Dark Horse To Publish Axe Cop


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Printed bad guys are doomed. Starting this December, the brother team of writer Malachai and artist Ethan Nicolle are taking their explosively popular hero Axe Cop beyond the Web with a printed collection of its online material, followed by an all-new, full-color three-issue miniseries due Spring 2011 from Dark Horse Comics.

Created during brotherly playtime this past December, the Nicolle brothers' collaboration achieved almost instant online fame by fusing the imagination of the then-5-year-old Malachai with 29-year-old Ethan's Eisner-nominated cartooning in one intense Webcomic package. Seven months, and loosely 100 online pages of content later, "Axe Cop" continues its kinetic rampage into the hearts of new fans.

Read on as the brothers discuss Axe Cop's future at Dark Horse, the ins-and-outs of their creative process, plus Malachai's idea for what could be the most mind-blowing collected edition of a comic that the world has ever seen (featuring exclusive art by Ethan).

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Malachai Nicolle (W) and Ethan Nicolle (P)

On sale Dec 22

b&w, 120 pages


TPB, 6" x 9"

Bad guys, beware! Evil aliens, run for your lives! Axe Cop is here, and he’s going to chop your head off! We live in a strange world, and our strange problems call for strange heroes. That’s why Axe Cop—along with his partner Flute Cop and their pet T. rex Wexter—is holding tryouts to build the greatest team of heroes ever assembled.

Created by five year-old Malachai Nicolle and illustrated by his older brother, the cartoonist Ethan Nicolle, Axe Cop Volume 1 collects the entire original run of the hit webcomic that has captured the world’s attention with its insanely imaginative adventures. Whether he’s fighting gun-toting dinosaurs, teaming up with Ninja Moon Warriors, or answering readers’ questions via his insightful advice column, “Ask Axe Cop,” the adventures of Axe Cop and his incomparable team of crime fighters will delight and perplex even the most stoic of readers.

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Malachai Nicolle (W), Ethan Nicolle (P), and various (I)

On sale Mar 2

FC, 32 pages



The amazing and hilarious comic is making its debut as an all-new Dark Horse miniseries this spring! Comics fans and fancy news blogs aren’t the only ones to take notice of Axe Cop; now the so-called “real” police know about him, too. And if there’s one thing police don’t like, it’s a guy with an axe who’s better than they are at catching and dispatching bad guys! Now Axe Cop and his partner Dinosaur Soldier are being treated like bad guys, not only by the police, but by the president and the army, too! But when a pair of nasty villains barge in from outer space and turn the army into actual bad guys, who gets the call to set things right? Axe Cop!

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