It’s been a while since I checked in on the Pork Chop Express, and in the meantime our quartet of heroes has split up. Somewhere on the Midnight Road, Egg Shen is telling Miao Yin stories where the hero sacrifices himself for the good of his people, which are irritating her (and rightly so, because those stories are bullshit, amirite?) when they’re waylaid by what looks like a mashup of a mummy and Skeletor. Not knowing this, Jack Burton and Wang speed down the road somewhere in Tennessee, attempting to distract Lo Pan’s forces from Miao Yin. Ah well, you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and Egg Shens.
Wang’s fears about being a San Francisco Chinese boy deep in the heart of Dixie turn out to be well-founded as the guys find themselves in the middle of a street fight between the Chinese Lords of Death gang and a gang of good ol’ boys, and I’m not going to give it away, but picture the most ridiculous, gross, and hilarious way for a fight to end and you’ll…oh, hell, you’re never going to see this one coming, but it’s so funny I was laughing out loud reading it on the subway, and if you’re a New Yorker you know you engage in that sort of behavior at your own risk.
The Big Trouble in Little China comic series has managed to retain all the fun of the original movie, and this little trip to Nashville involving street fighting, hogs, and lots of ‘Murica chest thumping only adds to entertainment. I’m never sure where these story lines are going, but I never really care. Jack Burton’s uncanny ability to find himself on top of what should be lethal situations make for a fun read. Big Trouble in Little China #7 is a prime example of “it’s the journey that matters, not the destination,” and it’s a hell of a journey so far. I give this one 4.5 out of 5 Lightning Bolts.
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #7
Writers: Eric Powell
Artist: Brian Churilla
Colorist: Lisa Moore
Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Covers: Eric Powell, Alexis Ziritt, Jason Copland
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 24, 2014