WHAT IT’S ABOUT: At the scene of a fire, one cop found the perfect fireman axe. Armed with a new identity, Axe Cop now holds try-outs seeking the perfect partners for missions ranging from dinosaur extermination to reuniting unicorn-horned babies with their genius parents on snow planets created by the wishes of flute-playing avocado soldiers… and that’s just the beginning.
WHY IT WORKS: “Axe Cop” is the brainchild of five-year-old Malachai Nicolle with art by his 29-year-old brother Ethan. As such, readers are sucked in by stories dripping with untainted imagination while more experienced, but no less kinetic lines keep them coming back for more.
Simply put: It’s the comic every kid wishes they could draw and every adult wishes they could write.
WHY IT DOESN’T: Those looking for romance need not apply. As explained in the series’ “Ask Axe Cop” entries, Axe Cop has no time for love because he’s a workaholic and spends his nights killing bad guys in their sleep. He doesn’t have a heart of stone; he’s just not wired for date nights.
HOW TO DO IT: As demonstrated by the “Axe Cop Fake Trailer Animatic,” the series seems ripe for an animated series. Of course, being billed as “The greatest action movie ever made — written by a five-year-old boy,” a live-action film of any length could easily delight audiences of all ages.
A number of Hollywood’s mightiest leading men are capable of sprouting Axe Cop’s signature ’stache, but John Hamm’s recent gigs hosting “Saturday Night Live” put him in a very good position to don mirrored shades in an onscreen quest to decapitate evil. Robert Rodriguez would dominate as a director; merging his experiences directing the CGI-heavy “Spy Kids” films with the comic book action of more adult fare like Frank Miller’s “Sin City.”
A combination this robust could very well define a generation’s baseline for cinematic satisfaction, leaving young Malachai with a generous — and well deserved — college fund.
CLOSING ARGUMENT: With a premise capable of chopping competing elevator pitches in half, art that’s music to readers’ eyes and enough colorful characters to fill out even the most deluxe of action figure lines, there’s no reason “Axe Cop” shouldn’t swing its way onto screens large and small.
The all-ages action is already gripping the webcomics crowd and it’s just a matter of time before multimedia audiences are introduced into bad guy bashing done right, care of the Brothers Nicolle.
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