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Axe Cop, Vol. 1 (Axe Cop #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  1,358 Ratings  ·  167 Reviews
Bad guys beware Evil aliens, run for your lives Axe Cop is here, and he's going to chop your head off We live in a strange world, and our strange problems call for strange heroes. That's why Axe Cop -- along with his partner Flute Cop and their pet T-Rex Wexter -- is holding try-outs to build the greatest team of heroes ever assembled. Created by five year-old Malachai Nic ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Dark Horse Books (first published December 21st 2006)
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Oct 04, 2011 Chris rated it it was amazing
It seems I’m a bit late to this party since I missed Axe Cop as a webcomic. Nevertheless, I must now have my say: this concept is absolutely genius and the execution is one of the funniest things I’ve ever read.

A few years ago, Ethan Nicolle was playing with his five-year-old brother Malachai and decided it would be fun to take Malachai’s imagined play and illustrate it as a superhero comic. It all started when Malachai took a toy police officer and added a firefighter’s axe. They grabbed anothe
Alex Sarll
The three-and-a-half-thousandth book I've read, according to Goodreads. And what better to mark such a milestone? Being written by a five-year-old, this is essentially the Platonic ideal of comics. In comparison, I'm now always going to be slightly disappointed by anything where none of the characters is a vampire werewolf shark wizard ninja from the moon.
Feb 12, 2015 sixthreezy rated it really liked it
Shelves: binge
3.5 stars.

I'm so lost on how to feel about Axe Cop. On one hand, it's a fully imaginative and silly premise of a story that only gets more absurd as you turn the pages. On the other hand, you can definitely tell it's "written" by a 5-year old because fights don't extend past chopping heads off, and all logic is thrown out the window. I really enjoyed the book for what it was, but it definitely is something you have to take in moderation. I think for kids, this would be a brilliant and super eas
This is my 6th book that I read for the YALSA Best of the Best book challenge. I will also say, I would not have read this book without doing the challenge...and I'm glad I read it. But more on that later.

So Malachai and Ethan are brothers. They wrote Axe Cop together. Before each section of the book there is a note written by Ethan. In the first note I learned that Malachai is 5 and Ethan is 29 (or at least they were when they wrote/illustrated this). Ethan went home and was playing with his mu
Ryan Rossi
Aug 02, 2015 Ryan Rossi rated it really liked it
Axe Cop comes from simple origins; a five year old makes up a story, and its drawn out as a comic by his much older brother.

Axe Cop is crazy, silly and often make no sense. Which makes it a hell of a lot of fun, and a very easy to read. The art complements the story well, treating the vivid ever changing characters with just the right about of seriousness.

If you're up for a fun romp around a kids imagination, I couldn't recommend this more.
Demian Katz
Jul 17, 2015 Demian Katz rated it really liked it
I would probably have found this amusing under any circumstances, but as the parent of a small child who (through no conscious influence of my own -- I blame day care) is obsessed with "defeating" "bad guys," I was doubly entertained. This perfectly captures the silliness of unconstrained childhood play while taking its own ridiculousness completely seriously. There's nothing else quite like it.
Andrew Peters
Having a five year old write this book makes it randomly hilarious. It also shows his perspective on different questions on the ask axe cop sections. It doesn't really have a full plot but the main story and the ask axe cop go together with all of the characters.
Jan 10, 2011 Keith rated it liked it
I've read most of this book a million times online, so I'm not sure how well it will translate for new readers in the graphic novel format. For me, I missed being able to see each panel blown up huge on my computer screen. In book form I lost a lot of the details. But I really enjoyed the parts I hadn't seen before, especially the pages Ethan designed especially with the GN in mind, so who knows? I imagine it will still have that "crazy funniness overload" effect on everyone who comes across it ...more
Dec 22, 2010 M rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Axe Cop is possibly the greatest webcomic ever made. Written by a 5-year-old and drawn by his 29-year-old brother, the comic has all the insanity of a child's imagination combined with good art so you can actually tell what's going on. This trade paperback collection includes the first four story arcs and the first 42 episodes of Ask Axe Cop. Even though I've already read the material in the collection on the internet, this book was worth the fifteen dollars it cost for the commentary from artis ...more
Apr 28, 2011 Sara rated it it was amazing
Has it been awhile since you laughed so hard you felt your abs getting a workout? READ THIS BOOK. The child logic of the story is so perfectly absurd, the art so perfectly makes fun of and serves the story, genuine creativity explodes out of the pages. I've read Axe Cop as a webcomic, and reading it again in print form was equally as entertaining, if not more. The notes added by Ethan are hilarious and touching, and give a great background on how the comic came to be :) Worth buying, even if you ...more
Feb 21, 2011 Melinda rated it really liked it
In addition to being a hilarious comic, Axe Cop is also a great reminder of what it was like to think the way a kid thinks. Ethan Nicolle (the artist and older brother) provides some notes about the creation process he goes through with Malachai (the 5-year-old younger brother and creator of the stories), which I really enjoyed reading about.
David Wolinsky
Jan 17, 2014 David Wolinsky rated it really liked it
Yes, I was dreadfully late to the whole Axe Cop thing. In case for some odd reason you are reading this review before anything else about the book, the gist is this: Two brothers make this comic, aged five and 29. The younger writes, the eldest draws, and it is unquestionably borne from a child's imagination. This cuts both ways, as the stories can be amazingly imaginative but, at the same time, not exactly complex. This is great and it is bad. You can blow through this book in two evenings and ...more
Feb 22, 2014 Mowalski rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
There's no reaction to the Axe Cop comics that can warrant any kind of sanity. From one hilarious endeavor to another, Ethan and Malachai Nicolle have created a world of really dumb superheroes and even dumber bad guys. I had never read the webcomic before picking up this book, so this was entirely new to me. Needless to say, I found myself having to stop between panels to let out really girlish laughter.

The premise of Axe Cop is as simple and straightforward as the title itself: A cop with an a
I read this on the recommendation on an infectiously enthusiastic pre-teen boy who loves it and while I'm not moved to run out and read all the other volumes, I'm glad that I did. It is in turns laugh out loud funny, completely gross, and utterly baffling.

My major takeaways:
1. This is probably one of the single most violent book I've read, surpassing even the history of the Tommy gun I read a few months back.
2. Anyone who deals with small people and wants to understand how very unlike grown up
Adam Graham
Aug 15, 2016 Adam Graham rated it really liked it
Axe Cop is written by a boy and is drawn by his half brother who is 24 years older. This volume contains early adventures of Axe Cop from when the boy was five and six.

The book is certainly imaginative and zany in its realization of the ideas from the minds of five year olds as characters change identities and absolutely absurd things happen throughout with rhyme and reason occasionally elusive.

I found this book to be hilarious and cute, despite some of the grisly ideas that come from a boy’s im
Aug 10, 2011 Mandyhello rated it it was amazing
Clearly the most genious work of illustrative and literary genious ever created.
Shaela Woody
This comic was dictated by a hilarious five year old. Enough said.
Whoopingly hilarious! This collaboration between a 29-year-old comic artist and his 5-year-old half-brother is laugh-out-loud funny. The wild, little-boy imagination runs riot: there are plenty of beheadings, explosions, killings, superheroes, awesome weapons, and too-convenient plot contrivances. The artist gives respectful graphic vision to these wild imaginings which not only cranks up the hilarity factor but also unexpectedly reveals sweet moments of child-like innocence and naivete. The Axe ...more
Sep 30, 2014 Andy rated it liked it
Late to the party perhaps but it turned up at the library. It's pretty entertaining but it wore thin pretty quickly for me. The Ask Axe Copy sections were the best, the artwork is fantastic and Baby Man is one of the greatest creations (I love that brief dance sequence, let alone the extended duck chase).

But, my interest waned. Still, they have many many fans so I suspect my disinterest isn't going to bother them - and good on them for taking what should have been a really obvious idea and makin
Apr 08, 2014 Nazary rated it did not like it
I understand the conceit and grant that it's novel - but this book is so hard to read it borders on sadistic. I can't really say why people like it but I'd wager that people who rarely deal with 5 year olds find them hilarious. Anyone that interacts with children more then once a week is going to get really tired of their bizarre brand of logic. I don't mean to sound cynical - it's great that Nicolle captured his little brothers imaginative 5 year old ideas. I just really didn't enjoy reading th ...more
Jan 03, 2012 Kaz rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
The great thing about Axe Cop is the flawless execution of childhood imagination with professional art. Often, a child's mind is running so fast that it's almost impossible to make sense of what they're talking about, or what they've created. As an older brother, Ethan Nicolle is able to cross that boundary and interpret his much younger brother Malachai's ideas into gold.

As much as it is funny, Axe Cop is equally endearing and magical. The entire universe is build off of the idea that these are
Ms. Schutte
Feb 11, 2012 Ms. Schutte rated it really liked it
This book of Axe Cop comics had me actually dying laughing. I have no idea how I hadn't heard of this web comic before. The concept and premise is amazing. Malachai Nicolle (the "writer") is Ethan, the artist's five-year-old brother. The premise for every strip some from conversations that Ethan has with his brother and essentially feeds off of the endless imagination of this kid. It gives it a freshness and a ridiculous over-the-top humor that somehow works brilliantly.

The very first comic intr
Nov 20, 2012 Jordan rated it really liked it
You have to take this for what it is--pure nonsense from the mind of a five-year-old. The story goes that cartoonist Ethan Nicolle was playing with his little brother Malachi, aged five, when his brother picked up a toy fire ax and handed it to him and told him he was an "Axe Cop." The ensuing playtime was so hilarious that Ethan sketched a couple pages based on what his brother had told him, just for the family. A couple weeks later he put the pages online as an experiment in the webcomics form ...more
Sarah Wright
Apr 22, 2012 Sarah Wright rated it really liked it
Axe Cop was definitely fun. It's written by a 5 year old, and some of the best parts of Axe Cop are where you think about how cool it was to be 5. When you're 5, the good guys always make it out OK. Sometimes bad things happen, but there's always another adventure or solution. Also, it's a totally acceptable plot point to have characters that are constantly changing powers in order to solve the crisis of the moment, making them practically invulnerable. In fact, that is awesome. Oh, it's not eno ...more
Axe Cop tells the story of a badass crime-fighting cop who uses his axe to chop heads off "bad guys," and to poison them. It's moderately funny most of the time, with some very funny moments and, as with all humor comics, a few misses. The novelty of the comic's creation story--the writer, Malachai, was five years old when the comic started--held my interest long enough for the overall feel of the comic to draw me in. There are plenty of moments that feel just like a five-year-old's sensibility, ...more
Charles Gallagher
Jun 16, 2014 Charles Gallagher rated it it was amazing
Axe Cop: Volume One was a brilliaantly crafted graphic novel about the exciting adevntures of Axe Cop and his multiple partners and enemies. This graphic novel was very random at times, or actually most of the time, but that made it even more fun to read. His adventures consist of fighting aliens, babies, and all sorts of other creatures that get in his way or threaten the safety of the people. This book would be great for anybody who enjoys lots of action and completely random events.
Mar 26, 2014 Kate rated it liked it
I'm glad this exists if nothing else. Honestly I think it got a little too insane for me to properly like but I like that there is this brother/brother team making a comic of the epic battles you'd make up in your head when you were five. Imaginative is the word here but I think my favourite parts were the Ask Axe Cop sections. Probably because they were short and sweet. Art wise I don't think anyone could have done a fire breathing T-rex with machine guns for arms any better.
Feb 24, 2015 Dawn rated it did not like it
This is one of those books that I just did not get. I don't understand what is so funny and why this is so beloved. Perhaps having the entire comic all at once rather than waiting every day or week for a new page ruins the experience? Anyway, this book is completely written by 5-year-old Malachi Nicolle, and as such many of the characters are twisted and some of the plots are nonsensical. The illustrations are all done by Malachai's older brother Ethan, and they are all well done. This book incl ...more
Aug 11, 2013 Kristen rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this first compilation of the web comic Axe Cop, written by a pair of brothers – Malachai who is 5 year old comes up with all the ideas and plots and Ethan, his older brother is 29 and does the illustrations. Together, it's made for some hysterical adventures for Axe Cop.

The set up of the graphic novel made for an interesting read. There's individual stories and then a compilation of "Ask Axe Cop" in which each one gets an explanation of how the question was answered. I love th
Apr 07, 2011 Matthew rated it really liked it
When I was about 8 or 10 or so, I used to go to my friend Jack's house every Saturday after our soccer games. We usually had lunch, spent a few hours watching kung fu movies while reading comics, and then finally ran around playing for a few hours. Playtime with Jack was great, because it consisted of hours-long super-powered battles with him vs. me. No one ever really won, because as soon as one of us revealed a hidden power----say super skills with ninja stars-----the other would reveal the ul ...more
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