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Saturday, July 16, 2005

Jackie Chan's Spartan X: The Armour of Heaven


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I really enjoy Jackie Chan’s work. Though not one of the greatest actors in the world, or able to speak the clearest English, something makes him one of the most fun people to watch in movies, today. It’s probably his work ethic, combined with his comedic sensitivities. I’ve seen bloopers from many of his movies, and two things are apparent; the guy works hard at his craft, and he’s funny, both on-screen and behind the scenes. How can you NOT like him?

One of the Jackie Chan projects I’ve enjoyed the most, however, never saw completion. I’m talking about what was originally supposed to be a six-issue comics miniseries. Spartan X: The Armour of Heaven was originally published by Topps Comics in 1997, but they only managed to put out the first three issues. A year or two later, it was picked up by Image Comics and printed in a black and white format, reportedly to make Michael Golden’s detailed artwork stand out that much more. Even under the Image banner, however, the series only made it to issue four.

Now, I’ve heard that there was an attempt to get the whole story published in magazine format, a year or two ago. If anyone knows anything about this, I’d appreciate you posting it.

Strange thing about the source material for these comics; it seems that "Spartan X" is associated with a Chan movie called "Wheels on Meals," and not the movie "Armour of God." And, what’s with the change of name for the comics version to "Armour of Heaven?" Like I said, please provide any answers you may have.
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