Technically the first person to defeat Bane. After the big villain traps an exhausted Batman and fractures the hero's spine, paralyzing him, Azrael takes up the mantle. Being an anti-hero, Azrael begins a brutal vigilante spree across Gotham.
Azrael fights Bane a first time and, though he loses, manages to cause some pretty serious wounds on the humongous villain - ones he cannot quickly recover from. Finally, Azrael challenges Bane to a second fight in a more advanced, reinforced Batsuit and defeats him by cutting off his venom supply with a flying razor blade from his suit.
By this point, Azrael is starting to succumb to his bloodlust and begins torturing the helpless Bane while Robin and Commissioner Gordon can only look on in horror.
Defeated and broken, Bane begs for Azrael to kill him and put him out of his misery. Azrael finally relents and spares the villain in the end, but Bane has already set off a chain of events that will force Bruce Wayne and Azrael to fight for control over the Batman persona in the future.
Author of Escort (Eternal Press, 2015) and developer behind In Over Their Heads, A Desperate Mother's Love, Dynasty Heroes, Rakugo Detective, and It Always Follows.
Currently freelancing as a game developer and history consultant. Also tends to travel the eastern U.S. doing courses on History, Writing, and Japanese Poetry.
You can find his portfolio at www.richardcshaffer.com