He's been one of my favorite characters since his introduction way back in Sword of Azrael. My son is even named after him (I'm still amazed my ex agreed to that). His run as Batman was a mixed bag of hits & misses, but it served it's purpose by making him a polarizing figure, unlikable even. And in turn, that gave his eventual redemption more impact. His ongoing series had some pretty high highs & it's share of low lows, and the final issue was bittersweet. When they tried to apply that same model to Michael Lane, it didn't work nearly half as well. The Lane Azrael series had a lot of interesting moments, but I was never able to get behind the character, I didn't like him from day one. It was easier to forgive some of Jean Paul's less-than altruistic actions than it is to forgive similar ones by Lane because Jean Paul was convincingly written as naive & socially awkward, whereas Lane had no such excuses. I had been hoping for a comeback for years, especially when Lane was introduced. I was praying for an all out war, a massive conflagration between the two with both sects of the Order of St. Dumas on the sidelines. But now, Lane seems to written out of existence and we have no idea what the Nu-52 stance on Jean Paul is. The only reason I'm sorry to see Lane gone is because my hopes of seeing the REAL Azrael hand him his ass have diminished quite significantly.
So what's the point to this post? I guess I'm curious over the general consensus regarding the character. Does anyone miss him & hope he pops up soon? If so, which one, Jean Paul or Lane & why? And lastly, how the hell did speculation start that the Heretic over in Inc was really Jean Paul? (I've been convinced that Heretic's a Damian clone that Talia brought back from the future using Dr. Nichol's technology from the get go, but that's another debate for another thread)