Escape From Boston With Stranger Things: Into The Fire #1

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
After a story of a princess in a castle, we join Marcy and Ricky. They’ve taken refuge in Boston after their escape from the lab. Ricky has a new lead on one of the other escapees, but Marcy doesn’t want to go. She wants a normal life and she feels that she’s begun building one in Boston. However, Ricky convinces her and they drive to Hastings Glen. Ricky begins talking to people, using his powers to gather leads on the other escapees. Eventually, he finally finds the location of one and he and Marcy go to find her.

Stranger Things: Into the Fire #1 cover by Viktor Kalvachev
Stranger Things: Into the Fire #1 cover by Viktor Kalvachev

Stranger Things: Into the Fire #1 continues the story of the Dark Horse Comics spin-off of Netflix’s Stranger Things. Marcy and Ricky were only able to escape with the help of Francine, aka Six, who is now dead. Now they try to meet up and help as many of the other test subjects as possible.
Admittedly, I’ve not read the other Stranger Things Dark Horse spin-off stories. I’ve watched the show (well, the first two seasons), and I can follow the story of Into the Fire easily. Plus, I can easily see how it ties into the world of the show. The comic is well-rooted in the universe and recaps what happened in the previous volume.
How is it as a story? It’s solid enough. The conflict is straightforward and carries tension. Marcy’s complaints about wanting to live a “normal life” come off as a bit silly given what she and Ricky have gone through and seen. It’s odd that she would even have context for what a normal life is.
We do get to see a character from the show at the end of the comic. We also learn the truth behind the “princess story” at the beginning of the book.
Ryan Kelly’s artwork is good. He draws expressive and distinct characters and the detailing is solid. The visuals of the “princess story” are pretty wild and add a nice touch to the overall book. Le Beau Underwood gives the book a good inking job and color artist Triona Farrell makes the book vibrant with her lively color palette. 
Stranger Things: Into the Fire #1 is a decent enough read. It’s easy to follow if you have any familiarity with the show, but the book itself doesn’t offer much to intrigue or excite. The characters aren’t particularly exciting and the artwork, while good, doesn’t save the comic. I can’t quite recommend this one.
Stranger Things: Into the Fire #1 comes to us from writer Jody Houser, artist Ryan Kelly, inker Le Beau Underwood, color artist Triona Farrell, letterer Nate Piekos of Blambot, and cover artist Viktor Kalvachev
Final Score: 5/10

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