The 1986 film, "Big Trouble in Little China" left fans wanting more, and twenty six years later, Jack Burton and "The Porkchop Express" return! All these years I've been wondering, "What happens to the monster that hitched a ride on the back of Jack's truck?" The premiere issue of this series picks up where the movie ended, so not only does this question get answered, but we see what else happens to these characters.
The story is by John Carpenter, himself, and Eric Powell, who is also the writer for this series. The artwork is by Brian Churilla, and it's in a cartoon-style, but it really works for this series.The colors are by Michael Garland, and the pages pop with the fine job the creative team accomplished. Brian captures the essence of Jack Burton with each panel, you can practically hear Kurt Russell as you're reading the story.
Not to give away too many spoilers, but Jack returns to Chinatown, San Francisco, and shortly after, he's reunited with Egg Shen and Wang Chi. Wang is getting married to his beautiful bride with the green eyes, but with Jack there, trouble comes crashing through. We then see a fight between the good and the bad guys, and a new threat approaches. He sends Jack on a mission and Jack responds in true Jack Burton style, like he does in the film.
Reading issue one of this new series brings back a lot of memories of the film. It's a quick read, and by the time you're on the last page, you want more. This is good, because this will make readers want to come back to read the next issue. The cliffhanger at the end may give hardcore fans a sense of Kurt Russell as Jack Burton, and the creative team did a fantastic job bringing this series to a new medium. This issue is a lot of fun to read, and it's so good to see these characters again. Twenty six years in the making, and it was well worth the wait! I give "Big Trouble in Little China" issue one a four out of five stars. For new readers, watch the film first, then come back and read this issue. Issue one has twenty four pages, retails for $3.99 (variant covers may vary), and is available in print or on digital formats.