Thanks to a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $6 million, 2017 will see the return of Mystery Science Theater 3000 with a new 14-episode Netflix series starring Jonah Ray, Felicia Day, Patton Oswalt and more. After years without the series, that was more than enough to delight fans, but now we know that's not all the MST3K fun we can expect this year ...
Dark Horse Comics announced Thursday that it will release a new MST3K comic book series to coincide with the new episodes, along with a new line of merchandise based on the show. According to the official press release, though it took a while, Dark Horse has been exploring the license for more than 20 years.
"I first encountered the show in 1992 and immediately fell in love with both the concept and the characters," said Dark Horse VP of Publishing Randy Stradley. "I began inquiring about the license in 1993, and now — a mere 24 years later — we have Comics Sign!"
Neither the comic nor any of the merchandise has a release date yet, but of course we'll keep you posted on that front. For now, a more interesting thing to consider is what exactly an MST3K comic might look like. We don't yet know which Satellite of Love line-up the book will focus on, but that aside, so much of the series is based on reacting to other media. I'd wager that a good 75% of the gags on the show don't work without actually watching (and hearing) the films the characters are responding to, so there's no way the comic can mimic that structure.
That said, the show got plenty of laughs outside of the theater during Invention Exchange and the other shenanigans Crow and Tom Servo got up to. Personally, I'm hoping for an entire issue devoted to the inner-workings of the Road House board game.
Also, and I really can't stress this enough, if Dark Horse can craft the Tom Servo statue of my dreams, they can have the money right now.