In Review: Stranger Things Halloween Special

It's Halloween night in Hawkins, Indiana and Will, Mike, Lucas and Dustin gather in Castle Byers to eat candy and scare each other with a spooky story.
Halloween

Synopsis: It’s Halloween night in Hawkins, Indiana and Will, Mike, Lucas and Dustin gather in Castle Byers to eat candy and scare each other with a spooky story.

 

The Story

During a Halloween night in Hawkins, Indiana. Will, Mike, Lucas and Dustin indulge in their annual ritual of trying to scare each other with spooky stories. When Lucas fails miserably to scare his friends. Will begins to talk about the child eater of Hawkins.

 

The Artwork

Todor Hristov provides some brilliant art for this story, which takes place one week before the events that we saw in the first season of ‘Stranger Things’. The artist does a fantastic job of capturing the likenesses of the four boys as they looked back then. I also loved the clever use of shading during the moments where the boys are sat around their campfire.

We also get clever use of light and shade during the moments set within the library, which provides a real feeling of danger.

 

Overall

Michael Moreci spins a brilliant story here and makes clever use of all the characters. I really enjoyed seeing a more confident Will as he told the story. I think this is likely because we never got to see much of Will until the second season. By the time we did see him. He was still traumatized by his abduction by the monster. So seeing Will’s character before the events of that first series made for an interesting and fun read.

Obviously, the trope of basing a story around stories told by a campfire is nothing new, but when it is done well it can be very effective. The twist at the end of the story was somewhat telegraphed early on but felt rather consistent with how these characters would have reacted to a prank.

Overall. A really fun book, which will no doubt make people feel nostalgic for Halloweens of years gone by.

 

You can pick up your own digital copy of this book here at ComiXology.

9.3
Stranger Things Halloween Special
  • Covers
    8.6
  • Story
    9.0
  • Artwork
    9.8
  • Lettering
    9.4
  • Colours
    9.8

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net 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: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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