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Adventures of Jack Burton
Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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Adventures of Jack Burton: A Little Trouble in Dixieland Adventures of Jack Burton
"A Little Trouble in Dixieland"
Big Trouble in Little China #7 (BOOM! Studios)
Story by John Carpenter and Eric Powell
Writer: Eric Powell
Artist: Brian Churilla
Colorist: Lisa Moore
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover B: Alexis Ziritt
December 2014

 

Egg and Miao Yin on the Midnight Road and Jack and Wang in Nashville each come up against old foes.

 

Story Summary

 

On the Midnight Road, Egg and Miao Yin are confronted and taken down by a cloaked, staff-wielding figure who brings them before the Seven-Faced Widow.

 

Jack and Wang arrive in Nashville and are almost immediately set upon by the Lords of Death, seeking Lo Pan's bounty on them. A brawl is interrupted by the local police, who force the leaders of the two sides, Jack and Black Knife, to fight to the death in a hog pit. In a case of complete dumb luck, Jack's foe is impaled through the head by the broken handle of a shit shovel. Leaderless, the Lords of Death now declare Jack to be their new leader. Jack decides to give Lo Pan a little payback.

 

CONTINTUED IN BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #8

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue

 

Egg Shen

Miao Yin

minion of the Seven-Faced Widow (unnamed)

Seven-Faced Widow

Lo Pan (mentioned only)

Little Sue

Bert

Lords of Death

Black Knife (dies in this issue) 

 

Didja Know?

 

The issues of this series did not have individual titles. I chose the title "A Little Trouble in Dixieland" as a play on the title of Big Trouble in Little China and the fact that Jack and Wang are in the southern states in this issue.

 

Didja Notice?

 

The fable Egg tells Miao Yin at the beginning of this issue is a foreshadowing of what will happen to Jack in "The Legendary San Francisco Mystic Kung Fu Showdown and Knife Fight".

 

Over his CB radio, Jack tells anybody listening he's heading to Dixieland. Dixieland (more commonly just "Dixie") is a historical nickname for the southeast quadrant of the United States. Jack tells Wang they'll go to Nashville and hit a few honky tonks. A honky-tonk is a bar that largely features live country music as entertainment.

 

On page 9, a couple of Trans Ams are seen driven by the Lords of Death. The street gang members were seen in a Trans Am in Big Trouble in Little China as well.

 

When Jack gets punched in the face by one of the Lords of Death on page 10, notice that instead of seeing the cliché cartoony little "stars and birds" around his head, he sees little stars and Pork-Chop Expresses!

 

On page 14, one of the grungy cafe patrons remarks that Jack has "a might fashionable hairdo". He is referring to the infamous mullet, hair cut short to the front and sides and long in the back; as one of Jack's allies says a bit later in the issue, "...conveys business in the front, party in the back."

 

The leader of the Lords of Death is revealed to be a huge man called Black Knife.

 

On page 20, one of the Lords of Death somehow pulls out a Blood Sabbath album cover from somewhere. Blood Sabbath is probably a veiled reference to the English heavy metal band Black Sabbath.


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