I know, another issue of Big Trouble in Little China, another review from me. I don’t know what it is about this book, but it just tickles me. Actually, I take that back. I do know: sharp writing, fun artwork, and tongue planted firmly in cheek throughout. And yes, Pete the demon.
Almost as if the artistic team had listened to my last review’s request for more Pete, issue #3 is sprinkled liberally with everyone’s favorite dentally challenged demon, up to shenanigans of his own in the background of nearly every page. Pete getting birdcages stuck on his head? Loved it. Jack upbraiding Pete for scratching his butt on a pillar in the temple of the Seven-Faced Widow? Comedy gold. The continuing story of Jack’s exes is also hysterical (this issue features a Latina hypnotist who had Jack firmly under her powers), and I have to warn you in advance: don’t read this in public if you don’t want people to hear you snort or spit out whatever you’re drinking (several times) when Jack, Egg, and Pete meet the Seven-Faced Widow. Lest you think it’s all fun and games, however, at the end Lo Pan has something evil up his sleeve when it comes to Wang Chi—not really a surprise, given their history.
That’s what encapsulates this entire series (and the film as well): the idea that it’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye. And even then, somehow it’s still fun.
If you’ve got a warped sense of humor like I do, you’re going to love this one. I give it 5 out of 5 Lightning Bolts, because when I thought it couldn’t get better, it did. Loving my ride on the Pork Chop Express, and you will, too.
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #3
Story: John Carpenter & Eric Powell
Writer: Eric Powell
Artists: Brian Churilla
Colorist: Michael Garland
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Release Date: 8/6/14