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Aztek the Ultimate Man (Justice League of America Aztek)

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From writers Grant Morrison (52, BATMAN) and Mark Millar (Marvels Ultimates and Civil War) comes Aztek, a visionary hero from the 1990s. Avatar and champioin of Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec god of light, Aztek is the culmination of the labors of countless generations of preparation for the inevitable battle between the forces of light and darkness a battle destined to take plac...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 13th 2008 by DC Comics
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Darin
Now, those of you who remember Aztek can skip this next bit. Those of you who don't, well, here's the skinny: back in the day, Grant Morrison and Mark Millar co-wrote this short-lived series (10 issues) about Aztek, the Ultimate Man!!! (Sorry, got a little carried away there for a second.) The back cover copy has this to tell us about Aztek:

"Trained from birth, he is the pinnacle of human perfection, his unique armor giving him powers and abilities far greater than most of Earth's heroes. Like a...more
Alex Scales
Lets start with some context: By the mid 1990's, mainstream comics were full of gritty anti-heroes, and a lot of people were sick of it. Most superhero comics stopped being child friendly in the mid-80s, when suddenly every comic book scribe thought of himself as the next Alan Moore and thus turned around and did their very best impersonation of Swamp Thing (remember that time they made Aquaman into a water elemental? Comedy!).

In response, Grant Morrison and Mark Millar put their heads together...more
Camille
Way overrated. This was acclaimed when it was first released as singles.
Jeff
I would have loved to see where this was going had it night died an early death. Grant Morrison did something here that is hard to do in the modern era of comics - he introduces a character with a strong back story that could lead to an epic end-of-the-world fight; he gives us a Capra-esque hero, in the mold of Superman, with a fairly developed sense of how to use his powers,a desire to do the right thing, and a tendency to see the decency in people, without making him seem utterly naive and inc...more
Dan
Jun 18, 2008 Dan rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2008, comics
DC just finally released this trade collecting the short lived Aztek series from the mid-nineties, most likely to coincide with Grant Morrison's new plans for the DCU this year. I missed it the first time around, and only new of Aztek from his short-stint in the JLA (also written by Morrison at the time). This series ends (rather abruptly) after ten issues and leads into those JLA issues. Despite Morrison and Mark Millar working on this, I can see why it was canned quickly. Aztek just doesn't ha...more
Krystl Louwagie
I give this a high 3 stars. It's refreshing to see Miller taking part in something where the main character is kind hearted (not that that's something he *never* does, but, I wasn't a fan of the promotion of villains like in Wanted.) And overall, this felt refreshing in a nostalgic way to me-reminiscent of "good old days" superheroes, but still somehow in the type of world where "Watchmen" happened. "Aztek" was trained his whole life to defeat a "Shadow God" or something that will be coming to t...more
Rosa
Aztek is sent to Vanity City by the Q Foundation. An organization that has been training warriors to be ready for the return of the Shadow God for generations. Aztek is sweet and trying hard to figure things out. He makes friends with Green Lantern, Batman and Superman which leads to his eventual induction to the Justice League. What Aztek doesn't know is how much he is being manipulated and who's pulling the strings.

It's definitely interesting and a tiny bit cheeseball, then again most '90s co...more
Sean
Feb 25, 2013 Sean rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one!
I have long heard about this cult hit from the 90s by Grant Morrison. While I'm no Morrison fan, I did enjoy his JLA run from that time period so I checked out Aztek. It was horrible. Both from a story, dialogue, and art point of view. The plot was all over the place with plot picking up and dropping off without a hint of resolution. I would often have to go back a reread pages because something completely out of left field happened and I thought I missed a page. The art by Steven Harris was a s...more
Will
Well, this started out like it'd be interesting, but half way through I realized I was hating it. A lot of it had to do with the chlostrophobic close-ups of the illustrations. Most of the action occurred off screen somewhere inbetween the panels. That idea is cool if it's done with care. I thumbed through the second half of the book and decided to be done with it. The only reason I checked it out is because it was written by the WANTED author and the All Star Superman writer. Skip this one, but...more
Travis
Points to Millar and Morrison for trying to create a new hero and city from the ground up and try for a Silver age vibe, filtered through a modern sensibility, but that is also it's downfall.
The whole thing reeks of the writers trying too hard.

The humor and goofiness feels forced and while Aztek is an interesting hero/straight man/ stranger in a strange land, but the world he's surrounded by feels over done and doesn't quite have the emotional hook it needs.

After this series got cancelled Morris...more
Mike
Aug 11, 2008 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like tweaked superheroes
Yep, rereading it--the individual issues as opposed to the trade. Always seemed like a good idea cancelled too early. The artwork is good, although slightly dated. Some people like their Grant Morrison (or Mark Millar, for that matter) a little more "reined in" by continuity concerns or the constraints of handling flagship characters. Other prefer those authors unbound, so to speak. This title splits the difference pretty well. Inventive twists to superhero action, but woven effectively into "DC...more
Federiken Masters
Mar 05, 2010 Federiken Masters rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Morrisonistas y Ligueros incondicionales.
Recommended to Federiken by: Sus autores y su bajo precio.
Una interesante versión semi-paródica del mundo superheróica que se queda en el camino de las obras maestras, en parte por culpa de la cancelación repentina y en parte por los dos guionistas que parecen no ponerse de acuerdo sobre a dónde llevar al personaje. Cuando pueda espero poder leer la saga de la JLA donde se conoce el destino final de Aztek y ahí veré si hago una lectura más abarcativa que me dé una idea más cerrada de la idea tras este comic fallido. Aunque lo tengo en inglés, switcheo...more
Matt
So this is really, really good stuff. The only downside? That it doesn't have an ending.

I should point out: Aztek is the second attempt by Morrison at creating a new "decent guy" hero. He actually does a really good job, giving him an interesting city that's rife with badness (it's so bad, the Joker goes there for vacation) and history, and there's plenty of intrigue set up in the opening to last an entire series. It's too bad that Harris's art is so wildly unconventional; it's probably what kil...more
Shane
So I thought this was pretty cool and kind of harsh (trademark Millar) but it builds up a big backstory and just leaves it hanging. As someone else pointed out there's no hint of where to find the conclusion or even if there ever is one.

Joker was fun, but after that it just seemed like "parade of villians" one per issue like the old days. The battle with Amazo was just way too short also. I just read about him in another JLA graphic novel and he should have been much more of a threat.
Gavin
A completely new character created by Morrison, to obviously be inducted into the Justice League, based on all the cameos from major DC heroes. Cool because he's got no idea what he's doing, both socially and as a hero, but he's got the right motivation and great training/powers. This is the only volume of the series, but I would follow up on this by checking the relevant JLA issues he features in. I look forward to seeing how his career/role ends up playing out.
Fizzgig76
Reprints Aztek #1-10. Aztek is assigned as protector of Vanity and tries to accept being labeled a superhero. Aztek just never fully developed. There were so many open plotlines when he was tapped for the JLA and the stories leading up to them were all over the place. The stories seemed to go from satiracle to gruesome, but the flow didn't seem right. It isn't the worse thing Grant Morrison did and with another 10 issues it might have been good.
Josh
A solid, underrated, and often silly series from the 90's, collected with typical ineptitude by DC. I certainly hope this grievous misprint isn't in every copy of this trade, but the one I read was missing an entire chunk of the issue with the Joker, and printed a twenty-or-so-page passage of another part of the book twice. Easily the worst printing error I've ever encountered, in any book.
Brian
Think its a case of gross name influence. If not for the Morrison/Millar cred wouldn't have read this. The proportionally challenged artwork doesn't recommend it. Caught between just thinking it's ok and liking it I give it 3 stars and wake up in the morning wondering what the hell I was thinking last night and promising myself to never drink that much again.
Grahm Eberhardt
The concept is definitely better than the execution. Story and art are both muddy at times, making it very hard to figure out what's happening in some panels. I love the idea of a secret society of Quetzalcoatl worshippers breeding a champion to stop their apocalypse and I'm glad this story got folded into the JLA comic and Aztek got to fulfill his destiny.
Chadwick
Notable mostly for being a Big Two superhero book where awful things just keep happening to decent people, with no sign of it stopping. This title suffers from serious mid-'90s uglies, and one of my least favorite costume designs. That being said, it's a fine way to waste an afternoon.
Joey
great opening scene, but sort of went downhill. still liked it though for its off-kilter look at superhero-dom.
zxvasdf
I kind of expected more from a Millar/Morrison collaboration...
Daniel Burton-Rose
Embarrassing attempt to add a Latino-ish member to the JLA. :(
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