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Review: "Azrael: Death's Dark Knight"

In Comic Reviews on May 16, 2009 at 8:10 am

Azrael: Death's Dark Knight #1After years of the character being dead, Fabien Nicieza has brought back a new Angel of Vengeance. The new Azrael series recently came to a close, but is it worth looking at? The short answer is yes, but only if you’ve been a fan of the character.

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The Pull List! Week of May 13, 2009

In The Pull List! on May 12, 2009 at 4:09 am

Well, its a huge week for comics this week. Azrael: Death’s Dark Knight and Oracle: The Cure both end their mini series, signaling the end of Battle For The Cowl is near (next week, to be exact). Meanwhile, Marvel has pushed back the conclusion of Old Man Logan, while Punisher: Frank Castle wraps up its initial arc, and we get some fun with the pet sidekicks of Marvel characters. So, let’s dive in to this week’s Pull List! And remember, just because it isn’t on the list doesn’t mean it isn’t good.

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Review: "Azrael: Death's Dark Knight" #1 (Of 3)

In Comic Reviews on March 20, 2009 at 6:45 pm

Azrael: Death's Dark Knight #1Azrael:  Death’s Dark Knight #1 (Of 3)

Story:  Book One: Simple Sacrifices

Writer: Fabien Nicieza

Artist: Frazier Irving

As I mentioned in last week’s Pull List, I was a pretty big fan of the Jean Paul Valley/Azrael character, who was introduced in the early 90s and served as a replacement to Batman in the now classic “Knightsaga” arc. Valley went on to his own solo series, lasting for 100 issues and culminating in his death.

Now, six years after the death of Jean Paul Valley, the Order of St. Dumas have chosen a new Angel of Vengence.  “Azrael: Death’s Dark Knight” runs alongside the current “Battle For The Cowl” mini-series, prominantly featuring the characters and plot points of this arc.  The new Azrael is chosen to spread “God’s justice” in Gotham, trying to avert the chaos in Gotham City in a decidedly more violent manner than the core Bat-family would be.  He’s also been equipped with the pilfered Suit of Sorrows, first given to Batman in the “Resurrection of Ra’s al Ghul” storyline, and wields what is called the “Sword of Sin”, which he uses in the first page to decapitate a man.  Needless to say, this is not the Jean Paul Valley Azrael by any stretch of the imagination.

Nicieza manages to craft an interesting story, pulling the mysterious new Azrael right in to the thick of the chaotic Gotham, torn apart by its missing Dark Knight, and quickly reminds and establishes why he’s accepted the Azrael guise.  The art itself looks interesting, but the characters are rather oddly misshapen, and if you see a character out of a defining costume, they’re practically unrecognizable (I’m only fairly certain its Talia on the last page!).

This is a very good starting point for one of DC’s more popular characters; let’s face it, pretty much everyone knows of Azrael!  I really recommend this, especially if you’re following Battle for the Cowl.

Final Grade: B

The Pull List! Week of March 11th, 2009

In The Pull List! on March 16, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Just like a few weeks ago, when Marvel unleashed an onslaught of Avengers titles, they’re doing it again this week: every X-Men title but Cable is coming out this week!!  It seems like poor marketing, in my opinion.  How could they possibly expect people who are fans of the books to afford all these?  Ultimate X-Men and Young X-Men end this week, but next month will also see the launch of the revamped New Mutants, which we now know is going to feature Illyana Rasputin.

Meanwhile, over on the DC side of things, we’re getting our second Battle for the Cowl crossover, this week, and I’m really excited.  I was a pretty big fan of Jean-Paul Valley/Azrael, and I’m eager to see if I’m right about who this new Azrael is, and how they’re going to handle the character.  Judging by solicits on DC’s website, though, it looks like this one is going to be great.

That said, lets get going!  Time for this week’s PULL LIST!

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