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. Unfortunately for Larry, his traveling companion Rita overdoses on pills shortly after the tunnel, and Larry awakes one morning to find her dead in the tent they had slept in. As the characters begin to have nightmares about Flagg and dreams about Mother Abigail, they make gradual progress west. Near the end, Stu and Glen meet up with Fran and Harold, and they all decide to travel together despite Harold's reluctance, setting up the key personal conflicts to come in the next series. Marvel's adaptation of The Stand is incredible, and I can't imagine them being able to do a better job of bringing Stephen King's book to life. Each installment is a must-have for any dedicated fan.