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JLA Presents: Aztek: The Ultimate Man (Justice League)

3.21  ·  Rating Details ·  356 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
From writers Grant Morrison (52, Batman) and Mark Millar (Ultimates, Civil War) comes Aztek, the visionary hero from the 1990s!
In these stories from Aztek: The Ultimate Man Aztek fights the forces of evil in Vanity City, where he meets costumed characters including Green Lantern and The Joker!

Collecting: Aztek: The Ultimate Man 1-10

Drew Geraci
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 30th 2008 by DC Comics
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Nov 17, 2008 Darin rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
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
Nov 27, 2012 Gavin rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
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.
Dec 05, 2011 Camille rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
Way overrated. This was acclaimed when it was first released as singles.
Maxoel Costa
Feb 14, 2017 Maxoel Costa rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, comics
Um ingênuo membro de uma antiga seita de incas (que não é índio peruano e sim um caucasiano louro), treinado desse a infância para enfrentar o rival do deus Quetzalcoatl, vira defensor de uma cidade nos EUA (?!?!) onde foi profetizado que esse deus retornaria um dia.

Tirando as idiossincrasias e a oportunidade perdida de introduzir um personagem meso-americano, a série começa muito bem, principalmente nas críticas aos personagens hiper mega violentos nos quadrinhos dos 90's. Porém, a trama acaba
Alex Scales
Jul 24, 2014 Alex Scales rated it liked it
Shelves: comiiixwoo
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
May 05, 2016 Tomás rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comic bastante desconocido dentro de la bibliografía de Morrison y de Millar que encontré a muy buen precio, resultándome bastante entretenida.

Ya de por sí, la historia de Aztek es bastante particular y también lo es esa sociedad que se encarga de darle una "misión", en particular en esa ciudad llamada Vanidad que parece ser una especie de Gotham con varios secretos y profecías que muy pocos conocen. Hay cierta nostalgia por los superhéroes clásicos, más o menos como si la serie hubiera querido
Jun 18, 2008 Dan rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, 2008
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
Mar 26, 2011 Jeff rated it really liked it
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
Krystl Louwagie
Sep 03, 2012 Krystl Louwagie rated it liked it
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
Dec 16, 2011 Rosa rated it liked it
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
Feb 25, 2013 Sean rated it did not like it
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
Jan 10, 2009 Will rated it it was ok
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
Aug 11, 2008 Mike rated it really liked it
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
Nov 23, 2011 Travis rated it it was ok
Shelves: comic-books
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
Very disappointing. I'm not a fan of Mark Millar, but he at least has a distinctive voice, one totally absent from these stories. Grant Morrison runs not or cold for me, but usually he can be counted on to be interesting, but not here. Aside from a few interesting ideas, this is standard superhero fare, and sadly those interesting elements don't get followed up on. To complete the picture, the pencilling of N. Steven Harris is barely serviceable. I can understand why this only got 10 issues. The ...more
Feather Mista
Mar 05, 2010 Feather Mista rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Morrisonistas y Ligueros incondicionales.
Recommended to Feather 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
Jan 25, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it
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
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.
Apr 28, 2010 Shane rated it it was ok
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.
Jul 07, 2012 Joshlynn rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-and-comix
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 Stillman
Dec 08, 2008 Brian Stillman rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2008, comics
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
Aug 27, 2011 Grahm Eberhardt rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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.
May 23, 2008 Chadwick rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
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.
Dec 26, 2010 Christopher rated it it was ok
Not so good. Also, the copy I read was lacking one of the issues!

May 01, 2013 zxvasdf rated it it was ok
I kind of expected more from a Millar/Morrison collaboration...
Ελευθέριος Κεραμίδας
Although I love Morrison's work and generally like Millar's work too, this one is definitely a misfire.
Daniel Burton-Rose
Sep 18, 2011 Daniel Burton-Rose rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
Embarrassing attempt to add a Latino-ish member to the JLA. :(
Dec 18, 2008 Joey rated it it was ok
great opening scene, but sort of went downhill. still liked it though for its off-kilter look at superhero-dom.
Dec 19, 2015 Michael rated it liked it
Morrison had a lot of intriguing ideas in this series, but none of them were fully realized. From my perspective, the art was terrible even for the 1990s.
Variaciones Enrojo
Edición española en formato reducido con la totalidad de la serie Aztek.
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