Publisher: Dark Horse
Written by: Malachai Nicolle
Art by: Ethan Nicolle
If laughing hysterically while shouting “IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING?!” is your idea of a good time then boy do I have a comic for you. Issue #2 of Axe Cop: The American Choppers was perfect in every way. Created by brothers Ethan and Malachai Nicolle, the American Choppers run of Axe Cop is about an Avengers-like group of Axe-wielding heroes fronted by the great Axe Cop.
While the first issue got a little lost among characters and new plot points, issue #2 took what the first set up and blew away every expectation I had. They wasted no time in getting straight to the action and furthering the plot. As always though, the heart of Axe Cop are the completely ridiculous details and small twists that you won’t find in any other comic. Axe Cop’s van mural, a spy goat, and the final panel are among my highlights and I found myself laughing so hard I ended up crying multiple times. I really, really don’t want to ruin a single part of this issue as the story gets taken to place of your wildest dreams. And your wildest dreams still probably aren’t as wild as this issue. I’m actually laughing as I reminisce about this issue and I’m pretty sure I’m getting that van mural tattooed on my body. That image changed my life.
Really though, this was just a perfect issue of Axe Cop and would probably be my go to if someone asked what the series was about and why they should read it. Great action, great humor, and an unpredictable series of events make for a highly unique piece of work that you can’t find elsewhere. Axe Cop: The American Choppers #2 gets a perfect score simply because I can’t think of a single thing I’d change or improve upon. The pacing was fixed, side characters got my panel time, and the story has become coherent and awesome on epic proportions. Don’t miss this. Even if you skipped the first issue, this is an absolute must-read.