Book Reviews

Review: Stephen King’s The Stand Vol. 1: Captain Trips THB

This looks exciting. Personally, I’m not a fan of blended photos. However, overall the art here is well done, but the text blending effects such as that glow, could use to be turned down a couple notches.


( Extracted from Amazon )

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. Collects The Stand: Captain Trips #1-5.


What is a THB you ask? Trade hard back unlike trade paper back. It’s a hard cover graphic noveleta. Don’t ask me what noveleta means. Marvel might know. That is who published the book. 🐵

No, no, no, no. As an author I now realize was was un-nerving thing about this graphic novel adaptation of the novel Stephen King’s The Stand. The book tells us, rather than shows us key elements of the story and in return sort of ruins the pizzazz for the book. I found most of the art cells boring, uninspiring and sometimes down-right strange, and not in a good way:

Apologies for the blurry picture, just getting used to taking pictures of books with the Canon. I mean, just look at that guys face.

Stephen King didn’t write this. He was, I think it said, ‘creative director’.

This is not a wasted book, and this is my most favorable part of the main story – LOOK, it’s some creativity inside of creativity:

I enjoyed the sketch book in the back more than I did the rest:

Not much else to be said about this book, if you have read good comics you will know that this book is an after-thought, something to continue the celebration of a good story, however there is some left to be desired here in not the artwork itself, but the overall feel and atmosphere.


Following TV shows and first of all the book, Stephen King’s The Stand Vol. 1: Captain Trips graphic novel brings us a THB ( trade hard back ) book that has some undesirable quirks and lack of creative juice in comic book style and overall feeling. It’s not a total waste and will continue on my book shelf for some time but it is truly toward the very bottom of my collection. I give it ★★☆☆☆ two stars out of five.

Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley

By S.D. McKinley

S.D. McKinley lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in the first half of the 1980's and grew up in Wisconsin as a young boy, then moved to Georgia when he turned exactly twelve years old. During teenage years, he raced dirt track go karts and played guitar. He discovered his current love for all kinds of art after his mid-life crisis at 25 years old. S.D. McKinley began writing books in 2017.

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