John Carpenter’s Escape from New York is not the type of film that many would probably talk about as a classic in the same way that you’d discuss Citizen Kane (or other films that stereotypically get brought up in those kinds of discussions), but Escape is never the less an important film. Displaying a pessimistic view of the future in a post-Vietnam America, Escape is very much what people were afraid of at the time. and since its release we’ve seen many films, books, shows and comics all imitate its style, its stoic lead and more.
And now? Now Escape is coming back to comics care of BOOM! Studios in a new series written by Christopher Sebela and illustrated by Diego Barreto. While the book itself was announced in July at Comic-Con, the release of it is still a bit away off in December. But now that the book has officially been solicited, it’s time to sit down and talk about it — which is exactly what we’re here to do today.
Read on as we chat with Sebela about the series, growing up in the 80s and being aware of the bomb, Snake’s macho-ness and more, and be sure to throw “Escape from New York” on your pull list for December. It sounds like it’s going to be quite the wild ride.