Comic Review: Big Trouble in Little China #3

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“Charging down the Black Road of Hell in the Pork Chop Express, Egg, Pete and ol’ Jack Burton are facing off against the mythical past of China. Demon thugs and the bulbous Seven-Faced Widow may stand in their way, but you know what ol’ Jack Burton says at a time like this? ‘Have ya paid your dues, Jack?’ ‘Yessir, the check is in the mail.” — From Boom! Studios

Image courtesy of Boom! Studios

Image courtesy of Boom! Studios


Big Trouble in Little China The Continuing Adventures of Jack Burton and the Pork-Chop Express #3
Story: John Carpenter & Erik Powell
Written by: Erik Powell
Artist: Brian Churilla
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Release date: August 6, 2014

Get yourself a copy of Big Trouble in Little China #3 or catch up with Big Trouble in Little China #1 and Big Trouble in Little China #2

On July 2nd, 1986 Mr. John Carpenter blessed us with the cult classic Big Trouble in Little China. Besides a game for the Commodore 64 we never saw anything from the BTiLC universe again. Until now. The geniuses at Boom! Studios have been publishing a comic that’s a continuation of the movie. Issue number 3 comes out on August 6th and so far I have been impressed. I have been privy so far to all three issues and must say this comic is excellent. The humor and writing is spot on. That might be because John Carpenter contributes to the comic himself. Or maybe it’s writer Erik Powell’s (The Goon) witty sense of humor. Either way the transition from a movie made near thirty years ago to the comic page has been near seamless.

I do have some complaints though. I’m not always a fan of the art. At times it seems quite cartoonish. I know what you’re thinking… Big Trouble in Little China the movie was quite cartoonish. Honestly, it was. To the point it was a little unnerving because it wasn’t something we had really seen in America cinema at that point. I honestly think at some points in the books the art is right on. Other times it’s blah at best.

Don’t let any of that detour you though. The story more than makes up for any flaws in the art. The dialogue is spot on, and I’ll be damned if Jack Burton can’t crack me up every time he talks about one of his ex-wives.

We have a review for issue #1 from Zach that you can read here.

In issue #3 we find Jack and his crew (Pete his pet demon, and Egg) still in the underworld known as the Midnight Road. They have entered the House of the Seven-Faced Widow in an attempt to find the souls of Three Storms.

“I’ve been in some weird places in my day, but this takes the cake. Even that burger joint in Kansas that didn’t serve burgers and had that one-legged chef filled with an irrational hatred for Bob Hope made more sense than this. That was a very sad New Years Eve.” —Jack Burton

Hilarity of course insures as Jack unknowingly gets himself in and out of trouble. Let’s just say the Seven-Faced Widow doesn’t even know how to handle Jack’s dim-witted confidence.

My recommendation: If you like Goon, Deadpool, or Clive Barker’s Nightbreed you’ll like Big Trouble in Little China.

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