In another revival of a classic '80s cult film property, Boom! Studios is resurrecting the big-mouthed truck driving brawler Jack Burton in a new comic book being co-written by the film's director himself, John Carpenter.
Titled Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Burton, it chronicles the crazy adventures of a tank-top-wearing senior Burton being called called out of his Floridian retirement to do battle against the Asian demon sorcerer Ching Dai. Carpenter will share writing duties with Anthony Burch (Borderlands 2). Interior and cover art shines from Teen Titans Go!'s Jorge Corona.
“Big Trouble in Little China was one of my absolute favorite movies when I was a kid,” said Burch in a statement. “To call it formative to my development would be one hell of an understatement. Its high-fantasy world and lovably lowbrow hero … hasn’t lessened its grip on me in the 20 or so years since I first saw it.”
Here's the official synopsis:
The year is 2020, and hell is literally on Earth. Ching Dai, sick of relying on screw-ups like Lo Pan to do his bidding, 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 in the hellscape, and they know a way to stop Ching Dai.
Is this crackerjack timing for a comic sequel to the 1986 kung-fu fantasy film or just a clever capitalization on Marvel's Old Man Logan?
Hop on the Porkchop Express and check out four covers for Old Man Burton #1 in the gallery below and tell us if you'll join the still-buffed Jack in his silver years when the premiere issue hits in September.