Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Review of \"Axe Cop, The American Choppers Number 2," comic produced by Malachai Nicolle and Ethan Nicolle

 Review of

Axe Cop, The American Choppers Number 2, comic produced by Malachai Nicolle and Ethan Nicolle

Five out of five stars

An exercise in creative copying

 When I encountered this comic on the rack at a local used bookstore, the cover that had a winged police officer swooping down ready to chop with an axe was intriguing, so I knew I had to buy it. It was an interesting read, at times the content is borrowed and other times original, but it certainly was not dull.

 In the area of copying, there is the origin of the title character, where his parents placed him in a hollow meteor and sent him off before their planet was destroyed. That meteor then crashed on Earth where he was found, axe in hand, and eventually adopted by Bobber and Gobber Smartist. Which is a thinly disguised copy of the story of the origin of Superman.

 As an adult, the former baby is known as Axe Cop and he is the principal warrior in the ultimate battle between the white bearded, sunglass wearing head angel and the evil fallen one. Axe Cop and his cohorts must do a lot of chopping in order to rid the universe of the army of Satan. In the end, he emerges victorious and receives a major heavenly reward for his efforts. One of the oldest of stories with some significant originality.

 One quote applicable to this comic has been attributed to more than one person, “Good artists copy, great artists steal.” In this case, the artists reach a level slightly above good, but do not achieve the level of great.

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