REVIEW: Big Trouble in Little China Escape From New York #6

BOOM Studio’s last issue of the nostalgic 1980’s crossover between Jack Burton and Snake Plissken will commence with the most outrageously monstrous Plissken yet.  We resume finding Bob Hauk, ruthlessly Armed with Blind Apple Mary’s magic guitar.  Mary’s guitar fuels the militarized guitar cannon that Hauk intends to use to rid the multiverse of Snake for all eternity.  Fortunately, the unlikely paring of Lo Pan and Jack Burton has materialized “the greatest Snake Plissken in the Multiverse”, a gigantic winged dragon with the Plissken taste for chaos. Can the assemblage of these adversaries maintain their alliance long enough to thwart Hauk’s goal?  Through the twists and turns of issue #6 we may find Jack Burton’s luck finally run out as he and Snake battle for the return of Blind Apple Mary’s guitar and bring some peace to this alternate 2001 post-apocalyptic world.

As I read this series I was able to recognize one thing very clearly, the distinct voices for the characters Jack and Snake.  When the writer Greg Pak offered dialogue for the two beloved 80’s action heroes, I sincerely heard Kurt Russell’s voice loud and clear.  It was not a surprise to learn that John Carpenter was involved with this project as the creative team took implicit care when voicing the protagonists.  Pak easily inserted the most important supporting players from each these two cinematic worlds masterfully and kept me engaged the entirety of the story.  The art by Daniel Bayliss and coloring by Triona Farrell was fantastic and very reminiscent of some of the recent Tank Girl (Bretr Parson) runs.  Bayliss expertly breathed life into every character as it was unmistakably Snake Plisskin, Jack Burton, and their supporting cast.  Lastly, I would have overlooked a significant character in this limited run if I did not mention the explosions.  Yes, believe it or not the larger than life unsurvivable explosions were in two words, grandiose and beautiful.  The depiction of the carnage was absolutely a character in its own right, as well as adding to the over-the-top comedic rendering of this world.  The only issue I had, was the character Blind Apple Mary and her magic guitar, that plot line lost me a bit but that was a sliver of disappointment in what was a fantastic re-imagining, reboot, of these two universes.

This Series was funny and fun, with a little social commentary, a deep question of space and time, and nostalgia, nostalgia, nostalgia. I give this issue a 3 1/2 stars out of 5 stars, I give the entire series 4 stars out of 5 stars.  This was a highly imaginative and correct reintroduction to these two John Carpenter inspired worlds and The last page, of the last issue, presented a full-page send off that truly had me thirsty for more Snake and Jack.

Story by Greg Pak
Art by Daniel Bayliss
Colors by Triona Farrell
Letters by Simon Bowland
Cover by Daniel Bayliss and Ryan Browne
Publisher BOOM! Studios

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