Published by Marvel Books on March 29, 2009
Genres: Dystopian, Graphic Novel, Horror
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. Unfortunately for the Campion family, and the rest of America, they are unaware that all three of them are carrying a deadly cargo: a virus that will spread from person to person like wildfire, triggering a massive wave of disease and death, prefacing humanity's last stand.
Welcome to my new feature Up Late With Kate where I share the latest midnight read that keeps me reading past the witching hour! Light that candle, grab a chair, and prepare to read all night!
Stephen King is one of my all time favorite authors, which I know will shock exactly no one. When I was gathering up books for my Readathon pile last April, I went in search of graphic novels to add to the pile o’books. I didn’t even know The Stand was made into a graphic novel, and I’ll leave it to you to figure out how excited I was to find out, but you’d be right to thing that there were some fan girl squeals of joy.
The Stand is in my top 3 favorites of King books (along with It and Eyes of the Dragon, it’s too hard to decide between them, so I just don’t even try anymore). Like the Loser’s Club from It, or Peter from Eyes of the Dragon, The Stand contains characters I love and adore, and probably know better than many real life acquaintances. Stu, Larry, Frannie, Mother Abigail, Tom, Nick, Nadine, and all the rest are featured in all their glory in this graphic novel. They appear much more closer to how I pictured them from reading the book- while I like the mini-series The Stand, some of the casting was questionable at best (Nick Andros is supposed to be barely out of his teens, yet Rob Lowe played him, but I did love Gary Sinese as Stu Redman).
Seeing Fran’s “I Want” line on her face, and a youthful Nick Andros, was pretty awesome for this Stephen King fan. Fair warning though, the plague victims are fittingly gruesome. Even I was grossed out. One word, Midnighters, and that word is SNOT. *shivers* Blood I can handle, runny noses, not so much.
The graphic novel made for an excellent Readathon choice, and I’ll be picking up Vol. 2 for October’s Readathon for sure!
The Stand Graphic Novel Vol. 1: Captain Trips gets a Midnight Book Rating of: