Monday, May 9, 2011
Actually Quite Good--Azrael: Angel In The Dark
The first volume of the ongoing Azrael series collected in trade paperback form. It is much better than you maybe would expect, and is really quite interesting, tackling complex subjects pretty tastefully and of course working in some good action bits.
Michael Lane was the third Batman of the evil future Batmen during Grant Morrison's run on the main title. He later became Azrael, so that's a fun fact for you. You don't really need to know that, you just need to be aware that some of his family was killed in some sort of satanic ritual, he's an ex-cop, he wears a suit of armor for an organization that wants him to administer justice, and he goes around righting wrongs. Yeah, there is a lot of continuity you could know, but you don't really need to in order to enjoy the stories because Fabian Nicieza has always been a good writer.
4 out of 5 stars.
Azrael: Angel in the Dark should you feel like experimenting.