Stranger Things: The Other Side

Stranger Things: The Other Side

The hit Netflix series from the Duffer Brothers is now a spine-tingling comic that recounts Will Beyers' harrowing survival in the treacherous Upside Down!When Will Byers finds himself in the Upside Down, an impossible dark parody of his own world, he's understandably frightened. But that's nothing compared with the fear that takes hold when he realizes what's in that worl...

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Title:Stranger Things: The Other Side
Author:Jody Houser
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Edition Language:English

Stranger Things: The Other Side Reviews

  • Diana

    If you always wanted to know what happened to Will on the Upside Down World, this series are for you! And they are eerie good too!

  • Kat (the_bookish_kat)

    i really enjoyed this comic! as a fan of the show, it was a lot of fun to kind of see what exactly happened to Will during that first season (the dude really went through it). but i really liked this comic and would definitely recommend it to fans of the show!

  • Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

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    We are never safe from ideas of expansion that capitalize on excellent opportunities. When success is tasted for the first time, a dark force takes over some individuals and allows these ideas to germinate and proliferate wildly and without control within them. While many will see this as more of what they love, others will see it as the beginning of a tumble. After all, what good does it do to a franchise to expand in uncharted territory when i

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    We are never safe from ideas of expansion that capitalize on excellent opportunities. When success is tasted for the first time, a dark force takes over some individuals and allows these ideas to germinate and proliferate wildly and without control within them. While many will see this as more of what they love, others will see it as the beginning of a tumble. After all, what good does it do to a franchise to expand in uncharted territory when it was never equipped for it in the first place? While I am all in for exploration, I was also ready for the ship to arrive broken, smaller than expected and with crewmembers missing. To see a franchise getting milked is not always a fun sight, right? Following the release of the Netflix original series, Stranger Things, back in 2016, a gargantuan fanbase came to life and grew at a phenomenal rate, where no mortal could not avoid hearing about it. Thus, right before the release of the 3rd season of the Duffer Brother’s horror series, new comic books and novels are being released to fill in the blank and allow fans to gain more insight into our favourite heroes and the Upside Down. It is now up to fans to find out if they are worth their time.

    What is Stranger Things: The Other Side about? This graphic novel collects a four-part miniseries and revolves around Will Byers’ survival in the Upside Down. The story presents readers with his point of view during the events of the Netflix series’ first season until the beginning of the second season. Unsurprisingly, most of his time is spent in a realm that fans have not roamed in too much, while still giving them short and quick references to the events that occurred in the TV series. The story also draws parallel to the kids’ Dungeons & Dragons board game as they each embrace their fantasy characters to find answers to their questions. This short graphic novel hence looks to fill in the blank by allowing readers to relive the horrors of Will Byers’ life while his friends and family desperately search for him in the most unlikely of places.

    Sometimes there are questions that should just remain unanswered for the greater good. Will Byers’ point of view was a mystery that could have stayed unsolved, leaving the viewers the opportunity to speculate on what he has been through and what was going through his head throughout the whole season. To try to cover all that ground within four issues was already, beforehand, an impossible task, or at least one that would come with severe flaws. In this case, the pacing was the biggest issue as the accelerated rhythm does not allow the reader to truly absorb and comprehend the amount of time Will Byers spends in this dark and sinister realm. The pacing does not also allow the reader to understand how much resilience was needed to fight through all the obstacles he faced. To deliver such a story simply takes away the stakes and gravity of what he goes through, even if it is for the sake of finding out what exactly it is he went through.

    While the story does suffer from the pacing, there are some interesting angles that were explored. The privileged information for fans of the series that allow them to explain certain things that would otherwise have never been known in the TV series is still an upside to this graphic novel. It is also fun to see how Will Byers’ Dungeons & Dragons character plays a huge role as a defense mechanism to fight the darkness that engulfs his reality. Otherwise, the artwork is decent enough to capture some of the series’ magic while adding more elements of fantasy that would have been impossible to convey in the TV series. The character designs, however, could be a bit difficult to love with the awkward facial expressions, although it does a good job in drawing the actual actors, as you know them, instead of creating surrogates. The colours used are still adequate and rightly distinguish both realities, especially through the use of faded colours.

    Stranger Things: The Other Side is an exploration of Will Byers’ point of view during the events of the hit Netflix original series’ first season with darkness, loneliness and hope as pivotal themes of his unfortunate experience.

    Yours truly,

    Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer

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  • R.

    Your imagination will probably do a better job of filling in with satisfaction the story of the Byers boy's adventures in the Upside Down than this graphic novel. No budget restrictions, and they still delivered what I disappointingly found to be a pretty obvious and bland take on an otherdimensional game of cat and mouse.

  • Moi Baltazar

    Actual rating: 2.75 stars

  • Kate

    This was good- covers the time Will spent in season 1. I wish the artwork had been a bit more consistent (half the time Mike's hair is as light as Will's), but it's still worth a look at if you're a fan. Loved that Will heard Barb, and tried to save her. Out of all the characters on the show, Will's the one I have the hardest time connecting to, so that might be the reason this one didn't blow me away.

  • Ben Brown

    I love “Stranger Things” – it’s a great show. Sadly, I did not love this comic.

    I wanted to – badly. But “Stranger Things: Volume I” is pretty much the definition of a “cash-in” – a tie-in comic that exists solely to siphon a little extra dough off of the property’s current red-hot status in the marketplace. Reading these four issues is a little like reading a teaser for a big comic book event – there’s little to no real plot, the art is functional at best, and everything feels slightly obligato

    I love “Stranger Things” – it’s a great show. Sadly, I did not love this comic.

    I wanted to – badly. But “Stranger Things: Volume I” is pretty much the definition of a “cash-in” – a tie-in comic that exists solely to siphon a little extra dough off of the property’s current red-hot status in the marketplace. Reading these four issues is a little like reading a teaser for a big comic book event – there’s little to no real plot, the art is functional at best, and everything feels slightly obligatory, almost like this comic exists because, well, of course it HAS to, it’s freaking “Stranger Things”!

    Honestly, the whole read is slightly depressing, because as anyone who’s watched “Stranger Things” knows, this is a world that’s RIFE with story-potential, that has all kinds of cool and exciting avenues to explore. Yet time and time again, writer Jody Houser seems determined to play things safe, choosing instead to either a.) recap stuff that we’ve already seen play out way more interestingly on the show, or b.) give us extended sequences where characters monologue about this thing or that thing, but overall, nothing of consequence really happens. Maybe it’s not her fault – perhaps Netflix and whoever is in charge of managing the property didn’t give her a lot of narrative leash to play with. But regardless of WHO’S fault it is, it doesn’t change the fact that, at the end of the day, “Volume I” is kind of a bummer to read.

    Which, let’s face it: “bummer” should never be seen in the same sentence as “Stranger Things.”

  • Chad

    I was excited to get ahold of this. I love

    and I dig Jody Houser's work on

    . This was supposed to be Will's story from Season 1 while he was trapped in the Upside Down. If you enjoy watching a boy wander around a ghost town and reflect back on a D&D outing for 4 issues then this is the book for you. This was so boring and without consequence. The art was serviceable at best. I'm not sure if Netflix handicapped Houser or she just phoned this one in. This is what I've come

    I was excited to get ahold of this. I love

    and I dig Jody Houser's work on

    . This was supposed to be Will's story from Season 1 while he was trapped in the Upside Down. If you enjoy watching a boy wander around a ghost town and reflect back on a D&D outing for 4 issues then this is the book for you. This was so boring and without consequence. The art was serviceable at best. I'm not sure if Netflix handicapped Houser or she just phoned this one in. This is what I've come to expect from most tie-in mass media. Nothing more than a cash grab.

  • David Schaafsma

    So snatched this right up when I saw it at the library. It is a kind of cash grab-spin off, but we are big ST fans in this house, so everyone is gobbling it up. My first impression before reading it was that they were dumb in naming it, because it is not called "the other side," but "the upside down," but what they really mean is that Jody Hauser means to tell "the other side" of the story of Will Beyer's disappearance that we who have watched the tv series only know from the perspective of his

    So snatched this right up when I saw it at the library. It is a kind of cash grab-spin off, but we are big ST fans in this house, so everyone is gobbling it up. My first impression before reading it was that they were dumb in naming it, because it is not called "the other side," but "the upside down," but what they really mean is that Jody Hauser means to tell "the other side" of the story of Will Beyer's disappearance that we who have watched the tv series only know from the perspective of his mother. Since the series is still going on, they were prevented from telling new stories that might spoil the tv story, so the story, such as it is, is quite constrained.

    We don't really learn anything new about the events; we just see it from his perspective, and know what he is feeling, which we already pretty well imagined. I suppose we can now understand a bit better how uneasy Will feels when he gets back, in that he is not really fully back in his old world. The art has that unfortunate spin-off/comics novelization-type challenge (as in the Buffy series, and so on) of forcing the artist to make all the characters look exactly like the tv characters we remember. Some are spot on, some are not so good.

    But having said all this, I didn't dislike it. I like the ST world and the way a D & D game evolves into real fantasy/horror.

  • Brittany

    This was a large disappointment. The shading was really strange and the faces looked kind of like mannequins a lot of the time and it was kind of freaky. The story flow was very stilted and jumping around a lot in a compeltely confusing way,even having watched and loved the show. Not for me :(

    Best thing: The fantastic depiction of the demigorgon

    2 stars

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