It’s Four-Color Bullet time again, and I have read all of the comics in my pull list. Now I’m going to select my pick of the week, be it good or bad, and give my take on it. But first, this week’s honorable mentions, or as I like to call them, the bullets.
Beginning with the folks at Marvel, Angela must strike out on her own after being cast out of Heven and wanting nothing to with Asgard. The adventures of Angela: Asgard’s Assassin begin in her first issue; the trials and tribulations of a galactic playboy. Can Peter Quill keep his date with Kitty Pryde, and keep one step ahead of Mister Knife and his crew, in Legendary Star-Lord # 6; and who are The Stark, and can the Guardians survive meeting them, in Guardians 3000 #3.
Over at the hallowed halls of the Distinguished Competition, Gail Simone returns with Secret Six #1, the debut of the New 52 version of the fan-favorite team. Six strangers are brought together for a mysterious purpose that will have everyone asking, “What is the secret?”
Blue Beetle and Booster Gold are back! Is the 31st century ready for them? Justice League 3000 #12 features the long-awaited return of two of DC’s fan-favorite characters; Dick Grayson is on a mission to stop Paragon from assembling the parts of dead villain to create something more sinister, in Grayson #5
From IDW Publishing, a government plot leads Mulder to reminisce about his days as a cadet at Quantico, and how he found the “I Want to Believe” poster, in The X-Files: Season 10 #19
From Dynamite, Guardians of the Galaxy writer Dan Abnett crafts a tale about the Battlestar Galactica’s journey to Earth, and a milestone in Battlestar continuity, in Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo #1; and who’s the baddest private dick who’s a sex machine with all the chicks? He’s a bad motha– “WATCH YOUR MOUTH!” I’m just talkin’ ’bout Shaft #1.
BOOM! Studios has done it again. They got John Carpenter to help with the popular and crazy-good Big Trouble in Little China comic book series, and Carpenter’s not content to stop there. Now the film legend has let BOOM! give anti-hero Snake Plissken his continuing adventures in Escape from New York, a direct continuation of the cult-classic film starring Kurt Russell.
One of the things I didn’t like about Big Trouble in Little China: The Series was that it wasn’t readily accessible to new readers. If you hadn’t seen the film, you were going to be confused, and there was virtually no exposition to get the reader up to speed. It’s the same with Escape from New York. The first issue starts right where the film ended, with the President having been made a fool of as Plissken walks away with his pardon. The first issue begins with the President furious over Plissken’s actions, thereby revoking his pardon, and sending him on the run yet again.
If you haven’t seen the film, especially our younger readers, here’s a recap. In 1997, the world has pretty much gone to crap. Famine, war, and every other bad thing run amok. To combat the crazy, the United States has formed the United States Police Force, and Manhattan has been turned into a maximum-security prison. The president is on his way in Air Force One to deliver a message that might calm the world’s anger issues and avert a war, when the plane crashes inside New York City. Ex war-hero Snake Plissken is railroaded into going inside the prison to rescue the president in time to deliver the speech. Plissken does so, not without some difficulty, and the president is free to play his speech, which has been pre-recorded on a cassette tape. In a moment of spitefulness, Plissken replaces the president’s speech with a tape of random music. Plissken walks to his waiting ride, a free man.
Until now …
This was a great first issue. Not only do we get some great Snake Plissken action, nicely drawn by Diego Barreto and Marissa Louise, but Carpenter, who returns as Executive Producer, and Eisner award-winning writer Christopher Sebela pound out some solid story, including some exposition on exactly what shape the world, while delivering an action packed story that never misses a beat, and is heavy on the action that the film is known for. We’re treated to new characters, and the reader is given the scoop into other areas as Plissken makes his way to sunny and deadly Florida. But don’t expect the same Saturday-morning kind of art on EFNY as we’ve seen in BTILC. The art in Escape from New York is grittier and much more serious.
“After bringing back Jack Burton, we knew we had to revive Snake Plissken,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “The new stories we have in mind for Snake are going to really excite longtime fans … It’s a great time to be a John Carpenter fan!”
Agreed. Again, a solid first issue that left me hungry for more, and will elicit grins from fans of the film. I think fans who haven’t seen the film would also like it, but they would do themselves an injustice by not seeing the movie before reading the first issue
And that concludes Four Color Bullet for this week. Email and comment, if you so desire. And I’m always eager to know what comics you guys are reading, so chime in.
It’s a great time to be a comics fan. See you next week!