Written by Malachai Nicolle
Art by Ethan Nicolle
Usually when someone says that a creative work seems like it was written by a six-year-old, it’s not meant as a compliment. The popular webcomic Axe Cop, however, takes this label in stride, because it actually is written by a six-year-old. In an age where most mainstream comics are tied to overarching stories and decades of continuity, Axe Cop is a refreshingly liberating change of pace, and this second issue of its latest print miniseries for Dark Horse actually tops the first issue in mind-blowingly awesome craziness. In a week that featured new chapters in at least three major events for the Big Two, Bad Guy Earth #2 was the one comic I was looking forward to reading, and it certainly did not disappoint.
The second of this three-issue miniseries continues the story of Axe Cop and his partners Dinosaur Soldier, Sockarang, and Wexler the machine-gun-armed Tyrannosaurus as they try to destroy the alien planet that is threatening their world, taking several wonderfully absurd detours along the way. In the twenty pages of this issue, our heroes travel to three different time periods and two different planets, encounter dinosaurs, aliens, Vikings, and talking animals, and manage to destroy at least one planet with a giant laser sword. The bad guys are always on their tail, with such weapons at their disposal as a spaceship armed with “Truck-chucks” (nunchucks with two semi trucks at the end) and an army of baseball players from another planet, always ready to turn all the good guys bad with their stolen technology. There is even a brief moment of pathos, as the action stops for a moment to reveal the surprisingly touching origin of Sockarang.
As stated in my review of the first issue, reading this comic is very much like listening to a precocious, creative child tell a story, and the artwork by Malachai’s brother Ethan compliments the script perfectly. I defy anyone to read this book and not have a big ol’ grin on their face by the time they finish it. Axe Cop: Bad Guy Earth #2 successfully builds on the first issue and earns 5 out of 5 Evil Chicken Brain Robots.