Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Stand Volume 3: Soul Survivors

Just in case you were on vacation and missed my previous posts on the most blow-your-mind graphic novels, I will get you up to speed. Stephen King and the creative folks at Marvel have teamed up to transform one of the most epic apocalyptic novels, The Stand, into graphic novel form. At this stage, only three volumes have been published, out of six in total. I have them ALL in my hot little hands (evil cackle). Here are my reviews of Volume 1: Captain Trips and Volume 2: American Nightmares.

The various groups of survivors all continue to trek westward looking for Mother Abigail. Nick adopts Tom Cullen as a companion, Larry meets Nadine and Joe, and the Stu/Frannie/Harold/Glenn gang pick up stragglers as well. The focus of this volume is the history of Mother Abigail, the increasing tension between Frannie, Stu and Harold, and the growing presence of characters that clearly fall on the side of good or evil.

The visuals, as usual, are stunning. Here are a few:

Nick and Tom Cullen.

Mother Abigail, awaiting the coming storm.

The wild boy Joe, threatening Larry.

Volume 4, we are told in the bonus section at the end of the book, is called "Hardcases" (I'm thinking we will learn more about The Walking Dude's evil minions?). And as in previous books, we are treated to another illustration 101, an explanation of coloring from one of the artists, Laura Martin.

By now, you probably can guess that I will be collecting the entire series. It doesn't get much geekier for me, folks.

5 out of 5 stars


rhapsodyinbooks said...

Having recently read the actual book, I definitely want to check out this graphic version. All the pictures you have shown look perfect!

bermudaonion said...

You are definitely addicted to this series! I think it's a little too dark for me though.

Zibilee said...

Every time you post one of these reviews, I get the urge to go out and collect these too! And I am constantly impressed with the quality of the drawings, they are just very lovely and dark. Great review, Sandy. I am so glad you've found your own little corner of geekdom!

caite said...

the 'darkness' does not bother me...but not sure I am ready to get on the graphic bandwagon..yet.

Julie P. said...

Not sure about the series, but the illustrations are remarkable!

Jenners said...

This book seems so suited for the graphic treatment ... but I'm afraid it would give me bad dreams. The drawings looks so intense!

Kathleen said...

The pictures are...WOW!!

Jessica said...

Those pictures are wonderful