My CGC Batman: Sword of Azrael Collection
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Comic Description: Batman: Sword of Azrael 1 Signature
Grade: 9.8
Page Quality: WHITE
Certification #: 1584037001
Owner: The Captain


Custom Sets: This comic is not in any custom sets.
Sets Competing: My CGC Batman: Sword of Azrael Collection  Score: 106
Research: See CGC's Census Report for this Comic

Owner's Description

October, 1992

“Vanishing Angels & Sudden Death"

Dennis O'Neil - Writer
Joe Quesada - Penciler
Joe Quesada & Kevin Nowlan - Cover Artists
Kevin Nowlan - Inker
Lovern Kindzierski - Colorist
Ken Bruzenak - Letterer
Archie Goodwin & Bill Kaplan - Editors
Dick Giordano - Executive Editor

Ludovic Valley is killed by Carleton LeHah, ending his career as the assassin Azrael. Before dying he crawls to his son Jean-Paul Valley, to reveal his secret identity and give his son instructions. Jean-Paul travels to Switzerland, where he's greeted by Nomoz of the Order of St. Dumas. It's explained that Jean-Paul belongs to a long line of assassins modeling themselves after the angel of death. Nomoz introduces Jean-Paul to "The System," a hypnotic training method he has received since birth. Jean-Paul discovers he is a great fighter due to this sub-conscious implant, although his body is still weak. Batman's investigation of LeHah leads him to Switzerland with Alfred, where LeHah shoots down their helicopter.[1] Batman and Alfred survive the crash. They catch Jean-Paul and Nomoz fleeing in a hovercraft, and Nomoz sends Jean-Paul as Azrael to kill Batman. Azrael loses and escapes, while Batman investigates the Order's headquarters. LeHah kills his accomplice, believing he is the servant of a demon named Biis. It's explained that LeHah was the Order's treasurer, which allowed him to steal their funds and become an arms dealer. Believing himself to serve their enemy, LeHah forges his own "Biis" suit and begins targeting the last Dumas acolytes. Azrael and Nomoz visit the first acolyte, but Biis kills this man and shoots Azrael.[2] Biis captures Batman, while Alfred tends to Azrael. Biis keeps Bruce Wayne alive to try and steal his fortune. Nomoz suggests killing Alfred, but Jean-Paul rebels against the System and refuses. Biis continues killing acolytes, but Azrael tracks him down at the third victim.[3] Azrael slaughters the guards, while Biis escapes wearing a Batsuit. LeHah retreats to his Texas oil refinery, where he decides to execute Bruce Wayne. Bruce short-circuits the security while tied up, allowing Azrael to enter. Biis is defeated, and the facility catches fire. Azrael rescues Bruce Wayne, despite Nomoz ordering that Azrael does not rescue. In the aftermath, Nomoz yells at Jean-Paul for disgracing his mission as an angel of vengeance. Jean-Paul replies that he is not an angel, he is a man.

-Signed By: Joe Quesada on 04/07/2018
-1st Appearence of Jean-Paul Valley Jr. (Azrael)

In the first panel that introduces Jean-Paul Valley, he is wearing a T-shirt with The Beatles logo in the front.

"Know that men call you liar! Know that men call you betrayer! Know that men call you defiler! Therefore, it is the duty of the angel Azrael to bring you punishment -- the punishment of death by fiery sword!" -Azrael

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