Ryan Thomason

Snake Plissken is Back (in comic form) with Escape from New York #1

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Plissken is back and he’s throwing a wrench in everyone’s plans right from the get-go.

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Escape from New York #1
Writer: Christopher Seleba
Artist: Diego Barreto
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Release date: December 3, 2014

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It’s been a long while since I’ve ventured into the world of Plissken. Kurt Russell, and everything he did in Escape from New York and Escape from L.A., just make me grin as I think about watching those movies as a kid. (Thanks, Dad!) Then there are those pants. Featured on the first page, it’s all we get to see of Plissken really on that page, but it just is really all you need. You know what you’re going to get, really, if you are a fan of the movies. If you’re just picking this up on a whim, I’d highly suggest you watch the movies, mind you on this though: Escape from New York came out in 1981, a year before I was even born. In case you need some idea of what’s going on in this first page, this is essentially the ENDING from Escape from New York, the film.

Obviously, this takes place before Escape from L.A., Plissken is looking to get out of America by heading south. America has been trying to end a Third World War between themselves, Russia and China (this was height of the 1980’s Cold War era you youngsters). The story by Seleba does a great job of taking what you remember from the film and not making it too over the top campy. Really, you get what you expect from Snake Plissken, the quintessential ’80’s action anti-hero of sorts. Plissken just kills his way through getting what he wants and kicks ass doing it. Even with the shin-guard boots still strapped on.

The art is alright, it’s gritty and dark, which serves the story just fine. I was a little dissappointed in the look of Plissken though. I don’t expect anything but the face of Kurt Russell. I understand if there were some rights or limitations in that regard because of cost, but it’s just hard for me to wrap my brain around a different image of Plissken that isn’t someone as naturally bad ass looking (for the time) as Kurt Russell was. Like I said though, the art serves it’s purpose and we get a continuation of Escape from New York. What’s in store in Florida? Just a couple of twins that are shoring up the northern border with nukes.

You know, easy stuff for Plissken to handle. This time, he doesn’t has any time restrictions or a President ready to betray him. This is Plissken on his own running from the law, kicking ass, and taking names. Really, what more do you need? If you want a nice feeling of nostalgia and want to jump back into the world John Carpenter created. This is your chance.

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