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little kon-el

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Subj: The isssues are worth tracking down...
Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 at 01:20:05 pm EDT
Reply Subj: Re: Why?
Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 at 11:19:58 am EDT

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> I am honostly curious. In your mind, what set this particular character apart and made him interesting? I picked up his first issue and the issue in which he joined the League, and wasn't particularly drawn in. What was it for you?

I admit that his time with the League wasn't much, especially given that the decision was being made then to not only cancel his book but completely revamp League membership as well; and the first issue of his book was a little confusing, but it got so much better; such as the 2-part Batman team-up vs the Joker, the meeting with Green Lantern and the final issue when he gets inducted into the JLA; were really cool. I liked the costume(even got a guy to make a custom Aztek figure), the premise behind the story, especially that the group he worked for probably killed his dad, and his powers. Even Batman respected him.

I've picked up Aztek on and off for a while and it was an interesting character to play with in the DCUniverse. His character showed a transition between grim and gritty and lightheartedness. Here was a character that has a very silver-agey origin that is thrust upon a "wildstorm-image grim" city that turns all it's heroes into gun-toting maniacs or insane vigilantes. The series with Aztek showed a character that was lighthearted but could get the job done in a way that didn't stoop to grim and gritty to get the job done. Despite the revelations of his past and his possible future, the character always found a way to look at things in a manner that was both realistic and heroic.

Morrison and Millar were at their top form in writing this character. There are so many little things that added up to the story such a unique story: the stalker/hero groupie, the insane hawksmoor architecture of Vanity, the bewildering and psychedilic threats, and even the last issue where we got to see the top secret initiation of the JLA where heroes must say an oath over the cape, mask and fedora of the Crimson Avenger...the "first" masked man.

Aztek is the first time you see the really neat hints about the Morrison/JLA run and really the first time you see Morrison getting into his Superhero groove in a mainstream book. Well worth the price of admission.

- little kon-el

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