Bad guys beware! Evil aliens, run for your lives! Axe Cop is here, and he’s going to chop your head off! We live in a strange world, and our strange problems call for strange heroes. That’s why Axe Cop — along with his partner Flute Cop and their pet T-Rex Wexter — is holding try-outs to build the greatest team of heroes ever assembled. Created by five year-old Malachai Nicolle and illustrated by his older brother, the cartoonist Ethan Nicolle, Axe Cop Volume One collects the entire original run of the hit webcomic that has captured the world’s attention with its insanely imaginative adventures. Whether he’s fighting gun-toting dinosaurs, teaming up with Ninja Moon Warriors, or answering readers’ questions via his insightful advice column, “Ask Axe Cop,” the adventures of Axe Cop and his incomparable team of crime fighters will delight and perplex even the most stoic of readers.
Ethan Nicolle is now 32. Malachai Nicolle is now 8. They were 29 and 5 when they began the Axe Cop series. The question I always get when I recommend this book is immediately:
Wait…so…who’s the author?
Good question. It’s Malachai Nicolle. To all of you out there, have you ever heard a story told by a five year old?
Axe Cop is sporadic, adorable, almost ridiculous and full of action, adventure and humor. So yeah, I liked it. 4 stars. I also really liked Ethan Nicolle’s drawing style in this comic, but I didn’t like how the drawings weren’t in color. Don’t get my wrong, I love black and white, but the paper this is printed on is also a sort of glossy charcoal gray, so the drawings blended into the paper a little bit.
Both the story and it’s drawings are fun, imaginative, nonsensical and original. The result of a five year old telling a story based on his amazing imagination and his twenty-nine year old brother bringing them to life on paper is nothing short of genius, all in all. The title itself, you have to admit, is a hook. I typically get two reactions after I get the before-mentioned infamous question.
Reaction 1: A cop…with an axe? Sweet!
Reaction 2: A cop…with an axe? Why?
Anyway, this a great story I highly recommend. Below is a link to the Nicolle Brothers Axe Cop Website. There is also a link to Geek and Sundry’s website, Written by a Kid. What Geek and Sundry do is, with a team of people, ask a kid to tell a story and then they animate it. It’s pretty cool, but I like Axe Cop a little bit better.
Axe Cop Website: http://axecop.com/:
Written by a Kid: http://theflog.geekandsundry.com/
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