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Review: Axe Cop: The American Choppers

Written by Alex Knight on Tuesday, May 27 2014 and posted in Reviews

Review: Axe Cop: The American Choppers

Axe Cop returns! With plenty of chopping and axes, which bad guys will he face this time, and will he have friends helping him?



To describe this comic to those who are unacquainted with the Axe Cop, the best way of doing so is to imagine if the Id of a ten year old was given a bit of direction and wrote a comic. Considering that the story is indeed by Malachai Nicolle, a ten year old, this is no surprise.  Ultimately, “Axe Cop: The American Choppers” Is a blast to read and endlessly entertaining.
 
The quality that defines the entire comic (and its series) is the stream of consciousness in which the story is crafted and the characters exist. With this in mind, every character's backstory and detail makes complete sense. Of course a character called Captain Axe comes from a planet where all captains come from. The enthusiasm that emanates off each page thrusts this home and makes this book easy and fantastic reading.
 
The art is also very complimentary to the story and its intentions. Each page helps advance the story with an unexpectedly minimal amount of clutter while completely embracing the wonderfully over the top and ludicrous premise of the comic itself. Ethan Nicolle also throws in a few Easter eggs of the wider pop culture that the story draws itself from. The colourful flourishes that imbue each of the cast add to the sense that this comic was plucked out of the imagination of someone with great creativity.
 
If you haven’t been fortunate enough to read anything prior from Axe Cop, you needn’t worry. The supporting cast are readily introduced and it serves as a decent introductory book to all of Axe Cop’s supporting characters. Whilst at times it may seem as though not everyone needs a backstory, Malachai Nicolle’s natural creativity has done a remarkably good job of ensuring that each one is interesting and hilarious. 
 
Is “Axe Cop: The American Choppers” worth your time and money? Absolutely yes. It’s a comic about a Cop that uses his axe to chop off bad guys' heads. And it also has other characters that also use axes. It’s difficult for me to think of a similar premise executed as well as this. Additionally, there are also references to other aspects of life and entertainment that are enough to please all ages. Therefore, this comic is as much for grown adults as it is for children, and deserves  your hard earned money.
 





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