Series 1 – “Captain Trips” (2009)
Based on the Novel by Stephen King
Written by Roberto Aguirre – Sacassa
Art by Mike Perkins
“Captain Trips” is the first of Six Series of “The Stand” Comics pushed out by Marvel Comics in all it’s dynamic and horrifying glory. It is a very high profile comic for Marvel and Sacasa, Perkins and Laura Martin make a great team here. “The Stand” for many, remains Stephen King’s best piece of work and it is held in high regard. It has been made into a popular and successful TV mini-series helmed by King mainstay Mick Garris (Bag of Bones). It is the kind of large, mysterious and complex story that has begged for a comic book adaptation and Marvel Comics appeared ready to take it on and they do so in terrifying and fascinating fashion.
“Captain Trips” follows the opening and introduction of the tome introducing us to the super- plague that decimates the United States. Named “Captain Trips” by the military and scientists, it is a powerful biological weapon that gets free and wipes out anyone who contracts it. But in grand King fashion there is so much more to this story. Some are immune to it and some become changed. Issue 1 starts with the Campion family making a last minute escape from a military base in California. Charlie, the father and husband knows what has been released and tries to flee with his family. He gets as far as Arnett, Texas where they all die but not before they crash into a gas station and continue the spread of the disease.
Sacasa weaves the story brilliantly and introduces us to the main players of this outstanding story of the apocalypse done the way only Stephen King can do it. Stu Redman seems immune and the CDC wants to know why. It seems that Stu (and many other characters) are having very vivid nightmares that involve a tall, red eyed man who is both menacing and frightening. Sacasa also gives us Frannie Goldsmith who loses her Dad in Maine. A down on his luck musician who tries to reconcile with his Mother in NYC and one of the more beloved characters named Nick Andros (a deaf mute) who ends up on foot and travelling through Arkansas.
Mike Perkin’s artwork is very well done and realized. He is perfect for the genre giving us some well framed landscapes, anatomy that is consistent and real. His panels flow well and he captures the bleakness and even the emotions of his drawn characters very well. Laura Martin’s colors are vibrant, rich and enveloping. As the issues progress the story continues to unfold about the decline of the civilized world and all of the small bands of people who are all travelling to see a mysterious old woman who also appears in their dreams. All of society has become sick, dead and infected. “The Walking Dude” or Randall Flagg seems to be a malevolent force that feeds off the evil, sick and destitute populace grows in strength.
“The Stand : Captain Trips” is a great intro and adaptation that unfolds nicely and gives us a very realistic tapestry of characters and situations to enjoy. I’ve only mentioned a few. There are many more to come as the readers continue with Sacasa’s, Perkins’ and Marvel Comics’ epic telling of King’s Book. Trash-Can Man, the pyromaniac being one of them. Let’s not forget the saintly old woman known as “Mother Abigail” whom so many characters flock to see. Will she and Randall Flagg meet and have a showdown of good vs evil> They might. Read these awesome titles and find out. Even if you’ve read the book numerous times, having them in fine comic book form from Marvel is amazing. Enjoy!
Other Series in “The Stand” Comics are
No Man’s Land
The Night Has Come
Great write up Vic. I had no idea there was even a comic series based on this. I have the novel, but I will admit to not reading it. The length of the book kinda scares me off. I have the TV mini-series but haven’t seen it, waiting to read the book. Which I will someday lol
You GOTTA read that book man. It is epic. I will go over the other series of The Stand Comics down the line. Thanks for swinging by bro.
Didn’t know this existed! I gave up comics years ago (Cost prohibitive) but I still pick up the occasional title now and again when the mood strikes. Although this is highly tempting I think I’ll wait for the inevitable trade paperback to be released.
But you do make it hard to resist Vic…NO FAIR!
Ha! 😀 Thanks for stopping in bro and yeah, the trade paperback is the way to go these days.
THIS IS A THING? looks amazing. I haven’t bought any comics in a long time but i think i should check this out.
Ha! Yeah, it is definitely a thing. A cool thing too. I think a Trade Paperback is due soon or may be out already. I’d check Amazon if that’s the way you want to go. Thanks for stopping in!
This is my FAVORITE King novel and I read it at least once a year. I’ve only read the first of the comic though.
I love The Stand. I have 2 different versions of the audio book on my iPod. The Comics are very accurate and they follow all the multiple story-lines closely. Have you read “The Strain” novels or comics yet? Thanks for stopping in
I have not read them. I don’t think I’m even familiar with them. Will have to see if the library has them!
It’s a trilogy of Vampire novels by Guillermo Del Toro (the director) and Chuck Hogan. The comics are in the first Volume so far. The novels are The Strain, The Fall and The Night Eternal. Actor Ron Perlman reads the first book fabulously for the audiobook. Yeah, try your library. Enjoy!
Oh THOSE! Yeah, I always avoided those because even though I love Del Toro I was just wary of the crossover factor. But if you say they’re good, I’ll give them a go. 🙂
Yeah, they are pretty good. I think Hogan makes it work as much as Del Toro does.
I have these and love them! The book is amazing. Read it to tatters too. Thanks for this!
I have all of the volumes myself except they are individual issues. I had downloaded the digital comics and stored them on my ext. hard drive. But nothing beats having the actual books in your hand. Sometimes I get them from my library.
I often re-visit The Stand and I have two audio book editions (one being the expanded edition). Hmm maybe I’ll do a top 10 best SK novels…
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