Big Trouble in Little China 2 (July 2014)

Big Trouble in Little China #2

Powell continues to show he gets it with Big Trouble. He and, presumably, Carpenter, give Churilla a bunch of crazy stuff to draw. Not right away. Right away is more comedy stand-off stuff with Jack Burton being an idiot but a well-intentioned one. The crazy stuff starts when Jack and Egg’s quest starts; they’re driving through a mystical Chinese sort of underworld… it’s phenomenal.

What’s great about Churilla’s art is how he doesn’t compose the same way he illustrates. He’s a cartoony artist, but his composition is detailed and thoughtful. It’s a great combination and it works perfectly for Big Trouble.

There are a lot of great tangents. Powell introduces a lot more genre into the series’s mythology–actually, he’s kind of creating it–and it definitely works. The idea of Jack Burton as an unaware magnet for supernatural trouble? I’m hoping Big Trouble will truck on for a good long while.

CREDITS

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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