The year is 2020 and it’s hell on Earth. Ching Dai has declared himself ruler of all. Jack Burton is alone in a tiny corner of Florida with only his broken radio to talk to, until one day it picks up a message. Someone is out there.
After thirty years a sequel to Big Trouble in Little China sounds like a pretty good thing to John Carpenter and Kurt Russell fans. That sequel is coming your way later this year, not as a movie, but as part of BOOM! Studios ongoing comic book chronicles of Jack Burton and the Pork-Chop Express. This good news is Big Trouble in Little China director John Carpenter is penning the story himself, along with comic book writer Anthony Burch and artist Jorge Corona.
Taking a tip from the Marvel Comics playbook and its Old Man Logan stories of an elder Wolverine, the Big Trouble sequel series will feature the end-of-the-line story of Kurt Russell’s truck driver. Titled Old Man Jack, the series is practically begging for every publisher to begin featuring the older side of its heroes. This story is also timely in that we have just seen a good look at grey-haired Kurt Russell as Starlord’s father in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Even though Russell is not in this new story, we know exactly what “Old Man” Jack Burton looks like.
The series will include at least four covers, a standard cover featuring Jack in Florida by artist Stephane Roux, a variant featuring Lo-Pan by Sam Bosma, a retro action figure variant by Michael Adams and Marco D’Alfonso, and other variants by artists Will Robson and Paul Pope.
The first four-issue story arc will follow the older Jack trying to ignore the awfulness around him, his unexpected call to action, and reunion with familiar faces.
Look for Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack coming to a comic book store near you this September.