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GETTING THE AXE

Axe Cop panelAxe Cop, a webcomic created in 2009, is about a gruff and manly crime-fighting cop who prefers his fireman’s axe to a gun. Axe Cop is also a not-very-subtle comment on our culture and what we find entertaining: it was created by a 5-year-old kid, Malachkai Nicolle, and his cartoonist brother Ethan, who was then 29 years old. I’ve often thought that our cultural tastes were juvenile, but I hesitated — until now — to assume they were also infantile. But now we know.

Axe Cop has graduated to television; specifically, Fox on Saturday night. Now we know about the intellectual aspirations of Fox viewers. At readexpress.com, Rudi Greenberg viewed the series’ debut entry and didn’t like it. Greenberg supposes that "Axe Cop" is intended for adults, but it’s “far too juvenile,” he says. And when the second episode turns into “one long poop joke — Axe Cop fights a ‘poop monster’ named Dr. Doo-Doo in London, ‘where poop gets its power’ — any hopes of this being smart, adult comedy gets flushed down the toilet.”

 

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