A nonstop laugh riot all the way, “Big Trouble In Little China” #1 is an entertaining read that always delivers the kung-fu action and comic relief. Even though the ’80s are over, Jack Burton, the goofball action hero, continues to be a timeless treasure. This is the sequel to John Carpenter’s cult classic that I’ve been waiting for.
Jack Burton saved the world, rescued his best friend’s fiancée, and got his big rig, the Pork-Chop Express, back safe and sound. Everything is where it should be, except for the hideous stowaway hiding in the back of the truck. Just when Jack thinks he’s in for another round of fighting and kicking, the ugly beast licks his cheeks. All of sudden, the loner has a new best friend and they are inseparable. Jack might need his new monster pet, nicknamed Pete, to stick around awhile longer because his kung-fu adventures aren’t over.
Much like how Clive Barker is involved in his horror titles at BOOM!, especially Hellraiser, I’m really glad John Carpenter has his own input on the series as well. You really feel in the dialogue that writer Eric Powell has captured the main character down pat. Though you don’t hear Kurt Russell doing a really bad John Wayne impersonation, I completely enjoyed reading Burton’s witty and off-the-wall comments. There’s actually a story within a story, adding layers to the dim-witted action star.
The timeline suggests everything is taking place about a few days after the movie ended. I’m really hoping Gracie Law, Kim Cattrall’s character, makes a return as well. I thought it was just hilarious that Jack came back just to ruin Wang’s wedding. The first issue sets up everything nicely, including a new villain, that I can’t wait for the next issue.
Artist Brian Churilla caricaturizes Kurt Russell’s likeness in his illustrations. Jack Burton has to be presented two ways, as a tough guy and a goofball. Churilla captures both sides of Jack’s personality and even adheres to the ’80s wardrobe. In three panels, Churilla delivers a side-splitting pratfall just for Jack in the opening pages. This is actually a comedy disguised as an action movie.
I definitely like the new dynamic relationship between Jack and the ugly beast, now named Peter. Churilla illustrates the drooling monster as a loyal dog following his master. Jack even has his new pet on a leash and gives him a spiked collar. I want to see where this relationship is going in later series.
“Big Trouble In Little China” #1 is a hilarious start and doesn’t skimp out on the laughs. If you loved the movie, you’re definitely going to cherish the comic book series.