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Azrael #1 Reviewed

G-Man reviews the first issue in the new ongoing series.

Something happened when I read the Battle For The Cowl Azrael mini-series.  I liked the first issue but something just felt off.  I even told myself I'd probably pass on this series when it came out.  Obviously I didn't.  The idea or concept of "Azrael" is somewhat interesting.  Can this new series win me over?

For some reason, I just can't put my finger on what it is that I'm not digging.  I've always enjoyed Fabian Nicieza's writing.  I was actually excited when I first found out he was writing the Death's Dark Knight mini.  I think it's more that I don't really care about the character Michael Lane.  That is crucial to a series, you obviously have to like the main character or at least be interested in him.  Maybe I'm being to hard on the character?
The art by Ramon Bachs was a nice surprise.  There's something about his art that almost feels natural.  Characters feel more realistic versus having exaggerated physiques.  Throw in the colors by JD Smith and it's a very nice comic to look at.
There is an interesting twist with the 'flash-forward' we get, especially with what we see at the end.  I'm not sure if it'll be enough to bring me back for the next issue.  Probably, but we'll see when the time comes.
What did you think of the issue?