A brand new comic series from BOOM! Studios exploring Jack Burton’s final ride in the Pork-Chop Express will be hitting shelves – both physical and digital – very soon. Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack is a new series launching in September written by John Carpenter and Anthony Burch (Borderlands 2).
Four issues of the Old Man Jack series will comprise the first story arc, which introduces us to an old Jack Burton trying to ignore the larger, more magical world around him before being unexpectedly called back into action, reuniting with a familiar not-so-friendly-face. If it sounds a lot like Old Man Logan (even down to the title) you would be right. Hilariously weird foes, strange luck, and unexpected allegiances make this series a must-read for fans of the film still hoping for that sequel.
Here’s a look at three variant issue covers, the first by artist Stephane Roux:
“The year is 2020, and hell is literally on Earth. Ching Dai, sick of relying on screw-ups like Lo Pan to do his bidding, has broken the barriers between Earth and the infinite hells, and declared himself ruler of all.
Sixty-year-old Jack Burton is alone in a tiny corner of Florida with only his broken radio to talk to, until one day it manages to pick up a message. Someone is out there in the hellscape, and they know a way to stop Ching Dai.”
This series will not be the first Big Trouble In Little China comic put together at BOOM!, the publisher with whom Carpenter also works closely on Escape From New York comics. The previous volume lasted 25 issues and eventually brought a time-tossed-and-still-young Burton to 2015. Not to mention, A Big Trouble in Little China/Escape From New York crossover miniseries also happened, establishing a full world of Carpenter’s creations; a John Carpenter Shared Universe, if you will. I mean, we already have a board game for Big Trouble In Little China in the works, why not keep going with as many platforms as possible?
Could the popularity of this comic reinvigorate Hollywood’s interest in a sequel? While Big Trouble In Little China is reportedly being rebooted with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the role of Burton, the decision to age Jack in real time makes him look even more like Kurt Russell, the actor who played Burton in the original.
It also doesn’t help that given Carpenter’s myriad of other projects he isn’t really chomping at the bit to return to directing movies. However, since both Danny McBride and David Gordon Green have been given the highest praise from the legendary horror maestro on their new Halloween film, as well as Carpenter’s long-standing relationship with Robert Rodriguez, who is now helming the Escape From New York remake, there are loads of talented people who grew up on Carpenter’s work to take over the reigns on a Little China sequel.
Look for John Carpenter and Anthony Burch’s Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack series to hit shelves this September.
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