Azrael #1
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Azrael #1

Writer: Fabian Nicieza Artist: Ramon Bachs Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 21, 2009 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 6
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Following the events of "The Eighth Deadly Sin" in BATMAN ANNUAL #27 and DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL #11, the new monthly series starring Death's Dark Knight begins! Michael Lane is a man in search of redemption, but does serving the Order of Purity as God's Angel of Justice bring him closer to achieving his goal or simply send him further down a road paved with good intentions? When a hired killer comes to Gotham City seeking revenge for crimes committed decades in the past, Azrael faces an impossible conflict: What if God's justice forces the hero to claim one of God's servants? From writer Fabian Nicieza (SUPERMAN, TRINITY) and artist Ramon B more

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Oct 25, 2009

    Urban fantasy is a good way to describe what this series really can be as it develops over the next few months. If Azrael really is going to go beyond mans law and judge the guilty then lets see some seriously guilty villains, either supernatural or super horrific (like child molesting priests) really get it stuck to them by Azraels swords of justice. All the elements are in place; lets see if Nicieza builds on the promising start Azrael #1 has happily turned out to be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Nov 3, 2010

    ** The book has two editors, which probably indicates an editorial change during production. If thats true, then it might explain why Tyrell looks like a Czarnian but is now a Dheronian. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Dan Phillips Oct 21, 2009

    Azrael #1 isn't a great debut by any stretch of the imagination, but that's mostly due to the art. Thanks to Nizieca, though, it does offer a lot of promise. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Oct 26, 2009

    The one big down side to "Azrael" #1, though, is the art. After having Frazer Irving, J. Calafiore, and Tom Mandrake draw Nicieza's Azrael stories up until now, Ramon Bachs was already at a disadvantage. But even without that pedigree of talent having led the way, I think Bachs is still the wrong choice of artist for "Azrael." Bachs's art is blocky and rough, in an almost primitive manner. While I don't mind a rough art style, there's something about Bachs' art that misses what I think "Azrael" needs most. There isn't a dark, gloomy look about the way Bachs draws the book, and it was that special mood that Irving, Calafiore, and Mandrake all evoked quite well. As strange as it sounds, "Azrael" looks a tiny bit too cheerful, despite the grim events it's depicting. "Azrael" could actually be an excellent book, but someone more suited to the scripts than Bachs would have to come on in order for that to happen. Still, the script for "Azrael" #1 was strong enough that I want to read more. T Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Kiser Oct 22, 2009

    Azrael wants very badly to be the kind of comic that makes its readers stop and ponder tough moral questions. It also greatly overestimates its own abilities to make this happen. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Djeljosevic Nov 3, 2010

    With its pseudo-realistic mise-en-scene and total lack of imagination, Superman: Earth One is the worst kind of comic book--the kind that reads like a glorified screenplay. While this kind of faux-Hollywood nonsense was all the rage in 2002, its now 2010. We can do better, and Superman deserves better. Read Full Review

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