Instead of copy/pasting the original News section into here I just thought I would archive it here.
Read below all ‘new News!
May 24th, 2018
With the new issue of Detective Comics now out, Tynion has shown that the Gotham Knights Batfamily is now no more. With the team splintered, in a single frame JPV is given his lead-in set up where we will most likely see him next appearing in the new Justice League Odyssey book along Cyborg, Starfire, and Darkseid.
May 21st, 2018
As this years marks the 25th anniversary of the KnightsSaga, particularly Knightfall, I have added interviews from a tough to find industry magazine into the interview section. Head over there now to read interviews with with Dennis O’Neil, Mike Manley, Doug Moench, and Graham Nolan; architects of the KnightSaga and their take prior to issue 500 of Batman being released.
May 13th, 2018
In a retweet by writer/artist Sean Gordon Murphy, a fan asked about the villain for the sequel book to White Knight. I responded with Jean Paul Valley VS Jason Todd. Considering that a few days prior at the DC Comics C2E2 panel he mentioned that Jean Paul Valley would be in the follow-up this looks to be very exciting!
May 10th, 2018
Batman On Film has posted a great hour and a half-long podcast focusing on the 25th anniversary of Knightfall. The program’s special guest is batwriter Chuck Dixon who had a large hand in writing some of the stories that were a part of the KnightSaga.
May 3rd, 2018
Head over to the video section to check out our abridged section of Black Veil Bride’s vocalist (and Azrael fan) Andy Biersack’s appearance on Kevin Smith’s Fatman on Batman program. Our shorter video shows Andy discussing Batman and how ‘his Batman’ was Jean Paul Valley. You can view the full epide on youtube here.
April 10th, 2018
One of the biggest titles of the year, White Knight by Sean Gordon-Murphy, was discussed to have a sequel this past weekend at the DC Panel at C2E2. No big info was given except for a tease of one character – Azrael. It has not been revealed yet if it will in fact be JPV or the terrible Michael Lane version. This big news tidbit comes courtesy of Bleeding Cool.
March 24th, 2018
This afternoon at the DC Comics panel at WonderCon, Scott Snyder announced a new series of banner titles under the Justice League banner, one of which, ‘Justice League Odyssey,’ will see Azrael in a newly designed Batsuit reminiscent of the one he wore in Detective Comics. He will be joined by Starfire, Jessica Cruz, Cybord, and Darkseid. You can read more about the title here, and see the newly designed Azrael batsuit here.
March 19th, 2018
Via his twitter page yesterday,writer James Tynion accepted questions from fans. One asked, “Was there a story you wanted to tell in Detective Comics but just couldn’t squeeze in before the end of your run?” The response from Tynion was, “Jean-Paul Valley Azrael vs Michael Lane Azrael.” In the current New52/Rebirth era Michael Lane does in fact exist, but is retired in general.
March 16th, 2018
As part of a 25th Anniversary of Knightfall, DC is going to reissue everything in small er volumes…again. Check out the details from Bleeding Cool here.
March 14th, 2018
Detective Comics issue 976 is out today and it looks like the redheaded children of the Gotham Knights batfamily have split off as Batwoman is joined by Azrael and Batwing as a part of a new team by the Colony. I have my own ideas about where this is going to lead, but seeing as how this is Tynion’s final arc before leaving the series, only time will tell.
March 4th, 2018
Head over to the audio section for an interview excerpt from a 2005 interview with Comic Geek Speak where the legendary Dennis O’Neil describes how his writing of Azrael’s death was an ‘art imitating life’ experience.
January 30th, 2018
Just announced! Monolith Edition Board Games has unveiled that Azrael in his Rebirth era look, will be included as a part of the upcoming ‘Batman: Gotham City Chronicles’ board game. Click here for an HD 3D clip of the sculpt of the Azrael board piece. The kickstarter for the game goes live on February 27th. You can view more info on the game on their Facebook page, as well as the Beasts of War web page.
December 26th, 2017
Happy Holidays to all! Out today (apparently) is Detective Comics Rebirth Trade Volume 4 titled ‘Deus Ex Machina.’ This is basically the Azrael arc for Detective Comics despite the fact that it’s pretty much hijacked by Zatanna. You can order it online here.
November 9th, 2017
Just announced by Knight Models, a Web Only Exclusive of JPV in his Knightfall Batman suit. The miniature statue stands 22mm tall (about 8 3/4 in if my math is right). The miniature statue/game piece is made of a high quality resin and comes with a ‘Batman Miniature Game card,’ as well as an exclusive pre-order article. You can order the piece direct online here.
November 7th, 2017
Out today is the hardcover Deluxe Edition of Detective Comics (Rebirth) Volume 1. Definitely the better buy out there as it includes issues 934-949. It can be bought at your local comics shop, or online via Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
October 27th, 2017
Check out this link from artist Caleb Wilkie and his profile on Azrael. The guy actually gets his post-Crisis facts pretty straight! It’s truly amazing how many people (including current DC Writers) mix up JPV with Michael Lane and pick what we want lore from the Arkham video games, but this guy gets it’s right.
October 11th, 2017
Red Hood and the Outlaws issue 15 is on stands today, as the Detective Comics team battles it out with the former Robin and his colorful crew!
October 4th, 2017
The Batfamily of Detective Comics meets Red Hood and the Outlaws in issue 15 out the 11th of October! Check out an exclusive preview of the issue here courtesy of Comicverse!
October 3rd, 2017
Amazon has updated their order page with the official information for the Omnibus Hardcover edition of Knightfall Volume 2: Knightquest. It looks like Omnibus has denied fans requests once again to release a complete version of Knightquest by including ‘The Search,’ as according to the section outlining what issues are included in the volume, all of the issues from Legends of the Dark Knight, which are main components of ‘The Search,’ are indeed left out. The book is currently slated for a November 14th, 2017 release.
August 10th, 2017
Check out this new interview with James Tynion IV on DC Comics site now discussing JPV’s role in Detective Comics and his plans for the series.
August 9th, 2017
Detective Comics issue 962 is out today and it’s a biggie! We finally see JPV in an ‘updated’ version of his Batsuit as he dukes it out with Ascalon. Big reveals in the last few pages! Hit up your local comic shop and pick up both Azrael adorned covers today!
August 3rd, 2017
Fan site The Batman Universe recently posted an interview with James Tynion IV from San Diego Comic Con. A few tidbits regarding JPV and bringing a reinvention of his old school Bat suit can be found here.
July 13th, 2017
Intelligence Part 4 will reportedly see JPV dawning a suit very similar to his Knightquest era suit. Check out our Instagram feed tomorrow for the sneak peak!
July 12th, 2017
Part 2 of “Intelligence” is out today and, unfortnatley it looks like this is more of a Bruce/Zatanna arc then it is JPV. Though Arael does don the cover, we’ll be seeing a whole new side of JPV that’s a little familiar very soon!
June 23rd, 2017
Just released – story teases for ‘Intelligence,’ part 3 and 4! Part 3 of the story hints that JPV is in fact going to start losing his mind (again), while part 4 implies that the batfamily and all the technological wonders that Batman and Batwing throw at the A.I. can’t even stop it! Looks like JPV is in for an interesting summer!
June 14th, 2017
Did you catch that quick little frame on Page 5 of the new issue of Detective Comics? Possible easter egg JPV donning his bat cape and cowl in Rebirth maybe? Only time will tell. Check our instagram tomorrow for the blink and you missed it frame!
June 13th, 2017
Head over to Comic Book.com for a first look at the cover of Detective Comics issue 965 titled ‘A Lonely Place of Living,’ which is a cool throwback to issue 441 of Batman, ‘A Lonely Place of Dying.’ If you’re curious about who Ascalon is, check out this great feature done a month ago by Screen Rant where they not only discuss a bit about JPV’s place in Rebirth, (some of their facts are wrong, but we’ll forgive them since they had nice things to say about our guy). Also, don’t forget to hit your local comic shop tomorrow for the latest issue of Detective Comics where we get more clues into the past of JPV!
June 9, 2017
Check out a preview of Detective Comics issue 958 here courtesy of Newsarama. Looks like Tynion has decided to bring Nomoz out of the shadows!
May 14th, 2017
I get a lot of people asking mainly via PM on Instagram) how I know so much. Well, this site is really all you need (and maybe checking my instagram daily). A very good knowledge center is in the Media section; especially under the Interviews which I have transcribed myself, and the audio section. Happy reading!
May 4th, 2017
Just announced! Secret Compass has unveiled a JPV as Batman from Knightfall statue! This is a Quarter Scale Statue by AVI AY x JEFFREY HSIAO and is estimated to ship in November of this year. Check out the details and images and pre-order info here.
April 17th, 2017
Starting Today on the official Azrael Online Instagram (which you can also view the latest in the feed to the right on this site), I will be posting images in celebration of the new hardcover edition of Knightfall being released by Omnibus Press tomorrow! All images will be exclusive to the site (as no one else has ever been as obsessed as me I guess) and posted to the instagram page leading up to my own in-depth video review of this hardcover edition!
April 12th, 2017
Head over to the Interviews section to check out a rare interview with Azrael co-creator Joe Quesada discussing the design of Azrael’s Batman costume. Considering what happened to Quesada after this interview was published with images, its an interesting read.
April 5th, 2017
Gotham Season 2 cards will officially hit hobby stores on the 12th via Cryptozoic Entertainment. You can check out the features, galleries and autographed pieces here. A checklist can be downloaded here, and viewed on the Beckett site. What’s exciting – new Azrael cards!
March 22nd, 2017
Exciting things are coming for JPV in Detective Comics as the next arc titled “Intelligence,” starts in issue #958! The official synopsis is described as follows…Azrael has found a new home in Gotham City…unfortunately, someone from his old home with the Order of St. Dumas has found him! The Order has unleashed a bizarre new evil on the world, and it’s convinced it must destroy Jean-Paul Valley!. Meanwhile issue #959 is described as ‘While his team comes to grips with Azrael’s past, Batman is on the trail of the shocking secret he learned at the end of last month’s epic BATMAN/FLASH crossover, “The Button”—and it’s brought him directly to the Mistress of Magic, Zatanna!’ This issue will have a variant cover by artist Rafael Abuquerque!
February 20th, 2017
CBR.com have posted an exclusive preview of Detective Comics issue 951 this morning. It not only features an interesting cover with Shiva, but also a cool spread of Azrael, Orphan/Batgirl, Clayface, and Batwing training in the mudroom. Issue hits shops this Wednesday!
February 14th, 2017
Happy Valentines Day (if you’re into that). Check out this great article by Screenrant on the Rebirth of Jean Paul Valley as Azrael. Kudos to writer Andrew Dyce by the way, he really got in-depth with his research.
February 3rd, 2017
The AV Club got an exclusive preview of the upcoming double-sized extravaganza of Detective Comics issue 950 out this Wednesday. You can check it out the 5-page preview of the Azrael/Batwing story here where it shows a bit of an X-Men/Sentinels/Danger Room kind of theme to it. This issue acts as a Prologue to the ‘League of Shadows’ storyline. It will be shipping with an Azrael variant cover which you should be able to reserve from your local comic shop.
January 13th, 2017
Today Newsarama had an exclusive of Detective Comics issue 950 with the first few pages. This issue will be double sized with three stories setting the stage for the upcoming ‘League of Shadows’ arc, a ‘secret story’ which fans are hinting will relate to Red Robin’s disappearance, as well as an adventure with JPV and Batwing which will give him a more proper into the series since his reintroduction. The only hint that is given is that it will set the stage for tremendous threats from his past. It has also been revealed via artist Rafael Albuquerque’s Instagram that there will be 2 covers for the issue. Take a pea at the image here.
December 10th, 2016
Tynion seems to be making his rounds with interviews as Newsarama has posted a new one discussing Tim Drake and what 2017 holds for the future of the team – including Azrael joining it!
November 23rd, 2016
Check out this interview with James Tynion IV about the new issue of Detective Comics #945 out today. There is something key about this issue that is mentioned in the interview; “There’s a character who we haven’t seen in action since the first issue of my run who dives back into the fray this issue in a big way, making way for him to be a core cast member of the series moving forward. Very excited.” That’s right, JPV is back as he is working with Leslie Thompkins.
November 21st, 2016This morning Diamond Select unveiled via The Nerdist the series 4 installment of figures for Gotham Season 2: Rise of the Villains. Figures for Mr. Freeze, Dr. Hugo Strange, and finally, a figure for Theo Galavan as Azrael have been unveiled! The figures each have up to 16 points of articulation, come with character appropriate accessories, and a diorama piece. The Azrael figure has an interchangeable head so you can have him with or without the mask. To make a jail cell you must have both Azrael and Mr. Freeze figures. However Hugo Strange comes with the chair that Galavan was strapped to. The figures will be released in mid spring/early summer of 2017. Click here for more info or check out the Azrael Online Instagram feed.
October 28th, 2016
Check out this interview with James Tynion IV and Eddie Barrows from Den of Geek discussing the Detective Comics #943, as well as what’s in store for the future of Jean Paul Valley. Sounds like exciting things are coming!
October 27th, 2016
Though he is only in two frames, Jean Paul does make an appearance in the latest issue of Detective Comics, #943. Not exactly the most action packed issue, more on the side of dialogue but does raise some interesting questions.
October 4th, 2016
Still no new Azrael news, however Season 3 of The Flash aired tonight and that was awesome. On an Azrael related note though, check out this site I found earlier this afternoon discussing the Azrael episodes of Gotham. They are more on the satirical side, so take with a grain of salt.
August 8th, 2016
Well if this isn’t reason to have introduce Ludovac Valley introduced on Gotham in season 3 or 4…Check out this article from Indie Wire about the 2016 Emmy nomination that cinematographer Crescenzo Notarile received for his work on the ‘Azrael’ episodes of Gotham.
July 25th, 2016
Multimedia added! Head over to the video section now to watch my video edit of the three episodes featuring Theo Galavan (James Frain) as Azrael now. Keep in mind that this is not all three episodes in full, but the parts pertaining to the Azrael storyline. Give a few minutes to load the stream and enjoy!
July 24th, 2016
San Diego Comic-Con was underway this weekend in San Diego, California. Fans were greeted yesterday to some great reveals for the next year, including trailers for Justice League and Wonder Woman, as well as a sneak peak at what’s to come from Season 3 of The Flash. On the collectible side sadly, despite the re-introduction of JPV as Azrael this past November inclusion into the current continuity, as well as the iteration on Gotham they are still introducing figures and statues of the horrid Michael Lane video game version ::insert sad face here:: Let’s cross fingers they make collectibles for both the new comic version and Gotham version soon.
June 29th, 2016
There may not be an issue of Detective Comics out with JPV this week, however; Annual issue number 3 of Grayson (you know, Nightwing/DickGrayson/the first Robin) does have him! The double-sized issue sees JPV, along with Constantine, Harley Quinn, and the Green Lantern Simon Baz, trading stories a la round table discussion. JPV and Harley tend to have the more fun tales. The issue is definitely worth picking up for the action humor.
June 28th, 2016
Gotten something pretty cool in the post – a custom figure I had commissioned by M1 Customs of Black Lantern Azrael. It looks absolutely glorious, Mel does a killer job and is revered in the custom figure/kitbash community. If interested in having one made, hit up Mel and em know I sent ya! If you haven’t seen the video of the figure on my instagram you can view it online here.
June 22nd, 2016
Detective Comics issue 935 is out today and JPV is in it…wounded, in a private recovery room being tended to by none other then Leslie Thompkins! If only this universe knew what a role she really played with the original JPV!
June 8th, 2016
And it’s happened – Detective Comics issue 934 is out today, bringing in the New 52 version of Azrael into the current DC Comics: Rebirth continuity! Interesting issue (spoilers ahead) that sees The Bat asking Batwoman (his friggin cousin, go figure) to help train a team of new heroes. The way they portray it reminds of the Mighty Ducks how they introduce Tim, Stephanie, Cassandra and Basil ‘Clayface’ Carlow. I’m more interested in seeing how exactly they explain JPV being brought into this universe since we’re no longer in the New 52 and apparently in the old post-crisis era. This issue has two different covers for those who are into that sort of thing.
May 12th, 2016
Check out the new ‘Interact’ section of the site for downloadable Azrael Cubeecraft Cubeeart! More to come in the Interact section, stay tuned!
May 10th, 2016
Yahoo! tv has posted a cool Gotham recap of the show with two fun videos featuring Galavan as Azrael. Click here to check it out!
May 9th, 2016
Sadly, the writer’s of Gotham decided to kill of Theo Galavan as Azrael. Seriously, I cried. However, this doesn’t mean that Azrael is gone for good. We’ve seen a room where Hugo Strange had what appeared to be a room of clones of Galavan. Not only that, let’s not forget the timeline and age of the characters; the writers of Gotham could very easily introduce, even if ever so slightly, Ludovac Valley, Jean Paul’s father who was Azrael before him. I’m sure that would blow the minds of the video game fans who don’t know the difference between Jean Paul and that awful Michael Lane version from the Order of Purity.
Also take a look at the 15 second video I posted to our instagram – notice the image I set it to looks like a bat within the explosion? Coincidence? Well, probably, but you never know! Check back Friday to stream both episodes 19 and 20 with the end of 18 tagged on.
May 2nd, 2016
Did you catch tonight’s episode of Gotham? I’ve gotta say James Frain put on a great performance and the voice was lovely. Kudos to whoever the stunt person was as well. The writer’s way of explaining the mind programming through visual tell was a nice touch on the character, however they did screw up and with the ‘Sword of Sin,’ as that sword is from the Order of Purity, not the Order of St. Dumas. As long as they don’t somehow shift gears into anything that has to do with Michael Lane I’m digging what they’re doing with Azrael. If they end up killing off Galavan as Azrael by the end of the season they could actually make a slight introduction of Jean Paul’s father Ludovac; afterall, we’ve already met the people who will become the parents of Dick Grayson, so why not Jean Paul’s father? You can check out the commercial spot for episode 20, ‘Unleashed’ here. Also, I will be adding a section titled ‘Gotham’ which will have all episodes featuring Azrael in it at in the next few days.
April 29th, 2016
Comic Book Resource posted this great article discussing Monday night’s episode of Gotham. There is also a video exclusive to the site talking with Ben McKenzie (James Gordon), and James Frain (Theo Galavan) about a bit of the character development as well. If it’s not available in your country don’t worry, I will have the video up on a ‘Gotham’ section that I am working on as an addition to the site.
April 28th, 2016
According to Newsaramai it’s been made official – Jean Paul Valley will in fact make his return as Azrael into the upcoming ‘Rebirth’ event in the June issue of Detective Comics #934. Batman will also welcome Batwoman into what will be some sort of training squad. I’m still a bit fuzzy on the details of this whole ‘Rebirth’ thing, but if I’m not mistaken this is the old bat universe with the Nw 52 universe Jean Paul Valley as Azrael, which means that the classic JPV who was once Batman is still dead. Perhaps this is Bruce’s way of ensuring that he doesn’t screw up with his treatment of JPV this time around.
April 19th, 2016
Obviously I think Azrael is a big deal, and apparently the good people at Fox and Gotham think so too as just posted this afternoon on the official Gotham youtube page is a 3:46 cinema style trailer titled ‘Movie Trailer: Azrael.’ You can view this killer video here and let it built anticipation for the episode on the 2nd.
April 18th, 2016
Did you catch tonight’s episode of Gotham? Check out the Galavan clips here that a youtuber put together. However the real cool part came when the episode of was over and was got to see the teaser from next week’s episode with Galavan wearing a costume that looks A LOT like the one that Jean Paul has been wearing in Batman and Robin Eternal. Click the video on the instagram feed to the right to hear Theo’s voice in the costume. It is seriously the way I always imagined it would sound.
March 30th, 2016
The last issue of Batman and Robin Eternal is out with it’s interesting finale. JPV gets…1 page in it, but does play a part in Mother’s downfall. Check out issue the double sized issue #26 for the series conclusion.
March 23th, 2016
What insanity lurks in issue #25 of Batman and Robin Eternal? Hate to be a spoiler (pun intended), but JPV breaks out the flaming telescoping blades from his gloves in this issue! How far will Mother’s influence go? Check out the new issue to find out!
March 16th, 2016
JPV is on the cover of this weeks issue of Batman and Robin Eternal! That’s right, Azrael is in issue #24…however he is only on pages 13 & 14. Still though, having the cover of the issue must mean that he is sure to have more face time in the next issues!
March 15th, 2016
Out at book retailers (who carry comics and graphic novels/trades) and comic shops today – Azrael Vol.1 ‘Fallen Angel.’ This book reprints all 4 issues of JPV’s first appearance in the 4-issue mini-series Batman: Sword of Azrael, as well as Showcase ’94: Azrael #10, which directly leads into the solo Azrael series collecting issues 1-7. All in all, not a bad little collection. I’m sure I won’t be the only one looking forward to adding this, as well as the rest of the collected series to my collection as it is released.
February 15th, 2016
In stores now (if you can find them) is the ‘Knightfall Batman’ 3.75″ figure of Jean Paul Valley as Batman from the Batman Arkham Origins series of figures from the Multiverse line put out by Mattel. If you can’t find the figure in stores (I’ve been searching since early December when they started shipping) you can pick one up off of Amazon. The figure he highly detailed and dare I say ALMOST as good as the Hasbro DC Super heroes figure released in 1999. You can check out a pic of the figure in its package that I posted on Instagram here.
February 14th, 2016
Check out this great article from the UK’s Daily Mail on the filming of the Azrael episodes of Gotham!
February 13th, 2015
If you follow us on Instagram (if you don’t why not!) then you saw the images I posted today of Theo Galavan on Gotham as Azrael! His suit looks very similar to the one that JPV is currently wearing…coincidence? This also looks like a very clever marketing move on DC’s part to help build even more interest in Azrael with the official trade paperback of the original Azrael solo series due out next month and Azrael’s introduction into the current ‘New 52’ continuity. Only time will tell as the series continues on the 28th of this month!
January 20th, 2016
You seriously need to pick up issue #16 of Batman and Robin Eternal – awesome team-up of JPV, Red Robin and Red Hood! The plot thickens and you won’t believe the turn of events.
January 13th, 2016
The new year brings JPV back in this weeks issue of Batman and Robin Eternal. This issue has a bit more background on the Order of St. Dumas, as well as the person who currently sits as figurehead. A really warped last page as well. Issue #15 is out now!
December 9th, 2015
This weeks issue of Batman and Robin Eternal gives us a bit more insight on Jean Paul Valley as Azrael. He’s also sporting a very ’90’s era haircut as he uses some interesting new powers to not only mess with Bane, but Red Robin as well. Check out all the insanity in issue #10 out now!
December 2nd, 2015
It’s official! It’s finally happened! This week’s issue of Batman and Robin Eternal marks the official debut of Jean Paul Valley, the REAL Azrael in the ‘New 52!’ This is pretty much the best news that could possibly be announced this winter as far as I’m concerned, so go out and pick up issue #9 now to see that insane pic of JPV on Pg 20!
November 17th, 2015
Last night’s episode of Gotham – did you see those member of the Order of St Dumas marching into Gotham? Something tells me we may be seeing an Azrael. If we are though it definitly will not be Jean Paul Valley as he is about 10 years younger then Bruce. However, that doesn’t mean that we couldn’t see his father Ludovac as Azrael!
October 20th, 2015
Did you catch last night’s episode of Gotham? The real ring leader of the whole ‘Rise of the Villains’ that the show is taking this season just revealed that Theo Galavan actually comes from a family called ‘St Dumas’ and an Order of families that controlled Gotham city. Could this be the beginning of seeing the Order of St Dumas and possibly even an Azrael on the show?