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A. P. Fuchs

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29 Sep 2006
One night Gabriel Garrison was visited by a nameless messenger who bestowed upon him great power, a power intended for good. Once discovering what this power was and what it enabled him to do, Gabriel became Axiom-man, a symbol of hope in a city that had none. One night after a routine patrol, a mysterious black cloud appears over the city. Flying over to investigate it, Axiom-man is stopped short when the cloud's presence shakes him to the core. An electrifying fear emanates from the cloud and he can barely get near it. Quickly, the cloud takes flight and leads him on a wild goose chase throughout the city, only to flee from him in the end. Almost immediately after the cloud's appearance, a new hero arises, Redsaw, clad in a black cape and cowl. The people, now enamored with this new super-powered marvel, seem to have forgotten about Axiom-man and all he's done for them. Except something's wrong. That same fear that emanated from the cloud drips off Redsaw like a foul smell and Axiom-man can barely get close to him without feeling ill. What is Redsaw's agenda and who is he? And why is it every time Axiom-man gets close to him it feels as if his powers are being sucked away? As if that wasn't enough, Gabriel's day job hasn't gotten any easier. His co-worker and the woman he adores, Valerie Vaughan, has little interest in him, and his boss has made it clear that one more day late to work will be the day he cleans out his desk. Then there's the new trainee, Gene Nemek. What is his fascination with Redsaw and why is he never around when Redsaw appears? From flying over city streets and soaring at dizzying heights, to balancing a secret identity with destiny, Axiom-man must discover what Redsaw's presence means and how it ties into the messenger's life-altering visit before the city-and the world-are enamored with an evil that has haunted the cosmos since the dawn of Time.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Super Reader 7 Aug 2007
By Blue Tyson - Published on
If this guy ever forms a supergroup, what would it be - the Rules of Justice?

Then you could have Law Man, Theorem Girl, Mr Proof, Lady Lemma, Corollary Woman, and Captain Hypothesis teaming up with him.

Axiom-Man is a rookie superhero, who operates in Winnipeg. It appears a strange blue guy in a computer delivered him his abilities, strength, flight and energy blasts from his eyes. Axiom-beams?

This short book alternates between his origin, and his current situation. That being, he has an average ordinary job in a call centre, and pines over the vapid chick in a nearby cubicle, whose intellectual thought of the day is 'which superhero should I have the hots for'?

He has to deal with the nuts and bolts himself, making a costume, hoping not to sweat while wearing it at work, nicking in to the lunch room to check the tv for emergency news. His boss, of course, is telling him off a lot for being late, ducking out of work, all the usual.

Everything changes when a new superhero turns up named Redsaw. Axiom-Man discovers he can tell when he is nearby, and there is a strange black cloud around that possibly have something to do with it.

A subplot revolves around the activities of Redsaw, and the problems of where he gets his powers from.

Needless to say, these two come into conflict over working methods, and the call centre cheerleader is in there somewhere.

This is a straight superhero story, the main character, Gabriel, is an complete boy scout type. He is trying to be nerdier as a disguise, and trying to do good, as you see when the US military tries to recruit him.

It is obviously set up to continue in another installment, as towards the end you find out that the advent of these two superbeings has religious overtones, and Axiom-Man appears to be on a mission, Blues Brothers style, with Redsaw theologically opposed, presumably.

This is all quite well done, except for the odd typos early on (a car has breaks for example). However, this is at a lower rate than some of the huge publisher efforts I have seen recently.

Recommended for a bit of old-school superheroing.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superhero Sews Own Suit! - Get ready for some fun! 3 May 2007
By Grace Brigette Francis - Published on
Being in the Lost Genre Guild means I know A.P. first and foremost as a horror writer. Now I'm not into horror at all, so I hesitated a while before finally deciding to read Axiom-man. After all, a caped crusader must be pretty harmless, right? So to be honest, I didn't know what to expect - but the cover looks pretty cool!

As it turned out, I needn't have worried about A.P.'s horror spilling into this book. It's totally harmless, yet anything but gutless! Easy reading, light-hearted and fun, I bet this will be a hit with the kids.

The superhero scenario may be fairly standard, but there are some new twists on it here. Gabriel receives his gift of power from a mysterious messenger who gives him a task to do - but he doesn't give him the suit and cape. Our intrepid hero has to trot off to fabric stores and learn to operate a sewing machine before he can show himself to the world at large. Meanwhile, he continues in his job at the call center and longs to get to know the girl in the opposite cubicle.

Winnipeg's emergencies often cause him to be late for work, which of course causes headaches with the boss. Gabriel is still learning to hide his powers, and rides the bus to work rather than flying. I found the sewing machine a nice touch, and also the backpack worn under the cape to carry his normal clothes for when he has to change again. Makes me wonder - why don't any other flying rescuers carry handbags? I mean, don't they need any stuff? ID and all that? Axiom-man is certainly the cleverest of all superheroes in this respect.

Another nice sideline is the bad guy's online marketing strategy. How to get rich via Internet in the 21st century. Read carefully - you might just learn something really useful! When the two opposing superheroes get in a fist fight, things get a bit messy and the action is a little rough. But I guess that's to be expected in a clash of superhuman powers. There's only a little blood and gore.

You'll find plenty of surprising twists and turns in this highly enjoyable story, and it'll leave you wanting more. The story is far from over, but the end of this book is very satisfying in and of itself. Axiom-man is a delightfully human superhero with true depth and spirituality. I look forward to seeing what A.P. and Axiom-man get up to next!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Put Simply-Axiom-man Is The Best New Superhero In Years 17 Dec 2006
By Steven Jorgenson - Published on
Axiom-man is one of the best books I've read this year. The story of Gabriel Garrison struggling to balance a superhero identity and everyday civilian life while solving the riddle of Redsaw kept me engrossed throughout. Axiom-man is a new superhero who is most importantly still human beneath his colorful blue costume.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Superhero Time 13 Dec 2006
By David Brollier - Published on
Axiom-man, by A. P. Fuchs is fantastic diversion from most mainstream fiction. Gabriel, basically your "no-body-ever-notices-me" guy has been given some gifts. Not ordinary gifts, but the ability to fly, impressive strength, sharp mind and the most amazing blue eyes you'd ever want to see (or not see as the case may be). Just as Superman flew over Metropolis in the 1930s and continues to be a favorite of many, Axiom-man flies over a Canadian metropolis trying to right wrongs, prevent harm and save lives. This non-stop novel that could easily be made into a wonderful graphic novel or even a movie, has you guessing every step of the way. You know who the hero is, you know who the villain is, but you never are quite sure how things are going to work themselves out. A. P. Fuchs brings to life a wonderfully imaginative hero we can all relate to, from his wish to do good and his apparent failures, to a romance that seems destined never to get off the ground. If you're looking for something different, something truly creative, yet filled with action, look no further. Axiom-man is the end of your search.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, exciting read 11 Mar 2010
By S. Blodgett - Published on
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I really enjoyed this book. It was fun, fast paced and addictive. There was a spelling error or two but nothing serious enough to detract from my enjoyment. It was one of the only books I've read in recent memory where I was saddened when it ended, I wanted more. I recommend it to anybody looking for some good, clean, fun superhero fiction. Parents, don't hesitate to buy it for your youngsters either, there's more graphic violence and language in Spider-Man comics.
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