I picked up Big Trouble in Little China #1 a while back and wasn’t sold. I’m a huge fan of the film. I watched it every day over the course of a summer one year in my youth, but with the first issue from BOOM! Studios, they lost me in the first five pages.
I was curious to come back to it at Issue #7, and, I have to say, it’s managed to pull a complete 180. We find Jack and Wang searching for Egg, who has been kidnapped by exactly the kind of creature-being you want to see in a Big Trouble in Little China story – the Seven-Headed Widow! Jack’s rat-a-tat speech rhythms are put to outstanding use. He’s still a stumbling buffoon whose two main personality attributes are charisma and bravery, and little else.
I read the entire issue with a big smile on my face, all thanks to John Carpenter who provides the story along with Eric Powell (Goon) who writes the script. Powell is a huge fan of the movie, apparently, and it shows. Brian Churilla’s artwork is extremely expressive, which is what is needed here to capture the essence of the actors from the film. Churilla does a lot of work for Oni Press; check that company out – small, but they produce some very good books.
Usually, I have a lot more to say, but some things say it all for themselves. Big Trouble in Little China is one of those things. If you’re a fan of the movie, you get it, and the current issue doesn’t disappoint. It would be worth going back and catching up. If you’re not a fan of the film, I don’t envy you.