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Azrael
Dec 2009 to 2011 (18 issues)
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Issue 1
Year
Dec-09
Character
Batman
Role
One Page
Writer
Fabian Nicieza
Artist
Ramon Bachs
Title:
"Angel in the Dark"
Story Arc:
-
After:
-
Next:
-
Summary:
There were two covers for this issue. Michael Lane, a former police officer, is outfitted with the Suit of Sorrows - a cursed armor that eventually drives its wearer insane. With swords that radiate fire and ice, and a religious cult bankrolling his moves, this new Azrael is looking for eye-for-an-eye justice. Batman appears showing he has been monitoring Lane. Dick is on one page.

   


Issue 4
Year
Mar-10
Character
Batman
Role
Major
Writer
Fabian Nicieza
Artist
Ramon Bachs
Title:
"Blood Simple"
Story Arc:
-
After:
-
Next:
-
Summary:
Batman uncovers information that sees him up against Azrael. Art work is a bit dark. Dick really does try to help in this one... you can really tell that this Batman is Dick and not Bruce.

                 


Issue 14
Year
Jan-11
Character
Batman
Role
Major
Writer
David Hine
Artist
Cliff Richards
Title:
Three Mysteries, Part One: A Dream Within a Dream
Story Arc:
Three Mysteries
After:
-
Next:
-
Summary:
The prophecy is fulfilled... Azrael is crucified. I didn't like the writing of Bruce or Dick in this story. Bruce is shown to be overbearing and judgemental and Dick as imcompetant. Bascially Bruce questions Dick's judgement, tells him he doesn't think the current Azrael is acceptable and tells Dick to deal with it. Dick goes off to do so and is basically defeated by Azreal. When he wakes up at home, Bruce attacks him because Azrael has been crucified and Dick is left with egg all over his face. Nope, didn't think much of this story, but I love the art. Fantastic!

       


Issue 15
Year
Feb-11
Character
Batman
Role
Major
Writer
David Hine
Artist
Cliff Richards
Title:
Three Mysteries, Part Two: Voices in an Empty Room
Story Arc:
Three Mysteries
After:
Azrael 14
Next:
Azrael 16
Summary:
Pete Farelli explains how Azrael committed suicide. Dick continues his investigation and seems to be going nowhere. When he is lured away from the suit - appearing to fall for such a ruse so someone could steal the suit - I almost stopped reading. However, this had been the plan. Notice I say 'the' plan. It wasn't Dick's. it was Bruce's. Yet again, Dick is playing second fiddle. At what point will writers realize Dick has stepped out of Bruce's shadow and is competent in his own right? If you're a Dick Grayson fan, you can give this story arc a miss. Again, the art is fantastic.

               


Issue 16
Year
March-11
Character
Batman
Role
Minor
Writer
David Hine
Artist
Cliff Richards
Title:
Three Mysteries, Part Three: Fire the Colour of Ice
Story Arc:
Three Mysteries
After:
Azrael 15
Next:
-
Summary:
This storyline simply doesn't work for me. Dick asks Bruce if he can ask him something. Bruce replies - you can always talk to me. (So, being lost in time has done wonders for Bruce making time for his family. Bruce of the past would have said, 'now isn't the time. We're working.") The thing I don't get in this issue is Dick's logic. He can't believe in magic. Let us examine this man's life. He's worked with the Titans. Seen Trigan who has the ability to do things 'magically'. His brother through adoption dies and is brought back through the Lazarus Pit. His friends can fly, crush building with a single blow, run as fast as the speed of light, have rings that 'magically' allow them to do things... and the list goes on. Recently his father dies, but is actually lost in time and returns...and Dick Grayson can't believe in magic? Is it just me, or is Dick sounding a bit dense? What truly annoys me is that Bruce is shown to be the wise one who is willing adjust his thinking to accomodate change. Ummm... this certainly isn't the Bruce of old. It is almost as if Dick who was always the open-minded one and Bruce who was basically close-minded have suddenly traded personalities. I get what the author is trying to do. We are supposed to be seeing a father-son moment. Son going to his father for advice. That I love, but this storyline does not make sense and I really don't like where it is going for Dick. I'm not looking forward to seeing it played out in other titles. I'm having a sense of deja vu from Devin Grayson's run on Nightwing.

The line that really turned me off is this issue is...

Dick: So what do I do?
Bruce: Wait and watch.
Yep, that just about says it all.

Sorry. I like Dick to be portrayed as worthwhile. Here is is portrayed as Batman's junior partner. If you're a Dick Grayson fan, definintely give this story arc a miss and be very afraid of what is to follow as this arc is likely to be played out in other titles.