Axe Cop, the axe-wielding uber-insanely original hero from the Nicolle brothers, just keeps getting wackier and weirder. “Axe Cop: American Choppers” #2 goes full-tilt from start to finish with action, creativity and axes. There are lots of axes, demonic lumberjacks, stealth rocket flying RVs and axe heads too. It’s pure fun with head-chopping, ham chefs, and morning cereal tests too.
ART BY: Ethan Nicolle
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: 18 June 2014
Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady
I admit I’ve never read any previous stories of Axe Cop. I did thoroughly enjoy the Axe Cop animated series and hoped the comics were close to that. I am happy to report it is so much more from top to bottom entertaining than the TV series ever could be. Thanks to comics being an amazing medium for storytelling, plus young Malachai Nicolle’s unstoppable imagination, this series is so enjoyable. Axe Cop and his team of fellow axe friends have formed the American Choppers team to be even more awesome together than apart. Demonic walking axes keep springing up and attacking people. Anyone that gets chopped by one of them turns into an axe beast, naturally.
The story is so fast paced and dense it’s almost appears scatter-brained. It’s not but at the surface, that’s how it looks. The art by older brother Ethan Nicolle keeps everything flowing attractively. Even when the Choppers are forced to flee, the small and big in each panel is a feast for the eyes. It’s crisp and tight, but not overly so. It doesn’t look too childish or too over-the-top ever which is remarkable given the story.
I don’t know if this is the first time anyone has written down what a little boy’s imagination can do. I doubt it. The fact that this series continues to grow and evolve with Malachai Nicolle’s creativity is a testament to how much talent in this family tree. This feels like a world someone else utterly fun like The Tick or The Goon should appear in. Baring that team-up in the future, there is plenty of fun and action to be enjoyed in this series. Pick it up and find out why Axe Cop is so much cool.
When not enjoying comics of all shapes and sizes, Brady is a moderately successful English teacher living in Daejeon, South Korea. Just like the world around him, he relishes exploring anything new and interesting in the world of comics and graphic novels.