A hilarious action-packed adventure, “Big Trouble In Little China” #2 continues to be an energetic read with tons of kung-fu action and comic relief. Even though the ’80s have passed, Jack Burton, our goofball hero, continues to be a timeless treasure. This is the sequel to John Carpenter’s cult classic that I’ve been waiting for, and I’m quite pleased.
WRITTEN BY: John Carpenter and Eric Powell
ART BY: Brian Churilla
PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios
RELEASE: July 2, 2013
Reviewed by Jorge Solis
Jack Burton saved the world, rescued his best friend’s fiancée, and got his big rig back. Unfortunately there was a hideous stowaway hiding in the Pork-Chop Express, and now Jack has to return it to its rightful owner. But when the odd couple return, there are still some issues left unsettled. An immortal warlord magician wants revenge for the death of Lo Pan. Jack must follow his orders or lose his best friend’s soul forever.
I don’t know how much involvement John Carpenter has in the series, but you can actually tell it’s in there in the pages. Writer Eric Powell has captured the main character down pat and delivers his laugh-out-loud lines perfectly. In the opening, the banter between the immortal warlord and Jack is spot-on hilarious. Jack is both an idiot and a clever hero at the same time as he aggravates the antagonist.
I am really enjoying how Powell plays around the structure, placing stories within stories. In the first issue, Jack recounts tales from his previous marriage. This time, it’s about an ex, who turned herself into a vampire. Jack has faced the supernatural many times before, even though he’s too dumb to realize it.
Artist Brian Churilla does a great job caricaturizing Kurt Russell’s facial features in his illustrations. Jack Burton is presented two ways, as a wannabe tough guy and this goofball. See if you can spot Jack’s teddy bear in one of the flashback panels. Churilla is always aiming for the comedy bits, hitting on the right cartoonish poses.
In this installment, we move away from the streets and into a Purgatory-like landscape. Churilla lets loose his imagination with these surrealistic wide shots. There are mountain-sized buildings with faces of skulls drawn on them. My favorite of his illustrations is the one old man riding on a giant turtle.
“Big Trouble In Little China” #2 is a great follow-up and doesn’t skimp out on the laughs. If you loved the movie, you’re definitely going to enjoy the comic book series.