Dark Horse Comics has announced their intentions to release the first-ever Stranger Things prequel comic series.

The news comes as Netflix prepares to release the eagerly anticipated third season of the science fiction television series. Netflix has confirmed that Stranger Things 3 will debut in summer 2019. “It’s a handcrafted show,” Cindy Holland, VP of Netflix’s original content, explained. “The Duffer brothers and Shawn Levy have worked really hard, and they understand the stakes are high. They want to deliver something bigger and better than what they did last year. And so they really want to take the time to get it right.”

Now, the prequel comic series has been created, centring around the lesser-mentioned character Francine, one of Eleven’s fellow subjects taken in by Dr. Brenner and the Hawkins laboratory.

The comic series, entitled Stranger Things: Six, has been written by Jody Houser who has teamed up with penciller Edgar Salazar, inker Keith Champagne, letterer Nate Piekos, colourist Marissa Louise and cover artist Aleksi Briclot.

The official synopsis reads: “A teenage girl with precognitive abilities, has struggled through a lifetime of exploitation only to end up the pawn of a government agency that wants to harness her powers for its own ends.”

The first issue the comic will arrive on May 29th and here’s the trailer:

As the July release date of the show draws closer, Netflix are counting down the summer with a clip of the show’s heartthrob lifeguard Billy Hargrove who has the town swooning as he arrives for a shift at the pool.

Back in October 2017, executive producer Shawn Levy explained that the production had set out a detailed plan for the episodes in the planning, he said: “It’ll be an eight or nine-episode season.”

He continued: “The number of episodes will be dictated by the amount of story that excites us. We now know what is going to happen in season three to every character.”

The streaming platform has also provided a new teaser clip:

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