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The Stand: Captain Trips (Stephen King's The Stand - Graphic Novel series #1)

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The Stand is a classic tale of good vs. evil, loss weighed against redemption and despair pitted against hope. It is an apocalyptic vision of man's battle to save life against a worldwide plague of death. For when Captain Trips works its way across the land, it is time to make a stand. Award-winning writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (HBO's Big Love), and artists Mike Perkins ( ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 21st 2011 by Marvel (first published March 11th 2009)
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Brandon
The first five issues in Marvel's adaptation of Stephen King's famous novel The Stand, are contained within the first collection, Captain Trips. A virus is let loose from a top secret government facility causing people to exhibit symptoms in line with the flu. However, this strain is 100% fatal. Following the lives of a few select individuals who appear to be immune, King lays the groundwork for the ultimate battle between good and evil.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa does a fine job adapting the source
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Nicolo Yu
The Stand: Captain Trips is the first of a set of miniseries that adapts Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic novel, The Stand. This review centers on the hardcover collection of the series which include sketchbook material, creator comments and sample scripts. It is should be noted that I haven’t read the original novel and I aim to do when opportunity presents itself, so in order to gauge if this is a faithful adaptation of the source material, I rely on the various synopses available online.

The st
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Becky
The Stand has always been one of my all time favorite books, and this adaptation was fantastic. "Captain Trips" covers probably about the first 8th of the book, if that, but and it manages to show a large chunk of the details and story that happen in that section of the book, and does it in a way that doesn't feel like there are huge gaps. I was quite impressed. I knew that there would be a lot left out, and I had prepared myself to be disappointed in the way it was done, but obviously, I was fa ...more
Joseph
The art is a bad sample of a big trend right now: digitally painting photographs and pasting rendered figures onto the image. And that’s just how it looks—pasted. Glad this one was a library borrow.
Alanna M
The artwork in this is equal parts stunning and (where appropriate) absolutely gruesome. I actually cringed a couple of times. This being my favourite Stephen King book, I was pretty excited to see it had been turned into a series of graphic novels. Given how long the novel is that struck me as very ambitious.

The most surreal bit was how closely the characters resembled my imagined versions of them, especially considering King doesn't go into a lot of detail about physical characteristics so mu
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Amanda Lyons
I don't think this book does much justice to the original story it was based on. The cuts are sharp and jarring for those of us who've read the original novel and many of the better scenes from the book are brutally chopped to make it all into digestible chunks for the comic book format.

Unfortunately I also don't think this book does much justice to the comic book medium either. Don't get me wrong the art style is great, even excellent but the story is nowhere nearly well displayed as it has be
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David jones
I read this book in a couple hours. And I loved it. This graphic novel talked about the first 200 some pages of the actual book, The Stand, which is the first 26 chapters I think. It was really good. I like how it managed to condense that many pages into a little under 130 pages. They even got much of that part of the story right; even detailing some of the filler information that was in the book. The illustrations in the book are amazing and I give props to whoever drew them. Now, I don't usual ...more
Holden Attradies
Okay, let me get this out of the way real quick because it really has nothing to do with the content of the book: It is fucking retarded that The Stand comic adaptation is not presented in a way that makes it clear it's all part of the same story and what order the volumes go in. The comics themselves read as an ongoing story, so why it is published as some six or so books with different names each consisting of 5 comics with no real help as to what order to read them in other than having read t ...more
Amy
Today I discovered that one of my all time favorite books is now a graphic novel (GN). WWWEEEE. Since I'm fairly new to the medium, I HAD TO HAVE RIGHT NOW. Taking a 1200 page novel and condensing into the medium felt like the task of a lunatic to me, so I am pleased to report that it works very well. So much of what has to be described on the page can be depicted in a single frame, it's really amazing. The GN hits all the high points I remember from the novel and I was very pleased with the dep ...more
Madeleine
I have to preface this a little in the hopes that it does some justice to just how (and why) I was so excited to discover that one of my all-time favorite books was to be retooled as a graphic novel. It's been such a thrill to see "The Dark Tower" -- my other favorite King-wrought literary experience -- get the graphic-novel treatment (even though it's a completely different approach) that I just couldn't anticipate anything less than a thoroughly impressive illustrated translation of "The Stand ...more
Crysalis
Tralasciando il non irrilevante dettaglio che, nella mia disinformazione - ebbene sì, lo confesso -, mi aspettavo qualche cosa di leggermente più gustoso di una semplice trasposizione del romanzo, questa graphic novel alla fine si è rivelata riuscitissima.
Ma andiamo con ordine.
Purtroppo l'ampia gamma di personaggi ed eventi da presentare nello spazio limitato di cinque capitoli, non permettono di approfondire le loro personalità affascinanti e controverse che emergono con prepotenza nel libro, m
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Chris
It's safe to say that The Stand is one of my favorite novels... it's certainly the book I've read the most, starting from when I was in the 7th grade and onto my adulthood, where I will occasionally pull it off the shelf to revisit Stephen King's dark germ-filled apocalypse. Marvel Comics' 2009 graphic adaptation featured a decent pedigree (Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on scripts supervised by King himself, artwork from the team of Mike Perkins and Laura Martin) and is probably as good an undertaking ...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
Rick Hunter
Jul 20, 2014 Rick Hunter rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: comic fans, Stephen King fans
Recommended to Rick by: goodreads
Actual rating would be 4.5 stars.

Art: I had no idea who Mike Perkins was before reading this collection but was amazed by his work. His art has lots of detail and perfectly fits this story. I usually don't mention the colorist in my reviews but Laura Martin does such a fantastic job that her work is equally important as the work that Perkins has done. Art gets 4.5 stars.

Story: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa already had a great story laid out before him prior to him having any involvement with this proje
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Licha
This is Vol.1 of The Stand in graphic novel format. I was wondering how this was going to be pulled off in just 5 volumes, being that this is a 1000+ page novel, but so far I’m impressed with the introduction to the story and some of the main characters. It seems to be covering the main chapters quite well. That being said, I think this format is an excellent visual supplement for someone who has read the novel. Anyone reading The Stand this way will miss so much of what makes this such a Stephe ...more
Kelly
I am a big Stephen King fan. I love his characters, his in-depth descriptions, and the way he can make you care while he scares the hell out of you. I got very caught up in the struggles of these characters from the quiet leader, Stu, to the reluctant hero, Larry. Simple, lovable Tom. Silent drifter, Nick. Even the villains are fully explored and well-written. Trashcan is one of my all-time favorite madmen. Stephen King writes insanity very very well. I gave this four stars because I had to put ...more
Toby Stenson
OOOOOOOO this book is freaking awesome!!!! Read it right now!
Ashley
Jul 22, 2014 Ashley rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Stephen King fans and lovers of great graphics
Recommended to Ashley by: Rick Hunter
Of all the Stephen King that I have read, " The Stand" is not among them. So, I had no idea what I was in for when I started this graphic and nothing to compare it to.
The artwork is decent, fits the tone of the writing. Bright colors and sharp lines just don't seem as fitting as the shady, shadow drawing do.
I'm unsure of how close the writing follows the novel, but I feel as if I am getting a complete story. (I assume they are cutting corners as S.K. can be wordy)
This was a fast-paced entertaini
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Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: I re-read The Stand this year and heard about the comic adaptation, so of course wanted to check it out.

This is a very faithful adaptation of King's The Stand and I enjoyed it immensely. This first book covers the whole superflu leak. The government part of the story is taken care of pretty quickly, giving us enough information and background to know what happened but care has been taken to include the significant small things such as the man whose face is in the tomato soup.
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Giovanni Gelati

I have decided to make today an all Stephen King graphic novel day. After this thriller, I will post later on The Dark Tower /Treachery. I want to right off the bat thank all of you for messages telling me I should start to read King’s full length novels .I will start to do that in 2011. Right now I want to run through the graphic novels and then I will dive into that no problem, so thanks for kind words and encouragement.
The Stand was a pleasant surprised for me. I had no idea prior to picking
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John
The graphic novel medium seems to suit Stephen King's tone and sensibilities with this story in particular. If it was a novel like The Shining or Pet Semetery (his scariest novels in my opinion) that depends much on "ghost story" atmosphere and creepy imagery, then I would say it may not have worked as well. But The Stand is Stephen King's epic American adventure-horror novel. Aside from creatures, demons and devils that populate this book...it's mostly about 1, the characters...and 2, the decim ...more
FantasyWereld
In 1978 kwam De Beproeving uit. In die tijd werd er 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 tot een vijfdelige graphic novelreeks. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa verzorgt het script, Mike Per ...more
Luis
Apocalipsis - Stephen King - Libro Primero - (Comic)

Iré escribiendo resúmenes por partes a medida que vaya leyendo la novela y el comic a la par (la película y la serie puede esperar, (el libro que me compete tiene casi 1600 hojas)
He aquí la novela gráfica (toda esta parte a ser citada, ya la leí en el libro original)
Bueno, lo que mas resalto de esta adaptación, es que los de Marvel, llegaron a plasmar perfectamente la novela de SK en un comic, de hecho, es como volver a leer la novela, solo qu
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Fizzgig76
Reprints The Stand: Captain Trips #1-5 (November 2008-March 2009). An accident at a military base unleashes a super virus. Now the disease is spreading across the country and the attempts to contain Captain Trips is failing. The military is trying to cover it up, but reports of Captain Trips are popping up faster than they can cover them. With Captain Trips spreading, Randall Flagg, the Walking Man, the Man in Black has returned, and hell is coming. The disease is 99% fatal but for those it does ...more
Cale
Revisiting the Stand in Graphic Novel form is interesting. I read the book almost two decades ago (that's a scary thought), and I remember more from the mini-series than I do the book. So seeing the characters differently is interesting.

The comics do a good job of telling the story, although the segmenting into mini-series doesn't really fit the format of the book - I guess having limited runs destined for Graphic Novels works well for Marvel, but the break points don't really feel like organic
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Alex Telander
After the success of the popular graphic novel series of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, Marvel has decided to take on the epic story of Stephen King’s The Stand. For those not familiar with the story: a government-made lethal virus gets out of the lab after an accident that has the now infected guard fleeing for the hills with his infected wife and kid. The virus spreads at an alarming rate and soon there’s only a select population left. These people have dreams of two people: Mother Abigail and ...more
Azeila Rose
I started reading this graphic novel series during Christmas time. For me, this was a big mistake. While most everyone else was happy and jolly, I was getting sucked into depression reading this story.

I finished Captain Trips and all through I really wanted to see what would happen next, I had to stop myself. This story is definitely one that I can only take in small doses.

This is an apocalyptic story. Except with this one, we're not brought in after the world ends, we're brought in just befor
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Tom Kilobees
The last time I read 'The Stand' was sophomore year of high school. A lot of things have changed since then, but 'The Stand' remains the greatest post-apocalypse novel ever written.
This first volume of Marvel's 2008 adaptation does a reasonably good job of capturing the snowballing dread of the first part of Stephen King's novel. The art is nothing special, but it gets the job done. My biggest complaint is the lack of style; the whole book has this sheen of 21st century mass production on it. T
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Kate
If you haven't read Stephen King's The Stand, you should, although if you are daunted by the 1,000+ page novel this is a loyal graphic version. This volume probably covers more of the novel than it seems, knowing how King likes to delve into his characters' backstory. As in the novel, it begins with the accidental release of the virus known to the military as "Project Blue" and becomes known to civilians as "Captain Trips," and how the virus makes its way across America, how the government attem ...more
Layla
The multi-character focus works well within the format even if inevitably some of it feels rushed and the characters are missing an amount of depth. I have to applaud that Randall Flagg is delightfully rendered so far, though my memory of how he was written that early on in the actual book is really fuzzy. Aside from some inspired Flagg images, I could give or take the art; a lot of the main characters don't seem to take a very consistent appearance.
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