Sometimes you're so out of the loop, you open up an Azrael book, and find out Jean Paul Valley died a long time ago, and someone else is now Azrael. That's where I stand. I know little to nothing about this new Azrael or what's going on in this book currently.
I've always been fond of Fabian Nicieza's writing, and if it weren't for him, I wouldn't have made it all the way through this book. I had no clue what was going on in this book, but the writing was solid and kept me interested. I loved the Batman issue featuring the Suit of Sorrows, and that's what the new Azrael wears in this book, and maybe it's because I jumped into issue 7, but I'm not sure what the big deal is with this suit. The cover art is gorgeous. I can understand why someone would pick this book up based on the cover alone.
I did not like the interior art at all, and that's why I struggled with this book. It feels sketchy and bland. A few times, as I was reading, proportions would change. Sometimes Azrael was tall, other times he was short. There wasn't too much consistency in the character's sizes. Jumping back to the actual character of Azrael. He is whiny and filled with a little too much angst for my liking. This may just be the issue where he scowls at everything, but it feels like the guy never has a happy moment in his life.
I hate to say it, but the book is just not a fun read. I struggled getting through this. I'm sure if the book picked up another artist, it would peak my interest a little more, but for now, I suggest passing this one by. The biggest problem is the cover compared to interior art. I understand you can't have interior art on the same quality level as the cover, but I'd like to see something a little better than what I paid for.