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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595826815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595826817
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been closely following the Axe Cop series since hearing about it from a friend in early 2010. The premise is genius: A 5 year old boy narrates an ongoing story based on his amazing imagination, and his 29 year old brother, a professional comic book artist, brings those stories to life on paper. The result is always hilarious and often nonsensical. The amazing relationship that the Nicolle brothers have with each other is truly what makes this series great, as is made apparent on the dedication page ("Malachai and Ethan dedicate this book to each other.")

For those who are not familiar with the series, take a few minutes and check out Axe Cop's official website...most of the content that you find in this book will also be found there. For those who have already followed the series, here's what you'll find in this book: The first 3 chapters of the Axe Cop Saga (Episodes 1-70), Ask Axe Cop 1-42, a foreword written by Kevin Murphy (of MST3K fame), and numerous forewords and notes written by Ethan Nicolle (the small production notes found accompanying nearly every Ask Axe Cop are especially nice to read). There is also a small collection of fanart by other artists in the back of the book, which I don't believe is available elsewhere. You won't find any of the guest strips, nor will you find the Dr. McNinja crossover in this book, which was expected. You also won't find any "Axe Cop Presents:" content (comics by Ethan/Malachai which feature other characters outside the Axe Cop universe), but maybe we'll see that in a later book when those stories are a little more fleshed out.

The book itself is printed on decent quality glossy paper with a soft cover.
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I've also been following Axe Cop as a webcomic since very shortly after its emergence on the vast wilds of the internet. Right from the very name, it both excites you ("A cop...with an axe? Sweet!") and confuses you ("A cop...with an axe? Huh?"). Then, you learn the concept: the art of one incredibly talented gentleman, but with the limitless creativity of a kid behind the story. That's really all I have to tell people in order to get them interested in Axe Cop; I think those of us who are in the "grown-up" stage of life are pining for the days when we could run around outside with stick-swords, and come up with all sorts of crazy ideas and characters; we didn't care what anyone thought, plot holes and physics be damned, and it was all SO AWESOME.

Well... That's Axe Cop. However, not only is that explosive, uninhibited imagination captured and displayed on the pages of a comic, but it's done so with artistic talent that is absolutely top-notch, and with a visual style that oozes with bizarreness and zany energy, but just enough realism to emphasize the absurdity of whatever situation Axe Cop and his team encounter and make it that much more entertaining.

That's just the comic itself; within the pages of this book, you also get colour commentary from Ethan, the elder Nicolle brother, the artist. He provides insight into the process behind how Malachai's ideas erupted with abandon and -- with much loving brotherly care -- were corralled into the comic that was laid out onto the pages. Reading these comments, it's very obvious that there's a lot of love between these two brothers, and that there's limitless admiration for the other from both sides.
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I think I found Axe Cop in February or March of last year, though I may have been lucky enough to have actually found it right after the launch. Axe Cop quickly became one of my favorite web comics and I passed around the link to everyone I knew. It's not just the fact that it's storytelling done by a five year old, the art is as much an important part of the book. This feels like what a collaboration should be like, the artist getting to do what he wants while still keeping true to the story given by the writer.
The art fits the story so perfectly that it's impossible for me to picture Axe Cop looking any different than he does.

The fact that this was written by a 5 year old makes this one of the greatest things to come along in comics for years. It's the pure "what happens next" element of it that drives the story, and the completely random twists and secret attacks that Axe Cop has that make you laugh out loud while you read it that make me re-read this over and over again.

I am eagerly looking forward to the new comic series (Bad Guy Earth) and have gladly been passing around my copy of the Axe Cop Book to my friends to introduce it to new readers.
One thing that I really like about Axe Cop is that no matter who I introduce it to, no matter what their sense of humor, they really like it.

This is one of my favorite comics, graphic novels, books, whatever you want to call it.

Also: Wexter is possibly the greatest creation in all of fiction.
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To be honest, I wanted to give this book 3 stars, but I don't want to discourage people from reading AXE COP.

Axe Cop is certainly one of the funnest comics ever. I am currently subscribing to Dark Horse's full-color Axe Cop mini-series, and after the first issue, I had to buy this volume. Once it was in my hands I was underwhelmed, yet still satisfied with my purchase.

The story itself is unpredictable and wild, just like the mind of the child author. But I wasn't so impressed with the tradeback itself. The artwork never fills the whole page, and some of the panels seem miniaturized. I enjoy B&W comics/manga but I was not happy to see it printed on glossy charcoal gray paper. The illustrations, which are similarly charcoal grey are practically absorbed by the dark background.

I do enjoy all the little fun facts inserted throughout, giving it a sort of director's commentary feel.

Axe Cop is awesome, just know it's NOT the best tradeback release of an awesome series.
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