If you’re a functioning human being, you have a few basic needs: food, water, and a constant supply of Kurt Russell-related content. Luckily, though, BOOM! Studios have us covered on the third of our daily requirements (two of them if you like eating paper), with the news that Kurt Russell will be teaming up with, well, Kurt Russell, for a Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York crossover story later this year.
For background: in the 1980s, Kurt Russell was the lead for John Carpenter’s mad pulp story Escape from New York (which also spawned a manic sequel) which saw his character Snake Plissken living in a dystopian future where New York had been turned into a sprawling maximum security prison. Armed only with, to be fair, a few guns and the fact he’s Kurt Russell, the antihero was tasked with heading deep into the heart of the walled-off city in order to rescue the President of the United States, who’d been trapped there after a plane crash.
Big Trouble in Little China, on the other hand, saw a slightly less cool Russell take on the role of Jack Burton, a trucker who gets roped into a bizarre adventure in Little China. When his friend Wang-Chi comes for help after his fiance is kidnapped into, uh, the sewers, the pair head on down and find themselves coming up against supernatural warriors and an entombed, mustachioed, sorcerer. Madness ensues.
Written by Greg Pak (Totally Awesome Hulk) and drawn by Daniel Bayliss (Kennel Block Blues, which was incredible), this six-issue limited series will throw both Carpenter creations into the same storyline – the first time any of Carpenter’s properties have had any kind of crossover, BOOM! claim, although I bet commenters could prove that wrong – as they team up and (probably) bicker a lot. Solicitation information suggests that Jack will accidentally head into the future for this one, prompting Snake to try and track down the man who has stolen his identity. Also his mullet.
Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York #1 is set for October 2016