Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews
Big Trouble In Little China #1
Carpenter, Powell & Churilla
The comic that follows up the box office bomb, turned cult favorite film that is now 25+ years old, launches with a surprising accessible and very entertaining issue. This issue definitely provides a terrific character punch and a fast-paced comic that is backed up with an intriguing storyline. Whether you are a fan of the film or not I definitely recommend checking this fun and quirky book out.
The lead, Jack Burton, grabs the reader immediately. As if channeling the actor that portrayed the character in the film, Kurt Russell, the comic book provides a charismatic and fascinating character from the very beginning and Jack is simply talking to himself.
Jack picks up a gorilla-like creature and heads back to Little China. This point in the book seems to bring Jack back to the scene of the film, but if a reader hasn't seen the movie then I don't believe it will impact their reading experience. On the other hand, those that have seen the film will feel right at home as the characters from the film are re-introduced.
The action picks up quickly as we learn about some of the characters, the source of the gorilla-like character and the adversary that presents Jack with the challenge to carry through future issues. The book packs a lot into this first issue.
The book is a great read. I'm not sure it's a perfect initial comic book because there is a bit of a ramp up to get the reader back into the 80s, dealing with supernatural things and summarizing some of the events of the film. The book is the kind you need to read a couple of times to completely "get it" I think.
The book is visually a blast. There is plenty to look at in the comic but the depiction of Kurt Russell steals the show. The artwork has all of his facial expressions down cold and it does it in a fluid manner with the dialogue and the scenes. The book has plenty of action and the artwork presents that wonderfully. This is a fantastic visual book.
I had no idea what to expect with this comic book. Having not seen the movie in years I probably couldn't have summarized the plot with any accuracy, but I don't think that matters at all. The comic is loads of fun and provides plenty of entertainment. Boom has a potential hit with this one. I urge you to check it out.
4 out of 5 Geek Goggles