In Review: Stranger Things: The Tomb of Ybwen #1

It's January 1985 the Hawkins crew survived their battle with the mind flayer, but Will and Joyce are still reeling from the recent death of Bob Newby.

Synopsis: In Tomb of Ybwen. It’s January 1985 the Hawkins crew survived their battle with the mind flayer, but Will and Joyce are still reeling from the recent death of Bob Newby. Will’s friends have been too busy with their girlfriends to notice how much he is struggling. After he and Mr. Clarke discover a mysterious map Bob left in a box of old nerdy memorabilia, Will rallies the crew to investigate. Is there a secret hidden in the hills of Hawkins?


The Story

Struggling to deal with the recent loss of Bob Newby who he regarded as a father figure. Will and his mother are trying to move on with their lives. However, Will is feeling a little more alone in that his friends are busy with their girlfriends. When his teacher Mr. Clarke shows Will some of the old documentation that Bob filed to get the AV Club going. They find what looks like a treasure map, which could lead to finding ancient Viking treasure.

Upon finding Bob’s old map. Will embraces it as an opportunity to have an adventure that would make Bob proud. So, to that end, he gathers his old friends. But when they all meet. The crew is not overly keen on a new adventure due to the snowy conditions, but do promise to join him when the weather improves.



Diego Galindo does a great job with the artwork in this opening issue of the book. He manages to capture the feel and mood of the 1980s brilliantly, but he also manages to capture the likenesses of the characters wonderfully well.  I particularly liked the few flashback panels of Bob talking to Will in the car, which was likely days before his tragic and brutal death. We even get a nice-looking flashback panel of the scene where Bob is killed by the Mind Flayer.



Greg Pak has come up with a pretty good story here and I like the fact that he is looking to explore Will and Joyce’s feelings of loss. Especially given that Bob Newby felt like a pretty substantial character in the show’s third season. I also appreciated Pak tipping his hat to the previous Stranger Things mini-series in which Dustin went to Science Camp.

Overall. Tomb of Ybwen is off to a solid start here. And I look forward to reading the second issue when it gets released later this month.

Stranger Things: The Tomb of Ybwen #1
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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