Saturday, March 5, 2011

Axe Cop: Bad Guy Earth #1

Axe Cop BGE #1, Ethan Nicolle
I think most people who write about comics would actually prefer to write comics.  I would.  I have begun writing some scripts that hopefully someday will make it into a graphic format.  Though, after reading Axe Cop, I'm considering giving it up.  Unless I concentrate on writing something thought provoking or self examining, I'm pretty sure I couldn't come up with anything as awesome as Axe Cop.

If you're not familiar with Axe Cop, it's been published online since early last year at  The comic is about a cop who uses an axe instead of a gun.  He also has a dinosaur partner who is aptly named Dinosaur Soldier.  It's written by Malachai Nicolle and drawn by his brother, Ethan.  Malachai Nicolle is six years old and his brother is 30.  If you've ever been around young kids, you'll understand how truly fantastic that is.   When they create stories, their stories are based on kid logic not adult logic.  The story progression is one or two steps above stream of consciousness.  It makes for a great comic book.

By itself, the story might be a bit hard to follow so it's fortunate that Ethan is such a great artist.  His artwork is what enables those of us over the age of 6 to understand what the hell is going on.  I'm sure this is no easy feat.  In fact, it should probably be required training for comic book artists to go through some type of course where they are forced to draw stories created by children.  We might see a little better pacing in mainstream comic books.

The Newsarama quote on the cover says, "Best comic ever!"  I'm not sure I would go that far.  Instead, I would probably go with, "Most awesome comic ever!"

1 comment:

  1. Completely agree. I think the first page, though, probably does count as one of the best first pages ever. Perfectly sets the tone and announces that all bets are off.