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The Stand: Captain Trips #2

October 11, 2008

The Stand: Captain Trips #2 (Marvel Comics)
By Stephen King, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Mike Perkins & Laura Martin

The adaptation of my favorite Stephen King novel continues with the search for the people Charles Campion infected with the disease that would soon be known as “Captain Trips.” Stu Redman is tested, Frannie Goldsmith tells her father she’s pregnant, and Larry Underwood falls into another one of those little pitfalls that has made his career the success that it is. We’re also introduced to our next hero here, Nick Andros, the deafmute drifter who gets the crap beat out of him for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Nick is the closest to a pure character Stephen King has ever created, and as such, is a favorite of mine. I really enjoyed the first issue, and I still liked this issue, but here we have a case of Aguirre-Sacasa being a bit too married to the text. The book is full of captions that seem to slavishly repeat the novel, to the point of being a little ponderous. The story could be told just as effectively without the thick prose that works really well in the novel. It doesn’t translate quite as well here.
Rating: 7/10

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