The Stand: Captain Trips
Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Artist: Mike Perkins
32 pp. Marvel. $3.99
Reviewed by Paul Stotts
“I repeat, Len…
After two spectacular issues, The Stand: Captain Trips has quickly risen to the top of my most-anticipated list. The overall depth and quality that writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Mike Perkins have brought to the series is top-notch. It shows that the creators love the source material.
The mysterious Captain Trips virus continues to spread across the country. Meanwhile in
Aguirre-Sacasa skillfully interweaves the various character story arcs. Considering that each interlude is at most a few pages, it’s impressive the detail and drama Aguirre-Sacasa is able to build in such a short span. In particular, his work in the Frannie Goldsmith storyline is excellent. Above all, Aguirre-Sacasa makes the characters feel real. These people are not cardboard cut-outs. They are real people with real lives. It’s what makes The Stand: Captain Trips so powerful.
There are some behind-the-scenes extras in the issue reminiscent of the type of special features one would find on a movie DVD. There is a feature that follows the script to the finished page which was interesting as well as a preview of the pencils for the fourth issue of the series. I loved this peek into the creative process behind the comic. It gives one an idea of what both the artist and scripter bring to the process, ultimately raising one’s appreciation of their work.
The Stand: Captain Trips continues Marvel’s past success with producing excellent literary adaptations. Beautifully created, it’s one of the great comic joys published each month.
Final Grade: 88 out of 100