Story by John Carpenter & Eric Powell
Written by Eric Powell
Illustrated by Brian Churilla
Colors by Michael Garland
Published by BOOM! Studios
Part one of The Hell of the Midnight Road and the Ghosts of Storms marks the first arc and the release of the first issue of ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ from Boom! Studios. The classic 1986 movie that featured Kurt Russell as Jack Burton told the story about an American truck driver who finds himself in the middle of a mystical battle between good and evil. Packed with sorcery, martial arts, and plenty of action, the movie developed a huge cult following and remains popular to this day.
With the movie’s director John Carpenter collaborating with Eric Powell on the story, issue one starts off immediately where the 1986 movie left off. Burton now with his new sidekick Pete finds himself back at Wang’s wedding where is his informed by Egg that the bond that had existed between Lo-Pan and the demons has been passed on to him. Making things worse for Jack, Qiang Wu (a disciple of Lo Pan) and the Wing Kong are out to avenge Lo Pan’s death and have kidnapped Wang. Jack must set out on a quest down the Black Road and retrieve three jars containing the spirits of the Three Storms within three days, with the life of his friend Wang Chi on the line.
The writing by Eric Powell (The Goon) is perfection as he has brought over the same style and humor that we all remember from the film. The script for the comic is so reminiscent of the screenplay that it could seriously be adapted and used in a sequel. Brian Churilla (The Sixth Gun: Sons of the Gun) contributes with his polished technique giving the illustrations in the comic an authentic look that honors the movie in every way possible.
Fans of the movie and comic book fans in general will not want miss out on this series which like the film merges comedy and action with the supernatural and is reminiscent of a Kung Fu Theater RPG. Much like a six demon bag, Big Trouble in Little China #1 is full of wind, fire, and all that kind of thing and should be immediately added to your pull list.
REVIEW: BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #1
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)