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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Snake Plissken Chronicles: Draw The Snake Plissken Chronicles
Escape from New York #14 (BOOM Studios)
Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Maxim Šimić
Colorist: Marissa Louise
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover A: Jason Copland
January 2016


Snake vs. America.


Story Summary


Snake visits a neighboring lunatic called the Cowboy, who has a fortress full of guns and reluctant followers. Snake wants some guns to fight off the USPF who are coming to seize as house. Snake can't pay for the weapons and refuses to merge his land to the Cowboy's to form a new America. The Cowboy decides that means Snake is against him and challenges him to a duel with pistols. Snake wins by cheating and kills the Cowboy in the duel. The Cowboy's followers aren't too heartbroken about it and let Snake take weapons and a monster truck.


Snake uses the guns and truck to pound the USPF forces that arrive at his house, but eventually the truck is destroyed and Snake is forced to flee his home.


Snake makes his way to Cleveland and hooks up with Carjack Malone, Texas Mike, and Sadie for a robbery of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. The heist is going well and Snake even finds some historical U.S. documents there, but then Malone betrays them to the USPF. Despite this, Snake, Mike, and Sadie manage an escape with the loot in an armored truck.




Didja Know?


The issues of this series do not have published individual titles assigned to them. I assigned the title "Draw" based on the duel between Snake and the Cowboy in this issue and the similarity of Snake cheating in it as he will later do in Escape from L.A.


For some reason, the initials of most of the states on the "Join or Die" segmented snake political cartoon on the inside front cover are missing starting with this issue and through the last issue of the series (#16, "Burning Down the House"). Only the initials N.C. (North Carolina) and N.J. (New Jersey) are in place. No explanation is given there or within the story.


Characters appearing in this issue


Snake Plissken

The Cowboy (dies in this issue)

Fresno (dog)

Carjack Malone


Texas Mike


Didja Notice?


Snake drives to Valley City to visit the Cowboy. This is presumably Valley City, Ohio, about 40 miles southeast of Cleveland, the approximate area Snake lives at in the previous issue, "Get the Hell Off My Lawn".


On pages 4-5, Snake is forced into a gun duel with the Cowboy. The duel and outcome are somewhat similar to the "Bangkok rules" duel Snake has with Cuervo's men in Escape from L.A.


On page 8, Snake is on the phone with Malone. This may be Carjack Malone, who later becomes Hershe sometime before the events of Escape from L.A. Additionally, the character called Mike may be Texas Mike, mentioned as an associate of Snake's and Malone's sometime before that film.


On page 9, Sadie remarks that she thought Snake was taller. This is a running joke in Escape from L.A. 


Snake begins outlining a plan to his new cohorts to rob the Federal Reserve on page 9. The Federal Reserve is the central banking system of the United States, with branches scattered across the country. It's implied that Snake's gang is robbing the bank located in Cleveland and the artist's rendition of the building is similar to the Cleveland one.
Fed bank Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Fed bank in this issue Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland


On page 10, Snake remarks that with the east coast falling apart, all the money's moved further west. It's not explained why the east coast is considered as "falling apart", but probably has to do with the violent changes in the federal government centered in Washington D.C. over the past decade-plus as depicted in all of the Snake Plissken stories.


On pages 12-13, Snake appears to be wielding an Uzi pistol. Sadie is armed with one on page 19.


On page 15, Sadie tells the others she's going to buy her way to France with her share of the money they're stealing from the Federal Reserve, having heard that it's hardly radioactive there anymore. Presumably, France has been involved with the wars described in past stories and was struck by nuclear weapons in portions of the country.


Malone tells the others he's going to buy a huge boat and cruise what's left of California. The preamble of Escape from L.A. reveals that a huge earthquake struck Los Angeles in 2000, breaking the city off from the mainland of California to form Los Angeles Island.


Snake unexpectedly discovers that items from the National Archives have apparently been moved to the Federal Reserve since Washington D.C. started going sidewise. A couple of the historic documents Snake finds appear to be the Articles of Confederation and the U.S. Bill of Rights. The Articles of Confederation were the first constitution of the United States of America, ratified in 1781 (replaced by the United States Constitution in 1789). The U.S. Bill of Rights is the collective term for the first 10 amendments to the Constitution (the real Bill of Rights does not say "Bill of Rights" on the top as the one seen here does!). The sealed documents Snake is seen holding here are much smaller in dimension than the real world documents.


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