Writer: David Hine
Artist: Guillem March
Colors: Tomeu Morey
Lettering: Sal Cippriano
Editor: Rachel Gluckstern
So, the Crusader arc is finally over. I'm sad to see it go. For the first time in a LONG time, there was a truly menacing villain in a mainstream comic. Michael Lane and Father Day are on the quest for the Shroud while Father Grieve is being skinned alive, as written in the book of revelations. First of all, let me say, this book depicts GRAPHIC violence, and is NOT for the weak of heart. The art work in this book is beautifully done as well, to really pull this issue together. Now, Father Grieve is being skinned alive so the Crusader can find the Shroud. It's written in the book of Revelations that he will find the Shroud. If it is written, it has to happen. So, Father Day can not interfere with the torture down stairs, and the Crusader will have to find the Shroud. We know this from the beginning. While Father Grieve is being skinned alive, Father Day explains to Michael that the Shroud has the face of Jesus. Father Day and Azrael then attempt to run from the temple with the Shroud before deciding against it and confronting their fate. The end of the story shows Azrael and the Crusader coming face to face, for Michael to tell Father Day to show the Crusader the Shroud. After being shown the Shroud, the Crusader seemingly commits suicide by jumping out of a window. Father Grieve then asks to talk to Michael alone (with no skin). Father Day leaves the room and Father Grieves explains to Michael that the Shroud has DNA evidence of the disciples of Christ and that the suit of sorrows was created to be worn by those disciples.
The question being now: Is Michael Lane a disciple of Christ, or is it Damian Wayne? Talia Al Guhl stole the suit from here father as a gift to Bruce. Bruce tried to destroy it when he realized the suit made him more aggressive. Once he realized he couldn't destroy the suit, he tossed it where it was picked up by Michael. Talia has since been trying to get the suit back to give to her son (Damian). My take? I think Michael will be the disciple as I don't think it'd add much to the drama of the book if it were Damian. But I'd love to know what you think. Therefore, hit "comment" under this post and let me know!
Until next time, I'm ComicBookGuyMark87, this is my blog, and you should be reading Azrael! Thanks.