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American Nightmares Hardcover – 2010

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Product Details

  • Series: Stephen King's The Stand (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Books (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785142746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785142744
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.5 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Marvel Books is the early days of a gutsy but respectful adaptation of The Stand by Stephen King. The story, as visualized through the narrative of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the art of Mike Perkins, and the colors of Laura Martin, is being published in five-issue arcs, which are then collected in hardbound form with creator commentary, sketches, copies of alternative covers, and the other usual amenities. The first arc, The Stand: Captain Trips, has already been given the hardcover treatment. The second, titled The Stand: American Nightmares, continues in the spirit, energy, and most important, the quality of its predecessor.

American Nightmares begins a heartbeat after Captain Trips, leaves off, with the Captain Trips designer plague advancing exponentially throughout the American population and leaving bodies all over the place in it grisly wake. It is grimly effective, killing some 99 percent and change of the population, with the rounding error consisting of folks who survive and who are gradually and unknowingly gravitating toward each other from all corners of the country. One of the original novel's most compelling vignettes occurs in American Nightmares wherein Larry Underwood, an immune whose first and only hit record began its rise up the charts even as Captain Trips began moving through the population, makes a terrifying journey on foot through the Lincoln Tunnel. Congested with automobiles both deserted and unfortunately occupied, jammed with the bodies of the plague victims, the Lincoln Tunnel in the hands of the creative team here becomes not only a dark model of a carnival funhouse but also a claustrophobic microcosm of the country at large.
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Format: Hardcover
I had mixed feelings about this adaptation. The scenes in the Lincoln Tunnel and Stu's face off with Elder were really well done. Trashcan Man's story was nicely done and am looking forward to seeing more of him.
The strange thing I found about this book was the pacing. It's fairly quick and is moving the story along at a good pace. I thought the original The Stand was too slow & not going anywhere too often. This is a lot more fast paced but I miss the level of detail in the book. It's just a strange feeling. I wanted the book to be quicker but when it is in this format I sort of miss the detail.
Overall, any fan of The Stand should give this a read & make up their own mind. It's always interesting to see characters that you have read brought to life in the form of illustrations and see if this is what you imagined.
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The Stand is an outstanding graphic novel adaptation of Stephen King's "The Stand" (Complete & Uncut Version). If you are a fan of either book (the original 1985 version is shorter and I have a special attachment to it, having read it in my youth) or even the television mini-series, this is for you. If you love apocalyptic fiction, good versus evil and end of the world scenarios, this is also for you. I was hooked from page 1 and the illustrations are top-notch. I don't buy the indivdual issues, but wait for the collector's volumes. Volume 2 "Americn Nightmares" continues where Volume 1 left off and is an equally great product that is worth every penny. I will be buying every volume as they are released to the end.

--"Baby Can you Dig Your Man?"
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Format: Hardcover
In 1978, Stephen King published his post-apocalyptic novel, The Stand. It was a fantastic novel, so dark and so fascinating, and it got an immediate following. In 2008, Marvel Comics began publishing their graphic novel version of the book, which appeared in six series of five comic books each.

This graphic novel contains story arc #2 – the deadly plague, Captain Trips, has devastated the country, and left a group of shell-shocked survivors wondering what future there is for them, if any. But, there is one man who has definite plans for the future, Randall Flagg, and he is going to bring those plans to fruition!

This is an excellent graphic representation of the novel. The artwork was excellent, much better than a lot of comic books. And, the story moved along quite well. I think that this book captured very well the feeling of the original novel. So, if you enjoyed reading The Stand, then you will enjoy this graphic novel (and the others in the collection!). And if you want to use these graphic novels to give you a condensed and easy-to-read version of the novel, you can do that too!
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Not ready to commit to the 1,000+ pages of the full version of "the Stand"? Enjoyed "The Stand" and want to re-experience it in a different way? These graphic novel versions are a great way to experience, or re-introduce yourself to the best Stephen King Novel out there. These hardcover versions are great as it packs a lot into one book. The graphics in the book are great as well.
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The second installment of The Stand, American Nightmares, continues Marvel's amazing first series, Captain Trips, in a planned full-scale graphic novel adaptation of Stephen King's masterpiece. The artists have done a phenomenal job illustrating King's well-known characters, remaining faithful to the source material and paying close attention to detail. The most horrific sights from King's book are depicted in raw, disturbing scenes of the gory, plague-ridden streets of various cities, as well as the violent mayhem that ensues from society's breakdown. From rats gnawing on decaying corpses to a looter hung from a streetlight, hands cut off and eyes eaten by birds, Marvel pulls no punches when it comes to the violent nature of The Stand. This series chronicles the final collapse of civilization, and serves to get the main characters moving away from their grief and loss and toward each other, introducing more characters along the way. Fran and Harold in Maine, and Larry and Rita in New York, leave home behind in an attempt to find other survivors. Nick leaves Arkansas after escaping an attack from Ray Booth, and Stu escapes the disease center in Vermont where he's nearly killed. Stu eventually meets Glen Bateman and his dog Kojak as he travels through New Hampshire. Lloyd escapes prison, but only after giving his soul to Randall Flagg, who arrives to offer him salvation. The Trashcan Man is introduced, blowing up an oil refinery in Indiana before heading west. Chapter Three is the highlight of this series, showing Larry's terrifying walk through the Lincoln Tunnel. The artists do an excellent job showing Larry's paranoid thoughts as he imagines all of the horrors that could be creeping up on him in the darkness.Read more ›
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