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Adventures of Jack Burton

Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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Adventures of Jack Burton: Old Man Jack (Part 8) Adventures of Jack Burton
"Old Man Jack" Part 8
Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #8
BOOM! Studios
Written by John Carpenter & Anthony Burch
Illustrated by Jorge Corona
Colored by Gabriel Cassata
Lettered by Ed Dukeshire
Cover by Greg Smallwood
April 2018

 

Jack takes the battle against Ching Dai into his own hands.

 

Story Summary

 

Picking up from the previous issue, Egg pulls Jack aside to tell him that the ritual to banish Ching Dai involves killing the flesh bridge...Jack himself. Jack knocks out Egg and uses Egg's mystical book to cast a blood shield around himself for protection from the outside. Then he uses the book to summon Ching Dai to make a deal for the demon to bring Wang's wife and daughter back from the dead, otherwise Jack will kill himself, banishing Ching Dai in the process. Ching Dai brings the two women back, but Jack drinks Egg's angel's blood potion anyway to kill himself.

 

But Wang sees Jack's attempted self-sacrifice and punches him in the gut, causing Jack to spit out the poison.

 

Miao Yin and Winona don't recall the afterlife except for light, music, and a warm, fuzzy feeling the whole time. Egg concludes they were in Heaven, which also means that Ching Dai now has a bridge to Heaven as well as Earth and he could now invade Heaven. Jack and Lo Pan both think that means Jack must die after all to stop the demon, but Egg points out that the effort it took Ching Dai to breach Heaven must have been unimaginable and he will be at his absolute weakest now. They all agree to take on Ching Dai head on.

 

Continued in "Old Man Jack" Part 9.

 

Notes from the Jack Burton chronology

 

This story takes place in the year 2020.

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue

 

David Lo Pan

Ching Dai

Egg Shen

Jack Burton

Wang Chi

Pete

Miao Yin

Winona Chi 

 

Didja Know?

 

Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack is a 12-issue limited series published by IDW in 2017-2018.

 

Didja Notice?

 

On page 2, Egg says he spent decades with the mystical book lingering just out of reach. But according to "Old Man Jack" Part 1, it's only been about 10 years (one decade) since Jack inadvertently allowed Ching Dai to rise on Earth.

 

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