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LOVE the Ghostbusters reference. this is great.
I love the references to other villains of well known movies and comics and I’m going to feel bad for saying this but I did not favor this guest strip :(
Yeah, I thought this one was pretty much a miss overall, myself. However, I did think that the panel where he re-enters Axe-Cop-land was pretty well drawn. Matches the established style pretty well.
The references were amazingly well placed. One of my favorite guest appearances!
“I’ll pull your arms off!” - hee!
Wouldn’t be great EXCEPT for the last two panels. The ending makes this win.
I REMEMBER WHO I AM
A very interesting concept. I like how Axe Cop’s dimension is “the strangest world of all”. It’s good to know that his undying sense of justice is independent of his memory. You just can’t keep a good hero down.
Love the authentic sound effects. And, of course, the different dimension (the flower secret attack is perfect!).
But can someone please explain the significance of the double Brad Halverson?
I STILL DON’T KNOW WHO I AM!
Maybe there is a Brad Jr.
The significance of two Brads is that Brad actually went back to his parents’ house and read stuff he wrote when he was a kid as inspiration for the strip. Tried to capture the whole “written by a kid” feel.
Very, very, VERY, cool!
COOL! I had kind of hoped the answer would be something like that. Please thank him for putting in the footwork.
He remembers who he is, but he’s now only six inches tall?
I really laughed a ton at this one, captured the absurd style perfectly…this one and the extra moustache one were both incredibly funny…I hope that some of the characters in these guest strips get carried over into the “real” ones(like Axe Chief, lol)
One thing I didn’t like about most of the guest strips is that what makes the normal comic special is a child’s writing. It’s difficult to fake and I think the guest writers are trying too hard. It’s just not the same without actual children directing the content. I feel this comic is the closest to doing that, being the product of a writer that went back to his own childhood and attempted to reproduce his own childish fantasies with authentic records.
@James A. Calwell III:
I feel I should point out the Axe Car from David Willis’ strip is the original Ultra Car with some minor changes (axe arms, maybe something else I’m missing), which he *actually did* come up with when he was 8 (see the second bullet here: <http://www.walkypedia.com/index.php/Ultra_Car#Creative_prehistory>). Though maybe your point is that the 8-year-old David Willis doesn’t quite capture “Malachai’s magic” as well as a retrospective Brad Halverson.
@Some Reader from Georgia:
It’s an 8-year-old’s creation with attachments added as an afterthought. I wasn’t impressed by it.
I’ve liked all the guest strips, but this is the best. I love the line “axe cop travels to every dimension and fights all the villians from everywhere”. That is spot on perfect for the “voice” of this strip.
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