Axa was born in 2080, supposedly 100 years after a nuclear holocaust known as The Great contamination, in the City of Domes, where emotional attachments were forbidden. A wild spirit, she fled the city (and her lover, Jon) for a new life as a traveler and adventurer in the devastated world outside, exploring the ruins left behind by the ‘Old People’ and the often bizarre cliques of survivors which had sprung up. The first such group she encountered were the Middle Men, after one of their number-Matt-saved her from a giant mutant spider. Axa had left the society of the Dome because there, love was forbidden and sex purely for recreation; the puritanical society of the Middlemen though, had banned any form of pleasure at all, and she was forced to flee again in order to avoid being forced to become a ‘Breeder’. Escaping both the Middlemen and their foes, the Mutants (whose plans for her weren’t much different), Axa returned briefly and unwillingly to the City, but was informed that her adventures thus far had
been a test set by the mysterious Director, to see if she was capable of carrying out a vital mission in the world outside. Axa had passed, and was armed with a sword and sent out to meet her destiny.
Axa’s adventures (which are best described as ‘Erotic Sci-Fi’, Axa seldom managing to get through more than three panels without losing some or all of her clothing) were originally recounted in the pages of British newspaper The Sun between 1978 and 1985. The strip was discontinued mid story, halfway through The Betrayed in which Robot Mark turns on Axa, but she later returned in an ‘Axa Color Album’ published by US publishers Ken Pierce Inc, which was far more explicit than the newspaper strip, showing Axa in full frontal nudity several times. In this album, Axa has a number of adventures which seem reminiscent of compressed versions of those in the daily strip, so it is uncertain if they share the same continuity (certainly, Axa has no supporting cast in the album). Similarly, ‘The Island of Noah’ and ‘The Lethal Hive’ (2000AD Showcase #4 & #5, Quality Communications, 1992) also feature a solo Axa (and, in the latter case, read like a retelling of the story in the Sea Dome from the daily strip) but she is
accompanied by Matt and Robot Mark in the somewhat toned down and sanitized two issue ‘Axa’ series published by US publishers Eclipse Comics in 1987 (still penciled by Romero but written by Chuck Dixon). These later adventures may or may not be a part of Axa’s official history.