What’s the best way to get people interested in comics? Show them some comics. Every day The Spire posts a comics panel, with the ultimate goal of one day having posted every single panel which has ever been written, drawn, edited, inked, coloured, and lettered. It’s, y’know, obviously going to happen.
I’m not always a fan of the game of ‘ironic one-upmanship’, where writers combine ‘awesome’ stuff to make comics we’re expected to find ironically entertaining. You know – zombie pirate ninjas fighting with jetpacks and monkey sidekicks, that sort of one-upmanship where each new word adds an extra genre-crossed element to the mix.
When the writer is under the age of ten, however, it does become charming.
Axe Cop is by brothers Malachai Nicolle and Ethan Nicolle. Malachai, who concepts each story with the titular moustachioed hero, was five when the comic first began (his brother is older). Where other writers take high concepts and make them irritating in the way they ironically clash, there’s something weirdly perfect about Malachai’s choices. Every page leads to something madcap like the image above – and it feels smooth, sleek, and fun.
Axe Cop doesn’t wear well over time, it has to be said, however. If you want the good comics, try the first trade published by Dark Horse. Once they started trying to tell long-form stories with the character, things fell apart. Stick to the strips and short story collections, is my recommendation.