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The Stand: Captain Trips

(The Stand: Graphic Novels #1)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  62,904 ratings  ·  380 reviews
Exclusive hardcover edition, collects The Stand: Captain Trips series of comics (#1-5) into one Hardcover volume. It all begins here: the epic apocalyptic battle between good and evil. On a secret army base in the Californian desert, something has gone horribly, terribly wrong. Something will send Charlie Campion, his wife and daughter fleeing in the middle of the night. U ...more
Hardcover, 1st, 160 pages
Published March 25th 2009 by Marvel Comics (first published 2009)
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When it comes to being true to the source material, this is about as good as it gets! I have read The Stand twice and this volume faithfully follows the first 100 to 150 pages or so.

And, not only is it faithful, but the adaptation is very good is well. Being true to the original book does not necessarily mean that the transition is smooth, followable, etc. But, this was done very well.

And, the art is pretty good, too. I was joking with my wife (who has also read The Stand) that this is probably
Paul Nelson
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
After reading the uncut version of The Stand by the king last year and being totally blown away by it, I decided to seek out the graphic novels to see if they portrayed the overall feel of the original novel. Captain Trips is the first edition and collects the first 5 comics of the series.

And yes this does just rock, it’s tightly bound to the king’s masterpiece and the artwork is pretty awesome. Flagg or the walkin’ dude stands out significantly looking truly evil and as far away from that Bill
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Stand was my first Stephen King novel and reading the graphic novel sure brings me back. I hope I don't get the sniffles again this time around! Well done.
I know this is only the graphic novel and I like graphic novels. Still, this has the power of the full novel and I got so engrossed. I want to read them all. They did an amazing job with one of the greatest stories of the 20th century.

The art is amazing. It can also be disturbingly gross, which fits the story. The characters are there and the story shines off the page. I am needing to finish this whole thing. Whoever decided this would work in graphic novel format was a genius and thank you tha
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Stephen King's stuff in graphic novel form is just a wicked good combination. Love, love, love the artwork in this, and I can't wait to read the rest in the series. The visuals are fantastic and the pace moves a lot quicker than the novel (for obvious reasons).

Randall Flagg is such a creepy character, a villain who one day walks out of the night and into everyone's nightmares. I loved seeing him drawn in comic book form.
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
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a good faithful start to the King classic. The art is very good, the story quite streamlined but not divergent, and it gives us a very good graphic look at the even more graphic deaths.

Timely, no? Well, Captain Trips is slightly more deadly than just about anything out there. It's good to think about how bad it could really get and be thankful we're not losing everything now.
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
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I can't believe how quickly images can get across a story that takes hundreds of pages in words. O_o

The Stand is one of my favorite Kings so I have put off reading this comic series, but after devoting most of a year to all manner of Dark Tower everything, including the comics, I figured it was time. Much like the mini-series, I have problems with the way some of the characters are drawn, but find others perfection. Perfect: Frannie, Larry, Nick. Not so great: The Walkin' Dude (his pants are sup
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Impressive adaptation that so far, is following King's epic narrative very closely. The art is truly impressive, and I don't think I've ever seen the "Walkin' Dude" look so fierce (very cool). It's been a fun, nostalgic ride re-entering the world of Captain Trips, visiting with Stu, and Franny, Nick and Larry (and Flagg of course) all over again. Unlike many Constant Readers, The Stand has never been one of my favourite King novels, but I do recognize it as a staggering achievement in storytelli ...more
Alistair M
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Oct 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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.
Amanda Lyons
Apr 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
David jones
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
This book accomplishes an almost impossible feat, translating the epic 'Stand' novel into comic form. Absolutely brilliant and keeps remarkably true to it's original.
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
Coni (coni_reads or skingproject)
This is the first book in the series that covers the very beginnings of Stephen King's The Stand in graphic novel form. This was so much better than I expected. After reading the book (loved it) and watching the tv miniseries (which I found decent but lacking is so many ways), it was refreshing to read this version of the story and brings back all the details that I had read so long ago in the book that never made it to the television version. It tells so much in a few panels without any major l ...more
Feb 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Billy Roper
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Harriet Tubman-like character aside, which is just a typical King politically correct ploy caused by spending too much time in safely White Maine, the idea of a decimating viral plague presaging another round in the epic battle of good vs. evil is interesting for its depictions of the decline and collapse of American civilization, something so many on both ends of the political spectrum anticipate with either dread or giddiness. So, Boulder or Vegas?
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

My first read of the year!

I love Stephen King, and I've always wanted to read "The Stand." I don't currently own that book, but one of my good friends gave me this beautiful graphic novel for Christmas. I'm really intrigued by the story and the crazy world that it has set up. There were so many characters and at times it was overwhelming, but the story was just so engaging. I want to read the other 5 books to complete the story. And maybe I'll still pick up the novel!
11811 (Eleven)
Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Awesome. Now I want to read the novel again.
Kyle Wendy Skultety (
Graphic novel encompassing the first section of The Stand. Great to see it drawn, and compare it to how my mind pictured the characters. Kinda gory also. :)
Toby Stenson
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
OOOOOOOO this book is freaking awesome!!!! Read it right now!
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Possible one of my favourite books ever written. The vast array of character's POVs can get confusing, but that's the only flaw I found. It's scary, suspenseful, and just an amazing book.
Apr 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Not my usual thing. Thought I would try it. Yeah, not for me.
Hannah Givens
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn't have it in me to read the full novel, but I wanted to, and this comic book series seems to be an elegant solution to the problem. It's moving much more quickly, but still incorporates King's words and style. This first volume sets up the story and characters, using King's typical "massively-multi-NPC" style if I may coin a phrase, but if anything the comic format makes it easier for me to follow who's who. And it's scary, but a happy medium between book and movie -- books are always sca ...more
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
A pretty fantastic adaptation of a dense and fantastical novel. I adore “The Stand,” and I was excited to see it in this format. The vibrant colors, the larger-than-life visual representation of characters I adore, and more all grabbed my attention from the beginning. I think some scenes were a little too condensed, however, and I just personally don’t see Randall Flagg in their visual interpretation of him. Obviously, this last point is totally up to personal opinion, but his movement shouldn’t ...more
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