Review: “Axe Cop: Volume I” by Malachai and Ethan Nicolle

Bad guys, beware! Evil aliens, run in fear! Axe Cop (****) is here, and he’s going to chop your head off! You have to take this for what it is–pure nonsense from the mind of a five-year-old. The story goes that cartoonist Ethan Nicolle was playing with his little brother Malachi, aged five, when his brother picked up a toy fire ax and handed it to him and told him he was an “Axe Cop.” The ensuing playtime was so hilarious that Ethan sketched a couple pages based on what his brother had told him, just for the family. A couple weeks later he put the pages online as an experiment in the webcomics format, just seeing how it worked without having to create any new material. He wasn’t planning to be the funniest new thing on the internet, but that’s what happened. The result is comedic genius. Why do we ever have to grow up and stunt our imaginations?

So yeah. This is pretty much nonsensical. There’s really not a lot of consistency, characters come and go based on Malachai’s whims (did I forget to mention? He’s the writer. Ethan calls him up, gets the story, then translates it to the page. Most of the narration is unfiltered Malachai.), deus ex machina plays a hefty role at times, and its just generally not great storytelling. But its frakkin’ hilarious! And it takes us back to the times when things didn’t have to make sense, when G.I. Joe and Batman could team up to take on Darth Vader and his minions in their Great Adventures Castle hideout. What? You never did that? Uh….me neither. Heh heh….

Content: This is almost hyper-violent, but so unrealistic that you can’t even be disturbed by it. No sex or language (Come on, the writer’s five!)

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