By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Writer), Mike Perkins (Artist), and Laura Martin (Colors)

Some Thoughts Before The Review: I thought the last issue of American Nightmares was pretty great. While it didn’t advance the story a whole lot, it made up for its shortcomings by being incredibly intense and disturbing.

The Story: Stu Redman and artist Glen Bateman discuss the nature of Captain Tripps and nightmares. Lloyd debates cannibalism in the name of survival and is approached by a Randall Flagg. Frannie and Harold pass the time by relaxing.

What’s Good: In The Stand: American Nightmares #4, the writing is excellent, the realistic artwork is genuinely unsettling, and the plot inches forward enough to keep things interesting. In other words, the fourth chapter of American Nightmares delivers… Well everything you’ve come to expect from The Stand and the creative team of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Mike Perkins, and Laura Martin… Nothing more, nothing less.

What’s Not So Good: I hate to knock something that’s so well done for moving forward at a slow pace (especially considering the source material), but The Stand: American Nightmares #4 reminds me of why trade-waiting is so appealing to some people. The trade format just works better for some things and I’m fairly certain The Stand is one of those things. I’ll be sure to stick around for the conclusion of American Nightmares next month, but I doubt I’ll be picking up the next mini-series as a monthly unless American Nightmares #5 leaves me with that “I can’t possibly wait” feeling.

Conclusion: American Nightmares #4 is very good, but it’s also pretty slow. If you’ve been following The Stand from the beginning, then you should already know what to expect.

Grade: B

-Kyle Posluszny