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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Snake Plissken Chronicles: The Cleveland Revolution The Snake Plissken Chronicles
"The Cleveland Revolution"
Escape from New York #15
BOOM Studios
Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Maxim Šimić
Colorist: Marissa Louise
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover A: Jason Copland
March 2016


Sadie recruits Snake to help her army of followers launch an all-out assault on the rich power center of Cleveland.


Story Summary


Picking up from the end of "Draw", Snake, Mike, and Sadie escape the Federal Reserve and hide out in outer Cleveland. But the USPF soon find them thanks to the leads provided by Malone. They manage to escape again and Sadie recruits Snake to help her and an army of poor followers on the outskirts to launch an all-out assault on the rich power center of the city with the guns and money they've procured. Normally not a joiner, Snake surprisingly agrees, realizing that all the fighting he's done before was just for himself and reasoning, "It's all gotta mean more. All this fighting has to be for something. Otherwise, what did I ever fight for?"


The assault begins and is successful for a while, but more and more USPF tighten the noose around the small army of insurgents. The police forces are about to capture Snake (wanted alive) and kill all the rest, when Snake pulls out the United States Constitution, stolen from the vault at the Federal Reserve in "Draw" and threatens to burn it unless he gets to talk to the person in charge.




Didja Know?


The issues of this series do not have published individual titles assigned to them. I assigned the title "The Cleveland Revolution" based on the allusions to the French Revolution in this issue.


Characters appearing in this issue


Snake Plissken

U.S. President (unnamed)

Texas Mike (dies in this issue)


Malone (mentioned only)


Didja Notice?


Arriving in outer Cleveland, Sadie calls it a dump and remarks on the river catching fire every six months. The Cuyahoga River, which runs through Cleveland into Lake Erie, has been known as "the river that caught fire," which has happened 13 known times in history due to the level of pollution in the water (though the last time it happened, as far as I can determine, was 1969; the pollution levels have improved since then).


On pages 12-13, Sadie brings her followers together to attack the center of Cleveland to push out the rich families that control everything, calling it a reenactment of the French Revolution. The French Revolution was a period of social and political upheaval in France from 1789-1799 which eventually led to republican democracy in the country and which spread and inspired citizens of other nations around the world to overthrow or replace monarchies and dictatorships.


The rifle Snake takes from the dead Mike on page 18 appears to be an M16.


On the last page of the issue, Snake is threatening to burn a document that has the heading, "We the People". This is the U.S. Constitution. Snake must have taken the document from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, where documents from the National Archives were found hidden in "Draw". The document Snake holds here is smaller than the dimensions of the real world document.


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