MST3K fans from around the world are eagerly awaiting the premiere of the reboot series on Netflix later this year. But that’s not the only good news on the horizon. Mystery Science Theater 3000 is set to make its comic book debut courtesy of Dark Horse Comics.
Dark Horse has announced that a Mystery Science Theater 3000 comic book series is in the works, in addition to special MST3K collectibles that will be produced and released by Dark Horse. But how can MST3K become a comic? Dark Horse has a lot of experience translating licensed properties into comics. For this title, we can probably look at Dark Horse’s Doctor Horrible and The Guild comics as a template for MST3K. Rather than attempting to fully translate the experience of either web series, the comics took the time to expand upon the characters and the worlds that they inhabited.
Although it plays for laughs on the show, the Satellite of Love is basically a prison for the host and his robot sidekicks. They may have a lot of wacky misadventures, but there’s definitely the potential to see other sides of life on the station without losing the series’ signature sense of humor. But if Dark Horse really wants to replicate the MST3K vibe, then perhaps the host and the bots should mock other comic books within their own comic book series.
It’s also unclear which of the three hosts would be featured in the Dark Horse series. The Nerdist Podcast‘s Jonah Ray is staring in the upcoming MST3K reboot series, but Joel Hodgson and Mike Nelson‘s characters are still quite popular with the fans. Perhaps the comic will find a way to incorporate all three hosts, or even introduce a new host for a new medium.
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