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Azrael Vol. 1: Fallen Angel (Azrael: Agent of the Bat (1995-2003)) by [Dennis O'Neil, Barry Kitson, Joe Quesada, Kevin Nowlan, Jim Pascoe]

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Dennis O'Neil began his career as a comic-book writer in 1965 at Charlton, where then-editor Dick Giordano assigned him to several features. When Giordano moved to DC, O'Neil soon followed. At DC, O'Neil scripted several series for Giordano and Julius Schwartz, quickly becoming one of the most respected writers in comics. O'Neil earned a reputation for being able to "revamp" such characters as Superman, Green Lantern, Captain Marvel -- and Batman, whom O'Neil (with the help of Neal Adams and Giordano) brought back to his roots as a dark, mysterious, gothic avenger. Besides being the most important Batman writer of the 1970s, O'Neil served as an editor at both Marvel and DC. After a long tenure as Group Editor of the Batman line of titles, he retired to write full-time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01BLZX180
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ DC (March 15, 2016)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 15, 2016
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1145822 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 314 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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    4.6 out of 5 stars 87 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Batman spinoff from the mid-90s
By J. Higgins on July 11, 2020
Azrael was one of the better spinoffs from DC’s Batman titles of the 1990s.

The character of Jean Paul Valley, aka Azrael, was introduced in a four issue miniseries, titled 'Batman: Sword of Azrael’, in 1992; this miniseries is included in this compilation.

Batman writer Denny O’Neil subsequently incorporated Valley into the 1993 – 1994 mega-crossover storylines known as ‘Knightfall’, ‘Knightquest’, and ‘Knightsend’. The Jean Paul Valley incarnation of Batman was meant to capture the darker, and more morally ambiguous, tone of the vigilante characters – such as the Punisher – that were rising in popularity during the early 1990s. When the character was expelled (so to speak) from the Batman lineup, he was depicted as adrift and psychotic (Showcase No. 94, included in this compilation) and his future seemed uncertain at best.

However, DC decided to provide Azrael with his own series, the first seven issues (February 1995 – August 1995) of which are included in this compilation. In this initial story arc, Jean Paul Valley embarks on a journey to learn more about his origins, and the role played in these origins by the mysterious Order of St Dumas.

Azrael – eventually retitled ‘Azrael: Agent of the Bat’ – lasted for 100 issues, up to May 2003, before being cancelled.

O’Neil handled writing duties for many of the initial issues, and he kept the plots straightforward and accessible from one issue to the next, not an easy thing to do during the 1990s when overwriting and over-plotting plagued many comic books from both Marvel and DC.

Where the first run of Azrael really stood out was the artwork by artist Barry Kitson. Kitson was one of the extremely talented group of British artists (such as Brian Bolland, Bryan Hitch, John Bolton, and Dave Gibbons, among others) who entered U.S. comics during the 1990s and early 2000s. For Azrael, Kitson provided artwork that recalled Art Nouveau in terms of its intricate, carefully crafted visual style. Kitson’s renderings of flames (and there are lots of flames associated with Azrael), icicles, snowbanks, fabric patterns, and crowded streets in North African cities shone despite the limitations of comic book printing technology of the mid-1990s. It’s worth noting that James Pascoe’s inks, Demetrius Bassoukos’s colors, and Ken Bruzenak’s letterings were the perfect complement to Kitson’s pencils.

[When Kitson left the series with issue 30, it just wasn’t the same.]

As other reviewers have noted, it’s too bad more of the 1990s run of Azrael comics haven’t been collected into graphic novel compilations, or the ever-popular omnibus format. Until that happens, ‘Azrael Volume 1: Fallen Angel’ is recommended for those who want to see what Azrael is all about.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Azrael has fallen and it's time to find redemption.
By Kindle Customer on March 1, 2019
I love Azrael as a character. A driven man, not unlike Batman, that brings some religious undertones to the crimefighting genre. This book has two large sections, one is four-part origin story that is illustrated by Joe Quesada (both are written by Dennis O'Neil). His art is good and has its moments of excellence. The remains of the order of St. Dumas are established and the story splits between the Batman and Azrael parts. Batman is, surprisingly (and pretty rarely nowadays, I think), taken captive and it's up to Alfred and Azrael to rescue him. Overall, a good entry for the character.

The other two thirds of the book is taken by the first eight issues of the main series. Taking place after the events of Knightfall, it deals with Jean-Paul Valley trying to find himself and his past in a journey all over the world and culminating when he finds the place where he was born. The book ends on a tragic cliffhanger leaving me wanting for more. Unfortunately, in the usual DC fashion, only a single volume has been produced so far (in 2016, no less, it's already been two years, DC!), so I would have to resort to buying single issues which I rarely do. The pencils here are by Barry Kitson and the team of penciller/inker/colorist does not change during the course of this volume. However, the art is uneven. The first issues are amazing but then it declines into mediocrity with some spikes of greatness here and there. A pity. Let's hope that it will become better later on.
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Ziga Sparovec
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheap looking printing
Reviewed in Australia on September 18, 2019
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Jama
5.0 out of 5 stars Reprint of some good stories with great art
Reviewed in Canada on March 17, 2016
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Josue Ramirez
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Reviewed in Mexico on July 21, 2021
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Sue Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, exactly as expected
Reviewed in Australia on December 26, 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Reviewed in Canada on September 2, 2017
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