Friday, November 23, 2012

Thirty Days of Graphic Novels, Day 25: "Aztek, the Ultimate Man"

I expected this to be a fairly standard super hero tale, but I was pleasantly surprised.  Aztek, a hero with a combination of magically- and technologically- derived powers, does engage in standard super-heroics, but he has an interesting, original backstory that tied into the stories well.  The best part of the comic is the setting: Morrison & Millar set up the city of Vanity with an intriguing, off-putting feel and mystery that made me want to see what happened next.  I think the series would have worked better in an isolated corner of the DC Universe, as the constant tie-ins to Batman, Lex Luthor, and the Justice League stripped the stories of some of their originality.  The series ended at 10 issues (all collected in this TPB), as the character went on to appear in several issues of Justice League.

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