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Adventures of Jack Burton
Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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Adventures of Jack Burton: Bad News Browns Adventures of Jack Burton
"Bad News Browns"
Big Trouble in Little China #4 (BOOM! Studios)
Story by John Carpenter and Eric Powell
Writer: Eric Powell
Artist: Brian Churilla
Colorist: Michael Garland
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover A: Eric Powell
September 2014

 

Jack and Egg return to Chinatown with the jars of the Three Storms.

 

Story Summary

 

Facing off against the three ape-like dwarves, Pete tosses two of them towards the horizon, while the third escapes with one of the jars on the back of a goatipede. Our heroes chase the creature down and retrieve the jar, then head back to Chinatown.

 

At Egg's place, our heroes team up with the Chang Sing and Miao Yin to prepare reinforcements for their meeting with Qiang Wu to hand over the jars and secure the release of Wang. After receiving the ransom, Qiang Wu welshes, setting the Wing Kong tong loose upon them and refusing to release Wang. But Wang has been working at the ropes that bind his hands and springs free to enter the fray. However, the Wing Kong subdue the Chang Sing. Jack sicks Pete on Qiang Wu, but the sorcerer simply puts the beast to sleep with a spray of mist from his hand. Then Qiang Wu resurrects the Three Storms from the jars...and one final member joins the confrontation: Lo Pan, resurrected!

 

CONTINTUED IN BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #5

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue

 

Jack Burton

Egg Shen

Pete

Qiang Wu

Wang Chi

Miao Yin

Chang Sing

Wing Kong

Thunder

Rain

Lightning

Mrs. Burton #1 (mentioned only, deceased)

Lo Pan

 

Didja Know?

 

The issues of this series did not have individual titles. I chose the title "Bad News Browns" based on a line of dialog from this issue.

 

Didja Notice?

 

The gun that Jack retrieves from the cab of his truck appears to be the same TEC-9 submachine gun he picked up in Big Trouble in Little China.

 

On page 5, panel 5, notice that one of the gigantic humanoid skulls on the landscape appears to have dried flesh still clinging to it and even one shriveled eye in a socket.

 

Jack tells Qiang Wu that the Midnight Road wasn't half as loopy as Cleveland at 1:00 A.M.

 

On page 13, Jack claims that Qiang Wu stole his "wang" joke from him. Indeed, Jack made a similar "wang" joke to Qiang Wu in "The Hell of the Midnight Road".

 

This issue offers something of an explanation of why Jack did not kiss Gracie goodbye at the end of Big Trouble in Little China, in that the death of his one true love, Mrs. Burton #1, would always be his last kiss goodbye.

 

Upon his resurrection, Lo Pan states that he spent what felt like an eternity in the Hell of Those Killed By Idiots.

 

Lo Pan says that his death at the hands of Jack Burton "really pisses me off to no end!!" He spoke this same line in Big Trouble in Little China.


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