Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews
Big Trouble In Little China #2
Carpenter, Powell & Churilla
This title is the sequel to the movie of the same name, but is clearly meant to stand on its own and so far does so well. This particular issue dives into the plot and manages to re-establish the characters, especially Jack. The comic is a strange book but is presented in a fun way and that helps to keep the tone lighter despite the unexplained and odd supernatural elements. Overall, this is definitely a book to pick up regardless if you have seen the film or not.
This issue picks up right where the last one left off. Jack is accepts a challenge to save his friend. The villain and Jack trade some barbs in a non-violent standoff that ends with the bad guy disappearing. Jack is ready to charge off on the adventure with no help, but he doesn't get to move on his quest alone.
Not only does Jack have his demon-gorilla that is following him around but he also gets an assist from one of the locals to act as his compass and guide. Of course, Jack takes his truck along to help navigate the landscape. The opening part of this quest involves quite of a bit of strange encounters as the comic contains plenty of bizarre elements, some plot developments and a few surprises. In short, this comic book keeps you guessing and has a lot going for it. One thing is for sure: it will keep you smiling with all of the attitude that drips from Jack's dialogue.
The artwork is very good. The amazing part of the art is how closely the character, Jack, resembles the actor, Kurt Russell. The first issue captured him well, but this issue captures his facial expressions perfectly with the snarky and fast-talking dialogue. It really feels like watching the actor on the screen. The artwork also brings the element of odd to the book in perfect form. After all, there is a demon trapped in a gorilla, a bunch of crazy (inter-dimensional?) locals and an alley doorway to some underworld. The book has a lot going on in it and artistically the book looks fantastic.
Big Trouble continues to be a tongue-in-cheek, fun and wild ride. This issue adds some clarity to the task at hand and launches Jack and company into the plot. There's plenty of action and a lot of quick-wit dialogue that helps to keep the issue moving at a nice pace. Generally speaking this is a fun read. It's not going to blow your mind, but it is the kind of read where you can kick up your heels have a laugh or two. You know, kind of like reading comics should be like from time to time. I recommend checking this out.
4 out of 5 Geek Goggles