DC Announces ‘Sword of Azrael’ Miniseries

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Cover art by Nikola Čižmešija

Going through Newsarama, DC Comics has announced “Sword of Azrael,” a new six-issue limited series featuring Jean-Paul Valley, writer Dan Watters, and artist Nikola Čižmešija. The series will pick up with Jean-Paul, now retired from the pawn of the Order of St. Dumas, and living in a monastery in Europe, until a young woman appears, asking for his help. After learning that she’s been brainwashed the same way he was, Jean-Paul takes up Azrael’s mantle to protect her from the deadly assassins now pursuing her.

The series will coincide with the 30th anniversary of Azrael’s debut in “Batman: Sword of Azrael” #1 (published August 11, 1992), by Dennis O’Neil and Joe Quesada. The character is best known for becoming Batman’s troubled successor after being crippled by Bane during the 1993 “Knightfall” storyline, but also headlined his own series (which ran for 100 issues) from 1995 to 2003. The character was killed off at the end of the run, but came back to life after the “New 52” reboot in 2011.

The book marks a reunion for Watters and Čižmešija with the character, after creating the “Batman: Urban Legends” #8-10 story “Sword of Azrael: Dark Knight of the Soul”, which saw Jean-Paul return to Gotham after a long break to fight the villainous Poor Fellow. DC will reprint the arc for any readers who missed it in a 40-page one-shot, also titled “Sword of Azrael: Dark Knight of the Soul.”

“Sword of Azrael” #1 and “Sword of Azrael: Dark Knight of the Soul” #1 will be released simultaneously on August 2.

Christophe Chiu Tabet

Chris is the News Director of Multiversity Comics. Autistic London writer, he loves Tweeter and blog about Medium about his favorite movies, TV shows, books, music and games, as well as history and religion. He is Lebanese/Chinese, although he does not speak Cantonese or Arabic.

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