Azrael ongoing 2001 (issues 72-83)

Issue #72

Cover Date: January 2001
Subtitle: Hell & Back
Writer(s): Dennis O'Neil
Artists(s): Sergio Cariello, James Pascoe
Storyline: Azrael spared Jean Paul and went back to Jeremiah Thompkins. He prepared a hit list for his avenging angel. After a month without hearing from Jean Paul, Oracle told Batman about a masked swordsman who'd been on a rampage in the desert.


Issue #73

Cover Date: February 2001
Subtitle: Homecoming
Writer(s): Dennis O'Neil
Artists(s): Sergio Cariello, James Pascoe
Storyline: Jeremiah Thompkins and his Azrael attacked a clinic where the doctor used to work. After killing a handful of workers, they torched it. Oracle reported to Batman about the Azrael sighting. Jean Paul returned to Gotham City, contacted Oracle, and visited Bruce Wayne.


Issue #74

Cover Date: March 2001
Subtitle: Accused
Writer(s): Dennis O'Neil
Artists(s): Sergio Cariello, James Pascoe
Storyline: Bruce knew that Jean Paul was innocent. He took him back to the cave; they discussed things. Jeremiah Thompkins learned the history of The Order of St. Dumas and ordered his Azrael to kill Lilhy. Both Azrael and Jean Paul got to Lilhy at the same time. Thompkins ordered Azrael to kill them both.


Issue #75

Cover Date: April 2001
Subtitle: Fallen Angel
Writer(s): Dennis O'Neil
Artists(s): Sergio Cariello, James Pascoe
Storyline: Batman appeared as a handiman. Azrael escaped, Lilhy "accidentally" shot Jean Paul, and Thompkins was taken into custody (later to be broken free by Azrael). Batman took Jean Paul back to the cave and got him a new costume. Azrael (Jean Paul) tracked the others down - he saved Lilhy, killed Azrael (the other one) in combat, and Thompkins escaped.


Issue #76

Cover Date: May 2001
Subtitle: There Shall be a Beginning
Writer(s): Dennis O'Neil
Artists(s): Sergio Cariello, James Pascoe
Storyline: A biker gang rolled through Ossaville (the small town near where Azrael lived) looking for one of their member's uncle Tito. When the local sheriff did not know him, they killed him. Batman brought Harold to Azrael to help him fix up his new home (a castle built by the Order of St. Dumas). Azrael found the dying sheriff and took down the biker gang.


Issue #77

Cover Date: June 2001
Subtitle: Poison Road
Writer(s): Dennis O'Neil
Artists(s): Sergio Cariello
Storyline: Azrael began investigation a nearby town where people were becoming mysteriously ill. With help from Oracle, he learned of a corporation that was no longer properly disposing of their toxic waste. He discovered the man behind it, a trucker named Prymm. They fought and ended up both falling into the waste. when Azrael awakened, everyone else was gone. The illegal dumping was reported and the feds began cleaning up.


Issue #78

Cover Date: July 2001
Subtitle: The Amazing Adventures of Captain Death
Writer(s): Dennis O'Neil
Artists(s): Sergio Cariello, James Pascoe
Storyline: Azrael took down some grave robbers in a nearby town. They planned to make money to revive a film festival and in order to get more traffic into their town.


Issue #79

Cover Date: August 2001
Subtitle: Driven to Extremes
Writer(s): Dennis O'Neil
Artists(s): Sergio Cariello, James Pascoe
Storyline: Azrael rescued a school bus full of children that had been hijacked. Their teacher quit the next day in order to seek out the "supermen." He hired the men who'd hijacked the bus to frame Azrael.


Issue #80

Cover Date: September 2001
Subtitle: Deadly Faux
Writer(s): Dennis O'Neil
Artists(s): Sergio Cariello, James Pascoe
Storyline: After "icing some old guy" at a robbery (in a fake Azrael costume), the group intentionally left a trail. News outlets began reporting the Azrael robbery. With Oracle's help, he followed their trail into their trap. The former school teacher (dressed as the Egyptian god Sobek) put him in a dungeon with crocodiles.


Issue #81

Cover Date: October 2001
Subtitle: Azrael Works
Writer(s): Dennis O'Neil
Artists(s): Sergio Cariello, James Pascoe
Storyline: Azrael got out of the pit and passed the next few "tests" before being gassed by Garm (the former teacher). For the next few days, Garm ran tests on Jean Paul and kept him heavily sedated. Jean Paul woke up and told Garm the story of his powers being mentally triggered by his costume. Garm took the bait and suited him up. Azrael was able to break free and escape (the bad guys got away). Back home, Jean Paul found that his "brother" Azrael's grave had been robbed.


Issue #82

Cover Date: November 2001
Subtitle: Blackout
Writer(s): Dennis O'Neil
Artists(s): Sergio Cariello, James Pascoe
Storyline: Jean Paul realized he'd been asleep for two days and took Harold to Dr. Thompkins (he'd been injured trying to fight off the grave robbers). He realized that Garm had placed a tracking device in his costume. He followed a lead provided by Oracle and found Garm and his men in an abandoned lighthouse. Though Garm again escaped, Azrael recovered his "brother's" body.


Issue #83

Cover Date: December 2001
Subtitle: The Evil Men Do (part of Last Laugh)
Writer(s): Dennis O'Neil
Artists(s): Sergio Cariello, James Pascoe
Storyline: Sister Lilhy visited Joker in the Slab and was affected by his gas. She went to Brian Bryan for his opinion on what made people evil. Lilhy, in an Azrael costume, attacked a retirement home. Brian called Jean Paul and warned him of it. He (as Azrael) got there as the Joker gas was wearing off. Lilhy helped him put out the fire.


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