Cover of Aztek; the Ultimate Man #1 (Aug, 1996). Art by N. Steven Harris.
|First appearance||Aztek, The Ultimate Man #1 (August 1996)|
|Created by||Grant Morrison
|In story information|
|Team affiliations||Justice League
|Notable aliases||Dr. Curtis “Curt” Falconer|
|Abilities||Can manipulate four dimensional energy to achieve almost limitless effects, superstrength, superspeed, superhearing, x-ray vision, flight, invisibility|
Aztek is a fictional character, a superhero in the DC Universe. Based out of the fictional Vanity City, Aztek is the champion of the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl. The character first appeared in Aztek, The Ultimate Man #1 in August 1996, created by Grant Morrison and Mark Millar. Following the short run series, Aztek appeared in several issues of JLA also written by Morrison.
A young man named Uno is raised by the Q Society, a secret organization, to be the champion of the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl to battle their enemy, the Aztec god, Tezcatlipoca. He is given a magical suit of armor that bestows many abilities, complimenting Uno’s peak human mental and physical abilities.
Aztek later joins the Justice League, but resigns when it is revealed that one of the mysterious benefactors of the Q Society is supervillain Lex Luthor. He is later blinded helping the League save the Earth in a battle against the planet-destroying machine Mageddon, (apparently, the ‘Tezcatlipoca’ that the cult was referring to all along). Aztek, ultimatly sacrifices himself to allow Superman the chance to destroy Mageddon/Tezcatlipoca, during the World War III .
Aztek has peak human physical and mental conditioning. He wears an ancient helmet and armor (powered by a “4-dimensional mirror”), from which he derives flight, infrared and X-Ray vision, invisibility, intangibility, bodyheat camouflage, entrapment nets, plasma beams and density manipulation, as well as augmenting his peak physical abilities to superhuman levels. The 4-dimensional power source could self destruct in a highly explosive manner.
A younger black female Aztek was seen in Grant Morrison’s run on JLA during “The Rock of Ages” storyline in which the JLA traveled to an alternate future overrun by Darkseid. She had the same abilities and her existence may imply that the Q Society is not defunct despite the death of the original. However, it could also be concluded that in the time of “Rock of Ages“, Mageddon had simply not yet appeared, and therefore another Aztek was needed.
The original run of the eponymous title has been collected as a trade paperback:
Aztek first appeared among scores of new Justice League members in Justice League Unlimited’s premiere, and continued to appear in brief cameos throughout the series. He had brief, uncredited speaking parts (Scott Patterson provided the voice acting) in the episodes “Question Authority” and “I Am Legion.”