With their 1981 and 1986 action/adventure collaborations ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, director John Carpenter and star Kurt Russell brought two amazing, iconic heroes to the big screen - war hero turned anti-authority criminal badass Snake Plissken and bumbling braggart Jack Burton, who's more of a hero in his own mind than anything, but he can throw a knife like a boss.
In recent years, publisher Boom! Studios has been continuing the adventures of Snake Plissken and Jack Burton in the pages of Escape from New York and Big Trouble in Little China comic book series.
2016 marks the thirtieth anniversary of BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, and Boom! is looking to celebrate the film in a big way. In August, they'll be publishing a hardcover behind-the-scenes book written by Tara Bennett and Paul Terry, The Official Making of Big Trouble in Little China. You can pre-order the book on Amazon here. That will be followed by the November release of another hardcover book written by Bennett and Terry, this one compiling The Art of Big Trouble in Little China. Pre-order here.
Between the releases of those books, the first issue of a six issue crossover comic book series that will see the worlds of BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA and ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK colliding will hit the stands in October.
Written by Greg Pak and illustrated by Daniel Bayliss, Big Trouble in Little China / Escape from New York will show what happens when
big-mouthed truck driver Jack Burton is transported to the dystopian future of 1997, where he meets his taciturn, eyepatch-sporting doppelgänger Snake Plissken
The issue will be released with two different covers that go together to form one large piece of art, as you can see below.
This all sounds awesome to me, and I will be picking up the crossover series for sure. I'm looking forward to seeing how these very different heroes interact with each other.