Azrael is the alias of multiple fictional characters appearing in comic books published by in the DC Comics. Both iterations of the character are portrayed as vigilantes and members of an assassin group created by the Order of St. Dumas , a secret organization bent on restoring justice to Gotham City. Azrael is usually depicted as an ally of the superhero Batman , though the two have also been adversaries due to the former's violent nature and twisted sense of justice indoctrinated by the Order. Michael Lane was introduced as a character called Azrael as part of the Battle for the Cowl , a storyline told in a three-issue miniseries format written by Fabian Nicieza. Jean-Paul Valley was the first character to assume the identity of Azrael, debuting in the four-issue miniseries Batman: Sword of Azrael in He later briefly assumed the identity of Batman in the Knightfall story arc , after Bruce Wayne was left paralyzed following a fight with Bane. As Azrael, Jean-Paul has enhanced physical abilities. He has been shown to fight at heightened levels even when fatigued, a fact exemplified when Azrael was able to defeat Bane, despite suffering from both extreme exhaustion and Venom withdrawal.
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Azrael is an angel and one of Lucifer 's siblings. She is nicknamed the "Angel of Death" and had a unique blade that eradicated anyone killed with it, but it's currently in the Void. Azrael was one of the many angels created by God and Goddess. Like her siblings, Azrael serves God. She was very close to her older brother Lucifer and enjoyed pranking Amenadiel with him. Sometime after Lucifer rebelled, she meant to come visit him, even in Hell , but became too busy dealing with souls, as the angel of death.
Azrael is the name of the Archangel of Death in some extrabiblical traditions. He is also the angel of death in Islamic theology. Chambers English dictionary uses the spelling Azrael. The name literally means Whom God Helps. Azrael, the angel of death in the Jewish and Islamic religions. He watches over the dying, separates the soul from the body, and receives the spirits of the dead. Although some sources have speculated about a connection between Azrael and the human priest Ezra ,  he is generally depicted as an archangel whose history long predates this figure. Rather than merely representing death personified , Azrael is usually described in Islamic sources as subordinate to the will of God "with the most profound reverence.
Both in Islam and Judaism, he is said to hold a scroll concerning the fate of the mortals. He is responsible for transporting the souls of the deceased after death. In comparison to similar concepts of angels of death, Azrael holds a rather benevolent role as the angel of death. Depending on the outlook and precepts of various religions in which he is a figure, Azrael may be portrayed as residing in the Third Heaven. He is constantly recording and erasing in a large book the names of men at birth and death, respectively. The name indicates a Hebrew origin. Archaeological evidence found in Jewish settlements in Mesopotamia confirm, that the name Azrael was indeed used in Aramaic Incantation texts from the seventh century. After the emergence of Islam, the name Azrael becomes popular among both Jewish and Islamic literature and folklore. In Jewish mysticism , he is the embodiment of evil.