Review – Axe Cop #1 of 3 “President Of The World”

Story: Malachai Nicolle
Pencils, Inks and Lettering: Ethan Nicolle
Colors: Dirk Erik Schulz
Published By: Dark Horse

Everyone’s favorite axe wielding, girl hating, talking gorilla fearing cop is back! Axe Cop is in an all new adventure taking over the world. Now President of the entire world, Axe Cop has to build a new “White House”, pick a new capital, make his political platform clear and most importantly make the gruesome consequences of not following said platforms rules. But wait there’s more, we are introduced to a man made of goo, we get to learn his back story and why he’s come to Axe Cop for help. If that wasn’t enough, he also meets a talking, super-powered gorilla who needs the unparalleled assistance of Axe Cop. Of course there is a bunch of stuff in between that I simply can’t describe here, it needs to be read first hand to be fully appreciated!

I love Axe Cop, every story is really something special. I love all the weird, crazy side characters and most importantly I love the stories. Axe Cop’s straight to the point storytelling is part of what makes it so great and this issue was awesome. Not only do you get a crazy story stemming from the 8-year-old mind of Malachai Nicolle but you get the amazing art of his older brother Ethan Nicolle. The best part of the art is that you inevitably find something that makes you do a double take or simply makes you blurt out a “WTF?” “President Of The World” is so entertaining and funny and at the same time the issue also manages to show us a softer side of the hard ass Axe Cop. Yes, he has feelings too. I don’t think I would vote for him but I would definitely read his comics!

Release Date: July 25th, 2012

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

Review – Goon #40

By: Eric Powell
Published By: Dark Horse

Hot rods, booze and broads are just a little bit of what this issue of The Goon contains. The story is broken up into 3 different parts. We begin with a story about prohibition and how Goon and Franky made a couple bucks off of it. Gettin’ into some trouble along the way is just par for the course and they have to take some drastic measures to clean up some messes. The middle section continues with the Goon and Franky meeting up with a down and dirty family, the Boyles, who are also peddling their own brand of moonshine. The Boyles are displeased (to say the least) that the Goon is taking away business from them and cutting in on their profits. After many attempts, the Boyle clan comes up with a plan to wipe Goon and Franky off the map and a battle royale takes place between Franky and the patriarch of the Boyles, Papa Grits. Well, that is until an unexpected “guest” show up and proposes (demands) a different contest to determine the winner. The final part of the story obviously concludes the saga and ends with an awesome homage to Ed “Big Daddy” Roth and his artwork.

Like usual, this issue is solid. It’s funny and tells a great story in a very unique way. Eric Powell’s writing and art are amazing and the characters are stellar. The Goon is perfection and each issue is ridiculous (in the best way possible of course). Powell continues to come up with fabulous stories and innovative ways of telling them. There’s not much more to say, it’s great, go buy it, read it and I promise you that one issue is all you need to read to become hooked on the entire series!

Release Date: July 25th, 2012

Links: Preview | Purchase (Digital) | Purchase (Paper)

Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★½ 
Overall:★★★★½ 

Review – Angel & Faith #12 Family Reunion Part 2

Script: Christos Gage
Art: Rebekah Isaacs
Colors: Dan Jackson
Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicrafts Jimmy Betancourt
Cover: Steve Morris
Alternate Cover: Rebekah Isaacs with Dan Jackson
Executive Producer: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse

This issue begins with us seeing first hand that Connor’s home planet, Quor’toth, is still not high on the list for premium vacation spots. Connor’s legacy in Quor’toth, as everyone quickly finds out very much precedes him and the mere sight of him seems to arouse a healthy amount of fear in the natives. There seems to be different factions, those that fear him, those that worship him and those that want to kill him. The upside though is that Willow has found her magic mojo (at least partially) and is working frantically to find a less scary and less deadly kind of world to work on her magic. Just as she finally succeeds and as they are about to go, Connor learns some startling news which adds a whole new layer to their mission! Meanwhile, back in the Earthly realm, Lavinia and Sophie return home (from a Morrissey concert?!?) to find some unwanted guests who have their own plans. Once everyone returns home from Quor’toth chances are they will want to go back rather than deal with the mess that’s about to happen back at Giles’ house.

This issue was very Connorcentric and even though he’s never been one if my favorite characters I really enjoyed his story. It actually made him interesting and showed how he’s has grown up and stopped being the angry, belligerent teen he was. Seeing some of the resolve in Angel and Connor’s relationship was a nice touch too. It seems like everyone involved in this comic has really found their footing and each issue continues to be better than the last. Everything is solid, the characters voices feel and sound true, Rebekah Isaacs does a phenomenal job and Christos Gage’s writing just keeps getting better. This really was a great read and I can’t wait for the next issue!

Release Date: July 25th, 2012

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆