Like most people, I cannot get enough of the Stranger Things universe at the moment. With its perfect balance of science fiction, horror and eighties nostalgia, it really is the best thing to hit TV in a long time. But books tend to go where TV can’t and a perfect example of that is Stranger Things: Six. Fans of the show will already be fully aware of Eleven’s plight but obviously her name suggests that there were previous subjects.
So with that in mind we meet Francine, otherwise known as Six, the subject of the Hawkins Lab experiments with special children, in the late seventies. The book jumps between her present under the watchful eye of Dr Brenner at the lab as a teenager and her childhood in the early seventies where her powers were abused by her parents as soon as they were discovered. She is told that she is in the safest place possible for children like her. But is that strictly true? It’s truly a case of better the devil you know or the devil you don’t.
The potential to join the dots between the back story of the show and what we actually see on screen is something I’m very excited about. The book has an instant familiarity about it, as already established elements of the show are included. Written by the excellent Jody Houser, whose work is central to the Stranger Things four colour world and with incredible artwork, courtesy Edgar Salazar and Keith Champagne, Six is an intriguing and hugely enjoyable addition to the Stranger Things franchise. If you’re looking to enhance your knowledge of the mysterious event in Hawkins, or if you just simply need a fix of this wonderful universe before Season Three hits our screens, then look no further. Dark Horse have got you covered… Chris Andrews