Azrael ongoing 1997 (issues 25-36)

Issue #25

Cover Date: January 1997
Subtitle: Angel at War part two: The Fall of Saint Dumas
Writer(s): Dennis O'Neil
Artists(s): Barry Kitson, James Pascoe
Storyline: Nomoz convinced all the dwarflings that Rollo was a blasphemer and should be "sacrificed." Brian thought better of the idea due to the power of the Order; Azrael went to save him. He and Lilhy go to him and escaped the pack of dwarflings. Rollo led them to the Order's secret weapon - the Soul of the Mother of St. Dumas - a gaseous super weapon.


Issue #26

Cover Date: February 1997
Subtitle: Angel at War conclusion: The Fall of Saint Dumas
Writer(s): Dennis O'Neil
Artists(s): Barry Kitson, James Pascoe, Ray Kryssing
Storyline: Azrael was able to use electricity to combat the weapon. Part of it dissipated, part of it changed form and began falling downward through the castle. Rollo's servants killed all of the attacking dwarflings, but Azrael arrived in time to save Nomoz. He killed all of Rollo's warriors. The "soul" fell through the castle's foundation, toppling the ancient home of the Order of St. Dumas. Nomoz, Lilhy, Brian, and Azrael appeared to be the only survivors.


Issue #27

Cover Date: March 1997
Subtitle: Angel Insane art I of II: Entry
Writer(s): Dennis O'Neil
Artists(s): Barry Kitson, James Pascoe
Storyline: Azrael returned to Gotham City to free a member of the Order of St. Dumas from Arkham Asylum. When the fire alarms were set off, all the cells opened. He was attacked by the inmates and defeated by "Charles," a mutation created by the Order. Joker took Azrael's costume.


Issue #28

Cover Date: April 1997
Subtitle: Angel Insane part II of II: Exit
Writer(s): Dennis O'Neil
Artists(s): Barry Kitson, James Pascoe
Storyline: The Abbot agreed to escape with Azrael if Charles could come with them. He was shot by the SWAT team during the escape, but Charles made it on to the helicopter. After landing, Azrael defeated him and returned him to Arkham.


Issue #29

Cover Date: May 1997
Subtitle: Angel Errant part one: The Descent
Writer(s): Dennis O'Neil
Artists(s): Dougie Braithwaite, James Pascoe
Storyline: Back in Mexico, Jean Paul spoke with Brian about his mixed feelings for Lilhy, who appeared to have a new boyfriend. Talia approached him and she was kidnapped by ninjas. Oracle got word to Batman that he was going after her. Bimmu, a huge man (or close) had her and prepared to kill Azrael.


Issue #30

Cover Date: June 1997
Subtitle: Angel Errant part two: The Descent
Writer(s): Dennis O'Neil
Artists(s): Dougie Braithwaite, James Pascoe
Storyline: Bimmu was a ruse. Ra's al Ghul captured Azrael. He courted the Batman's former successor as a possible son-in-law, but discovered traces of animal genes in a blood sample he'd taken. Talia allowed him to escape after her father ordered him killed; Jean Paul returned home.


Issue #31

Cover Date: July 1997
Subtitle: Angel and the Monster Maker: Vampire!
Writer(s): Dennis O'Neil
Artists(s): Roger Robinson, James Pascoe
Storyline: Azrael returned to the Batcave offering Batman his assistance. He was reminded that Robin was the Batman's only partner. Alfred suggested that he check out a reported vampire south of the city. Azrael found the man who "fancied" himself as a vampire and destroyed him with sunlight. Having nowhere to call home, Jean Paul decided to stay there a while.


Issue #32

Cover Date: August 1997
Subtitle: Angel and the Monster Maker part two: Werewolf!
Writer(s): Dennis O'Neil
Artists(s): Roger Robinson, James Pascoe
Storyline: Azrael began investigating the vampire and how it came into existence. He was attacked by a werewolf made by the same scientist who'd created the vampire. Azrael found the werewolf again the next night and was shot by its creators.


Issue #33

Cover Date: September 1997
Subtitle: Angel and the Monster Maker part three: Epiphany
Writer(s): Dennis O'Neil
Artists(s): Roger Robinson, James Pascoe
Storyline: Azrael took over Jean Paul more completely and defeated the werewolf. He went in after the scientists, but one doused the other in their serum which created the user into a vision of what they wanted to be. The scientist changed into an octopus beast. Azrael, longing to be a real angel, was also hit with a small dosage. He appealed to the monster's good side unsuccessfully; he was forced to use violence to take down the pair.


Issue #34

Cover Date: October 1997
Subtitle: Genesis: Run Angel Run (part of Genesis event)
Writer(s): Dennis O'Neil
Artists(s): Vince Giarrano, James Pascoe
Storyline: After consecutive nights facing vampires, werewolves, and a giant octopus, Azrael was assaulted by a parademon. He tried to avoid the creature by hopping on a Gotham-bound train. In one of the cars, Jean Paul met a boy who was on his way to find his father. They found him, but he didn't want his son. Jean Paul promised to find the boy a home. The parademon saw Azrael's compassion and vanished.


Issue #35

Cover Date: November 1997
Subtitle: The Angel and the Hitman
Writer(s): Dennis O'Neil
Artists(s): Roger Robinson, James Pascoe
Storyline: Jean Paul visited Willy (the boy from the train) in the hospital. They needed medical information on him, so Azrael set out to bring his father in. He tracked the man to the Mojave Desert, where he teamed up with Tony Monaghan, the Hitman. They took down some criminals together, and Jean Paul left with Willy's father.


Issue #36

Cover Date: December 1997
Subtitle: Azrael and Bane: If he Wants to Screw up this Time
Writer(s): Dennis O'Neil
Artists(s): Roger Robinson, James Pascoe
Storyline: Azrael screwed up again, leaving two policemen in the hospital. He pleaded with Batman to forgive him. Batman gave him a new case: Bane had been sighted. Jean Paul returned home to find Lilhy in his apartment. She'd decided that they should be together and asked him to run off to Mexico with her. He fought the decision to go after Bane or leave with Lilhy.


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