Okay, well, the search is over. I’m going to head down to my comic store and cancel my folder because from now on I only need to read one title: Axe Cop. It’s pretty outstanding when the best comic I’ve read in the last few years was written by a six year old and drawn by his thirty year old brother. Axe Cop is what comic books should be, it’s fun, exciting and entertaining as all hell. Six-year-old Malachai Nicolle has crafted one of the best story arcs ever; one that works on so many levels it’s disturbing how young he is. You can just tell that Malachai loves comics and wanted to write exactly like his favorites. I won’t front, this is really my first exposure to Axe Cop and I could kick myself for not jumping on sooner.
I’m not blowing smoke, and this isn’t me thinking the fact that a six year old wrote a comic book is “neat”. Axe Cop is an awesome book, a totally kick ass story that filters out everything but the straight joy of adventure. Axe Cop is a cop, but not a Normal Cop; he’s a self-taught cop that is the only graduate of the Axe Cop School. When the story opens Axe Cop is sitting with his partner Dinosaur Soldier, a humanoid dinosaur with sunglasses and a tank top. They’re sitting drinking coffee when Axe Cop grabs a cup of water from another table. Sadly that cup was actually Mr. Cup and Axe Cop had drunk half his brains. Mr. Cup’s good friend Mr. Hammer is yelling at Axe Cop when outside a planet appears that is a Bad Guy Planet.
Are you seeing the genius? The simplistic nature that already has you hooked into the story? From here on the action only gets better. The attack on Axe Cop Station by the Normal Cops who hate Axe Cop because he doesn’t do what normal cops do (the constant dialog about normal cops is laugh out loud funny), the invention of a Good Guy Machine that turns bad guys into a good guys, the rocket that fires Axe Cops car to “Super Jillion Speed”, the action here is pretty non-stop. My personal favorite Wexter, the flying Tyrannosaurus Rex with giant machine guns for arms and fire breath.
What’s really spectacular here is that everything works, everything gels into a nicely put together story. The only thing that shows that a child wrote Axe Cop is the clarity of thoughts and the lack of pretension in the story and dialog. Malachai Nicolle has a plan, he has a vision and he executes it. He also has a knack for adding little comic book touches. For example, whenever a character tells a story or presents a new power, Nicolle puts a small box in the corner that reads “See Axe Cop Episode 35” or “See Axe Cop Episode 5”. As far as I can tell these refer to episodes of the popular web comic but it’s the way Malachai alludes to them that make it so perfect.
Malachai’s brother Ethan, who had some success with the graphic novel Cumble Spuzz, does a great job with the artwork. It’s got a Savage Dragon feel to it, which works perfectly with Malachai’s story. It’s obvious Ethan loves what he brother has done and wants the art to reflect the imagination of a forward thinking six-year-old. I’m hoping that people out there will read Axe Cop, get it and drive it to be a real force in comic books. That way, in twenty years when Malachai is the new Frank Miller or Alan Moore, there will be a long history of his exploits.