Synopsis: Years after escaping Hawkins Lab, two of Dr. Brenner’s former subjects seek to live normal lives. When news reaches them that the lab was shut down, they go on a harrowing search for Nine, a powerful pyrokinetic whose shattered psyche threatens to burn them all to ashes if they can’t find her and free her from her own malevolent imagination.
Review: Without a doubt. This new mini-series adds to many of the themes that got explored in the TV shows second season but were then put on the back burner for season three.
This mini-series picks up on a plot thread from the second season of ‘Stranger Things’ and explores what happened to the other kids that Dr. Brenner was experimenting on. The story focuses on a brother and sister who are looking for the other kids that may have escaped with them. One the sister has no notable power to speak of while her brother is able to influence people’s decisions in much the same way as Obi-Wan Kenobi did with the Stormtroopers in the original ‘Star Wars’ movies.
The opening issue sees them setting off on a journey to follow up a lead on the location of nine who is apparently on the move throughout the USA. We even get an appearance of 8 who was very prominent in the shows second season as the person that befriended 11.
Ryan Kelly does a pretty decent job with the artwork and gets the look and feel of 1985 America just about right. I particularly enjoyed the starry effect he incorporated for when the brother who is called Jamie uses when activating his power. I also liked how the artist used black and white to depict the flashbacks to the lab where the kids were experimented on.
Writer Jody Houser has hit on a great formula here as she explores elements from ‘Stranger Things’ second season and expands on them by making use of 8 and introducing us to some newer characters. The secret lab experiments conducted by Dr. Brenner in the second season’s story arc was one of the more interesting aspects that never really got as much attention on the show as it could have done. Especially given that 11 was not the only kid that had gained powers. So am really happy that Jody Houser has picked up the ball from where season two left off and is giving us more insights into the lives of other survivors from Brenner’s experiments and that struggle to fit into American society while continuing to be true to themselves and their mission to find others like them.