The Snake Plissken Chronicles
Escape from New York #3 (BOOM Studios)
Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Diego Barreto
Colorist: Marissa Louise
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover A: Declan Shalvey
Snake is held captive and forced to train
the F.R.F. troops for the Twins.
Snake is taken into custody by the F.R.F. troops at Mangrove
Park and its inhabitants killed. He is then fitted with a
metal collar that can be triggered to blow his head off if he
doesn't cooperate and is told by the Twins and Meemaw that he
must train the latest batch of F.R.F. troops in preparation for
an invasion of the United States.
At the training camp, Snake makes a deal with another captive
named Curtis to attempt an escape. Seeing the broken, half-assed
equipment used in Florida, Snake takes a guess that the collars
are bogus and triggers his own collar...nothing happens. He and
Curtis then begin gathering supplies and equipment for their
break and revenge against the Twins.
The revenge doesn't go quite as planned, but Snake does trigger
an attack against Florida by the U.S. troops, giving he and
Curtis a chance at escape.
CONTINUED IN ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #4
Notes from the Snake Plissken chronology
This issue begins on the evening of Sunday, October 26, 1997. He
is shown training new recruits for the F.R.F. army the next day
(Monday the 27th) and sleeping in a room at the Twins' mansion
that night. The next morning (Tuesday the 28th), Snake causes
trouble at breakfast and spends the day planning an escape with
Curtis. All of the dates up to this point I have figured out
myself based on the dates of October 21-24 given in the
Escape from New York
and extrapolating from there based on the amount of time
depicted as passing in the issues of this comic book series. But
it seems that writer
Christopher Sebela was keeping track as
well, as page 14, panel 1 (the next day) is labeled as "Wednesday, 2:11
a.m." and going into panels labeled as Thursday and Friday from
there as Snake and Curtis gather supplies for their breakout.
The issue ends on Friday, October 31 (which is Halloween, though
no mention of that is made in this issue or the next).
Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue
Romulus and Remus (the Twins)
President Sutter (mentioned only)
General Michael Quay (mentioned only)
Senator Hayes (mentioned only)
The issues of this series do not have published individual
titles assigned to them. I assigned the title
"Collared" to this issue based
on the metal "explosive" collars placed on Snake and others
being held at the F.R.F. training camp.
On page 1, the F.R.F. soldiers march Snake to a hovercraft in
the swamp to take him back to Jacksonville.
Snake and Curtis are told the
collars they are
forced to wear will blow their heads off if they fail to
cooperate. This concept may have been borrowed by the writer
from a similar device in the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger film
The Running Man.
Forced to train new recruits for the F.R.F., Snake asks the
recruits if they have any questions. Instead of asking about the
training, they ask about Snake's infamous past: "What was
Leningrad like?" "How much did you get from the Kansas City
job?" and "Tell us about New York!" These are all
references to events seen or mentioned in
"The Bank Robbery" and
Escape from New York.
On page 6, Romulus refers to the butler in a rat suit as
Jeeves. This refers to the fictional valet Reginald Jeeves who
appeared in novels and short stories written by British author
P.G. Wodehouse (1881-1975), also appearing in radio, films, and
television. The stories were so popular that the name "Jeeves"
has come to associated with any valet or butler.
In panel 5 of page 6, a Star Wars X-Wing Fighter
are seen on the floor of the hallway in the Twins' mansion.
On page 8, boxes of Drix and Beesieoos are seen on the dining
table in the Twins' mansion. These are probably meant to be
generic representations of
Cheerios brands of breakfast cereal.
On page 9, Remus is straddling a nuclear missile in a manner
similar to Slim Pickens' character Major Kong at the end of the
1964 film Dr. Strangelove. On page 13, Snake sits atop
the missile in a similar manner as he is removing the warhead.
On page 10, the televised news report about the world war
mentions that tensions in Prague have escalated and has a quote
from retired five-star general Michael Quay.
Prague is the
capital of the Czech Republic, which is probably still behind
the Iron Curtain in the 1997 of the Snake Plissken
The name "Michael Quay" is probably
a nod to Mike McQuay, the author of the novelization of
Escape from New York.
On page 13, Snake and Curtis steal a
As he and Curtis are close to making their break-out from the
camp on page 15, Snake tells Curtis he's escaped from worse
places. He's probably referring to New York in
Escape from New York.
On page 18, Romulus crushes a pack of cigarettes in his hand.
The package design looks like Marlboro.
On page 21, Romulus drops a carton of ice cream that has a
partially readable label with the name "Ben" on it. It is
probably intended as the
Ben & Jerry's
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