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Review: Big Trouble in Little China/Escape From New York #1

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Writer Greg Pak serves up some serious magic in this BOOM! Studios crossover comic. In part one of this six issue story arc we find the one and only Jack Burton riding along with his usual confident swagger with ghost world Lo Pan riding shotgun.

Things take a turn for the weird when his truck is sucked into a mystical wormhole bringing him face to face with an alternate world. In a case of mistaken identity, bad guys assume he’s the mega bad ass Snake Plisskin. In an attempt to keep himself and his sidekick alive he plays along until he can get to safety.

Turns out the Wang Chi doppelgänger of this world has used some magical artifacts to bring forth the baddest mofo he can think of Snake Plisskin. Unfortunately, his lack of Madarin skills and time may have summoned the wrong antihero. Which as far as I am concerned is an easy mistake, Kurt Russell was the biggest bad ass of the 80s/90s,  these two classics combined are great but, there’s also Tango and Cash to contend with.

But, alter-Wang may not have gotten it all wrong after all because in a bar in the badlands sits Snake Plisskin getting his drink on and listening to a radio. After a bit of action, Plissken eventually sets off on a hunt for the FauxSnake.

Snake is not down with the copy cat version of himself stealing his thunder and rocking his name. When the two finally link up you get a real life split screen version of two amazing characters and realize just how alike they are. The baddies are now at the gate, Snake, who always loves a fight, is down with the challenge and Jack is on board in an attempt to grab at the glory.

Overall this was a killer comic and I can’t wait to see how this arc plays out. The writing and scenes are very 80s John Carpenter and that makes the premise even doper!

Daniel Bayliss serves up classic 80s comic book art making every panel magic. It’s a real page-turner and anyone who digs Carpenter’s work , Snake or Jack will love the homage, artistry and style. It is the best kind of throwback and the mashup to end all mashups. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Daniel Bayliss
Story: 7.8 Art: 8 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review