Axe Cop: President of the World #1 Review
Writer: Malachai Nicolle
Art: Eathan Nicolle
Reviewed by David Short
Axe Cop: President of the World #1 is a follow up to the remarkably fun Axe Cop. We follow our protagonist Axe Cop—just as the name would lead you to believe; he is a cop wielding an axe—as he takes up the mantle of President of the World. Last time we saw him he was babysitting and ridding the world of bad guys. Those days seem to be past him as Axe Cop has successfully accomplished something no other her has done: He got rid of all the bad guys. In this era of peace he meets new friends and goes about his presidential duties—such as finding a location for Earth’s capital in Washington state—but it’s when a prophecy comes to him that the peace will not last (albeit one million years from now) that he begins to take action.
The art is by Eathan Nicolle, Malachai’s brother, and he works everything but the coloring on this book. It’s cartoony, and though that isn’t something I particularly like usually, it fits the book really well. The art is able to play off the outrageous plot with incredibly serious depictions. There were a handful of times where that contrast caused me to laugh out loud. Eathan knows what he and his brother are doing, and, though he conveys a serious tone when needed, you can tell he is having as much fun bringing this story to life as his brother is.
Axe Cop: President of the World is a book that many people will pass over because the intellect in books we have become accustomed to may not be there. but I advise you to give it a chance. The first time I read it, I did so with a smile across my face the entire time. It’s incredibly fun to see the human imagination truly unchained. We get to see what people with a fully developed mind can do with the medium week in and week out, but rarely do we get to see someone truly immersed in their creativity. A while back we posted an article called How to Reclaim a Sense of Wonderment; this book may be the remedy the, often jaded, comic community needs. It changed the way I look at comic books. It made me stop reading to get to the twists and cliff hangers, but to read for what the author is creating as a whole.
Axe Cop: President of the World may not be the deep stories we get regularly in comics these days, but I say emphatically for all of you to buy this book. Dark Horse Comics should be proud to have a book like it out on shelves.