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I love this so much ir hurts. The Christmas twist made me laugh aloud the first time I read it and again here in synopsis form. So funny and ruthless.
My favorite (I didn’t see the voting!!):
“My plan is to take this baby and throw it at the Earth. Then the humans will think it’s an alien and want to fight it.”
There’s so many places where a character could break the 4th wall and mention the ridiculousness of what’s going on. I love that the gag was saved for this moment. Hilarious.
I would have nominated Hasta Mia’s backstory. It illustrated another dimension of Malachai’s ability to develop characters, because until that page, people hated Lobster Man for being so pushy. I think he’s the only major character that anyone actively disliked. Only after we see he’s actually desperate to stop his own sister and not power-hungry that he started getting the respect he deserved. It’s the first time I saw a small child write a character with that kind of complexity.
@james good point that really was a big moment, I think you’re right,
A good list, but there were a few moments I thought deserved special attention. They are similar to the “Wait, what?” mentioned above in that the involve a character almost making a meta comment on the comic itself.
* When Lobster Man says he should be the leader of the team because of his danger-sensing antennae, and Sockarang seems to side with him, admitting that Lobster Man makes a good point.
* After finding out Lobster Man’s plan is to become a zombie and eat Hasta Mia’s brain, Axe Cop realizes that this plan is, in fact, gross.
* After Axe Cop declares that Wexter needs rocket-powered dragon wings, Sockarang questions the necessity of this, given that Wexter is already a lizard that can fly. Axe Cop’s ultimate answer is great - “Dragons are awesome.” The whole excuse about needing them to get to the zombie planet is obviously a cover, since Axe Cop also fires up the dragon wings just to fly to England. Dragons *are* awesome.
“It’s the lucky ones who find someone who is both.” Unless you’re not into that whole girl thing. But the “I want to marry Sockarang” moment is my #2, #1 for me is the same as it was for you Ethan: #10. That is definitely the defining moment for AxeCop and how crazy he is. It’s the panel/quote I always think of when I think of explaining this comic to others!
man i laughed so hard at all of these, good memories
i am a great fan of the ‘do you like stunts?’ scene in batwarthog man part 6, because i like stunts
This is a fantastic (and difficult!) list. I don’t think I could ever put my various favourite moments in order, let alone pick a #1.
I would like to make special mention of the AAC where he explains why he can never be in love, though. Not only is it similar to the “ALWAYS SHIFT” notion, in that it shows Axe Cop’s complete dedication to killing bad guys, but it’s also the first instance of the infamous Cat Suit.
I don’t know how I managed not to put Ask Axe Cop #2 on this list, it is probably my favorite. That’s how scatter brained I have been.
“Its just over that AWESOME RAMP.”
Number 1 for me is the ep with Electric Man, and the sound effect: PLANT! From that point on, Ethan, you realized you had a unique opportunity and throttled the heck out of that opportunity, giving us the World’s Greatest Sound Effects in a Comic. EVER.
I’m not sure if you’d want to count it since it was a crossover/guest artist moment, but Axe Cop and Dr. McNinja’s LET’S GO panel was terrific.
I definitely would have put “Happy Die Day!” up there.
On my list I would have the 2 billion babies wish but other than that I don’t think I could rank them, they are all amazing
Axe Cop reference in Dinosaur Comics today.
The entire 4th of July saga of Book Cop was classic. My favorite panel is “He married some pretty girl who he loved, but did not know her name. No one did, not even her, because she could not talk. It was a mystery.” That bit of brilliant lunacy gets even better as Book Cop announces “I am going to kill The British Army.”
That entire two sections represents the best synthesis of Malachai’s bizarre storytelling and Ethan’s artwork and input - ESPECIALLY the brilliant colonial onomatopeias and Ethan’s careful selection of book titles. And, of course, “Happy Die Day, Redcoats!”
I love Ralph Wrinkles’ first line: I know an important mission.”
Also, “Die by the power of dying.”
My all-time favorite is, “Only cowboys and warriors can operate the Magical Riding Spider”
I have to chime in with my favorite: the beginning of Chapter 3. I came in right at the end of The Moon Warriors (and caught up pretty quickly). You took a little break before the new story and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, or how you would top Uni-Man inadvertently defeating Satan and all his ships and soldiers.
What you get in the first two lines of Chapter 3: the Axe Cop monster truck, a zombie dog woman, Fishy Fish, “she’s in a tree,” and my personal favorite image in the entire Axe Cop canon, a gigantic crying eyeball announcing, “Her name is HASTA MIA!” Seriously, the amount of crazy you manage to introduce in those two lines while still treating it like it’s some sort of police drama… I knew I was in for quite a ride.
“I don’t have to watch out for fire. It just turns me into… AXE COP FIRE!”
“I almost forgot…”
“... to chop your head off!”
How did Axe Cop’s fight with Chuck Norris not even make it into the honorable mentions?
I think a really amazing Axe Cop moment was when the people were overcome with the compulsion to answer the exploding telephones because it might be an important phone call.
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