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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Snake Plissken Chronicles: Statute of Liberty The Snake Plissken Chronicles
"Statute of Liberty"
Escape from New York #11 (BOOM Studios)
Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Maxim Šimić
Colorist: Marissa Louise
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover A: Jason Copland
October 2015


Snake is at the mercy of the former president he betrayed.


Story Summary


The Duke prepares to receive an influx of refugees into New York from attacks against the weakened United States while he also beats his recent captive, Snake. Snake angers the Duke into inadvertently slicing open the ropes binding him and turns the tables. He tells the Duke to call off the bounty on him, so the Duke calls President Sutter to rescind the order, but Sutter betrays him due to the Duke's having blown up the Statue of Liberty. Sutter has now been forced to launch bombers against Russia as retaliation for the "attack" and he also diverts a force towards New York City to take out the prison and everyone there.


Snake takes the Duke hostage as a bargaining chip and is convinced by the coerced reporters covering the former president to play hero and try to stop the bombing of New York. They head for the World Trade Center towers and are intercepted by Lappawinsoe and his tribe. Snake agrees to fight Lappawinsoe for the privilege of taking the rebuilt Gulffire jet glider to the mainland.




Didja Know?


The issues of this series do not have published individual titles assigned to them. I assigned the title "Statute of Liberty" to this issue...just because. 


Characters appearing in this issue


The Duke of New York (former President Harker)

Snake Plissken


President Sutter

Lappawinsoe (aka Johnny)


Didja Notice?


On page 11, President Sutter tells the Duke over the phone that he has no choice now and is scrambling the Harriers for a strike on Russia in response to the Duke's (former president's) attack on the U.S. at Liberty Island. The Harrier Jump Jet is a U.S. fighter jet capable of VTOL operation (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) developed in the 1960s and still active today. The jets that Sutter diverts to bomb New York City though don't look like Harriers in panel 5; they look more like F-15s. 


The head of the blown up Statue of Liberty is seen to have landed on Broadway on page 17. The scene here is based on the 1981 movie poster of Escape from New York, a scene which never occurs in the film.
Liberty head Escape from New York movie poster


On page 20, Lappawinsoe asks Snake if he's going to "...Pied Piper a city-sized prison of the worst criminals on Earth out with you?" This is a reference to the Pied Piper of Hamelin, a character in a German fairy tale who was hired by the town of Hamelin to lure away the local rat infestation with the notes of his magic flute.


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