Review – Axe Cop Volume 3

Written By: Malachai Nicolle (age 7)
Drawn By: Ethan Nicolle (age 30)
Colors By: Dirk Erik Shulz (age 27)
Cover By: Ethan Nicolle
Forward By: Damon Lindelof
Published By: Dark Horse

Axe Cop Volume 3 gives a new reader (me) the exact amount of exposure needed to get you hooked on the series. The first story is “Bat Warthog Man Can’t Find His Friend”, the story of a guy who realizes there is something better than Batman, and of course that would be a man mixed with a bat and a warthog! A superhero unlike any who came before him, transformed when he was bitten by a bat and horned by a warthog. He’s on the side of all that is good and he turns to Axe Cop when his friend is kidnapped by the mastermind of planet “Invisible Bad Guy King Planet 2.” The king of this planet is an early to bed, early to rise diabolical ruler who spends his days perfecting his evil plans.

Due to the danger of this particular mission, they realize they should rally the good guy troops. Gray Diamond, Wolver Man, Graystone and last but certainly not least, Army Chihuahua. Each member of this squad has their own strengths ranging from flying to being able to point out aliens quickly. After working out all of the logistics they embark on their super dangerous adventure, but not before they run into the Beautiful Girly Bobs, a superhero troop in their own right and they want in on this mission. This is not destined to be though because after checking very official sources it is determined that, “all girls are dumb.” After locating the Bad Guy King on his invisible planet they jump straight into action. In the midst of all this we are treated to Army Chihuahua’s origin story and my words cannot explain it… it’s just awesome. Will they succeed in saving Bat Warthog Man’s friend? In some ways, it almost doesn’t really matter because there is so much ridiculously awesome stuff that happens, you end up enthralled with all of the side stories and, at some points, less focused on the main one!

Next up is the “Ask Axe Cop” section. Short questions followed by insane answers. The questions range from “what world records does Axe Cop hold” to “what does he you do on Thanksgiving”, all with answers you would never imagine. I think my favorites may have been when Axe Cop is asked what different “hair styles/beard/’stache styles” (pizza?) he’s had and the “how do I know if I’m a bad guy” questions. The answers are brilliant and beyond entertaining.

There is also an Axe Cop and Dr. McNinja collaboration that produces great results. Axe Cop celebrates holidays too and in this volume we get a couple of examples of this. First up is the Halloween special, a light tale of baby theft and “night monster” transformations. This is followed by a light Christmas tale called “The Power of Christmas.” A sweet story about the meaning of Christmas, you know, explosions, axes, monsters etc.

This book is absolutely brilliant and has everything you’ve ever wanted. This was my first time reading Axe Cop and I was left wondering what took me so long. It is hilarious, and it should be mentioned that Axe Cop stems from the brain of a child. No really, Malachai Nicolle is 7! He’s one half of the creative duo that makes the genius that is Axe Cop. The other half is Malachai’s big brother, Ethan Nicolle, who is the artist and does an amazing job perfectly capturing the wackiness of the story. Dinosaurs, face eating, more trash receptacles than you could imagine and most importantly a crazy amount of imagination, Axe Cop is top-notch reading. The girl hating, dinosaur loving Axe Cop Volume 3 contains multiple Axe Cop stories, a forward by the amazing Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus, and Legend of Hall H!)) and bucket loads of funny (that doesn’t belong in the funny trash). Every single piece is a standout, but I especially loved “The Funny Episode”. Considering that every single story is funny, specifically calling this one “The Funny Episode” is funny in itself. Axe Cop’s ideas of pranks are sick and great. Ethan Nicolle’s comments give some background on a lot of the pieces that are both interesting and often times really sentimental and cute. I cannot recommend this book enough, quite frankly it’s perfect and I can’t wait to read more!

Release Date: March 28th, 2012

Story:★★★★★ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★★ 

Kidrobot unveils Bondage Labbit and signing event

Kidrobot and Frank Kozik present the new vinyl 10 inch Bondage Smorkin’ Labbit. Yeah, you read that right, this guy is back and ready to party with a new outfit and a new outlook. He features a collar and leash (of course), a zippered mouth, partially anyway, a Labbit’s still got to smoke and lots more zippers in questionable places! He’s super cute and will definitely stir up conversation wherever you display him. He’s available here  for $75 and is limited to only 1200 pieces. If you live in the San Francisco area Frank will be signing these bad boys on March 24th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Kidrobot store!

Link: Kidrobot

End of Nations heads into Beta, shows off in new trailer

End of Nations is rolling into beta status soon, to kick that off the folks at Trion have unveiled a video teaser to get everyone amped up about their massive online free-to-play RTS. We got a chance to sit down with the team at a preview event last month and the impressions were good, while the dynamic online was a shift back to reminders of C&C 4 it didn’t try to pretend it was ever offering base building capability.

Users will need to calculate their expenditures in End of Nations as they build their company teams to go into battle, as things heat up those 3 groups will be all that helps determine the chance of success as all out war strikes. Forgot to include AA into your ground troop package? Good luck with that one, the same applies to any group though and everyone will need to be on top of their game in team battles to push the other side into submission.

Sign up for the beta here and watch the trailer for a taste of what End of Nations is about.

First looks: Avengers #25 and Wolverine & The X-Men #9

Marvel has two new treats leading into the epic battle of AvX we have the images for both books and are laying the out below.

Wolverine & The X-Men #9

Captain America arrives to the Jean Grey School of Higher Learning to motivate Wolverine to take to the front lines with the Avengers. It’s not an easy decision and it’s one that will set the stage for the upcoming battle if he does go against his own roots or will he go with Cap and send waves of debate through the air? We’ll have to read to find out and watch it all unfold with just a week left until April hits and AvX kicks off in full force.

Link: Marvel News

   

Avengers #25

Avengers assemble! The impending danger of the Phoenix Force is getting closer, the possible doom has led the Avengers to suit up and rise to action to save the Earth. The problem is which will rise and which will fall split, Captain America is working to bring the group into battle but we’ll have to see where it all goes from here.  The preview pages at least tease a little about all this tension before the big debut next month.

Link: Marvel News

   

Todd McFarlane returns for Spawn #220 the 20th anniversary

I remember picking up my first issue of Spawn when it came out, at a comic and card shop where the image section was sandwiched at the end of the DC and Marvel area right next to the signed sports pictures. It was a good day and yet it was also almost 20 years ago since the debut, this June McFarlane steps back into the lead role to drop cover art on Spawn #220  to celebrate the anniversary and act as cover author for the rest of 2012.

Variant covers will also be available for the issue, currently known are these versions.

  • Original Spawn 220 (Todd McFarlane cover) Cover A
  • Savage Spawn Variant (Eric Larsen tribute cover) Cover B
  • Youngblood Variant (Rob Liefeld tribute cover) Cover C
  • Collectors Special (Szymon Kudranski cover) – Dedication based on Spawn #1 (limited to 2500 copies)

If you’re really up for getting all these variants and the black and white versions of A, B and C then you should give some attention over to the April issue of Previews so you’ll be covered come June 6th.

McFarlane also had some words to say on this special event for Spawn

“Early in my career one of the things I looked forward to after I finished the interiors on a book, was to sit back and try and come up with a single image that would catch the fan’s attention,” said McFarlane. “I had a pretty decent run with some of the Hulk, Spider-Man, and Spawn covers, and I’m going to come back and see if I can draw a few covers that will intrigue everybody.”

Link: Image Comics

Superman Family Adventures 5 page preview arrives

Looking for a lighter touch or a more family friendly book in the DC line-up? They have it covered with a new series pushing out titled Superman Family Adventures, it’s an easy read that comes off with a story and art that mimic the playfulness found in shows like Power Puff Girls and similar shows. The dialog is short and fast, the scenes aren’t detailed into personal lives and drama and it’s quick entertaining action throughout the preview with bright panels through the preview.

While deep stories and thrills are awesome to have, sometimes it’s nice to break away for a little light reading. Check out the pages included and the summary at DC for more on the new series.

Link: DC Comics

Marvel and AMC launch Avengers movie marathon May 3

Looking to catch The Avengers on May 4th but you’re not entirely up to date? Have an entire day to take off prior to the midnight showing? You’re in luck as Marvel and AMC are partnering to deliver a May 3 marathon of movies bringing everyone current and showing off The Avengers at 12:01AM. The entry cost? $40 but if you’ve missed out on all those films you might want to play catch up anyway before seeing the big show.

Schedule:

May 3rd @ 11:30AM

  • Iron Man
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Iron Man 2
  • Thor (presented in RealD 3D)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (presented in RealD 3D)
  • Marvel’s The Avengers (presented in RealD 3D)

Order your tickets now and check out the collectible gear you get as well. – AMC (as of posting there’s about 6 minutes until the window opens)

Participating AMC theaters

Atlanta, GA
Avenue Forsyth 12

Baltimore, MD
White Marsh 16

Boston, MA
Boston Common 19
Liberty Tree Mall 20

Chicago, IL
River East 21
South Barrington 30

Cincinnati, OH
Newport on the Levee 20

Columbus, OH
Lennox 24

Dallas, TX
NorthPark 15
Parks at Arlington 18

Denver, CO
Highlands Ranch 24

Minneapolis, MN
Rosedale 14

New Orleans, LA
Elmwood Palace 20

New York/New Jersey
Empire 25
Garden State 16
Kips Bay 15
New Brunswick 18
Palisades Center 21

Norfolk, VA
Lynnhaven 18

Omaha, NE
Oakview 24

Orlando, FL
Altamonte 18
Downtown Disney 24

Philadelphia, PA
Cherry Hill 24
Neshaminy 24

Phoenix, AZ
Westgate 20