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 #2 Review:
The Persephone is dealing with multiple threats and tensions… And all the while, this Alien meets Stranger Things riff has a Demogorgon lurking in the background.
“I was a huge fan of the first issue,” host Alex Zalben noted, adding that with the first issue they had speculated on this being a riff on Aliens. However, in this issue, they have a character named Hicks, “and I was like, ‘oh, okay, you’re straight up doing Aliens. There’s no subterfuge here… I continue to love this. It is a very fun riff on the whole Stranger Things thing that takes it away from the kids and puts it into another part of the universe.”
Justin Tyler said that he thinks “the characters are interesting. I like the relationships, the Alien connection is cool. It just feels tangential to Stranger Things. And every issue ends with a shot of that Demogorgon continuing to lurk… I just want to slide everything together a little bit more and maybe they’re probably building to that.”
Zalben did agree that the first issue was “a little stronger in terms of setting everybody up.” Now it’s them figuring out the situation, so he also hoped we’ll get more Demogorgon “killing people in the next couple of issues.”
However, he added that Todor Hristov’s “art is very good, it actually feels aligned with the Aliens books over at Marvel, which is probably the thing that resonated with me.” Continuing he noted that he just wants to “really encourage more Stranger Things stories that are off” from the show. “Let’s see the world, it’s fun.”
Stranger Things: The Voyage #2 Official Synopsis:
A storm descends upon The Persephone as people continue to disappear. Captain Jacoby and his crew confront the mysterious Doctor and her team, but soon learn that the Russians might not be the most dangerous thing on their ship.