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Axe Cop Vol. 2 : Bad Guy Earth Paperback – October 4, 2011
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Now if this was something published by DC or Marvel I would rip it a new one in my review. But this book was designed as an experiment to see just how in-depth of a story could a 6-year old craft. With that in mind, I would say that this test was a success.
You can't expect a child to write Shakespeare. They don't have the attention span to see a story get from point A to point Z without about 500 tangents. Thankfully, big bro Ethan kept Malachi on task. for the most. But man, does that little guy have an imagination! And man, can older brother draw!!! (Thought why his intelligent rabbit folk look like those Rabbids video game characters is intention or not is up for debate.)
Axe Cop has made me laugh every since I got my hands on the first volume almost 5 years ago. Then when we got the short-lived but oh so great Axe Cop cartoon starring Nick Offerman as the voice of the hero. And I was hooked!!! Now, I can't see Offerman without thinking 'AXE COP' but I also can't read Axe Cop without hearing Offerman's deep soothing voice.
If you are a fan of totally insane webcomics like Doctor McNinja then this is the series for you. Plus, since it's written by a child, kids and adults will delight. One caveat- this book is written by a child;, so expect some gross humor and lots of violence. Not gory, but definitely not safe either.
So Malachi, being the age he is, is pressed to juice out more of Axe Cop's world. It's a wonder Ethan has the ability to prod the young boy, but what's even more impressive is that he's able to sketch these out in the author's own patient time, even if he'd rather be playing video games, etc. Axe Cop goes against evils far greater than he has before, against enemies with more powers than he seemingly can counter, but ends up befriending more characters than necessary and helps to develop a wonderful plotline where readers are eager to see where else we can follow Axe Cop.
Every once in a while, Axe Cop as a whole feels immature. But that's not a bad thing. In a medium saturated with serious storylines, Axe Cop is a refreshment, a reminder of what it's like to be a kid again.