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"Stranger Things: Six #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Dark Horse Comics

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Written by Jody Houser
Illustrated by Edgar Salazar
Inked by Keith Champagne
Colored by Marissa Louise
Lettered by Nate Piekos
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on June 26th, 2019

Review:

Francine has settled into her new life at the Hawkins Laboratory, but things haven't been easy. It doesn't help that Three is a face from her past, showing just how deep Hawkins has reached. How much of her life has been manipulated by this mysterious place? And what do her visions means? They're getting more and more horrifying as time goes on.

Francine's story is compelling, as she has never anything close to a normal home life. Her father used her visions of the future to get rich, seeing her as little more than a paycheck. Now she's in the lab on a set schedule with little to no interaction with the outside world. The only time she's felt like a regular person was with Ricky (aka Three), but those memories have been tainted now that she sees he's a part of Hawkins too.

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Letterer Nate Piekos makes you feel every bit of the betrayal Francine is going through with her words. When she does see Ricky, she's very curt and concise with her speech. Emphasizing his number, not his name.

You have to feel for Francine, as she just wants to live her own life without everyone around her controlling her. There's a feeling of rebellion boiling up within her that's bound to explode sooner or later. With these visions of terrifying creatures breaking through into our world, I have to wonder if she'll be in a position to warn people and decide what to do with that information.

Stranger Things: Six bounces between the past and the present in a series of great vignettes. Artist Edgar Salazar mirrors the sequences from each time period as we move from one moment in Francine's life to another. This is a great way to shift through time without relying on captions to tell us when we are. This also helps showcase the parallels through Francine's life such as overbearing father figures.

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Colorist Marissa Louise adds to this with a change in tone. Francine's present is faded under the harsh florescent lighting of the Hawkins Laboratory. It washes out all life and hope. Contrast this with the past, which is faded in a different way, more like an old photograph. We're digging through Francine's memories here of a simpler, albeit just as unforgiving, time.

Stranger Things: Six reminds us why the TV show was such an instant hit. Sure, there's a riveting story full of monsters from another world, but at its heart it's full of well-defined characters. I've only known Francine for a short amount of time, however that's been more than enough for me to be fully invested in her life. I'm cheering her on as she questions authority and prepares for a fight she doesn't yet realize is coming. This is some awesome stuff.

Grades:

Story: Fourandahalfstars Stranger Things Six 2 Small
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Art: Fivestars
Overall: Fourandahalfstars

About The Author
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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