Ah, another week gone by means time for another installment of Weekly Haul. Surprisingly enough it isn’t all rainbows and lollipops for this nerd. While I had a few good comics I was also stricken with some bad news. One comic won’t be continuing while another one unfortunately will. Okay, it’s time to read on because I’ve probably already said too much.
Axe Cop: President of the World #1
By: Malachai Nicolle and Ethan Nicolle
Axe Cop: President of the World is a perfect example of how too much of a good thing isn’t always a good thing. The hilarity and novelty of this series being written by an eight year old grows dangerously thin after about ten pages.
To explain the plot of this book would be extremely long and even more annoying. The backstory to the book itself is this. Artist Ethan Nicolle created a web comic called Axe Cop. This little gem was the brain child of Ethan’s fiver year old brother Malachai. The stories are always so absurd that they’re hilarious because their obviously written by a five (now eight) year old. I’m a huge fan of the site and most of the strips leave me in tears from laughing so hard, so when I saw Axe Cop on the front of his very own comic book I had to have it.
I have to tell you that I was highly disappointed with the book. I think that this idea is pretty brilliant in its own right and is hilarious in short bursts. The biggest fault of this issue is that everything becomes too absurd and the novelty of the story being written by a kid wears off really fast. I felt myself feeling bored and not wanting to read on. If you’re a fan of the web comic I wouldn’t ruin your fond feelings by buying this comic.
Secret Agent Poyo # 1
By: John Layman and Rob Guillory
All I can say is that if you’re a fan of Chew or bionic chickens highly skilled in the art of Kung Fu that fight to keep our world safe, then you’ll love Secret Agent Poyo. Layman and Guillory never cease to amaze with each new issue of Chew and the most disappointing part of SAP is that it won’t go any further than this one issue, but one can certainly hope.
This one shot spin-off of Chew tells the story of Agent Poyo, a butt kicking rooster who is the only hope for saving the world. After suffering multiple gunshot wounds, Agent Poyo is literally pulled out of the proverbial frying pan and made stronger, faster than any other chicken. Think the One Million Dollar Man, but instead of a man it’s a chicken. Now with a new lease on life and a fully stocked arsenal, Secret Agent Poyo sets out to stop Dr. Albrecht Regenbogen from destroying the world. Hopefully Poyo can stop the dastardly villain before it’s too late.
There are just so many things to love about Secret Agent Poyo. The beginning has to be my absolute favorite. A demon goes to Satan himself to let him know that a newcomer is causing trouble. When they go and check out the disturbance we learn that Poyo isn’t going down without a fight. He proves that hell shall have no fury like a chicken fried! What Layman does so brilliantly in this book is poke fun at all the clichés of the spy story. Come on, the villain threatens to destroy the world by making it rain livestock.
I’m sad to see that this is only a one shot, but maybe that’s a good thing. Too much of a good thing can ruin it pretty quickly.
The Amazing Spider-Man # 692
By: Dan Slott, Humberto Ramos, Dean Haspiel, Joshua Hale Fialkou and Nuno Plati
The Amazing Spider-Man is fifty years old and is getting extremely close to its landmark 700th issue. After the last two story arcs, Dan Slott has really taken Spidey through the wringer and he definitely has big plans for the web slinger. This long time fan can’t wait to see what he has up his sleeve.
This issue is the story of Alpha, one of the new super heroes on the block. Andy Maguire is an average student at Midtown High, who’s in love with a girl who’s unaware for Andy’s existence and while on a field trip Andy is zapped with a new form of energy that just happens to grant the boy extreme powers. I feel like I’ve heard this one before. After gaining the attention of some of the most prominent super hero brains, Andy is put in the tutelage of Spider-Man. Unfortunately for the web head, this boy doesn’t have the same respect for his new powers and the good guys aren’t the only ones to take notice of Andy’s new powers.
What I like most about this issue is that it gives an interesting perspective on how Peter Parker could’ve turned out if he hadn’t had Uncle Ben’s guidance. The part that really resonated with me and of course Parker is that Peter was mildly jealous of the boy. Andy gains all of this power and isn’t afraid to exact a little revenge on former bullies. I’m not sure why this part stuck out to me so much, but it definitely did. After reading this issue I think that with Andy’s growing power, Spider-man is going to have to make some really hard decisions in the issues to come. Slott also wrote in a really nice homage to guest stars the Fantastic Four. With the previous arc ending and a new one starting anew, there’s no time like the present to jump on the Spidey train.
Thanks again for tuning in and I hope to see you again next week; same nerd day, same nerd channel.
– Joe D.