Escape From New York
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Release Date: OUT NOW! Publisher: BOOM! Studios Writer: Christopher Sebela Artist: Diego Barreto
Out of all the possible cult films that BOOM! Studios could have looked to for their next sequel series, it’s no surprise that they’ve gone for John Carpenter’s 1981 sci- fi thriller Escape From New York. Even the terrible 1996 follow- up Escape From LA hasn’t dimmed the original’s punky brilliance, and this new comic delivers unpredictable adventures for its grouchy eyepatched hero Snake Plissken.
The story picks up right after Escape From New York’s climax, in a dystopian version of 1997- era America where Plissken has just wrecked the duplicitous President’s chances of establishing a foreign peace deal. Forced on the run, Snake tries to take shelter in the rebellious Free Republic of Florida, but FRF’s rulers have other ideas for him…
Three issues in, writer Christopher Sebela is already doing a fun job of capturing the original movie’s mix of thrills, political science fiction and warped black humour. He’s also got a great handle on Snake Plissken’s character, and is conjuring up the correct ’ 80s B- movie vibe. It’s just a pity that the action storytelling is occasionally a little incoherent, while the functional art from Diego Barreto lacks style and grit.
Despite these flaws, it’s a more consistent and balanced read than the Big Trouble In Little China sequel comic, and it’ll be interesting to see where Sebela can take Snake’s weird and violent exploits. Saxon Bullock John Carpenter wanted to do a third Snake movie called Escape From Earth, but Escape From LA’s failure nixed that.
He wants to get that boil on his shoulder checked out.