:renegade_robins: Azrael :renegade_robins:

Another personal favorite BatFam character of mine is John Paul Valley more commonly called Azrael. His story has fascinated me for years so I thought this month we would take a look at the first meeting between Azrael and Batman.

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What to Read


What is you top Azrael moment?

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I’ll recycle an old comment to get things started:

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I have to admit - I have not actually read the O’Neil/Quesada Sword of Azrael. I HAVE, however, listened to the excellent adaptation of Sword of Azrael in the BBC Radio Drama, and I dig it. It’s definitely got a ton of weaknesses in the construction of the Order, the personality and construction of the Azrael System, etc, but…Jean Paul’s struggle between his gentle self and his violent Azrael personality is so fun. And I give my strongest recommendation to what Dan Watters has been doing with Jean Paul recently - Sword of Azrael and DC's Saved by the Belle Reve #1
I also give huge thanks to James Tynion for making me fall in love with Jean Paul in his Detective Comics run. Batman - Detective Comics Vol. 2: The Victim Syndicate
Batman - Detective Comics Vol. 3: League of Shadows (Rebirth)
Batman - Detective Comics Vol. 4: Dues Ex Machina

Very excited to get some Luke Fox Batwing too! Especially with Outsiders coming out and giving him a new story with Kate Kane!


I have not heard about this one. Where could I find it?

To be honest I was not a fan of Luc Fox as Batwing at the time mainly because of the trashy way the incoming writer handled David’s “retirement” from the role. I felt there were a dozen better ways to handle it that didn’t involve wiping out his supporting cast and making it seem as if David was merely a “second” choice for the role the whole time.

(Yes, I’m still salty about that one.)

That being said I want to give the rest of the Batwing series a try since I never finished it after that point.

I am interested in the new Outsiders book, mainly because the premise sounds great and I do love Kate Kane, so I feel the need to go back to the beginning with Luc. Maybe I’ll find my feelings have changed. Who knows.


Sadly, the Knightfall audio drama is not available for purchase, though if you google “BBC Knightfall radio drama” you might find some sources.

I can understand that, but since I was absent from the n52 until about 2014, I basically came in while Luke was Batwing (with Batman Eternal, my favorite n52 series), and so he’s the only character I’ve ever really thought of in that role.