Review – Big Trouble In Little China #3 (BOOM! Studios)

BigTroubleInLittleChina03_coverA - CopyPublisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer(s): John Carpenter and Eric Powell
Artist(s): Brian Churilla
Release Date: 6th August 2014

Having survived the treacherous Midnight Road, Jack, Egg, and Pete arrive at the House of the Seven Faced Widow; the location of the sacred jars containing the ghosts of the three storms. Unknown to them, the warrior apes they had a run-in with earlier have tracked them down and are laying in wait. Oh, and one of them just peed on Jack’s truck…

Continuing in the same vein as the previous issue, we are treated to more sardonic witticisms and juvenile humour than you could shake a pickled egg at, and we learn a little more about Jack’s background in the process. For example, did you know he used to be an exotic dancer called Tasticake McSugar? Whilst we’re on the subject of the character’s history, I’m beginning to wonder how many times Jack has been married. For the third issue in a row we are invited to share in one of Jack’s hilariously myopic memories in which our hero relates his blinkered version of events. We also finally come face to faces (see what I did there?) with the Seven Faced Widow, who is not exactly what Jack had envisioned, and he sure doesn’t waste any time letting ‘her’ know.

Clearly not wishing to give too much away too soon, Eric Powell drops the pace a little in this issue. Story beats are relatively few and far between, but characterisation is consistent throughout and there is plenty here to maintain a level of interest. Of particular note were the widow’s cries of “Lo Pan!” in one scene, leading me to believe that we are about to be re-introduced to Jack’s movie nemesis, in addition to the three storms. Brian Churilla continues to deliver the goods on the artistic front, his layouts and panel construction are really easy on the eye and the action flows seamlessly as a result.

The old Pork Chop Express rumbles ever onward. It’s time to get onboard, folks!

Rating: 4/5

The writer of this piece was: Martin Doyle
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