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The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Character
Uno
Aztek
of the Justice League


Uno, better known as "Aztek," is a super-hero in the DC Comics Universe. He was a member of the Justice League of America.

From: "Aztek (comics)" page on Wikipedia website (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aztek_%28comics%29; viewed 12 June 2006):

Aztek was a superhero in the DC Universe. He was created by Grant Morrison and Mark Millar. Aztek's series was critically acclaimed, but only lasted ten issues. He also appeared in several issues of JLA also written by Morrison. In 2004, he became a recurring minor supporting character on the Justice League Unlimited animated series.

A young man named Uno was 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 was at the peak of human abilities both physically and mentally. He was given a magical suit of armor that bestows super strength, super speed, super hearing, telescopic vision, x-ray vision, infrared vision, invisibility and flight upon the wearer. His base of operations was the city of Vanity, a strange town that had bizarre architecture, and the highest suicide rate in the DC Universe version of the United States.

Aztek later became a member of the Justice League but felt he had to resign when it was revealed that one of the mysterious benefactors of the Q society was supervillain Lex Luthor. He was later blinded helping the League save the Earth in a battle against the planet-destroying machine Mageddon, which, apparently, was the 'Tezcatlipoca' that the cult was referring to all along. Finally he sacrificed himself to allow Superman the chance to destroy Mageddon/Tezcatlipoca.

Another Aztek?
A younger female Aztek was seen in Grant Morrisson's run on JLA during "The Rock of Ages" storyline in which the JLA traveled to a future over run 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.

Powers and abilities
Aztek is at the peak of physical and mental perfection. He wears an ancient helmet and armor (powered by a "4-dimensional mirror"), from which he derives flight, enhanced strength, infrared and X-Ray vision, invisibility, bodyheat camouflage, entrapment nets, plasma beams and variable density

Appearances in other media
In his only speaking role on Justice League Unlimited, Aztek was assisting Superman in his attempt to find Lex Luthor after The Key helped him escape the police.

Discussion

From: "Banned for using this nic" thread began 4 Apri 1999 in rec.arts.comics.dc.universe newsgroup (http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.comics.dc.universe/browse_thread/thread/f38288dc4e56542/8a873a0a53da3d0d; viewed 12 June 2006)
From: Robert Justus
Date: Mon, Apr 5 1999 12:00 am

To keep this on topic (sorta), why are most heroes not as religious as they could be? ...the only really religious person that's sane that I recall in DCU is Huntress, and I guess Wonder Woman... Anyone else...?


From: Chuck Burke
Date: Sat, Apr 24 1999 12:00 am

...Aztek is a part of a cult, I believe...

Can't think of any others off hand.

From: "Religion in Comics" thread started 8 November 2000 on rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe (http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe/browse_thread/thread/bb40343302f28aaa/7959f6422d01b7a4; viewed 6 June 2006):
From: jonny3683
Date: Wed, Nov 8 2000 12:00 am

Can somebody explain something that has been bugging me for a long time? What is the deal with religion in comics over the past 60 years or so? I guess it all started in the golden age with the debut of Wonder Woman, a modern day Amazon... DC has Zauriel taking everybody into Heaven during "Day of Judgement" with Wonder Woman praying to the Olympians the whole time, and they also had Aztec getting his powers from an ancient Aztec diety. This concept is highly illogical. How do writers get away with these stories without causing confussion. Am I the only one who notices these things, or are there just that many atheists out there?


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