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The Stand Volume 2: American Nightmares (Stephen King's The Stand - Graphic Novel series #2)

4.55 of 5 stars 4.55  ·  rating details  ·  6,159 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Someone at Project Blue was keeping a secret. A secret they thought they could contain. They thought wrong. Now, with 99 percent of the country's population dead or dying, the viral strain developed at project Blue--dubbed "Captain Trips"--has brought about the end of the world. For the survivors--including Nick Andros, Larry Underwood, Frannie Goldsmith and Stu Redman--th ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 18th 2012 by Marvel (first published 2009)
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Brandon
Picking up where part one left off, American Nightmares further showcases the already established characters dealing with the aftermath of Captain Trips while still introducing new players in the story.

Stu Redman contemplates escape from the CDC while Larry Underwood meets up with another woman as they begin their slow trek out of New York City. We're also thrust back into the life of Frannie Goldsmith as she meets up with Harold Lauder, a childhood friend and next door neighbor. Frannie and Har
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Madeleine
I don't know what's going on, but the universe thinks it's necessary that my two favorite books, Ken Follett's "Pillars of the Earth" and Stephen King's "The Stand," find new life in different media. And I'm really digging that the two clearly-done-for-my-benefit projects are happening simultaneously.

After watching the first installment of "Pillars" and having my preordered-for-months copy of "Soul Survivors" finally land on my doorstep this week, I figured it was time to crack open "American N
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Jim Peterson
This adaptation is really great. Each comic has extra artwork and materials at the end. This one showed how the artwork is based on the real cities that the characters went to. It shows photographs and the artwork based on the photos side-by-side and all I can say is: wow. The artist is really, really good.

Some of the smaller details are lost in the comic retelling, but the detail in the artwork more than makes up for that. It's more faithful than any television or movie version could ever be.
Alain Dewitt
'The Stand' is one of my all-time favorite books and I have read it many times. I also love comic books so when I saw that Marvel had serialized the story into comic book form it was a no-brainer. The art work is fantastic and the authors have hewed very close to the story line. One thing, though, is that having seen - again, multiple times - the ABC mini-series, I find myself looking at the characters in the comic and thinking, No, that's not right. Stu Redman is Gary Sinise!

Still quite enjoyab
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Nicola Mansfield
I first started this series back when only a few volumes were out and decided to stop and wait until it had been completed. So here I am back with Vol. 2. This volume jumps around the country showing us who the survivors (major players) are, where they are, their current circumstances and how they get on their journey heading towards where they are being pulled. Randall appears more frequently this volume and the characters experience the bad dreams from him, this time there is only one dream of ...more
Julio
Una excelente adaptación de una de las mas ambiciosas novelas de Stephen King (The Stand). Leí The Stand hace décadas, antes que hubiera ningún lugar como este para reseñarla y guardarla en la memoria. Igual mi recuerdo era que me había encantado. Así que cuando exploraba Issuee (un verdadero tesoro para BDs/Comics) y me topé con esta adaptación gráfica, era inevitable probarla. Y el resultado es excelente. El ambiente, la historia, los personajes, reflejan espectacularmente la novela original. ...more
Ashley
Jul 21, 2014 Ashley rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Stephen King fans and lovers of great graphics
Recommended to Ashley by: Rick Hunter
I was unsure of how I felt, reading the graphics before I read the actual book, but the writing and the artwork that brings this story to life just seems like it will add to my experience when I read the novel instead of ruining it for me.
I am impressed by the detailed artwork and the color schemes used to tell the story, as they seem to have as much to say as the words do.
The writing is well-done, quick and to the point, moving the story along at a great pace complimented by the artwork and not
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Sookie
Horror lurks in the boundaries of nightmares and makes its presence known to few of the survivors of the pandemic. It begins to grow in the depletion of human society, finally finding its purpose. Recruitment for the army of evil begins with an inmate.

Some characters cross paths and decide to stick together. The subtle nuances in King's writing is wonderfully translated in this adaptation. With budgeted number of words, Mike Perkins takes care of human nuances in their expression - be it the way
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Aurora Dimitre
I am seriously impressed with this comic adaptation. I just really adore it! I love how the characters are drawn, and I also love how the story is continuing to unfold - as with the novel, my favorite character is definitely Lloyd, with Nick at second, and it was so cool seeing their stories in comic form.

I don't know when I'll be able to pick up the rest of this series, but I'm seriously excited for whenever I do. This isn't something that can replace the novel, of course, but it's something g
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John
This second book in the graphic novel version of The Stand is light on action and horror...but really great on character. One of the great things about Stephen King is his characters...so vivid and colorful. In graphic novel form, I was afraid this huge story (with about 100 speaking characters in it...take that Charles Dickens) would get drowned in the horror/adventure side of things. And so, this volume was even MORE impressive to me because it let us into a important character moments with th ...more
FantasyWereld
In 1978 kwam De Beproeving uit. In die tijd werd er nog veel uit Stephen Kings romans geschrapt, terwijl tegenwoordig zijn naam al voor een goede verkoop zorgt. In 1999 verscheen er dan de volledige versie – met de 150.000 geschrapte woorden – maar dan wel met een nieuw begin en einde. Maar ook in 2010 werd De Beproeving weer opgepakt, ditmaal niet voor een nieuwe versie van de roman, maar om het om te zetten in een vijfdelige graphic novelreeks. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa verzorgt het script, Mike ...more
Fizzgig76
Reprints The Stand: American Nightmares #1-5 (May 2009-October 2009). 99% of the population has been killed by the superflu Captain Trips, and now the survivors find that living might be worse. Nick Andros finds himself almost blind in addition to being deaf and unable to speak. Harold Laudner discovers he's falling in love with his fellow survivor Franny Goldsmith. Larry Underwood tries to get over the feeling that he was not worthy to survive while escaping New York City. A man known as the Tr ...more
Kate
This volume continues the graphic adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand. Captain Trips has wiped out most of the population, and the survivors are beginning to mobilize based on their dreams. Most of them dream of the Walking Dude, aka Randall Flagg. Only Nick Andros dreams of the old woman in Nebraska and heads in that direction. Finally Trashcan Man appears, and Lloyd is rescued from starving to death in his prison cell by Flagg. Stuart Redman meets up with Frannie and Harold and together the ...more
Licha
Second installment of The Stand in graphic format. Am really loving this series/format. So far most of the characters and scenes have played out almost like I imagined them to be when I was reading the the actual book. The only person who hasn't quite fit the look for me has been Harold Lauder. He seems like a middle-aged, beer bellied guy instead of a teenager. And why does he also seem to resemble Stephen King?

Anyway, so far so good. Cannot wait to read the rest of the books.
Rick Hunter
Jul 20, 2014 Rick Hunter rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: comic fans, Stephen King fans
Recommended to Rick by: goodreads
Art: Again, I was awed by Mike Perkins. His work in this second volume of The Stand is terrific. I don't know of another artist out there whose style would fit this series as well as MP's does. I'm also enjoying the art stuff at the end of each volume where Perkins explains why and how he does some of the things that he does with his art. Art gets 5 stars.

Story: As I said in my review for volume 1 of this series, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa already had a great story laid out for him. All he had to do
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Jarrod Scarbrough
Another excellent volume in the set! After getting to know the characters in book 1, this book focused on how some of them are starting to gather in groups, and we're starting to get glimpses of the dreams. Henried and Flagg are together now, Frannie and Harold have met Stu and are about to head to Stovington, Larry just lost Rita and is on his own, Nick is heading to Nebraska. Great artwork, and a great retelling of my favorite book ever!
Sam
Firstly I must confess that I haven't actually read The Stand (it's on my to read list, I promise) so I can't compare this to the original story in any way, shape or form. However as a stand alone work I found this thoroughly enjoyable (in a strange end of the world way). The characters were well developed (obviously being King characters) and the illustrations seemed to fit their actions and personalities rather well. The illustrations themselves added to the story and gave an added punch to th ...more
jacky
#2

I enjoyed this as much as the first installment. It was easily read in one afternoon, but I of course which it were longer. I enjoyed the introductions of Harold and Trashcan Man. I was also pleased that the section of flu immune who die anyway was included; I always found that interesting. This installment stayed true to the book in many notable places where the TV mini series edited or adapted. Most notable for me were Harold's appearance and Nick's gun shot injury.

I read the two bits at th
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C
The story continues with the survivors of the super flu. Flagg is haunting some nightmares - if you're good or evil, it doesn't matter. It seems anyone & everyone could be useful to him. I'm happy the trashcan man exists in The Stand since I love how fire looks in graphic novel form.
Sylvester
As Captain Trips spreads, the few survivors began to regroup and head to Nebraska where their visions led them. Meanwhile, the dark man is gathering other survivors.

I really enjoyed how well the tunnel scene was drawn which in my opinion was better than my imagination.
Magila
(3.5) I can't say there was anything I distinctly didn't like about this installment, it just didn't blow me away like the first. I did enjoy the New Englanders' story line the best.

The art was intense, and at times graphic, and it's clearly meant for the older crowd (late teens plus). Grandma Abigail was rendered very well, and overall I appreciated the character depictions. As you progress through the chapters, you really feel like you are on a journey with the various characters, watching th
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Brian Ackermann
I loved the novel. I was interested to see how they managed to handle the story in a more graphical form, and I was not displeased with the results. I'll be making a point to get my hands on the other books in this series.
Jenn
The second in this series was as good as the first. The artists did a great job (taking pictures in NY to make sure their illustrations were spot on) and the story is as powerful as ever. Finishing this book means I've finished my GoodReads challenge for the year.
S.
Bought this for my son and gave it a read myself before handing it over. I read The Stand 30 years ago and loved it, and indeed I enjoyed this too.
Paul
Let me be completely honest. As a writer (King not me), I'm really not that big of a fan of Stephen King novels. I'm just not that big a fan of his prose... although I admit, that the guy does have some great ideas.
However, this story makes for a great graphic novel adaptation. I remember seeing the TV mini-series of this and thinking it was pretty good (I usually DO like Stephen King story movies) and would also make a good GN.
Aguirre-Sacasa does not dissapoint, his artwork takes the story to a
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Colleen
The many characters and plot lines were hard to get into at first, but once into ... this book is amazing. I believe one of Stephen King's best.
Curt Matzenbacher
I was interested to see how some of the most memorable scenes from the novel would be adapted in this volume. The authors came through in spades.
Chris
One of The best thrillers I have ever read. Dark characters ,humour,terror. Not to be missed!.
Joey Heflich
Shouldn't be surprising, but this story is really good so far. And Mike Perkins and Laura Martin are so good that I don't mind trading King's words for their pictures.
Samra
It's amazing. they stick to Kings vision so perfectly. I'm loving it
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