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Following the events of season one of Netflix's pop-culture sensation Stranger Things, our main characters struggle with returning to normal life after overcoming supernatural horror. School is back in session in the normally quiet town of Hawkins, Indiana. Mike, Lucas, Dustin, and Will are still grappling with the traumatic encounters with the Demogorgon and the Upside Dow Following the events of season one of Netflix's pop-culture sensation Stranger Things, our main characters struggle with returning to normal life after overcoming supernatural horror. School is back in session in the normally quiet town of Hawkins, Indiana. Mike, Lucas, Dustin, and Will are still grappling with the traumatic encounters with the Demogorgon and the Upside Down in season one of the hit Netflix series. As tensions rise and fractures begin to form in the group, a new kid shows up to AV club with a Betamax Camcorder and an idea. The new Spielberg-wannabe friend, Joey Kim, wants to make a horror movie about a local legend, but when he sees Will's drawings, he discovers that his new friends are local legends. Written by best-selling author Greg Pak (Mech Cadet Yu, The Incredible Hulk, Star Wars: Age of Rebellion) and drawn by Valeria Favoccia (Assassin Creed: Reflections, Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor).


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Following the events of season one of Netflix's pop-culture sensation Stranger Things, our main characters struggle with returning to normal life after overcoming supernatural horror. School is back in session in the normally quiet town of Hawkins, Indiana. Mike, Lucas, Dustin, and Will are still grappling with the traumatic encounters with the Demogorgon and the Upside Dow Following the events of season one of Netflix's pop-culture sensation Stranger Things, our main characters struggle with returning to normal life after overcoming supernatural horror. School is back in session in the normally quiet town of Hawkins, Indiana. Mike, Lucas, Dustin, and Will are still grappling with the traumatic encounters with the Demogorgon and the Upside Down in season one of the hit Netflix series. As tensions rise and fractures begin to form in the group, a new kid shows up to AV club with a Betamax Camcorder and an idea. The new Spielberg-wannabe friend, Joey Kim, wants to make a horror movie about a local legend, but when he sees Will's drawings, he discovers that his new friends are local legends. Written by best-selling author Greg Pak (Mech Cadet Yu, The Incredible Hulk, Star Wars: Age of Rebellion) and drawn by Valeria Favoccia (Assassin Creed: Reflections, Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor).

30 review for Stranger Things: Zombie Boys

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    A very simplistic comic taking place between seasons 1 and 2 of the show. The entire plot is Will being mopey while the boys make a horror movie. This felt like it was geared towards younger readers. I've read 2 of these Stranger Things comics now and they both felt very limited in scope, never giving me what I want. I want to see the boys investigating stranger things, not doing inane, boring things. Received a review copy from Dark Horse and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way infl A very simplistic comic taking place between seasons 1 and 2 of the show. The entire plot is Will being mopey while the boys make a horror movie. This felt like it was geared towards younger readers. I've read 2 of these Stranger Things comics now and they both felt very limited in scope, never giving me what I want. I want to see the boys investigating stranger things, not doing inane, boring things. Received a review copy from Dark Horse and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    Listen, if you are a Stranger Things fan and you have to wait several months for the new season, then you may just leap at tie-ins like this. Neither the story nor the art (by committee) are very good, but since the fam is into it, we all read it. I thought similarly about the other spin-off volume by Jody Hauser, meh. But the attraction here for me is really a kind of footnote for most readers, I think: I first encountered Pak in a book about Asian Americans and superheroes, acknowledging that Listen, if you are a Stranger Things fan and you have to wait several months for the new season, then you may just leap at tie-ins like this. Neither the story nor the art (by committee) are very good, but since the fam is into it, we all read it. I thought similarly about the other spin-off volume by Jody Hauser, meh. But the attraction here for me is really a kind of footnote for most readers, I think: I first encountered Pak in a book about Asian Americans and superheroes, acknowledging that many Asian Americans love comics but never see themselves represented there, so he and some friends write short stories featuring Asian superheroes. (Re)writing racial wrongs! I recently read (Korean-American) Pak's contribution to the revisioning of James Bond, where a Korean-American (!) guy teams with Bond, and actually overshadows him for much of the book. This is Pak's fantasy, obviously, and it is fun, in keeping with his basic project, above. In this Stranger Things spin-off we have the usual kids, post season one, after the killing of the Demigorgon, and the kids go back to trying to living their D &D middle school lives, facing some bullying. A new kid (who is, get this, Korean-American!) comes into town who figures out how to deal with this problem: Make a zombie movie! In the light of the Bond story I just read, I thought this was funny, imagining Pak adding Korean-Americans in every project he does, which may in fact be the case, and why not? This is in keeping with many revisioning projects in comics or in the arts generally, of course, the diversifying of white, straight male literature: How might I/Asians like Stranger Things better? If it had an Asian kid in it! Or how would I be able, as a black kid, to be able to relate to Macbeth better? Let's try him as black, or Thor as a woman, and so on. This one wasn't nearly as good as Pak's Bond revision, though.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shaun Stanley

    Stranger Things: Zombie Boys is a Dark Horse Comics graphic novel written by Greg Pak with art by Valeria Favoccia. Set after the events of Stranger Things Season 1, Will is in a depressed state and expressing him emotions through art. A new kid in Hawkins finds one of Will’s zombie drawings and asks the gang if they want to make a zombie movie. This book is geared towards a younger pre-teen audience but is still pretty fun. I wish we got the more “adult series” of comics to continue as well as Stranger Things: Zombie Boys is a Dark Horse Comics graphic novel written by Greg Pak with art by Valeria Favoccia. Set after the events of Stranger Things Season 1, Will is in a depressed state and expressing him emotions through art. A new kid in Hawkins finds one of Will’s zombie drawings and asks the gang if they want to make a zombie movie. This book is geared towards a younger pre-teen audience but is still pretty fun. I wish we got the more “adult series” of comics to continue as well as doing young this adult series. I felt like the adult line was finally getting fun and interesting. But I am all for more titles to get kids into comics.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    This little tale takes place between season 1 & season 2, Will Byers is still recovering from what happened to him in the Underworld. The kids on his school behave like schoolkids do and are awful. The club gets a new kid with the latest video-camera and they all decide on making a horror movie and they decide on the subject Zombies. The making of the movie proves to be a healthy way for the boys and girl to get rid of their negative feelings. Not quite up to the series standard but enjoyable no This little tale takes place between season 1 & season 2, Will Byers is still recovering from what happened to him in the Underworld. The kids on his school behave like schoolkids do and are awful. The club gets a new kid with the latest video-camera and they all decide on making a horror movie and they decide on the subject Zombies. The making of the movie proves to be a healthy way for the boys and girl to get rid of their negative feelings. Not quite up to the series standard but enjoyable nonetheless it feels like it is aimed at the younger generation watching the popular series "Stranger Things".

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Set between the first and second seasons of the show, this short little tale tries to address the emotional toll the trauma of the first season must have had on the characters. And their grade point averages. Transfer student Joey Kim draws Mike, Dustin, Lucas and Will into making an amateur zombie film for extra credit at school. It turns out to be more cathartic than one might expect.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sophie_The_Jedi_Knight

    *4.5 Oh, this was really good. I'll be honest; I'm not the biggest Stranger Things fan. I like the show, but I'm not as invested in it or the characters as much as other people are. But I really do like the friendship between Mike, Will, Lucas and Dustin, so I loved that that was at the forefront in here. And having Will better facing his demons was great. 4.5/5 stars. *4.5 Oh, this was really good. I'll be honest; I'm not the biggest Stranger Things fan. I like the show, but I'm not as invested in it or the characters as much as other people are. But I really do like the friendship between Mike, Will, Lucas and Dustin, so I loved that that was at the forefront in here. And having Will better facing his demons was great. 4.5/5 stars.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Fabian

    An almost-insignificant episode, located somewhere between Seasons 1 and 2-- meaning, extremely limited knowledge on the Upside Down, the disappearance of Eleven, the longing of adventures past. No monsters, no heroes, no adventures: here is pure character development, a moment to check on the lovable characters from the hit show. Unessential to those looking for Easter eggs--great gift for my ten year old niece. She read it in two sittings!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam

    This story-arc picks up right after the events in Season 1 and explores the group’s slow fracture following the recent supernatural horrors and loss. As much as I wanted to enjoy the idea, this one turned out quite unexpected, sending us on a journey of filmmaking with the introduction of a new kid who aspires to become a known director. I can’t help but find the ending so sudden and anticlimactic here, to the point that I just couldn’t see how I could even say I enjoyed my time with this one. Yo This story-arc picks up right after the events in Season 1 and explores the group’s slow fracture following the recent supernatural horrors and loss. As much as I wanted to enjoy the idea, this one turned out quite unexpected, sending us on a journey of filmmaking with the introduction of a new kid who aspires to become a known director. I can’t help but find the ending so sudden and anticlimactic here, to the point that I just couldn’t see how I could even say I enjoyed my time with this one. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rick

    This was fun. I really enjoyed it. The other stuff I’ve read as media-tie-in material expanding on the Stranger Things series hasn’t really been all that good. This story, kept it simple and didn’t try to add anything to the mystery. Instead the focus is on the characters and how these boys try and cope with what they’ve been lucky enough to live through. It could have been a little longer and gone into a bit more depth on their shared trauma and on Will’s particular PTSD, but it was still belie This was fun. I really enjoyed it. The other stuff I’ve read as media-tie-in material expanding on the Stranger Things series hasn’t really been all that good. This story, kept it simple and didn’t try to add anything to the mystery. Instead the focus is on the characters and how these boys try and cope with what they’ve been lucky enough to live through. It could have been a little longer and gone into a bit more depth on their shared trauma and on Will’s particular PTSD, but it was still believable and entertaining.

  10. 5 out of 5

    inouch

    my review: "My name is Will Byers. I live in Hawkins, Indiana. I'm twelve years old. I like drawing and D&D and hanging out with my friends...but last year...last year...things got bad." Stranger Things: Zombie Boys, Greg Pak english version: much too short and "in broad strokes" to bring anything interesting I’m afraid. the drawings are really nice of course but clearly it does not go far enough to be relevant and fair. version française: bien trop court et "dans les grandes lignes" pour apporter qu my review: "My name is Will Byers. I live in Hawkins, Indiana. I'm twelve years old. I like drawing and D&D and hanging out with my friends...but last year...last year...things got bad." Stranger Things: Zombie Boys, Greg Pak english version: much too short and "in broad strokes" to bring anything interesting I’m afraid. the drawings are really nice of course but clearly it does not go far enough to be relevant and fair. version française: bien trop court et "dans les grandes lignes" pour apporter quoi que ce soit d'intéressant j'en ai bien peur. les dessins sont vraiment chouettes bien sûr mais clairement ça ne va pas assez loin que pour être pertinent et juste.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joe King

    Fun quick read 🤷🏼‍♂️

  12. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    This one was adorable, I'm a fan This one was adorable, I'm a fan

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Borgman

    This is quick, fun romp with our favorite male protagonists set between season 1 & 2. My only complaint is... where is Joey in season 2 & 3?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    Stranger Things: Zombie Boys is a fun, quick read. Zombie Boys takes place between seasons 1 and 2 of the Netflix show. Will is still dealing with the trauma he experienced while trapped in the Upside Down. Although Zombie Boys is a young adult graphic novel, it gives Stranger Things fans the best glimpse into Will's emotional aftermath after season 1. A new character, Joey Kim, is introduced. As far as I know, Zombie Boys is Joey's only appearance. He's a new student who joins Will, Mike, Dusti Stranger Things: Zombie Boys is a fun, quick read. Zombie Boys takes place between seasons 1 and 2 of the Netflix show. Will is still dealing with the trauma he experienced while trapped in the Upside Down. Although Zombie Boys is a young adult graphic novel, it gives Stranger Things fans the best glimpse into Will's emotional aftermath after season 1. A new character, Joey Kim, is introduced. As far as I know, Zombie Boys is Joey's only appearance. He's a new student who joins Will, Mike, Dustin, and Lucas to make a zombie movie. I'm not sure of the reason for Joey's introduction since he's not a canon character. Any random Hawkins student would work, and using a minor, canon character would add more depth to Hawkins. Zombie Boys' artwork is more cartoonish than the artwork in the main, Jody Houser Stranger Things comics. This style works well for the book's younger target audience. It has a more playful, comic-booky feel that emphasizes the story's tone. Zombie Boys is a sufficient fix for those feening for Stranger Things between seasons.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    By this point we've had quite a few stories focusing on Will's trauma from the first season, so this OGN doesn't cover any new ground. It's pretty light on drama or danger, but it's a cute distraction. The introduction of a new character feels a bit forced, but he's mostly there to move the kids through their character arcs rather than having one of his own anyway. Valeria Favoccia's cartoony art style is adorable, but it does mean that some of the traumatic bits, like Will's flashbacks to the Up By this point we've had quite a few stories focusing on Will's trauma from the first season, so this OGN doesn't cover any new ground. It's pretty light on drama or danger, but it's a cute distraction. The introduction of a new character feels a bit forced, but he's mostly there to move the kids through their character arcs rather than having one of his own anyway. Valeria Favoccia's cartoony art style is adorable, but it does mean that some of the traumatic bits, like Will's flashbacks to the Upside Down and his little breakdown in his room lose a bit of impact. Not bad, but nothing we haven't really seen before, and better, in other Stranger Things comics - check out The Tomb Of Ybwen, for example.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maria Bazarte-De La Luz

    This comic is set somewhere between season 1 and 2. Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and Will make a new friend who is very interested in making a movie with their AV club. He finds one of Will's drawings and draws inspiration from it. All of the characters are forced to face their emotions in the process of making the movie. It is definitely targeted to the younger audience of the show. I recommend if you watch the series and want to read a short side story with less of the dark things that are included in This comic is set somewhere between season 1 and 2. Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and Will make a new friend who is very interested in making a movie with their AV club. He finds one of Will's drawings and draws inspiration from it. All of the characters are forced to face their emotions in the process of making the movie. It is definitely targeted to the younger audience of the show. I recommend if you watch the series and want to read a short side story with less of the dark things that are included in the show.

  17. 5 out of 5

    BookCupid

    Rating the drawings and that soul food feeling of watching beloved tv characters in a comic. Sadly the story was very kid oriented, which is ironic since a child could never be explained "Will's odd past". Rating the drawings and that soul food feeling of watching beloved tv characters in a comic. Sadly the story was very kid oriented, which is ironic since a child could never be explained "Will's odd past".

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    Really well done! Great artwork, interesting story, and the characters read true to the show. There was some compelling character development and a really positive message. Overall, really cute and a great addition to the Stranger Things universe.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    A fun, quick read! This expands on the show without adding too much lore or plot to the Stranger Things story. I thought it was cute and fun, and a nice show of how the boys rallied around Will after season 1!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Cute little one-off with the Stranger Things characters minus the girls.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    This was cute and everything I needed when I said I needed some ST to fill in between seasons.

  22. 4 out of 5

    James

    Good book. Boys being boys. Last year things got bad but this year things are gonna be better.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Fny

    2,5 ⭐️ Kinda meh story wise but I liked the art. Not really a tie-in to the tv show either just a vignette of sorts. (as it also introduce a character that never was in the real work…)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Veruca Athena

    This was good but it felt unrealistic especially since it took place almost right after Season 1.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Collins

    "and this year things are gonna get better" and then they DIDN'T. sobbing. "and this year things are gonna get better" and then they DIDN'T. sobbing.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    An easy read. Perfect for younger fans who are wanting something to pass the time until season 4

  27. 4 out of 5

    Angie Kewin

    This is a fun little side story that takes place between seasons 1 and 2. The artwork is great and the story is fun.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lukas Holmes

    Well this is just a great addition to the ST story. A very sweet and, oddly touching little comic.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jilly (living via literature)

    Giving 3 stars is definitely being generously biased because it's Stranger Things. I usually love the Stanger Things Graphic Novels, but this one just didn't do it for me. The art style is different from the other and I just didn't really vibe with it; it seemed alot more childish in comparison to the usual art style of the ST GN's. Usually, the graphic novels add something to the overall story of the show but I don't feel that this one did; the story was very short, simplistic, and didn't reall Giving 3 stars is definitely being generously biased because it's Stranger Things. I usually love the Stanger Things Graphic Novels, but this one just didn't do it for me. The art style is different from the other and I just didn't really vibe with it; it seemed alot more childish in comparison to the usual art style of the ST GN's. Usually, the graphic novels add something to the overall story of the show but I don't feel that this one did; the story was very short, simplistic, and didn't really add anything of any importance. I did enjoy it to some extent but that was only because I was reading about characters from one of my favourite shows. I'm still glad I read it, but I don't feel that I would've missed out on much if I had skipped it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chris Greensmith

    "My name is Will Byers. I live in Hawkins, Indiana. I'm twelve years old. I like drawing and D&D and hanging out with my friends...but last year...last year...things got bad." "My name is Will Byers. I live in Hawkins, Indiana. I'm twelve years old. I like drawing and D&D and hanging out with my friends...but last year...last year...things got bad."

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