The Stand: Captain Trips #4
The Stand: Captain Trips #4 (Marvel Comics)
By Roberto Aquirre-Sacasa, Mike Perkins & Laura Martin
As the Superflu continues cutting its deadly path across America, things are falling apart everywhere. Frannie’s blow-up fight with her mother has ripped apart the family, while Larry’s own mother lies dying of the bizarre malady that has crippled New York. Lloyd’s attorney offers a little advice, and Nick Andros finds more work than he expected as a deputy. This is a step up from the last issue. Although we still have a lot of the expository captions that I found a bit grating last month, there aren’t quite as many, and they’re used to better effect. Hopefully, once we get past this preliminary stage of the story into some of the more action-oriented stuff, we’ll see even less of that particular crutch. Mike Perkins and Laura Martin continue to deliver on the artwork in a big way. The art is creepy, dark, but still powerful and with a lot of realism. The appearance of Randall Flagg at the end is particularly effective, although the art does bear an ever-so-slight resemblance to Jamey Sheridan, who… um… didn’t exactly sell me on the character in the TV miniseries back in the day. Still, it’s a step in the right direction.