Batman & Azrael: KnightsEnd
Batman’s replacement Azrael eventually goes crazy. To be fair, Azrael (real name Jean-Paul Valley) was always a bit crazy, but allow him to build a mecha-Batman suit fueled by delusions and hallucinations, and the fall happens far quicker than Bruce Wayne expected. Remember the DC event One Year Later when Batman, Nightwing, and Robin traveled the world for a year and he left Two-Face in charge of Gotham City? As brilliant as Wayne is, his decision-making skills occasionally need some adjusting. In Detective Comics #677, written by Chuck Dixon and drawn by Graham Nolan, as well as Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #63, written by Denny O’Neil and drawn by Barry Kitson, our original Batman attempts to correct his mistake of allowing Azrael to inherit his title.
Azrael’s father religiously brainwashed him in the assassin cult of St. Dumas, so his insanity isn’t really his fault. Still…
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