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« Thread started on: May 9th, 2011, 5:10pm »

Well I've had what is probably my best value comic deal to date:

All 100 issues of Azrael, plus Year One, Pulp Heroes, and Annual 1996 - All for only 30, that's right, just 30!

I've never especially liked Azrael as a character, but he has nonetheless intrigued me for a long time, right from the days of Contagion when he seemed to be up to some potentially interesting stuff with some interesting looking characters. Quite honestly if DC had bothered to collect this stuff I'd have picked it up already, but collecting all the single issues was never on my list of priorities. But this deal was just too good to resist!

It seems SeraphTC's thread has prompted this desire within me to start filling in some of the more important gaps in my collection. Question is, do I dare pick up the Cassandra Cain Batgirl TPB's? Considering I really don't like her character. With Azrael I always wanted to know more, even if I never particuarly liked what I had read. Cassandra I don't even care, unless there is anything especially relevant she does in relation to anything else in Batman land?

Anybody got any opinions on Azrael before I start? Might take me a while to get to it, I've got loads on the reading list that have been on there longer. But I'm tempted to bump this up a few places.
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« Reply #1 on: May 9th, 2011, 9:26pm »

Get the first Batgirl tpb - Silent Running. Cass was a much better character as a mute.
Azrael started out with promise, but got worse as it went on. O'Neil is still one of my favorite writers.
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« Reply #2 on: May 10th, 2011, 01:12am »

I love the early issues of Azrael! You learn a lot about his past and the Order of St. Dumas and he has some good supporting characters. I think it was really good up until around No Man's Land. It started going south after that.

As for Batgirl, I agree with Snipe that she was more interesting when she was mute. Anyhow, I think her stories were pretty decent. There were some interesting storylines involving Lady Shiva where they fight and then Shiva comes back a year later and they fight again or something like that. My memory of it is a little fuzzy. I don't know if it's worth it if you just don't like the character. Maybe just buy the first TPB and see what you think and then decide if you care to buy anymore.
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« Reply #3 on: May 10th, 2011, 09:22am »

Does the recent Azrael series tie into this one in any big way? I remember the Suit Of Shadows or Suit Of Sorrows or something popping up randomly in Private Casebook (the last collection before Heart Of Hush), and I had no clue what was going on, then heard it was what the new Azrael wears and was still no less confused. Just wondering if they were making obscure references to the past or just running with something new without really explaining it.
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