Snake Bite

Christo­pher Se­bela takes Snake back to the fu­ture

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Prov­ing that a great con­cept never goes out of date, this De­cem­ber John Car­pen­ter’s cy­clop­tic anti- hero Snake Plissken re­turns in Es­cape From New York from Boom! Stu­dios, a mere three decades after Kurt Rus­sell first donned his iconic eye- patch. Christo­pher Se­bela is the man steer­ing Snake’s des­tiny.

“Amer­ica was raised on Westerns, the lone man in the wilder­ness who rides into town to make things right,” Se­bela tells Red Alert. “He doesn’t talk much. He doesn’t give away any­thing. He ad­heres to a per­sonal code. And when he’s done, he rides out of town. That’s ba­si­cally what the movie was, ex­cept in­stead of the old west that no one re­mem­bers; it’s the im­pend­ing ur­ban dystopia that ev­ery­one fears will come to pass.”

The comic starts where the film ends and takes Snake beyond Man­hat­tan’s mean streets. “As soon as I started think­ing about the book, I im­me­di­ately won­dered what the rest of Amer­ica was like,” says Christo­pher. “If the crime rate has risen 400% and the coun­try has got­ten to the point where ev­ery­one goes along with Man­hat­tan be­ing turned into a prison, there’s a lot of bad things go­ing around. So we jump in with both feet try­ing to find out what it’s like. Like a trav­el­ogue. Our first arc is en­ti­tled Es­cape From Florida. I don’t want to spoil any­thing, but Florida has got­ten even more in­sane than the weird sto­ries we see com­ing out of it ev­ery day in 2014.”

Boom! scored a bulls- eye with their all new Big Trou­ble In Lit­tle China se­ries and Car­pen­ter reads the scripts. “I’d love to sit down with him and co- plot or co- write an arc down the road, but I know he’s John freak­ing Car­pen­ter, so his plate is plenty full,” says Se­bela. “And yeah, I hear Kurt Rus­sell in my head all the time when I’m writ­ing.”

Es­cape From New York be­gins on 3 De­cem­ber.

Two guns, one eye. Who needs depth per­cep­tion?

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