The year is 2020. Ching Dai has broken the barriers between Earth and the infinite hells, and declared himself ruler of all. Sixty-year-old Jack Burton is alone in a tiny corner of Florida with only his broken radio to talk to, until one day it manages to pick up a message. Someone is out there, and they know a way to stop Ching Dai. We chatted with co-writer Anthony Burch (Borderlands 2) and artist Jorge Corona (Robin War) about Jack’s final adventure.
What does the film Big Trouble in Little China mean to you personally?
Burch: Big Trouble in Little China was one of the first movies I ever watched, and it’s stuck with me ever since. Its grounded-yet-fantastical world, its funny-yet-action-packed story, and its heroic-but-moronic hero basically defined me as a person. Everything I’ve written since I was a kid had at least a drop of Big Trouble in it.
Needless to say, it is absolutely bonkers that I now get to work with Mr. Carpenter in creating Jack Burton’s last ride. I feel like the luckiest, most undeserving jerkbag in the world—so, kind of like Jack Burton, I guess.
Corona: Big Trouble was one of those films that became a permanent part of my childhood memory. Along with other action-adventure movies of the time, Big Trouble had an amazing collection of scenes and characters, so unique and recognizable that it would stick with me well into my adulthood.
Big Trouble is one of those movies I love to rewatch, always at different moments in my life and finding new details to love about it. Having the opportunity to not only work on this book, but helping to create the next chapter in the characters’ adventure, it’s a bit surreal.
We’re going to be seeing a different side to ol’ Jack Burton. What changes has our pal gone through, and what challenges will he be facing?
Burch: Jack is dealing with two terrifying developments. Firstly, Ching Dai and the demons of the underworld have conquered Earth, turning it into an apocalyptic hellscape.
Secondly, and more terrifyingly, Jack is getting kinda old. Jack is in denial about both of these things. He’ll have to deal with the fact that he may not be quite as spry as he used to be, and that he may have played a bigger hand in the destruction of mankind than he might wish to admit.
Also, fire-breathing demons and stuff.
Jorge, what are your favorite scenes to draw so far? What’s been the most challenging?
Corona: I think just drawing the character of Jack is what I love most about the book. His reactions to this new world that both he and the reader are discovering are just priceless. I’ve always loved to draw characters’ expressions and Jack is perfect to do just that.
As for the most challenging, I think it has been to make this world feel like a part of the Big Trouble universe. It’s a world that has been through hell—it’s not something we’ve seen in the movie, but it has to feel like it came out of it. It was very important that it felt like an actual progression from the source material.
What are you most excited for fans to see in this series?
Burch: I really hope fans dig Jack’s relationship with a certain returning antagonist from the film. There’s also a pretty good joke about flirting in the first issue.
Corona: I can’t wait for fans to take a look at the world Jack is living in now. Everything is crazy and Jack is not too far behind. Since reading the script I was already laughing out loud, and I hope fans will enjoy the journey as much as I did.
This isn’t BOOM! Studios’ first ride with Jack Burton. The BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA comic series picked up where the film left off, and BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA/ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK brought together two of John Carpenter’s biggest actions heroes—Snake Plissken and Jack Burton.
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA: OLD MAN JACK #1 is available for sale at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore now. Digital copies will be available to purchase on digital book marketplaces, including comiXology and the BOOM! Studios app.