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Azrael #61
O'Neil (w), Robinson (p), Pascoe (i)
Reviewed by bluedevil2002

First off, I'll say that I don't normally read Azrael. I got this issue because of the little banner on the side that said "No Man's Land." Yes, that's right, I'm one of those who has to get every issue of the saga. Anyway, because Azrael is kinda hard to find around my area, the only other Az NML tie-in is #51.

It starts out with a two page scene, recapping the same scene from Detective #741. However, it soon becomes clear that this is not going to be the high-octane thrill ride that Endgame part 3 was. Where Detective #741 was full of action, this issue was quiet.

Because it's the end of the year, this turns into a Christmas story, Azrael-style. First, we have Jean Paul looking at a nativity set. Leslie comes up and he tells her about his childhood. In this brief scene, we learn a lot about him.

Also, the scene where Az and Batgirl go to Oracle shows how much alike the two characters are.

But I am having problems with the scene where JP puts on the mask. He keeps saying that the mask turns him into someone else (Azrael). But, back when he first got this new costume, I could have sworn he was saying that he wasn't Azrael anymore, he was just Jean Paul in a Halloween costume.

While reading this, there was something about the dialogue that I couldn't put my finger on. This could be because Batgirl is mute. However, it did seem a bit cheesy.

Grade: B