Much of the focus of DC Comics Rebirth storylines since they began last year have been about bringing back characters, themes & ideas that were part of the company’s publishing history that were lost or forgotten during the New 52 reboot era.
That mission will continue in August with Detective Comics.
On Twitter writer James Tynion IV revealed Yasmine Putri’s cover to issue #962, which sees the return of the Jean-Paul Valley Azrael-Batman of the 1990’s.
Valley, in the guise of Azrael, saw his return to the world of Batman and his allies at the start of Tynion’s run, which began with Detective Comics #934. Created by Denny O’Neil and Joe Quesada in 1992’s Batman: Sword of Azrael #1, Valley became a much bigger character when a year later he took over the role of Batman after Bruce Wayne’s back was broken by Bane in the iconic Knightfall storyline.
The Azrael turned Batman changed the iconic Batman costume into an armored version that mirrored his one as Azrael, before being eventually taken down by a healed Bruce Wayne because his methods as Batman were too ruthless and bloodthirsty.
Since much of the history was left behind or altered when the 2011 New 52 reboot happened, the Knightfall storyline likely happened, if it even did happen, in a very altered fashion compared to the actual 90s comic story.
Detective Comics #962 arrives on August 9.