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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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Snake Plissken Chronicles: A-Number-One The Snake Plissken Chronicles
"A-Number-One"
Escape from New York #10 (BOOM Studios)
Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Maxim Šimić
Colorist: Marissa Louise
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover A: Jason Copland
September 2015

 

Snake learns the new Duke of New York is the former President of the United States.

 

Story Summary

 

Snake learns the new Duke of New York is the former President of the United States and that he has been having guns, construction equipment, and other supplies dropped into the island prison for a personal takeover. Snake tries to shoot him during a speech at a rally in Times Square, but the stage is protected by a shield of safety glass. The Duke makes a prison-wide announcement of a reward for the head of Snake Plissken delivered to him. Snake is chased by a bloodthirsty mob across the island and he is finally forced to take refuge inside the World Trade Center, where he meets up with the Lenape tribe.

 

The tribe's chief has his own plans for liberating the prison and wants the Duke out of the way, so he makes a deal with Snake to let him go free in exchange for the rocket car he used to get over the wall. The chief then sends him in the direction of the Duke to take him down.

 

Snake finds that the Duke has cleaned up a portion of New York and even brought in electricity for his followers. Snake is immediately spotted as an outsider and the Duke's men drop him with some cattle prods.

 

Snake awakens to find himself trussed up in rope and hanging upside-down as a target dummy for the Duke's pistol. As the Duke gleefully unrolls a bundle of torture devices, he orders a U.S. bomber plane to bring down the Statue of Liberty, visible out the nearby window, to prove he's A-Number One.

 

CONTINUED IN ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #11

 

Didja Know?

 

The issues of this series do not have published individual titles assigned to them. I assigned the title "A-Number-One" due to the repeated use of the veneration to describe the Duke of New York (former President) in this issue.

 

 

 

Characters appearing in this issue

 

The Duke of New York (former President Harker)

Soto

Joe

Snake Plissken

Lappawinsoe (aka Johnny)

 

Didja Notice?

 

On page 2, the Duke tells his assembled crowd at the Times Square rally that Florida's blown itself free and Siberia has fallen. These are references to events in "Don't Let a Snake into the House" and "Escape from Siberia" respectively.

 

Most of the Duke's men appear to be carrying M-16 rifles.

 

On page 3, the Duke says they're going to use Central Park for growing food crops. Central Park is a public park in the center of Manhattan and one of the largest urban parks in the world.

 

On page 4, the Duke says, "Plissken. I thought you were dead."

 

On page 9, Snake runs into the World Trade Center to evade the mob chasing him. The WTC was, of course, an important site in Escape from New York.

 

On page 10, the American Indian tribe occupying the WTC is identified as the Lenape. The Lenape (also known as the Delaware) have traditionally lived in the lower New York and Delaware area.

 

On page 11, the Lenape agree to let Snake go in exchange for the car he jumped the wall with. This occurred in "Escape to New York" when Snake stole a rocket car belonging to daredevil performer Suicide Gorchnik on the mainland and jumped over the river to Manhattan.

 

The leader of the Lenape identifies himself as Lappawinsoe, after the old Lenape chief who got suckered out of his people's land by a walking treaty. Lappawinsoe was a real Lenape chief in the 18th Century who was tricked into agreeing to the Walking Purchase of 1737 by Thomas Penn.

 

On page 13, Snake learns that the Lenape recovered and rebuilt his Gulffire glider, last seen being pitched off the side of the WTC near the end of Escape from New York.

 

Lappawinsoe explains that he and many of his men worked pit crews on the circuit before it was disbanded and had four cousins who worked assembly lines building aircraft for the Leningrad invasion. "Circuit" is a reference to Formula One race car circuits, a pit crew being the mechanics that work on a car for a driver. The Leningrad invasion was part of Snake's past in the U.S. Army.

 

Lappawinsoe tells Snake that the Duke and his men have let all the animals out of the zoo to roam in Central Park and he even saw a tiger eat a man in there. He must be referring to the Central Park Zoo, though it seems unlikely any animals there would have survived long after Manhattan become a prison in the first place!

 

Lappawinsoe says that Central Park has become a regular Garden of Eden...and every Eden needs a snake. The Garden of Eden, of course, is the land of paradise created by God for Adam and Eve at the beginning of mankind as described in the holy texts of the Abrahamic religions. The snake in Eden was Satan, who tempted Adam and Eve to eat the fruit from the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

 

On page 19, what appear to be a pair of male lions chase Snake through Central Park.

 

On page 20, panel 5, the Duke's men use what appear to be cattle prods to stun Snake.

 

The Statue of Liberty is destroyed in this issue.

 

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