Big Trouble In Little China #1

Big Trouble In Little China #1

Writer: Eric Powell Artist: Brian Churilla Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: June 4, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 4
8.2Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

Jack Burton, a macho, truck-driving adventurer, finds a stowaway hiding on his rig, "The Pork Chop Express", but that soon becomes the least of his troubles. He helped his best friend Wang save his fiancée from the clutches of a demon, but now the wedding has been invaded by more evil forces with one thing on their minds-revenge against Jack Burton!

  • 10
    All-Comic - Dan Leicht Jun 4, 2014

    For those who always craved a sequel to the 1986 film this is what you've been waiting for! Those who are newcomers to the story might find themselves a bit lost as first, but are given enough clues to piece together what happened all those years ago (or a few minutes ago according to where the comic starts off). Overall this story hits all the points of nostalgia you were hoping for, it brings the funny banter as well as great visuals, and even makes sure youll want to tune into the next issue to hear what the Ol Pork-Chop Express has to say. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Fangoria - Svetlana Fedotov Jun 4, 2014

    The art by Brian Churilla maintains the story-appropriate balance of cartoonish and life-like, matching the strange atmosphere of the source material. The action is fantastically smooth and promises full immersion that comes to an end way too fast. If you're sick of false nostalgia, Carpenter and Powell have authentically revived BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, and will have you kung-fu to synth rock until the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Taffeta Darling Jun 10, 2014

    Fans of the movie will really enjoy this. I've highly recommended this to everyone coming in to my shop and we've sold out the issue in two days. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 5, 2014

    If you loved the movie, here's the sequel you never got. Brace yourself, because the things that are whispered and dreamed about have returnedand they're looking for trouble. But with Jack Burton back in town, there's going to be big trouble in Little China, again. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - John Ernenputsch Jun 5, 2014

    If you love Big Trouble In Little Chinathere is a great chance you will absolutely adore this issue. It is a direct sequel that continues the story of the movie, complete with story input from creator John Carpenter. It features classic Jack Burton, most of the characters we love, and fun action scenes all rendered in an art style that fits the material perfectly. The first issue isn't going to win over any new fans, but it's not trying to. This a love letter to fans of the movie, and I can't wait to see more of The Continuing Adventures of Jack Burton and The Pork-Chop Express. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Michael Kacala Jun 9, 2014

    As I said in a previous Tweet, this comic was a real page turner. I could not put it down. Boom! picked impressive and fitting talent for this book. As a fan, I am very happy with what I have seen so far and cannot wait to read the next chapter in this NEW Big Trouble in Little China saga. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Geeked Out Nation - Jeremy Williams Jun 4, 2014

    In short this was a great point for this comic book to start it's story and I cannot wait to see where it takes all of the characters from the film and where they are all left once it's all finished. Definitely worth checking out especially with all the very cool variant covers they've given the first issue. I hope this comic helps introduce people to the film Big Trouble in Little China that have never seen or heard of it for whatever reason. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Apr 11, 2016

    Big Trouble in Little China #1 is a really good trip back to the franchise for fans of the movie, but because of that, is not a great jumping on point for curious newcomers.  The story (co-written by John Carpenter) picks up right after the movie and Eric Powell makes sure everything else fits right in. His characterization of Jack Burton is spot on and the story leads to what can only be a whole bunch of fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Rhymes With Geek - The Death Of Comics Jun 3, 2014

    You know what Jack Burton always says, when a comic publisher comes to me looking to make a great comic sequel to my story, a damn near impossible task, well you look that sucker right in the eye and say…challenge accepted. Boom, Powell, Churilla have accepted that challenge and released one of the best film to comic properties to date. Big Trouble in Little China lends it's self well to comics but Powell and Churilla bring a bit of their own style and uniqueness to the story to create a comic that would work even without the charm of the film behind it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Jun 4, 2014

    “Big Trouble In Little China” #1 is a hilarious start and doesn't skimp out on the laughs. If you loved the movie, you're definitely going to cherish the comic book series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    TheCultDen - Susan Omand Jun 23, 2014

    This is only the first comic in the series so there's not a lot to the plot so far and, if you're expecting complexity, suspense and tension you will be disappointed. But if you're looking for a fun, bordering on ridiculous premise with Kurt Russell and a demon in a tshirt and shades fighting bad guys it delivers in spades. The artwork isn't great but has a cartoon-y appeal and the storyline is flimsy at best but fast paced enough to carry it and the humour in the dialogue is actually laugh out loud funny. It's a great start to the series and I don't think you need to have actually seen the film to enjoy the comic, as long as you know the basic plot. Roll on part 2! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Jun 6, 2014

    The characters are fun enough to anchor a nice, long series, but the question will be: will the fans show up? If they do, this team, along with Carpenter's guiding hand, should be able to produce some really, really fun stuff. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Jun 6, 2014

    This seemed like such an odd book to publish when it was announced, but now that I've had it in my hands it makes 100% sense. There's no way they could get Kurt Russell to revive this character in a way that would be as satisfying as what we get here. Shifting the medium and keeping the story lets us hold on to Jack Burton the way he should be. This is a fun introductory issue, and though there's a fair amount of standing around and talking in the issue readers are on the road to some big adventure soon enough. I'm climbing aboard the ol' Pork-Chop Express for the long haul. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jun 7, 2014

    I had no idea what to expect with this comic book. Having not seen the movie in years I probably couldn't have summarized the plot with any accuracy, but I don't think that matters at all. The comic is loads of fun and provides plenty of entertainment. Boom has a potential hit with this one. I urge you to check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Jun 8, 2014

    Big Trouble in Little China jumps right into the action.  I didn't think I wanted a sequel to the 1986 film, but after reading this issue, I realized that I was wrong.  I want to see what other hijinks Jack Burton is going to get into and it looks like Carpenter and Powell are ready to deliver.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GAMbIT Magazine - J. Luis Jun 5, 2014

    If you are a fan of Big Trouble In Little China then this is a must have. Now, if you'll excuse me I have a movie to re-watch. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Jun 4, 2014

    Big Trouble in Little China returns and if you're a fan of the film you'll be extremely happy as Carpenter, Powell and Churilla bring Jack Burton and the Pork Chop Express back in a fun and exciting way. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jun 4, 2014

    There hasn't been another licensed book I've been more excited about, but Powell, Churilla, and Garland nail it here. It's a great follow-up to the film and Powell really nails the voices of these characters extremely well. While there are times where the tone gets a bit too silly, the overall story is pretty awesome and fits well compared to the film. It's a bit of a surprise that this book was enjoyable as it was considering licensed books tend to be not so great. The biggest problem this book will have to overcome is that it isn't as new reader friendly as it should be, but don't let that stop you from picking this up. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Capeless Crusader - Cody Mudge Jun 4, 2014

    When you reach the final page youve probably already decided whether youre going to be reading this series or not, but it does provide the reader with a clear understanding of what theyre strapping in for if theyre somewhat undecided. There are so many books out there and yet none of them have the look and feel that this one does. Ironically, its tough to give it too much credit for originality because it owes its existence to its source material. Big Trouble in Little Chinais one of those books that will fly under the radar even though it shouldnt. Dont punish this book for not having grown men and women punch each other in the face while clad in spandex! Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Tres Dean Jun 5, 2014

    The recent industry trend in putting serious creative talent on licensed adaptation comics continues to pay off in Eric Powell and Brian Churilla's debut issue of Big Trouble in Little China. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Jun 3, 2014

    Go get this. Even if you haven't watched the movie, like myself. It will make you laugh and offer a lot of entertainment, as well as making you want to go watch the cult film and see if it measures up to the comic. This comic is perfectly insane. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jun 3, 2014

    Fans of the original movie might be split on the comic. On one hand, we get the continuation of Jack Burton's story but on the other hand, was that something that we really wanted or needed? It's great that a new medium allows Carpenter and Powell to open up the mythology of the property and it's fun that they've gone for full-on camp. I'm not sure it will resonate with everyone, though. This is a different kind of goofy than the movie was, and it might not have the same appeal. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Jun 4, 2014

    If you're not a fan of the movie, it seems as though this entire issue would fall flat for you given the heavy continuity from the film blended throughout the story. As a fan of the film, I think full enjoyment of this comic is going to hinge on how much Brian Churilla's artistic interpretation of Jack Burton clicks with you personally. The story didn't disappoint; dialogue was great, we got a spot-on in-continuity continuation of the film and a nice setup for what promises to be a crazy ride aboard the Pork Chop Express in upcoming issues. If you love the film, check it out! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Danny Wall Jun 5, 2014

    If you are looking for a spin-off comicbook to be a seamless continuationof the movie it's spinning off from, this is a near perfect example. The danger comes from perfectly matching a movie that came out 30 years ago, as audience tastes and expectations have developed. It's fun enough, and quirky by its nature, which makes it satisfactory" but not necessarily satisfying. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Jun 11, 2014

    Artistically, Brian Powells pencils service the book with character-esque portrayals of the screen stars and imaginative details. It felt a bit simplistic in some places, but overall it kept the fell of a comic version of the movie. This book may be call back to a classic movie, but so far, it is the right vehicle to bring Jack Burton back to life. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book City Podcast - Fetch Jun 6, 2014

    Churillia's art is adequate, not great, neither helps not hurts the book. and moves the story along well. I wish that the Jack we see in the book was more like the one we see on the cover. Instead we get a very nondescript Saturday morning cartoon looking, square jawed figure that if I didn't know what I was reading, I wouldn't be able to identify as Jack Burton. The same can be said for Wang, Egg and Miao Yin all of whom also appear in the book. Besides that the art and coloring combine to give the book a silly and happy mo Read Full Review

  • 10
    zachwithaz Jun 14, 2014

    Big Trouble In Little China was one of my favorite movies growing up. So much that when a couple years ago I went to my public library to borrow it. I've been borrowing it for the past 8 years. When I heard that BOOM Studios was turning it into a comic book series I was a little skeptical to pick it up but I'm glad that I ended up doing it because this is a great read. If you're a fan of the movie you're going to love it. It starts you off at the end of the movie. Jack Burton is back for the first time in 28 years. He's driving around in The Pork Chop Express when he meets the stowaway whose on the back of his rig from the end of the movie. From there he reunites with Wang whose about to marry his fiancee when old foes reintroduce themselves in this action pack kick ass story. Eric Powell and Brian Churilla do an amazing job bringing this story back to life. I loved ever second of this. It's like Jack Burton always says buy this comic today!

  • 7.0
    Gizmo Jun 23, 2014

    This will satisfy readers looking to experience more adventures after the film. It is certainly fun but could do with a little more refinement such as a few more backgrounds in the panels.

  • 8.0
    Nicant Jun 15, 2014

  • 7.5
    ness_elliott Oct 27, 2014

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