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Adventures of Jack Burton

Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Adventures of Jack Burton: Old Man Jack (Part 4) Adventures of Jack Burton
"Old Man Jack" Part 4
Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #4
BOOM! Studios
Written by John Carpenter & Anthony Burch
Illustrated by Jorge Corona
Colored by Gabriel Cassata
Lettered by Ed Dukeshire
Cover by Stéphane Roux
December 2017


Jack is confronted by the Beast.


Story Summary


Jack and Lo Pan are captured by Jack's old friend, the Hell-beast he calls Pete. Pete takes them to the camp of the Children of the Beast. There they are placed in a fighting arena where they are introduced to the Beast...who turns out to be the resurrected Wang Chi. The embittered Wang wants to kill both Jack and Lo Pan for their past misdeeds and a three-way fight ensues.


Wang is finally somewhat mollified when Jack admits to what he did and explains that he is now on a mission to get Lo Pan to Chinatown so he can defeat Ching Dai. Wang reluctantly agrees to let them continue on their mission, joining them.


Continued in "Old Man Jack" Part 5.


Notes from the Jack Burton chronology


This story takes place in the year 2020.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue


Jack Burton

David Lo Pan


Children of the Beast

The Beast (revealed as Wang Chi)

Ching Dai (mentioned only)

Miao Yin (mentioned only, deceased)

Winona Chi (mentioned only, deceased)

Uncle Chu (mentioned only, deceased)


Didja Know?


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


Didja Notice?


In this issue, Lo Pan now refers to the previously-named Ocean of Fire and, then, Plain of Fire, as the River of Fire.


Jack still remembers his former buddy, the Hell-beast Pete, despite the altered timeline that resulted from "Second Beginning". Does Jack still have his memories of the previous timeline? Or did he just get to know the Hell-beast in a similar story in the new timeline?


This issue reveals that the resurrected Wang Chi is the person called the Beast in the Hellpocalypse.


On page 10, Jack remarks to the vengeful Wang, "Hey, you say potato, I say tomato--" Jack is misphrasing part of a verse from the 1937 Gershwin song "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off".


On page 11, Jack accuses Wang of being crazier than a Tempe javelina. Tempe is a city in Arizona. Javelinas are wild pigs that roam portions of South, Central, and North America.


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