JLA Presents: Aztek: The Ultimate Man

June 23, 2008 | Trades


JLA Presents: Aztek: The Ultimate Man
Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, N. Steven Harris, Keith Champagne
DC Comics
$22.99/$19.99 US (Paperback)
*** (out of five)

Neil Gaiman once told me than he’d gotten to a point in his career where putting his name on a book was a little bit like printing money.
It seems he’s reached a status as a novelist and graphic novelist that people don’t question the subject matter anymore, they’ll buy anything that’s associated with him.
This same syndrome can quite eaily be applied to JLA Presents: Aztek: The Ultimate Man.
Collecting a somewhat obscure, short-lived series from 12 years ago doesn’t make a whole lot of sense unless the star character is undergoing a renaissance or its creators have reached Gaiman’s lofty status.
Well how’s this: Aztek was written by the dynamic duo of Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman) and Mark Millar (Wanted).
The only catch is that this isn’t their best work — far from it actually.
The adventures of Uno, a warrior trained for 20 years and sent out into the world with a high-tech suit and helmet to prevent the coming of an ancient monster are decent, if fairly standard fare. And just when things do take a turn for the interesting the series is cancelled and you have to go buy the JLA: World War III trade paperback to find out what becomes of the hero.
Still, fans will no doubt scoop this book up since Morrison and Millar may just be catching up to Gaiman’s lofty heights in the money-printing industry.

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