REVIEW: Escape From New York #13

Written by: Christopher Sebela
Art by: Maxim Simic
Colors by: Marissa Louise
Published by: BOOM!

Never mess with Snake Plissken, it’s good rule of thumb if you plan on living a long and happy life; and you sure as hell don’t try to make him the target of a home invasion. Which three morons at the beginning of this book find out the hard way. But there’s something different about this Snake. He doesn’t kill these three punks, instead he gives them his version of a smack on the wrist and let’s them go, still breathing, still living…maybe Snake is losing his edge.

We flashback to fourteen years earlier, when Snake decides to step away from his life of crime. He digs up his buried loot, buys a house, gets a dog, and starts trading moonshine for stale smokes, but the quite life doesn’t really fit for guys like Snake, and it’s not long before that urge to hurt comes back. That day comes when the government decides to claim eminent domain on the house and land that has become Snake’s makeshift retirement. After dealing with two pesky lawyers via pitchfork, Snake is visited by a SWAT team and the local police. What happens next is Snake’s version of Rambo: First Blood, as Plissken walks away without a scratch, a war zone left in his wake. We leave Snake as he prepares for the next wave of violence; a happier madman for being able to finally feel alive once more.

I’ve never picked up a EFNY title before, and I have only had limited exposure to the films, so I walked into this book uncertain of what I would find. This is the kind of comic that we need more of these days. It pulled me in from the first panel, moved along at a solid clip, provided action, emotion, and left me demanding more by the time I hit the last page. What the team at BOOM! did here was craft an amazing story that not only provided a deeper insight to an established character, but they did it in a way that didn’t alienate a new reader like myself. The creators  have crafted what appears to be a simple story on the surface, but upon closer inspection you will discover a multitude of complexities.

This is a universal story of a man coming to terms with who he is, who he was, and who he is destined to be. It is a tale about retribution and redemption. So many times in comics we get the story of the warrior riding off into the sunset but rarely do we get to see what happens when that sunset is not enough. The old saying goes “old habits die-hard”, but what do you do when your entire life has been the habit of fighting; be it for survival or personal gain? Some answers never come easy.

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