stranger Things stuff… It had the same amount of tension and horrible, horrific violence that you expect from that sort of thing. Just a bunch of people trapped on a boat with a Demogorgon.”
While Justin Tyler joked that by the time they get to Stranger Things Season 4 the comics will be stretching to explain how a Demogorgon crossed the road, Zalben appreciated expanding the mythology around Russia, a relatively unexplored area of the world versus Hawkins, Indiana.
More generously, Tyler added, “If you’re a fan of Aliens, this is very much that… It felt like an Aliens book, even in art style.”
Pete LePage was much more positive, saying, “The art’s awesome, it’s super-suspenseful… I got so into the story, I forgot about Stranger Things for a while and I saw the Demogorgon and was like, ‘Oh, that’s right.'” Finishing up, LePage called the book “fresh and enjoyable.”
Stranger Things: The Voyage #1 Official Synopsis:
Captain Jacoby is too broke to reject a shady deal from a group of Russians looking to get from Alaska back home on his freighter ship The Persephone, but things get turned upside down when a crew member gets butchered, suspects something far stranger at play. Michael Moreci, Todor Hristov, and team return for another rampage in the world of Stranger Things.