About the Author:
Dennis 'Denny' O'Neil was a writer and editor of comic books. He died in June 2020.
AVERAGE REVIEW SCORE:
4 out of 5
Batman: Sword Of Azrael
(Art by Joe Quesada and Kevin Nowlan)
The lead-in story to the iconic Knightfall storyline in which Bruce Wayne, with a broken spine, is replaced by a new Batman. In this book Batman discovers the existence of a secret brotherhood which sends out its agent of vengeance, Azrael, to kill the unjust. When Bruce is captured by the brotherhood's most dangerous enemy, one who was once a member of them, it falls to Alfred and a new, untested, Azrael to find him.
Azrael is one of the best characters in the Bat-mythos as he is constantly torn between his hypnotically implanted training as an angel of vengeance and his human conscience. We also get to see the young Azrael, AKA Jean Paul Valley, learning a few tricks of the detective trade from Alfred, which makes for a nice hint of things to come.
This book won't change your life forever, but it's a good solid bit of Batman-based entertainment featuring a character who is a perfect foil for the Dark Knight (he's like the Punisher to Spider-Man) and who has an ever-so-cool visual design. I mean, the guy has a pair of extendable flaming swords on his wrists!
4 out of 5