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Adventures of Jack Burton

Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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Jack Burton/Snake Plissken: No One Here But Us Snakes
"No One Here But Us Snakes"
Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York #3 (BOOM! Studios)
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Daniel Bayliss
Colors: Triona Farrell
Letters: Simon Bowland
Cover by Daniel Bayliss
December 2016

 

Jack and Snake face off against a plethora of parallel Plisskens!

 

Story Summary

 

Having escaped the culture bunker in Cleveland, Hauk makes a plan for the group to rumble across the border through Niagara Falls into Toronto, Canada...if they can get past the lake of fire in Buffalo. The United States is a mess ever since Snake's humiliation of the President led to an international war three weeks after the escape from New York. As plans are being made, the group is attacked by a squad of Lo Pan's alternate Plisskens. The group manages to keep the attack at bay long enough to pile into the trailer of the Pork-Chop Express and barrel on down the road with Hauk driving. But Lo Pan's spirit gives chase and floats inside the trailer, trying to grasp Jack in an attempt to kill him. However, the spirit's ethereal form makes it impossible for him to touch anybody. Then and there, Lo Pan decides he will try to have Jack captured so he can drain his life force and lay claim to whatever idiot charm spell has been protecting him all this time.

 

Realizing that all Lo Pan wants is Jack, Snake boots Jack out of the trailer, leaving him at the mercy of Lo Pan and the other Plisskens. Everyone is shocked and denounces Snake's action. It takes Blind Apple Mary to convince Snake that if Jack really does have some kind of luck magic on his side, the stupidest thing they could do is leave him behind.

 

As Jack is running after the Pork-Chop Express for his life from the Snake squad, Snake opens the door back up and shoots a couple of the Plisskens and grabs Jack on board.

 

Later that night, the contingent of alternate Plisskens is camped fifty miles from Buffalo Lake with Lo Pan beginning to summon even more of them from other dimensions. As he does, Jack infiltrates the camp dressed as another Snake himself.

 

CONTINUED IN BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA/ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #4

 

Notes from the Jack Burton and Snake Plissken chronologies

 

This issue takes place in 2001.

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue

 

Bob Hauk

Jack Burton

Snake Plissken

Marauders (mentioned only)

Blind Apple Mary

Bobby Liu

Helene Chow

alternate Snake Plisskens

David Lo Pan (spirit form)

 

Didja Know?

 

This was a 6-issue mini-series published by BOOM! Studios that features a cross-over story of the characters of Jack Burton and Snake Plissken, both portrayed by actor Kurt Russell in the John Carpenter films Big Trouble in Little China and Escape from New York (and Escape from L.A.), respectively.

 

This issue did not have an individual title. I have given it the title of "No One Here But Us Snakes" based on a line of dialog in the issue.

 

 

 

Didja Notice?

 

On the Daniel Bayliss cover for this issue, we pretty much see all the alternate Snakes seen at the end of "Weird Mojo", plus blind Snake, guitar Snake, old west Snake, business suit Snake, wolf Snake, and zombie Snake! Plus, what might be called eye ball Snake behind the New York City backdrop. And in the issue itself, a giant one-eyed cobra is also one of the Plisskens!

 

The hand-drawn map on page 1 is very roughly accurate of the area between and around Cleveland, Ohio and Toronto, Canada. A (fictitious) nuke crater is seen as part of Snake's world, as well as the fact that Buffalo has been turned into a lake of fire. In the far-right of the map is something called the Deactive Zone.

post-apocalyptic America, 2001

 

Hauk remarks that the war that turned Buffalo into a lake of fire started three weeks after Snake made the President look like a fool at the international peace appeal in 1997 (at the end of Escape from New York).

 

Page 3 reveals that Helene's last name is Chow. This matches neither her husband's last name (Liu) nor Miao Yin's. Is she a completely new character?

 

On page 4, Jack considers himself the best Snake Plissken in the multiverse. Later, Lo Pan actually summons the so-called "greatest Snake Plissken in the multiverse", a gigantic fire-breathing dragon in "The Greatest Snake Plissken in the Multiverse".

 

On page 10, Jack remarks that he killed Lo Pan a couple times. The first was in Big Trouble in Little China, the second in "The Luck of the Righteous Fool".

 

In panel 2 of page 10, there is a bumper sticker on the inside of the left-hand door on the big rig trailer reading "I BREAK FOR BEER". And yet, on page 13, the bumper sticker is on the outside of the door (which does make more sense!).

 

On page 12, Lo Pan reveals that since Jack seems to survive their every encounter despite his idiocy, his current plot is to take Jack's life force and lay claim to whatever idiot charm magic has been protecting him all this time.

 

On page 20, Jack heads off to face Lo Pan with an Intratec TEC-9 submachine gun just like the one he used in Big Trouble in Little China.


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