big-trouble-in-little-china-01Who doesn’t love 80’s action movies right?! Usually a combination of extreme machismo, ultra violence, nudity and explosions crafted together to bring us 90 minutes of pure, unadulterated awesomeness. And when you think about iconic 80’s action heroes, two usually pop up on everybody’s list; Jack Burton and Snake Plissken! Both of whom, happen to be portrayed by the legendary Kurt Russell who, as we know, is basically a god amongst men!

Now Greg Pak and Boom! studios, with the complete consent of the man behind both movies John Carpenter, have brought BOTH of these iconic big screen heroes together in comic format with Big Trouble in Little China/Escape From New York #1! That’s right! Two Kurt Russell’s for the price of one (cue 1980’s “I’d buy that for a dollar” soundbyte)! But, how exactly did we get here…

Jack Burton: Ladies man, truck driver and sometime slayer of chinese sorcerers seems content in 1987, driving the Pork Chop Express and reminiscing over the cb about his mystical adventures with Wang (not what it sounds like). Apart from the odd entity visiting his truck’s cabin, all seems well. That is until he is sucked into an interdimensional portal, leaving him barrelling down the post-apocalyptic wasteland highway of 2001’s “Oklatexas”, current location of a certain one-eyed former special forces lieutenant and the youngest soldier ever to be decorated by the US President for bravery; Snake Plissken! Now, why on Earth has Jack been brought to this world? How pissed will Snake be when he finds out Jack has been posing as him? And who is the mysterious young man who looks just like Wang (again, not what it sounds like)? You’re gonna have to find out for yourselves kids! Rest assured, it’s gonna be a fun ride!

Greg Pak does a wonderful job capturing the spirit of both iconic characters, and it doesn’t take long before you’re reminiscing over your childhood, again wishing you could be mega cool like Jack or Snake. Artist Daniel Bayliss does a great job capturing the legendary Kurt Russell characters perfectly but it’s the colouring by Triona Farrell that really stands out for me. By the time Jack hits OklaTexas, we’ve gone from a fairly standard colour pallette to something which borderlines “hypercolour” with fluro pinks, blues and yellows that make every page pop, giving the comic that bright, 80’s feel that it needs, and we deserve!  

I give this comic 4 throwing knives to the face out of 5 and say in the words of the immortal Jack Burton – “It’s all in the reflexes!”

Big Trouble in Little China/Escape From New York #1 is written by Greg Pak with art by Daniel Bayliss and Triona Farrell. Published by Boom! studios, this issue is available in store or online NOW! Buy it, and help stop the illegal downloading of comics.