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Azrael #13 : Demon Time : Part One : Returned
Writer : Dennis O'Neil
Penciller : Barry Kitson
Inker : John Stokes
Colourist : Demetrius Bassoukos
Seperations : Digital Hellfire
Letterer : Ken Bruzenak
Assistant Editor : Chuck Kim
Editor : Archie Goodwin

Synopsis :

Lehah undergoes surgery to remove the splinter of steel stuck in his head that has kept him in hospital. Azrael tries to return his life to a semblance of normalcy as he takes up residence in Sandra Kinsolving's house. After asking Nightwing to guage his skills he observes Lilhy kiss him. Lehah is released and once again becomes possesed by Biis, engaging a plan to kidnap Azrael.

Review :

The similarity between John Stokes' and James Pascoe's inks is incredible although Stokes is heavier in his hatching and cross hatching. The quality of the art has been of the highest caliber since the begining with the only blip on the map being the inconsistent art on issue #12. Layouts and the action within the page is well designed and is fluid giving the reader a greater sense of motion.

Denny has chosen to tweak the interpersonal relationship between Jean-Paul Valley and Lilhy. More precisely he has chosen to examine how Jean-Paul and Lilhy deal with the real world as adults. Key to this was the kiss. For Lilhy this shows a willingness to go beyond what her life in the Order was and shows a lack of understanding regarding other peoples emotions. For Jean-Paul we see that as a person he is almost incapable of handling emotions and his only method of coping is to retreat within his Azrael persona, that of an emotionless killer.

Rant :

I love Biis. If you've read my rants on Sword of Azrael you'll know how much I like him. He's a complex villain and Denny's writing add's depth and intrigue. Is he a psychopath with scitzophrenia or is he really possesed by a demon named Biis. The art was key to that question in Sword of Azrael but here the art doesn't cloud the question with only one dipiction of Biis to keep the ambiguity present in our minds. Oh, one other thing this issue is famous for recieving the largest amount of mail from female readers after Nightwing took a topless shower with a garden hose. Never, ever underestimate the pulling power of the blatent use of T&A shots.

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