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The bullies from season one of hit Netflix series try to uncover the mystery of Eleven's psychic powers in this scary all-ages comic! Troy has been having nightmares about El ever since she embarrassed him in front of the school and broke his arm in season one. Powerless and anxious, Troy is determined to prove that what happened between him and El is only some form of tric The bullies from season one of hit Netflix series try to uncover the mystery of Eleven's psychic powers in this scary all-ages comic! Troy has been having nightmares about El ever since she embarrassed him in front of the school and broke his arm in season one. Powerless and anxious, Troy is determined to prove that what happened between him and El is only some form of trickery. That is until he and James encounter demodogs! 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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The bullies from season one of hit Netflix series try to uncover the mystery of Eleven's psychic powers in this scary all-ages comic! Troy has been having nightmares about El ever since she embarrassed him in front of the school and broke his arm in season one. Powerless and anxious, Troy is determined to prove that what happened between him and El is only some form of tric The bullies from season one of hit Netflix series try to uncover the mystery of Eleven's psychic powers in this scary all-ages comic! Troy has been having nightmares about El ever since she embarrassed him in front of the school and broke his arm in season one. Powerless and anxious, Troy is determined to prove that what happened between him and El is only some form of trickery. That is until he and James encounter demodogs! 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: The Bully

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    I guess Dark Horse gives Greg Pak all the crap Stranger Things stories to write. This is the same creative team behind the awful Stranger Things: Zombie Boys. This was nothing more than a cash grab. It adds absolutely nothing to the story other than the kid who bullies Mike and the boys has a jerk for a father. Stunning! Fovaccia's character designs are awful. I couldn't tell anyone apart. Everyone had the same shaggy haircut. I couldn't even tell Eleven from the boys once she grew out her hair. I guess Dark Horse gives Greg Pak all the crap Stranger Things stories to write. This is the same creative team behind the awful Stranger Things: Zombie Boys. This was nothing more than a cash grab. It adds absolutely nothing to the story other than the kid who bullies Mike and the boys has a jerk for a father. Stunning! Fovaccia's character designs are awful. I couldn't tell anyone apart. Everyone had the same shaggy haircut. I couldn't even tell Eleven from the boys once she grew out her hair. Received a review copy from Dark Horse and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  2. 5 out of 5

    exploraDora

    A quick read about the bully kid, Troy, from the first 2 seasons of Stranger Things. We get to see some familiar scenes from a different POV and why the kid isn't around anymore in season 3. I especially love the art in these ST graphic novels 💜 A quick read about the bully kid, Troy, from the first 2 seasons of Stranger Things. We get to see some familiar scenes from a different POV and why the kid isn't around anymore in season 3. I especially love the art in these ST graphic novels 💜

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Greg Pak makes weak attempt to give a redemption arc to the school bully from the first season of Stranger Things. Having had his arm broken and made to pee his pants in public by Eleven's telekinesis, Anthony "Troy" Walsh is traumatized, confused, and trying to figure out where he now fits in the school's pecking order of bullies and victims. He keeps leaning toward bully. We see some of the events from season two from a distance, with some Demodogs running about a pumpkin patch for instance, bu Greg Pak makes weak attempt to give a redemption arc to the school bully from the first season of Stranger Things. Having had his arm broken and made to pee his pants in public by Eleven's telekinesis, Anthony "Troy" Walsh is traumatized, confused, and trying to figure out where he now fits in the school's pecking order of bullies and victims. He keeps leaning toward bully. We see some of the events from season two from a distance, with some Demodogs running about a pumpkin patch for instance, but Walsh and his partner in crime, James Dante, just sort of meander off into their own pointless friendship thing. The art isn't very good, with poor likenesses to the actual actors and characters that are hard to tell apart unless you pay attention to their clothes. And I was really irked that one of the kids was carrying around some sort of pitchfork, but it is referred to by Walsh and Dante as first a hoe and then an ice scraper. Perhaps it was a failed attempt at humor to show how stupid they both are?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shaun Stanley

    Stranger Things: The Bully is a Dark Horse Comics graphic novel written by Greg Pak with art by Valeria Favoccia. Set during the events of Stranger Things Season 2, the two bullies who picked on Mike, Lucas, and Dustin in Season 1 and then got what was coming to them from Eleven, are trying to come up with scheme to get boys back. This was a huge step back for the Stranger Things comics. This was another book geared for a pre-teen audience and trying to have a anti-bullying message but it is incr Stranger Things: The Bully is a Dark Horse Comics graphic novel written by Greg Pak with art by Valeria Favoccia. Set during the events of Stranger Things Season 2, the two bullies who picked on Mike, Lucas, and Dustin in Season 1 and then got what was coming to them from Eleven, are trying to come up with scheme to get boys back. This was a huge step back for the Stranger Things comics. This was another book geared for a pre-teen audience and trying to have a anti-bullying message but it is incredibly boring and adds nothing to the Stranger Things universe.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Ingle

    Mostly pointless and the panels were confusing at times.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam

    Remember the bully that Eleven counter-bullies by breaking his arm? Writer Greg Pak looks to offer this kid an entire story-arc where he tries to deal with his trauma and humiliation, while also exposing the external factors that might explain his behaviour (e.g. his father). This was pretty pointless, but it did make me giggle at the writer’s attempt to try and connect his character’s life to various events occurring throughout the following seasons in Stranger Things… The artwork is average, mo Remember the bully that Eleven counter-bullies by breaking his arm? Writer Greg Pak looks to offer this kid an entire story-arc where he tries to deal with his trauma and humiliation, while also exposing the external factors that might explain his behaviour (e.g. his father). This was pretty pointless, but it did make me giggle at the writer’s attempt to try and connect his character’s life to various events occurring throughout the following seasons in Stranger Things… The artwork is average, mostly capturing the tone of the franchise. What remained a niggle was how some of the main characters barely looked like their TV series counterparts. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    What if, instead of focusing on the Stranger Things kids, or some brand new original characters, we instead focus on the antagonists of the first season? No, not Doctor Brenner, or the Demogorgon - the other, worse antagonists. Yeah, let's tell a story from the point of view of the kids that pick on Will and his friends. That sounds like a GREAT idea. Spoiler alert: it's not. At all. The story spends 90 pages threading its way through the aftermath of the first season and then into the second, sh What if, instead of focusing on the Stranger Things kids, or some brand new original characters, we instead focus on the antagonists of the first season? No, not Doctor Brenner, or the Demogorgon - the other, worse antagonists. Yeah, let's tell a story from the point of view of the kids that pick on Will and his friends. That sounds like a GREAT idea. Spoiler alert: it's not. At all. The story spends 90 pages threading its way through the aftermath of the first season and then into the second, showing us a few plot points we know from a different perspective, but it does so with the most unlikeable main character I've read in a long time. Is it mean to call a 12 year old unlikeable? Yeah, but it's apt too. Pak goes to some lengths to explain why Troy is the way he is by giving us a look into his home life (his dad's just him, but older), and then tries to shove in a redemption arc in the last few pages, but by that point it comes entirely out of left field so it rings completely hollow. You can't spend 90 pages saying this kid's an asshole (for whatever reason) and then give him a change of heart at the last second and expect it to work. There isn't even any impetus for said change of heart, the kid just decides to apologise before leaving town forever. Sure, why not. The artwork's alright - Valeria Favoccia's got a cartoony style, but it works for the most part. There are a few pages that skimp out on the backgrounds, but it does the job. It's perhaps a little too cartoony for the darker parts of the book like the woods section with the Demodogs, but the art's nowhere near as poor as the plotting. A flawed premise and a complete lack of any likeable characters makes this almost a complete waste of time. It's still readable, but I wouldn't recommend it, especially with many other, better, Stranger Things comics out there.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    I liked Zombie Boys a bit more than this one, but The Bully was still an engaging read. We get more of Troy's background (what is it with these Dads in the Stranger Things universe that have to prove their masculinity by emotionally and verbally abusing their sons?) and more insight into his mental state. I was afraid that he was going to be portrayed as an irredeemable little shit through the entire story but he does redeem himself and appear to learn and grow by the end. Overall, a cute story I liked Zombie Boys a bit more than this one, but The Bully was still an engaging read. We get more of Troy's background (what is it with these Dads in the Stranger Things universe that have to prove their masculinity by emotionally and verbally abusing their sons?) and more insight into his mental state. I was afraid that he was going to be portrayed as an irredeemable little shit through the entire story but he does redeem himself and appear to learn and grow by the end. Overall, a cute story with a good message and a great addition to the Stranger Things universe.

  9. 5 out of 5

    James

    A nice redemption arc for the bully.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Kern

    It's just meh. I love Stranger Things, but this did not scratch the itch. This character doesn't need a redemption arc. I didn't love the illustration style either. It's just meh. I love Stranger Things, but this did not scratch the itch. This character doesn't need a redemption arc. I didn't love the illustration style either.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    Maybe it's because it's been years since I watched the first season of Stranger Things, but I have absolutely no idea who this character is. And that's AFTER reading the book. A bullied child who apparently got put down by 11 decides he wants revenge, egged on by his bullying father. There's a story about redemption that I think was trying to be told, but I didn't really think it was earned. The art didn't do a whole lot for me either - the few times the Stranger Things crew appeared they were ha Maybe it's because it's been years since I watched the first season of Stranger Things, but I have absolutely no idea who this character is. And that's AFTER reading the book. A bullied child who apparently got put down by 11 decides he wants revenge, egged on by his bullying father. There's a story about redemption that I think was trying to be told, but I didn't really think it was earned. The art didn't do a whole lot for me either - the few times the Stranger Things crew appeared they were hard to recognize, and I often had difficulty telling between the lead and his crony. The story isn't offensively bad, but there's absolutely nothing here that I can recommend, or even remember after a few days.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Emeraldawn

    Oh Man, what a disappointment! This book is another in the running theme I have with books without any reason to be. The Bully follows the character of the bully in Stranger Things season 1, that had his arm broken by Eleven. How the school treats him, his home life, etc. It follows into the start of Season 2, so you will see things that happen and know where in the show you are at. But there is really nothing to this story. It's a small unneeded filler. I do like the idea of following some char Oh Man, what a disappointment! This book is another in the running theme I have with books without any reason to be. The Bully follows the character of the bully in Stranger Things season 1, that had his arm broken by Eleven. How the school treats him, his home life, etc. It follows into the start of Season 2, so you will see things that happen and know where in the show you are at. But there is really nothing to this story. It's a small unneeded filler. I do like the idea of following some characters that will not get screen time, like maybe the other children 1-10, but this is a waste of what Dark Horse should do with the rights to Stranger Things. It is such a cash grab.

  13. 4 out of 5

    TheNextGenLibrarian

    The Bully was just what I needed for my Stranger Things fix. I’ve been missing this Netflix show so much this summer! 🧇 This YA graphic novel is set around season 1. Troy is having nightmares ever since El embarrassed him. He and James decide to go after her again to prove what they saw wasn’t real...until they encounter demodogs. 🧇 I loved this book! It took me back to when I fell in love with the show and wished this could have been an added episode. Thanks Edelweiss for the ARC. Be sure to buy The Bully was just what I needed for my Stranger Things fix. I’ve been missing this Netflix show so much this summer! 🧇 This YA graphic novel is set around season 1. Troy is having nightmares ever since El embarrassed him. He and James decide to go after her again to prove what they saw wasn’t real...until they encounter demodogs. 🧇 I loved this book! It took me back to when I fell in love with the show and wished this could have been an added episode. Thanks Edelweiss for the ARC. Be sure to buy this one on release September 1!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Geweke

    [3-MINUTE-BLITZ-REVIEW] This story runs parallel to the second season and is focussed on the two bullies. They got their own adventure sometimes interlinking with the main cast. It goes into the head of the main bully and his life experience and what lead him to be how he is and then it all ends on a beautiful note on the last page. And there also is an absolutely wonderful scene mirroring multiple scenes of the other kids with our favourite teacher Scott Clarke.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Renee M. P. T. Kray

    This is another book that really didn't need to exist at all. It doesn't add anything to the story, or flesh out a particular character that you care about. It just gives you another dip into the ST world while we sit around waiting for S4 to drop. That being said, it's cute. It's exactly what I expected. The art is excellent as always, and the story has heart. I'm not disappointed that I took 15 minutes out of my day to read it. This is another book that really didn't need to exist at all. It doesn't add anything to the story, or flesh out a particular character that you care about. It just gives you another dip into the ST world while we sit around waiting for S4 to drop. That being said, it's cute. It's exactly what I expected. The art is excellent as always, and the story has heart. I'm not disappointed that I took 15 minutes out of my day to read it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Aryn O'Connor

    Meh, didn't like this one. Troy was a bully... plain and simple. This story attempts to give him a redemption arc, but really just solidifies that he was terrible, even to the only person he could call a friend. Sure, his dad was a terrible person too, but there were quite a few opportunities for Troy to be the better person and overcome his father's influence, but he didn't. He remained steadfast in his awfulness and I felt no sympathy for him. Meh, didn't like this one. Troy was a bully... plain and simple. This story attempts to give him a redemption arc, but really just solidifies that he was terrible, even to the only person he could call a friend. Sure, his dad was a terrible person too, but there were quite a few opportunities for Troy to be the better person and overcome his father's influence, but he didn't. He remained steadfast in his awfulness and I felt no sympathy for him.

  17. 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 always been a fan of the show and I find that the graphic novels are nice tie ins, this one focuses on a bully who Eleven attacked when he was bothering the boys and the consequences that arise after the event. A quick read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This was a super interesting story, takes place with some flashbacks of season 1 of the show and into season 2. I always wondered what happened to this bully, since we don't really see him after season 2 on the show, but now we have our answers. At the same time, I do like how the story did elaborate on how kids who are often bully's are so because of a bully in their life. This was a super interesting story, takes place with some flashbacks of season 1 of the show and into season 2. I always wondered what happened to this bully, since we don't really see him after season 2 on the show, but now we have our answers. At the same time, I do like how the story did elaborate on how kids who are often bully's are so because of a bully in their life.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    A very, VERY quick read. (I tore through it in about 10 minutes.) But it was interesting to see the perspective of the show's bully--not something that many stories take the time to do. It made the character a human with development, rather than just an antagonist. A very, VERY quick read. (I tore through it in about 10 minutes.) But it was interesting to see the perspective of the show's bully--not something that many stories take the time to do. It made the character a human with development, rather than just an antagonist.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Oof, that was... not great. It's very, very hard to pull off a redemption arc for such a horrible character, and this just didn't quite succeed. If it had been a longer series, maybe it could've been done? But as it stands, it's too short and he was awful for too much of it. Oof, that was... not great. It's very, very hard to pull off a redemption arc for such a horrible character, and this just didn't quite succeed. If it had been a longer series, maybe it could've been done? But as it stands, it's too short and he was awful for too much of it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rocky Sunico

    This was another shorter book that somewhat connected to the other Grek Pak story but didn't quite have as much impact. I get the sort of vignette narrative flavor to things but because of that it also felt like it really went anywhere significant. So it was just okay, but nothing amazing. This was another shorter book that somewhat connected to the other Grek Pak story but didn't quite have as much impact. I get the sort of vignette narrative flavor to things but because of that it also felt like it really went anywhere significant. So it was just okay, but nothing amazing.

  22. 5 out of 5

    aleksia

    read this bc i was bored and i just wanna know why would they make a comic centered on this character like who on their right minds would wanna read this… it was so hard to get through 😭 but anyways the parts where the other characters we know and love had cameos were very appreciated

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Now caught up with all the "Stranger Things" graphic novels as "The Bully" was the last one to read. This one was interesting as it focused on the two bullies of the kids from the early seasons. Now just waiting for the next graphic novel out this fall and to start reading the YA novels. Now caught up with all the "Stranger Things" graphic novels as "The Bully" was the last one to read. This one was interesting as it focused on the two bullies of the kids from the early seasons. Now just waiting for the next graphic novel out this fall and to start reading the YA novels.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    This was another just okay Stranger Things spin off. It makes you wanna feel a little for the bully character from season one, but the back and forth of him seeming to redeem himself and then swiftly being a horrible bully was tough.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Speedy_kevin

    Started good. But the ending ruined everything.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Madeleine Hernandez-g

    As a lot of people said in their reviews, this was pointless and didn't bring anything new to the story! I felt like I was just watching a few scenes of the tv show but badly done. As a lot of people said in their reviews, this was pointless and didn't bring anything new to the story! I felt like I was just watching a few scenes of the tv show but badly done.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    A very poor attempt at a graphic novel designed to make money off the Netflix series. Illustrations are great, hence the 2 stars, but major holes left me scratching my head.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kristy Harvey

    This graphic novel follows the TV series pretty closely, except it's from the POV of the bully. Nothing stand-out, but enjoyable if you're a fan of the TV Series. This graphic novel follows the TV series pretty closely, except it's from the POV of the bully. Nothing stand-out, but enjoyable if you're a fan of the TV Series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Francesca

    love how these add extra elements to the show and to the characters

  30. 4 out of 5

    Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea

    Here's a little more back story on the bully in Stranger Things' first season. Kind of interesting but not really. I've enjoyed reading more about the series as I wait for season 4. Here's a little more back story on the bully in Stranger Things' first season. Kind of interesting but not really. I've enjoyed reading more about the series as I wait for season 4.

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