Once again, my Mise en Place was all out of whack this week. My planned graphic novel review never got read. Mostly due to some exciting news in the world of Green Onion but, we can talk about that in this Sunday’s Mise en Place. Luckily for me, the archives of comics I have to review is a deep, deep, well. But then I was thinking, I don’t review much webcomics on here. Heck, I don’t think I ever have. The thing is I have done some ghostwriting about the media in the past (good luck finding that). There is one webcomic I have referenced a few times that deserves a quality Green Onion Blog review. I have a lot of love for this series mostly for its unique origins and non-sense storytelling. Of course I am talking about Axe Cop!
Axe Cop is the creation of Malachai Nicolle, a brilliantly talented creative mind with a sense for the non-sense, and oh ya, he was 5 years-old when he started. With the assistance of his older brother, Ethan (29 at conception, 2009), as the talented amateur artist and collaborative organizer of the train wreck ideas of a child, Axe Cop has gone from a few fun stories and grown into a franchise. The writing process, Ethan describes as, mostly quizzing his brother on details until he can piece together something that resembles a story. Since the humble origins of playing with a toy axe at Christmas, Axe Cop has grown into an award winning series, an animated television show, gained publication through Dark Horse, and sprung merchandise including a version of the card game Munchkin (which is ridiculously fun).
The choas that is Axe Cop is hard to describe. Axe Cop himself is a police officer that has a preference to wield an axe, which he uses to chop off bad guys heads. Going through wild adventures with allies such as, Sockarang, Uni-Baby, Leaf Man, Baby Man, Best Fairy Ever, his pet dinosaur who flies and has Gatling guns for arms, Wexter, or his loyal partner Flute Cop, who turns into Dinosaur Soldier, who later turns into Avocado Soldier, to Uni-Avocado Soldier, and so on. Facing off against bad guys that range from aliens, vampires, zombies, or robots. The best part (other than the shapeshifting abilities) is the indescribable plots that could literally lead anywhere with next to no explanation or connection to backstory.
Pretty much, Axe Cop is a readable, tangible perspective into the chaotic, hyper-active mind of a child. And it couldn’t be better. You cannot help but laugh your way through the archives until you’re all caught up and begging for more. Luckily, Axe Cop is set to return for more issues as soon as this week. 5/5, worth reading for all the ridiculousness. Plus, it is all free thanks to the beauty of the interwebs. So what are you waiting for head on over to axecop.com and enjoy.
Thanks booknerds, he’ll chop off bad guys heads!