By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Mike Perkins
Captain Tripps laid the groundwork for the next installment of the Stand adaptation. American Nightmares begins with its main cast spinning their wheels so to speak just waiting for the inevitable shove-off from the respective towns. Whether it’s Fran burying her father or Stu’s daring escape from the CDC, there are changes coming fast. There’s a ton of characters and a ton of plot in this story and I’m glad to have got on board in the beginning. You’re going to HAVE to have read the Captain Tripps story before this one or else this simply will not make sense. Marvel’s decision to release these as minis really doesn’t make a lot of sense. This is a long-form story, period. This should have been The Stand #6. I really don’t get it.
Aside from that, there’s not much to complain about here. The writing is good and the art is stellar. The supplemental material in this issue features Mike Perkins going over some of the various inking techniques he used in the issue and we’re treated to some uncolored pages that are honestly better than their finished counterparts. Perkins is bringing his A+ game here. There’s one layout in particular that REALLY stands out. You’ll know it when you see it.
Get on this one. It’s going to be one helluva ride.
4 out of 5 graves in the garden.