Real Name: Chris Paxton

Identity/Class: Human technology user

Occupation: Professional criminal, industrial spy

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Dr. Damon Morelle

Enemies: Cardiac (Eli Wirtham), Nightwatch (Kevin Trench)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City

First Appearance: Nightwatch#6 (September, 1994)

Powers/Abilities: Cardiaxe uses a costume and equipment stolen from the laboratory of Dr. Eli Wirtham. The costume itself is armored to protect Cardiaxe from physical damage, and possibly channels the beta-energy used by Cardiac to enhance his physical strength as well. He carries a large battle-axe which can focus and amplify beta-energy in similar fashion to Cardiac's staff. The axe cannot create beta-energy, however, and must be charged by an external source (such as the beta-energy generators in the Wirtham Institute.)

History: (Nightwatch#7(fb)) - Chris Paxton was an industrial spy hired by Dr. Damon Morelle to infiltrate the Wirtham Institute and steal all information relating to the syntheti-skin research done by the Institute's director, Dr. Eli Wirtham. Wirtham was secretly the vigilante Cardiac, and Paxton discovered a prototype battlesuit and axe in one of the labs. Stealing them, he called himself Cardiaxe and began to charge his new acquisitions by draining small amounts of power from the building's beta-energy power grid.

(Nightwatch#6) - Cardiaxe avoided notice by Killian Fox by slipping through a secret panel from Dr. Wirtham's office to a soundproofed lab.

(Nightwatch#7) - After reporting to Dr. Morelle (over a secure video channel) that he had finished his assignment, Cardiaxe mused that his newfound power meant that his contract would need to be renegotiated. He then prepared to finish energizing his equipment.

   Meanwhile, Wirtham's long-lost friend Dr. Kevin Trench, who had become the armored crimefighter Nightwatch, was using the building's computers to research nanotechnology in hopes of learning more about his own costume. He was therefore awake and present when Cardiaxe drained all the power in the building. Rushing to Wirtham's office, he was startled by a fully-charged Cardiaxe. Trench was able to escape from Cardiaxe's attack long enough to don his Nightwatch armor, and the two fought briefly until Cardiaxe overpowered Nightwatch. He was preparing to finish the hero off when Wirtham arrived in his guise of Cardiac, having seen the towering Institute building go dark from miles away. As security guards followed close on Cardiac's heels, Cardiaxe attacked them, forcing Nightwatch to intercept the blow meant for them. With the odds reduced to one-on-one, Cardiaxe seemed to have the upper hand on Cardiac, but Nightwatch, though damaged, was able to divert him long enough Cardiac to throw both Cardiaxe and himself out through the window. Nightwatch dove after them, but Cardiac and his hover-hawk glider reached the criminal first, and - after Cardiaxe revealed to Wirtham that he knew his secret identity - Cardiac released him to continue his plunge to the street far below. Nightwatch barely managed to catch Cardiaxe and break their fall with his glider-cloak. Cardiac then returned, intent on killing Cardiaxe, but he was driven off by Nightwatch. Both then departed the scene as the police arrived and took Cardiaxe into custody.

(Dark Reign Files) - Quasimodo researched Cardiaxe for Norman Osborn.

Comments: Created by Terry Kavanagh, Mark Tenney or Roy Burdine, and Don Hudson, Thomas Florimonte, or Richard Perotta.

Nightwatch issues had a lot of artists. I don't know which particular pairing of penciler and inker came up with Cardiaxe, so they're all listed above.

Beta-energy is relatively tough to come by. Cardiaxe didn't have a very self-sustaining criminal career ahead of him unless he was planning on building his own recharge center somewhere.

You know what Marvel needed in the '90s? More gritty '90s evil versions of characters who were themselves gritty '90s antiheroes. Cardiaxe should fight Vengeance.

Profile by LV!

Clarifications: Cardiaxe stole his equipment from

  • Cardiac (Eli Wirtham) - beta-energy powered vigilante @ Amazing Spider-Man I#344
He has no known connection to

  • Cardinal (Donald Joshua Clendenon) - flying armored mercenary formerly of Air Force and the Masters of Evil @ New Warriors I#28
  • Carcass - extradimensional agent of chaos @ Alpha Flight I#125
  • Battleaxe - hungry armored uranium thief @ Iron Man Hostess ad
  • Any other axe-based characters or characters who are knockoffs of Cardiac

Full shot - Nightwatch#7, p10 (including ads)
Head shot - Nightwatch#6, p30

Nightwatch#6 (September, 1994) - Terry Kavanagh (writer), Mark Tenney & Roy Burdine (pencils), Don Hudson, Thomas Florimonte & Richard Perotta (inks), Eric Fein (editor)
Nightwatch#7 (October, 1994) - Terry Kavanagh (writer), Roy Burdine & Grant Miehm (pencils), Thomas Florimonte & Grant Miehm (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
Dark Reign Files (February, 2009) - Michael Hoskin & various others (writer), Jeff Youngquist (editor)

Last updated: 02/12/05

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