Big Trouble in Little China 1 (June 2014)

Big Trouble in Little China #1

With John Carpenter breaking out the story with Eric Powell (who does the scripting), one has to wonder if Big Trouble the comic sequel is the same as a movie sequel would have been. Because it’s an odd opening, directly continuing the movie and then kind of going in reverse (to get protagonist Jack Burton back to Chinatown).

For that course correction, the comic is amusing. Brian Churilla doesn’t have the realistic style for an adaptation but then it becomes clear Powell’s going to go out of his way to make Big Trouble a comic book and not an attempt at a movie. The humor, for instance, reminds of the film’s humor in content, but Powell and Churilla know how to make it fit the comic medium.

The comic goes from mediocre to excellent in its well-paced twenty-some pages. It shouldn’t work, but it does and gloriously so.

CREDITS

The Hell of the Midnight Road & The Ghost of Storms, Part One; writers, John Carpenter and Eric Powell; artist, Brian Churilla; colorist, Michael Garland; letterer, Ed Dukeshire; editors, Alex Galer and Ian Brill; publisher, Boom! Studios.

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