Who doesn’t love Snake Plissken? Badass and giving not one damn about what anyone else thinks or wants. He was definitely one of my heroes growing up and Escape from New York is one of my favorite films. Snake returns in this new series that takes place right as the original film ends, allowing us to ignore Escape from LA which we’re all thankful for.
As Snake is walking away after humiliating the President the man in question revokes his presidential pardon and tells the guards to go arrest Snake. Not one to be captured easily he gets away and leads them on a merry chase involving a helicopter. It crashes and Snake appears to be dead. Not really being interested in pursuing him the authorities report the crash and his assumed death. Meanwhile Snake hits the road. He ends up with a group of religious zealots headed to the supposedly free country of Florida. Not wanting to deal with evading the authorities Snake hitches a ride.
Escape From New York is a rollicking good time. Snake is as taciturn as ever and seems like he jumped right from the screen to the page. I appreciate it starting after the original NY film, not just because the sequel was so bad but there was also plenty of story left to be told. I’m a big fan of Chris Sebela’s work on Dead Letters and he captures just the right tone here. The art is good but I didn’t feel like it really suited the atmosphere of the story. That may change as we go and we see more of Florida and what lies in wait there.
I’m giving Escape from New York #1 3 1/2 out of 5 stars. I’m definitely curious to see what Snake has gotten himself into this time.
Escape From New York #1 Main Cvrs
Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Diego Barreto
Cover Artist: Declan Shalvey
On Sale December 03, 2014
Publisher BOOM! Studios
Diamond Id: OCT141122