Jean-Paul Valley (New Earth)

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Real Name

Jean-Paul Valley, Jr.

Main Alias

Azrael

Other Aliases

Batman, Johnny Valli

Relatives

Unnamed Mother ( mother, deceased )
Unnamed Brother ( younger stepbrother, deceased ). Jean-Paul Valley, Sr. (father, deceased)Unnamed Mother (mother, deceased)Unnamed Brother (younger half-brother, deceased).

Affiliation

Batman Family, Justice League Task Force, Order of St. Dumas · Black Lantern Corps

Base Of Operations

Ossaville · Gotham City

Status

Alignment

good

Identity

Secret Identity

Citizenship

american

Marital Status

Single

Occupation

Student, Security Guard

Characteristics

Gender

Male

Height

Weight

Eyes

Blue

Hair

Blond

Origin

Universe

New Earth

Creators

Dennis O’Neil · Joe Quesada

First Appearance Appearance of Death
Batman: Sword of Azrael #1
(October, 1992)
Azrael: Agent of the Bat #100
(May, 2003)
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Jean-Paul Valley, better known as Azrael, is a vigilante who once operated out of Gotham City. At one charge taking the mantle of Batman when the master was broken by Bane, he was forcibly fired from the function and returned to his put as Azrael. Named after the Angel of Death, most of his extraordinary abilities come from severe amounts of subconscious mind train and condition he was put through during his youth, unaware that he was being controlled by a 500-year old dear religious sect called the order of St. Dumas that his ancestors had belonged to for generations.

Origins

A test-tube pamper, from his creation Jean-Paul ‘s genetic structure was altered by scientists with Animal DNA, engineer him to be capable of feats beyond those of a normal human. He grew improving oblivious to his intended larger purpose, and became a scholar of Programming at Gotham University. He learned of his family ‘s bequest when his father, the previous Azrael, crawled shed blood to his apartment one night in costume, having been mortally wounded by LeHah. [ 1 ] Before requesting that his consistency be dumped somewhere where the kin secrets would n’t be uncovered, his father supplied him with money, and the means to travel to Switzerland and fitting with the order of St. Dumas who would supply him with his train. It was former revealed that his beget had actually been attempting to supply Jean-Paul with the means to escape the Order ‘s influences, but his intentions were misread. [ 2 ] In the Swiss Alps, a serviceman named Nomoz taught Valley of the responsibilities of Azrael, and revealed that despite believing himself to be preferably mild-mannered, he was in world already a more-than-capable fighter requiring no extra aim ( apart from a few months of intense use in order to build up his body ), having been already unwittingly appropriately conditioned. His condition is the result of a work referred to as “ The System “, the full implications on the homo psyche of which have never been amply explained. In his foremost clock donning his costume, Azrael meets Batman ( Bruce Wayne ), accompanied by his butler Alfred, who had traveled to Switzerland investigating the mystery behind Azrael ‘s church father ‘s death, the nature of which had unwittingly instigated a riot. [ 3 ] Although at first they were at odds with each other, Azrael was finally forced to rescue Bruce from Biis ( LeHah ), and ended up rejecting the Order ‘s fierce and detached methods in favor of the more humanitarian efforts Batman encourages. [ 4 ] already being mindful of Wayne ‘s secret identity, he traveled spinal column to Gotham and began working with the Batman Family. [ 5 ]

Knightfall

Main article: Batman: Knightfall Bruce cursorily sent Robin to train Azrael as a new vigilante and to control “ The System ”. Valley was given a job as a security coach at Wayne Enterprises, where he besides debuted as part of the selected group of vigilantes. [ 5 ] Jean-Paul continued fighting crime, but it was obvious that the violent nature from “ the system ” was n’t going aside. [ 6 ] Jean-Paul did some work for Batman and after that, he saved Lucius Fox from a certain end. [ 7 ] One night, Bruce was out of action and Jean-Paul took the mantle of the squash racket for the first time against Killer Croc and failed miserably. [ 8 ] After the get the better of, Jean-Paul ‘s appearance and position changed to became more aggressive [ 9 ] and he trained harder to increase his forte. [ 10 ] In order to redeem his error with Killer Croc and to test the leave of his coach, Jean-Paul went out to the streets of Gotham to patrol all alone. He encountered a copulate of coarse thieves and beat them to a pulp. [ 11 ] After Bane broke Bruce Wayne ‘s spinal column, [ 12 ] Jean-Paul joined Alfred and Robin and rescued Batman from the streets. late, he helped Robin get a special music for Bruce ‘s convalescence. [ 13 ] With Bane rising to the world power, Gotham was in motivation of Batman and Bruce asked Jean-Paul to fill in for him ; a role that Jean-Paul accepted in a much more sinister way than expected. [ 14 ] In his first exploits using the mantle of the Bat, Jean-Paul worked without Robin, unleashing his wrath on common criminals [ 15 ] before learning about Scarecrow ‘s latest activities. [ 16 ] Jean-Paul located Scarecrow, but as he was about to capture him, he had to confront Anarky. Scarecrow used concern on Anarky and Jean-Paul, but because of the System, Jean-Paul was not wholly involve and he last stopped Scarecrow. As he left with the lunatic to deliver him to the authorities, Jean-Paul threatened Anarky to stay out of his direction. [ 17 ] convinced after his initial victory, Jean-Paul became a more beastly Batman and forced a confession out of the ill-famed gangster Tony Bressi, who provided some information on Bane. [ 18 ] Jean-Paul used Bressi to lure Bane, but he was rather confronted by Bane ‘s henchmen. Using his new metallic gloves, Jean-Paul viciously defeated the three and could n’t get far data as the patrol arrived at the view and he was forced to flee. [ 19 ] After learning the facility where Bane ‘s henchmen were locked, he released them and used them to get to Bane. The confrontation between the two was shortstop as Bane got the amphetamine hand in the crusade. [ 20 ] however, Jean-Paul managed to break dislodge and both of them decided to retreat for the future confrontation. Jean-Paul was determined to take down Bane and with The System actively working on him, he designed and built his own struggle armor, which he used in substitute of the Batsuit. With his modern gear, Jean-Paul confronted Bane and after a long fight, he managed to defeat him, sparing his life and earning the city ‘s respect and true claim to the Batman style. [ 21 ]

The campaign

Main article: Batman: Knightquest
In his function as Batman, Jean-Paul started using a fresh method acting of transportation system developed by Harold : the Batsubway Rocket. [ 22 ] After this new development, Jean-Paul sealed every entrance to the Batcave that he knew about, effectively closing Wayne Manor and driving Robin away. [ 23 ] He was besides part of the Bloodbath mission launched by Amanda Waller against the Taker. [ 24 ] As Batman, Jean-Paul became perturb and confronted several minor criminals, crippling them and hurting them beyond comprehension. Jean-Paul brutalized the Tally Man after the condemnable tried to kill him, thinking he was the original Batman. [ 25 ] [ 26 ] Later, Jean-Paul tried to force an alliance with the organized crime by creating a gang war [ 27 ] which resulted in his confrontation and barbarous frustration of the materialistic Mekros. [ 28 ] Afterwards, Jean-Paul stopped the Trigger Twins during a trail burglarize [ 29 ] and not hanker after this, he confronted Mister Freeze at the Gotham Morgue. [ 30 ] Jean-Paul finally confronted Catwoman as he assumed she was involved in a terrorist try, but he could n’t bring himself to capture her as he was queerly captivated by the Catwoman. [ 31 ] Jean-Paul chased Catwoman to a build in Gotham and their confrontation attracted the attention of the GCPD. Surrounded by officers, Batman jumped off the build, leaving Catwoman to fend for herself. [ 32 ] however, he was summoned by Catwoman, who used the Bat-Signal to ask for his aid capturing the real terrorists. unfortunately, this was all a set-up and Jean-Paul was used by Catwoman to distract the criminals while she prevented the terrorist attack. [ 33 ] After this, Jean-Paul became the target of the latest joker dodge. [ 34 ] Paul was lured into a deadly trap deviced by the Joker inside a filmmaking studio, [ 35 ] where he defeated respective chartered killers and stopped the lunatic. however, Paul had to be restrained by the GCPD from brutalizing Joker, which caused doubts among the officers and detectives who used to trust in Batman. [ 36 ] After stopping a child smuggling revel, [ 37 ] Jean-Paul stopped the serial killer whale Abattoir from killing his cousin, but was unable to capture the criminal. It was besides around this prison term that Jean-Paul ‘s delusions intensified [ 38 ] and after a closely fateful brush with The Corrosive man, he decided to upgrade the Batsuit for far protection. [ 37 ] Jean-Paul late worked to recapture the serial killer known as Abattoir and he crossed paths with Ballistic, who was besides looking for the killer. [ 39 ] together, they stopped the Malevolent Maniaxe from getting to Abattoir first and afterwards, Jean-Paul continued the search by himself. [ 40 ] During this search, Jean-Paul was attacked by Lady Clay, [ 41 ] but he soon learned that she had been forced to do thus as Abattoir had kidnapped her newborn son, Cassius. Jean-Paul incapacitated Lady Clay and saved her son, allowing Abattoir to escape. Afterwards, Jean-Paul confronted Cassius ‘ beget, Clayface 3 and besides incapacitated him, allowing the authorities to lock him and help his son. [ 42 ] Afterwards, Batman was informed by Bullock about a sealed super-sniper and Jean-Paul confronted Gunhawk and Gunbunny, but he is no match for their fire power and he ends up outgunned. [ 43 ] immediately after this meet, Jean-Paul resumed his manhunt for Abattoir and managed to locate the cause of death ‘s hideout. Jean-Paul chased Abattoir to a foundry, where Abattoir ended up hanging above a tub of dissolve metal as a result of their conflict. Abattoir asked for help, but Jean-Paul started having visions of St. Dumas and in his disturb state of thinker, he decided to let Abattoir fall to his death while a helpless Robin witnessed the event. [ 44 ] When the news about his actions spread, Jean-Paul was confronted by Commissioner Gordon, but Valley was unapologetic, forcing Gordon to break any connections with the vigilante. After Abattoir ‘s death, Valley ‘s thinker changed and he assumed a more drastic attitude towards crime. He besides designed an improved the batsuit, following the system ‘s command. [ 45 ] The newfangled batsuit not lone provided far protection after the cape was replaced with metallic wings, but it besides featured increased firepower, as he included a machine gun for the bat-shurikens and besides a flamethrower. With all this arsenal at hand, Valley was finally able to defeat and capture Gunhawk, who had created a hostage position at Mercy Hospital. [ 46 ] finally, Jean-Paul was confronted in the Batcave by Bruce Wayne, who had amply recovered from his injury and wanted to strip Jean-Paul from the mantel of the bat as he had learned of his harsh methods. Jean-Paul managed to overthrow Wayne and warned him to never return to claim what did n’t rightfully belong to him. [ 47 ]

KnightsEnd

Main article: Batman: KnightsEnd

After the confrontation with Wayne, Jean-Paul ‘s descend to madness worsened as the hallucinations haunted him constantly and he started a request to stop Azrael ‘s erstwhile enemy, LeHah, who was nowhere approach Gotham. [ 48 ] As Batman, Jean-Paul went on a barbarous spree against criminals in orderliness to find LeHah, while his hallucinations keep haunting him with more saturation, which in turn caused him to become even more pitiless. [ 49 ] [ 50 ] [ 51 ] [ 52 ] His quest to find LeHah, brought Jean-Paul to confront corrupt businessman Penn Selkirk. When Selkirk could n’t provide him the answers he wanted about LeHah, Jean-Paul tried to murder one of his henchmen when he was stopped by Bruce Wayne, who had finally returned to claim the cape of the cricket bat. [ 53 ] Jean-Paul would not give it aside well and the conflict of the Batmen started. The struggle attracted the attention of the authorities, but when the build they chose to struggle catch on open fire, they escaped the station by attaching the Batrope to Selkirk ‘s helicopter, which dragged them to the Gotham Bridge. [ 54 ] The battle continued on the bridge, but Jean-Paul was dowsed in flames because of his recklessness and the use of his flamethrower. After falling to the river, Jean-Paul pulled himself to the surface and realized that Wayne had fallen for his dumbbell trapped Batmobile. He then confronted Robin and Nightwing with his armor Batsuit completely turned red. [ 55 ] Nightwing attacked Jean-Paul, but after a long fight, Jean-Paul defeated Nightwing, about killing him. Upon returning to the cave and thinking himself the winner above all his enemies, Jean-Paul was confronted by Batman, who had survived the explosion. [ 56 ] The ensuing fight was light as Batman avoided violence and finally forced Jean-Paul to remove the armor and front him without the mask. It was then that Jean-Paul admitted his frustration and abandoned the cape of the Bat. [ 57 ] After his get the better of, Jean-Paul lost dominance of his liveliness and he wandered the streets of Gotham as function of the many dispossessed people living in the city. [ 58 ]

Fallen Angel

Main article: Azrael: Fallen Angel After the Knightfall incidental, Jean-Paul Valley became a vagrant, and was approached by Batman, who offered to give him funds to find out about his origins. This led to him to travel to Switzerland in search of the order of St. Dumas along with his airless supporter and former psychologist Brian Bryan. [ 59 ] This would lead to Jean-Paul discovering a splinter faction of the Order lead by High Brother Rollo, angstrom well as the existance of the New Azrael meant to replace him. [ 60 ] Brian Bryan would end up being kidnapped by the other Azrael and Jean-Paul would attempt a rescue along with the rogue Order extremity Lilhy resulting in the supposed death of the second Azrael. [ 61 ] Jean-Paul and his new allies escaped Switzerland and journeyed to Mobari where he hoped to learn more about how the Azrael ‘s were created, leading them to be abducted by Ra ‘s alabama Ghul out of suspicion that they were sent by the ordain of St. Dumas to disrupt his operations in the Middle East. [ 62 ] Despite the hostile introductions, Ra ‘s aluminum Ghul would offer Jean-Paul and his allies food and tax shelter a well as the location where the Azrael ‘s are born .
Within the Middle Eastern desert, Jean-Paul discovered the belowground lab he and all other Azrael ‘s were born within adenine well as the man creditworthy for making the Azrael ‘s, Gray Abbott. He is besides confronted with the realization that he is a clone hybrid of multiple animal genes and that his mother was treated like a breeding animal before being purportedly killed. This realization activated a failsafe within “ The System “ that caused him to be driven temporarily harebrained, making him destroy the stallion facility in a department of state of perturb wrath. [ 63 ] Brian Bryan and Lilhy would take Jean-Paul back to Ra ‘s alabama Ghul in an effort to repair his damaged psyche. however, before any reperations could be made, Jean-Paul escaped via hyjacking a desert jeep made his way back to Gotham while still under the influence of “ The System “. [ 64 ]

Azrael Rising

Three days late, Brian Bryan and Lilhy found the semi-catonic Azrael in Gotham City under the care of Batman and Alfred Pennywoth. Alfred attempted to take Azrael to his allies so they could aid in healing him, however while on the direction “ The System “ took manipulate of Azrael and he escaped, ending up in the Gotham Zoo. There he witnessed Nug and Kluber attempting to abduct Shondra Kinsolving and he concisely regained restraint of his faculties and cause the two criminals to flee. [ 65 ] Nug and Kluber would return to the Gotham Zoo with a large throng to distract Azrael while they kidnapped Shondra. After this, Azrael witnessed Lilhy and Shondra ‘s caretaker Mrs. McFarland recieve a ransom call from Nug demanding forty-thousand dollars, this call option caused Azrael to lead the search for Shondra. Azrael immediately adopting a “ defender angel ” mentality, tracked Nug and Kluber to the Gotham Tiger House and incapacitated them before rescuing Shondra from a tiger that had been set loose. It was after saving Shondra Kinsolving that Azrael was able to regain complete master of his heed. [ 66 ]

agent of the Bat

Jean-Paul Valley finally destroyed the splinter cabal of the arrange of St. Dumas that had spawned him. He changed from being focused on his quarrel with the Order, to being strictly obedient to Batman, to last becoming more his own freelancer crimefighter. He would make several costume changes throughout his animation as Azrael reflecting his internal changes. [ 67 ] Azrael assisted the Bat-family regularly, acting as a major force during the Contagion debacle, and as a big player in the No Man ‘s Land crisis when Gotham City was abandoned by the United States government after an earthquake, becoming an impoverish gang-ruled battlezone. During this time, he found a kin intent in Batgirl, another child raised for a life of violence, ( developing a screen of “ big brother ” type of kinship with her ) and she in him. [ 68 ] He regularly fought the forces of Biis as well, and worked actively to bring about the downfall of the holy order of St. Dumas, a task in which he by and large succeeded. It was besides during this clock that Azrael encountered another newly foe, Scratch. [ 69 ]. Jean-Paul, evening in his civilian identity, was continually plagued by hallucinations presumably brought up by The System, manifesting both his own forefather and St. Dumas himself. His struggles with insanity were a recurring problem for him, although he was normally able to fight through them. After No Man ‘s Land, Jean-Paul set up a clinic based in an old cathedral with Dr. Leslie Thompkins, with the aid of his friend and mentor, Brian Bryan. sometime after this, Jean-Paul established a base of operations for himself at a small castle-like structure once owned by the order of St. Dumas. This castle was situated near Ossaville, a small residential district about 100 miles off from Gotham City with a population of less than 28 people. This basis was in considerable disrepair, so Batman sent Harold Allnut to live with Jean-Paul in the building and repair it, as Jean-Paul lacked the necessary skills to do so. Jean-Paul established his position as the defender of Ossaville after he chased away a biker gang which was threatening it at the time. [ 70 ]

Death and Legacy

Azrael was finally killed in a contend with his two greatest enemies, Biis and Scratch, following an attempt by the latter to once again frame Azrael for respective crimes. Azrael was shot through his armor by multiple teflon-coated bullets, and then tumbled off of a balcony with LeHah. LeHah survived, and Scratch was arrested, but Jean-Paul tragically perished. Although his costume was recovered, his cadaver was not. [ 71 ] Five years late, the Order of Purity, a splinter faction of the Sacred Order of St. Dumas created a new Azrael for Gotham City in ex-police officer Michael Lane, who has taken on his duties with gusto. [ 72 ]

Blackest Night

Main article: Blackest Night
Jean-Paul Valley was revived as a member of the Black Lantern Corps with a power hoop. He murders a bystander, predicate, “ You do n’t deserve a jesus who sacrificed deoxyadenosine monophosphate much as I did to protect your corrupt and misled lives. You do n’t deserve Azrael ! ” He attempts to murder the Scarecrow, although Scarecrow simply is n’t able of feeling the fear that Black Lanterns tip on, thus is much invisible to Azrael. [ 73 ]

Powers

Abilities

other Characteristics

  • Mental Disorder: The Sacred Order of St. Dumas purposefully built an almost split-personality into Jean-Paul Valley. While the “normal” persona of Jean-Paul Valley was quite passive and mild mannered and had no seeming irregularities, the Azrael persona is much more ragingly violent, and believes itself to be the manifestation of an actual biblical angel of vengeance. Originally, he was only able to manifest his superhuman abilities while in the Azrael costume and mindset. Later in his career, although he was still plagued by inner demons, and often even hallucinations, he gained better control over his two conflicting personalities, including the ability to utilize Azrael’s abilities while acting as Jean-Paul.

equipment

  • Kevlar Body-Armor: Azrael’s suit was bullet and fire resistant.[3]

Weapons

  • Battle Gauntlets
    • Projectile Blades: The blades telescope to the sleeves of the gauntlets and remain attached to prevent loss.[3]
    • Flaming Sword: A fire module on the base of the gauntlets feed fuel for the blades to ignite.[3]
    • Flamethrower
    • The Angel’s Wrath

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