In Review: Stranger Things: Kamchatka #1

Demogorgon terror in Russia! A Russian scientist is kidnapped by Soviet troops, leaving nothing for his two teenage children but a mysterious case and a whole lot of questions.
Kamchatka

Synopsis: In Kamchatka.  Demogorgon terror in Russia! A Russian scientist is kidnapped by Soviet troops, leaving nothing for his two teenage children but a mysterious case and a whole lot of questions. While their father is dragooned into weaponizing a monster brought back from the US, the two teenagers embark on a harrowing and perilous journey to find him with help from an unlikely ally: an old bad@$$ KGB spy.

 

The Story

As seen in the last episode of Stranger Things. Russia has gotten hold of a Demogorgon and this comic focuses on a scientist that is kidnapped by the Russian Government to help them weaponize it. It turns out that Dr. Orlov has developed a machine that can enable humans to use telekinesis and The KGB want Orlov to use it on their Demogorgon. With their father taken hostage by the KGB Anna and Leonid are trying to figure out why he has been taken and what the device is that their father has left in their care. Helping them in their mission is a former KGB agent who does not like the direction that his country is headed in.

 

The Artwork

Artist Todor Hristov and colorist Dan Jackson do a fantastic job of capturing a rather oppressive vibe to the atmosphere and surroundings that Anna and Leonid are living in. The colors have a muted quality to them, which suits the time period that this book is set. The big drawing of the Demogorgon that we glimpse early on in the book is a brilliant reminder of how imposing these creatures are. The visual style of the art is very representative of how the soviet union was depicted in movies from the 1980s.

 

Overall

Writer Michael Moreci does a fantastic job of capitalizing on the Russian aspect of Stranger Things, which was introduced in the season three cliffhanger. The character of Dr. Orlov is very much a scientist with a conscience. But his children Anna and Leonid look like they could well become the Russian counterparts to the heroic kids from Hawkins. You immediately like them.

Overall. I’m invested enough in Kamchatka to go the full distance as it is a nice follow-on from the last mini-series, but from an alternate perspective.

9.6
Stranger Things: Kamchatka #1
  • Covers
    9.5
  • Story
    9.7
  • Artwork
    9.8
  • Lettering
    9.4
  • Colours
    9.8

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