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Follow the crew from Hawkins, Indiana, as they discover the legendary monsters and epic adventures of the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing game together. Long before the dreaded Demogorgon took one of them to the Upside Down, watch Mike, Lucas, and Will bond with Dustin for the first time over the game that would define their childhood. See the party come together a Follow the crew from Hawkins, Indiana, as they discover the legendary monsters and epic adventures of the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing game together. Long before the dreaded Demogorgon took one of them to the Upside Down, watch Mike, Lucas, and Will bond with Dustin for the first time over the game that would define their childhood. See the party come together as a team through communal stories and perilous quests to learn important lessons about friendship and find the courage to stand up to the bullies that challenge their everyday. Written by comics and RPG all-stars Jim Zub (Rick and Morty vs. D&D, Conan: Serpent War, Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides) and Jody Houser (Critical Role: Vox Machina, Stranger Things, Star Wars), with vorpal-sharp line art from rising talent Diego Galindo (Power Rangers, Kino) and eye-popping colors from MsassyK (Isola) that strike as true as a Magic Missile. Dive into this love letter to a game that has defined role-playing through the lens of your current favorite icons of eighties nostalgia.


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Follow the crew from Hawkins, Indiana, as they discover the legendary monsters and epic adventures of the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing game together. Long before the dreaded Demogorgon took one of them to the Upside Down, watch Mike, Lucas, and Will bond with Dustin for the first time over the game that would define their childhood. See the party come together a Follow the crew from Hawkins, Indiana, as they discover the legendary monsters and epic adventures of the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing game together. Long before the dreaded Demogorgon took one of them to the Upside Down, watch Mike, Lucas, and Will bond with Dustin for the first time over the game that would define their childhood. See the party come together as a team through communal stories and perilous quests to learn important lessons about friendship and find the courage to stand up to the bullies that challenge their everyday. Written by comics and RPG all-stars Jim Zub (Rick and Morty vs. D&D, Conan: Serpent War, Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides) and Jody Houser (Critical Role: Vox Machina, Stranger Things, Star Wars), with vorpal-sharp line art from rising talent Diego Galindo (Power Rangers, Kino) and eye-popping colors from MsassyK (Isola) that strike as true as a Magic Missile. Dive into this love letter to a game that has defined role-playing through the lens of your current favorite icons of eighties nostalgia.

30 review for Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sean Gibson

    Is this more idyllic adolescent love letter to D&D and character sketch than cohesive story? Sure. But it’s still warm and delightful. Sort of like slipping your hand in between two huddling rabbits.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Reading this made me yearn for Stranger Things to return. Houser and Zub captured the relationship between the kids very well. It also made me want to start a new D&D campaign as it brought back those feels of playing D&D with my friends growing up. That sense of camaraderie you get from friends that have your back and the joy of leveling up your character while having these adventures. Each issue takes place between a season of the show. This is a book I think anyone who grew up playing RPGs wi Reading this made me yearn for Stranger Things to return. Houser and Zub captured the relationship between the kids very well. It also made me want to start a new D&D campaign as it brought back those feels of playing D&D with my friends growing up. That sense of camaraderie you get from friends that have your back and the joy of leveling up your character while having these adventures. Each issue takes place between a season of the show. This is a book I think anyone who grew up playing RPGs will really enjoy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    The boys gather for their first-ever game of Dungeons & Dragons in the first chapter, and subsequent chapters each jump ahead in time to find them gathering again and again for games between the show's seasons for a little debriefing and decompressing. Most of the major cast members of the show up at one point or another. I've never really played D&D and this doesn't do much to persuade me to take it up, but despite its empty calories storywise it's a nice enough little nibble of Stranger Things The boys gather for their first-ever game of Dungeons & Dragons in the first chapter, and subsequent chapters each jump ahead in time to find them gathering again and again for games between the show's seasons for a little debriefing and decompressing. Most of the major cast members of the show up at one point or another. I've never really played D&D and this doesn't do much to persuade me to take it up, but despite its empty calories storywise it's a nice enough little nibble of Stranger Things as I await the show's return next year.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Yasmine

    I received a free copy from Edelweiss and Dark Horse in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! Okay, everybody who loves Dungeons & Dragons and has seen the Stranger Things tv series, must pick this up! It's perfect for all us geeks. As a fan of both, I really enjoyed this! This reminded me of all those lovely late afternoons to late nights, where I played D&D with my friends and I really miss those times! The four chapters in this graphic novel are set before and throughout the tv series, so k I received a free copy from Edelweiss and Dark Horse in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! Okay, everybody who loves Dungeons & Dragons and has seen the Stranger Things tv series, must pick this up! It's perfect for all us geeks. As a fan of both, I really enjoyed this! This reminded me of all those lovely late afternoons to late nights, where I played D&D with my friends and I really miss those times! The four chapters in this graphic novel are set before and throughout the tv series, so knowing what happens in the show is a big help in order to understand the backgrounds of these short stories. The story telling of the D&D adventures is fascinating and captures the reader's attention right away. The artwork is great, it really captures the actors in the characters and they're very recognisable. And now I really want to re-watch the tv series!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nathaniel Darkish

    As a fan of both Stranger Things and D&D, I really enjoyed this. It's Stranger Things stories about the bonds of friendship that can come by playing RPGs with your friends! What's not to love? As a fan of both Stranger Things and D&D, I really enjoyed this. It's Stranger Things stories about the bonds of friendship that can come by playing RPGs with your friends! What's not to love?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rick

    Well, this is certainly another wonderful Stranger Things spin-off story. These media-tie-in stories can be real hit or miss, usually miss actually. But this one holds up, giving more context and backstory to the group’s obsession with Dungeons & Dragons. I also enjoyed that this offers a glimpse as to what playing D&D is like, and doesn’t try to fuse the game with “reality.” But what works the best for me, is that the characters feel authentic and that the story isn’t trying to add more superna Well, this is certainly another wonderful Stranger Things spin-off story. These media-tie-in stories can be real hit or miss, usually miss actually. But this one holds up, giving more context and backstory to the group’s obsession with Dungeons & Dragons. I also enjoyed that this offers a glimpse as to what playing D&D is like, and doesn’t try to fuse the game with “reality.” But what works the best for me, is that the characters feel authentic and that the story isn’t trying to add more supernatural adventures to the overall narrative, just adding depth and background. I appreciate that with these types of media-tie-in marketing projects.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    This punched me right in the feels.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Eule Luftschloss

    trigger warning (view spoiler)[ trauma, grief (hide spoiler)] Four chapters, chronicling the beginnings of the friends' journey via D&D, and how the game provides a frame for healing. In chapter one, we see how they heard of D&D, how Dustin came to join the group. The second is set after season 1, the third... okay it was yesterday I really should be able to remember, but I know that the last chapter is set after season 3, so you probably want to wait with reading this until you've watched the net trigger warning (view spoiler)[ trauma, grief (hide spoiler)] Four chapters, chronicling the beginnings of the friends' journey via D&D, and how the game provides a frame for healing. In chapter one, we see how they heard of D&D, how Dustin came to join the group. The second is set after season 1, the third... okay it was yesterday I really should be able to remember, but I know that the last chapter is set after season 3, so you probably want to wait with reading this until you've watched the netflix series. If you can live with them alluding to past adventures, you could read this as a standalone, but I would not recommend it. This graphic novel is about the question of how these children are dealing with their experiences. They nearly died, they're traumatised, but they are in a group. They are not alone. They can draw on the others' strengths to learn to live again. In this way, this feels very important and I hope that this topic won't fall under the table fully since it's now adressed in this volume. If you're a fan of the series, come and read this. Especially if you're here for the friendship, and not only for the monsters. The arc was provided by the publisher.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jammin Jenny

    I really enjoyed this comic featuring the kids from Stranger Things and how their world of Dungeons & Dragons brought and kept them together. It was fun seeing them learn about the game, then develop into the characters they were in the game, and apply those lessons to life and in fighting real world monsters. I also loved how Will ended his last game playing with his friends before his family moved away. I received an e-ARC of this book by the publisher Dark Horse Comics and IDW via Edelweiss. T I really enjoyed this comic featuring the kids from Stranger Things and how their world of Dungeons & Dragons brought and kept them together. It was fun seeing them learn about the game, then develop into the characters they were in the game, and apply those lessons to life and in fighting real world monsters. I also loved how Will ended his last game playing with his friends before his family moved away. I received an e-ARC of this book by the publisher Dark Horse Comics and IDW via Edelweiss. This does not affect my opinion regarding the book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    Super entertaining! Loved seeing everyone again and the newest iteration of the party. Drawing style fit the atmosphere perfectly.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    This story arc, interspersed across all seasons of the TV series, attempts to introduce the famous boardgame into the lives of these kids while also exposing its importance to their lives. As interesting as it is to bring this angle to the Stranger Things group, it's not exactly the most exciting thing about the franchise. I'm not sure why I bother sticking around with these spin-off titles. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/ This story arc, interspersed across all seasons of the TV series, attempts to introduce the famous boardgame into the lives of these kids while also exposing its importance to their lives. As interesting as it is to bring this angle to the Stranger Things group, it's not exactly the most exciting thing about the franchise. I'm not sure why I bother sticking around with these spin-off titles. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  12. 5 out of 5

    Seth

    I enjoy Dungeons and Dragons and soon hope to play it more and play other RPGs too. The past week I've just been watching videos about D&D and desperately wanting to play and read the PHB. When my brother showed me this comic, I was like "why have you been hiding this from me?" Anyway I liked it and i liked the reference to Gary Gygax. I think the humble roots and retro roots of D&D are awesome and thinking about young and old folks using this system decades ago to tell stories and have fun just I enjoy Dungeons and Dragons and soon hope to play it more and play other RPGs too. The past week I've just been watching videos about D&D and desperately wanting to play and read the PHB. When my brother showed me this comic, I was like "why have you been hiding this from me?" Anyway I liked it and i liked the reference to Gary Gygax. I think the humble roots and retro roots of D&D are awesome and thinking about young and old folks using this system decades ago to tell stories and have fun just makes me happy. Anyway, the art in here was awesome, but I've never seen stranger things nor am really interested in it from what I've seen of it. I probably would have liked this more if i had seen stranger things. Additionally, some of the dialogue and general plot of the book was a little..cheesy?? I dunno. Kind of cookie cutter dialogue as well as the D&D stories seeming to be a little bland. Anyway, I enjoy D&D.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Can't wait for May of 2022 to bring the latest season of Stranger Things? The wait is a good one thing at least- diving into the books and graphic novels featuring all our favorite characters. In this graphic novel, we get to see how the boys first discover Dungeons & Dragons and how it forms and strengthens their friendship. After their first battle with real monsters, Mike turns to D&D to once again help heal the scars left from Will's time in the Upside Down, and they return to the game again Can't wait for May of 2022 to bring the latest season of Stranger Things? The wait is a good one thing at least- diving into the books and graphic novels featuring all our favorite characters. In this graphic novel, we get to see how the boys first discover Dungeons & Dragons and how it forms and strengthens their friendship. After their first battle with real monsters, Mike turns to D&D to once again help heal the scars left from Will's time in the Upside Down, and they return to the game again and again to connect with each other. Great art and story telling come together to put the reader right back in Hawkins, Indiana, where the roll of the dice determines our fate!

  14. 5 out of 5

    S

    Follow the adventures of Mike Wheeler and his friends into their own fantasy world of Dungeons and Dragons. I liked the writer's idea of inserting tales between the events of the TV series. The plot was a good example of how making a fictional desirable identity for oneself changes one's real identity and how one game can bring children together. I recommend this book to all the fans of the Stranger Things series. However unlike other similar books, I would not recommend this to anyone who hasn't Follow the adventures of Mike Wheeler and his friends into their own fantasy world of Dungeons and Dragons. I liked the writer's idea of inserting tales between the events of the TV series. The plot was a good example of how making a fictional desirable identity for oneself changes one's real identity and how one game can bring children together. I recommend this book to all the fans of the Stranger Things series. However unlike other similar books, I would not recommend this to anyone who hasn't seen the series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I would like to thank edelweiss and the publisher for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. I have read most of these Stranger Things graphic novels and I find that they are nice little additions to the show while we wait for another season. I will say, I do not know much about Dungeons & Dragons as I have never played it, but I still enjoyed this story and the art that went along with it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rich Stoehr

    An excellent addition to the Stranger Things universe, filling in around the edges and expanding on what we see in the show itself. This series takes place across the timeline of all three seasons, starting before the first episode with the boys' first Dungeons and Dragons adventure. I was concerned that the addition of D&D would be little more than an ad in comic book form, but they fit in the role-playing aspects very neatly with the overall story. It's a natural fit and well worth reading. An excellent addition to the Stranger Things universe, filling in around the edges and expanding on what we see in the show itself. This series takes place across the timeline of all three seasons, starting before the first episode with the boys' first Dungeons and Dragons adventure. I was concerned that the addition of D&D would be little more than an ad in comic book form, but they fit in the role-playing aspects very neatly with the overall story. It's a natural fit and well worth reading.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Ok this was honestly really good. I have such an attachment to D&D and was hoping they were going to make a graphic novel about their sessions when the show started. I loved how they went through all the seasons to how their playing developed and how they created their party, adding Eleven and Max into the party later. Definitely my favorite of the Stranger Things graphic novels so far. Also makes me want to rewatch Stranger Things again.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Geweke

    Another great comic tie-in. They really pick the right stories for the comics(except the one with other power users) to add something worthwhile to the franchise. This one adds to the emotional ending of season 3 and shows a few days and hours before Will and Eleven are gonna leave Hawkins. It gives a ton of emotional weight to just a single sentence from the show and it fits so perfectly.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Josef Ploski

    I absolutely loved this short but poignant volume that fills in a few moments from the Stranger Things and shows us how Dustin hooked up with the guys as well as showing the girls playing D&D as well. If you like the show and have fond memories of playing D&D wiht your friends I urge you to pick this up and share it with them if you can.

  20. 5 out of 5

    John Stinebaugh

    I love that the focus of this was “bleed” into and out of the game. The way the party grows and changes hit home to the parties I have known and grown with. Combined with great artwork, this is what toe in graphic novels should be.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    Fun, full of heart, and super comforting. The art really captures the character and the emotion and the writing perfectly encapsulates the bonds D&D can forge. It was like a soothing balm for the soul.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nate Balcom

    A fun story with the crew from Hawkins. At times feels like bit like an ad for Dungeons & Dragons, but mostly a love letter to the tabletop game and the friends who fight battles together as they grow up.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Scott E

    Pretty much a love letter to how class dungeons and dragons is more than any important canonical stranger things content. Captures the greatness of DND perfectly

  24. 4 out of 5

    Diego Souza

    Brings me memories. <3

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aime

    Love it

  26. 4 out of 5

    Em

    I loved this TP, each story was a perfect snapshot of the kid’s lives at different times through the Stranger Things timeline. I loved seeing the stories through the lens of D&D and how they met.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dan Chancellor

    Pretty much just an ad for Dungeons & Dragons, but a fun way to reconnect with the characters you love.

  28. 4 out of 5

    David

    Fun Adventure The whole gang from Strange Things learn to play AD&D having great adventures. I highly recommend this book to all D&D. Players.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Megan Farve

    Super cute. I love how the graphic novel was able to elaborate on how important D&D was for this group of kids. The way Will ended the story was so heartwarming *tear*

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anna Haas

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The boys fight on many fronts.

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