Just because Big Trouble in Little China is getting a remake, doesn’t mean there isn’t any love for the original. BOOM! Studios, currently known for handling the excellent comic adaptation of Adventure Time as well as the current Power Rangers comic series, has been on the radar of your average comic-geek for a little while now for both aforementioned series, and it seems like they’re ready to make another splash in a big, John Carpenter-esque kind of way with the newest series they announced on July 11th.
On the heels of another 80s franchise comic crossover, Big Trouble in Little China / Escape from New York is going to be a six issue mini series written by Greg Pak (known for his work on Hulk, Teen Titans, and X-Men) and illustrated by Daniel Bayliss (Translucid, Munchkin). Jack Burton, the kung-fu master, redneck truck driver that we know and love from Big Trouble will cross paths with the no-nonsense, eye-patch sporting anti-hero Snake Plissken from Escape in New York. It is worth noting that, yes, both characters were played by Kurt Russell, and both characters seemed to be drawn to keep the resemblance as well.
If you’re someone who’s been completely unaware of cult classics for the last three decades, Big Trouble in Little China is an urban kung-fu fantasy where Jack Burton must rescue his girlfriend from a mystic Chinese street gang when they kidnap her. Escape from New York is a dystopian thriller where former Special Forces soldier Snake Plissken infiltrates (and, of course, escapes) Manhattan island, which has become a massive high security prison in the far future of 1997. It is currently unknown how the two characters will manage to meet from a story perspective, but expect vaguely Chinese sorcery to be heavily involved. The comic series reportedly has the blessing John Carpenter, who directed both films in the 1980s.
As a side note, the series is part of an ongoing effort to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Big Trouble in Little China, which already has The Official Making Of Big Trouble In Little China and The Art of Big Trouble in Little China available for pre-order on Amazon. Now if they really wanted to ramp this up, they should consider adding R.J. MacReady from The Thing and make it a Kurt Russell/John Carpenter triage. Either way, we’ll have to see what 80s machismo madness awaits us when the first issue drops in October.