It’s been a while since we hung out with Jack Burton at What’cha Reading. His initial quest is over and Wang is rescued, but damned if Lo Pan is giving up. If you thought he’d take being the laughingstock of the many hells lightly? You’ve got another think coming. The only way out is to scatter, so gear up for another road trip on the Pork Chop Express, friends!
We’re five issues into this series, and it continues to make me happy. Eric Powell writes Jack Burton dialogue like he’s channeling Kurt Russell, and Brian Churilla captures the characters so that they’re recognizable from the film, but gives them a little something of his own. He’s also got a wonderful knack for drawing the fantasy landscapes and characters that are so integral to the plot. Together, they manage to recreate the world of the film perfectly on paper (or screen), even when adding new characters. And it goes without saying that, I still love Pete the demon. Think of the jerky fart smelling contests, Pete, think of them.
With Jack Burton at the wheel, there’s absolutely no way of knowing where we’ll end up, but you know we’re going to have a good time getting there. It’s one of my absolute favorite books of the year and I would recommend it to anyone—bonus, #5 is a good jumping-on point if you’re new to the series. It’s not the strongest issue of the series, but it’s pretty damned good. 4.5 out of 5 Lightning Bolts.
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #5
Writers: John Carpenter, Eric Powell
Artist: Brian Churilla
Colorist: Michael Spicer
Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Covers: Riley Rossmo, Eric Powell, Alexis Ziritt
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: Wed, October 8th, 2014