Reeling from his confrontation with the Order of St. Dumas’ origins, Jean-Paul Valley and Azrael find their faith crumbling. Disgusted by the shortcomings of his would-be-brother, Father Valley arrives to mete out justice unto the failed Azrael. And the sentence is death!
Dark Knight NewsWow. Reading all of that back this review almost feels more like a Religious Studies essay than a comic book critique. As I said, while this series is consistently entertaining, it also always makes me think. I love it when a comic does more than help to just pass the time. It’s great when a piece of fiction can present opportunities for discussion and truly shine a light on society and the human condition. Very few series do it better than this one, and Sword Of Azrael #5 could actually be the best issue of the run, so far.
Batman-NewsI don’t know how else to say it. This series is great! If you haven’t been reading it, I sincerely hope you grab the trade when it comes out. I’ve given nothing but praise for the series already and issue 5 is the best yet! It truly is a good time to be an Azrael fan.
ComicBook.comThe penultimate issue of Sword of Azrael frames the series' ultimate antagonist and Jean-Paul's necessary revelations in preparing to face them. It ties together elements of lore from the Fourth World, Batman, and even Catholicism into a portrait of corrupt systems and the powers they unleash that's thrilling to explore on the page. (...) Wherever Sword of Azrael ends, it's clear that it's (anti-)hero still has plenty of story left to tell.
Geek DadThis series has been strong when it comes to its surreal and creepy visuals, but it’s lacking something in terms of characters to root for. As Jean-Paul goes deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole, he starts to feel less like a protagonist and more like a threat himself. And the transformation of Sariel into a horrific armored knight only adds to the bleak feeling as Jean-Paul will be forced to face off against the girl he saved.
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