Archived Site News

Instead of copy/pasting the original News section into here I just thought I would archive it here.
Read below all ‘new’ News!

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?

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