Batman: The Cult #1 (of 4)

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Batman: The Cult #1 (of 4)

Batman: The Cult #1 (of 4)

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And throughout those 70 pages I’m waiting for Batman to snap out of it and take back control, and when he finally does it’s one of those moments where I go, “Yes, here we go!

Batman is eventually freed from the cult, but takes a long time to recover from his treatment at their hands. But that incident with the woman that gets torn apart, I didn’t read that as Batman justifying it, but rather acknowledging that he was powerless to do anything about it. Overall, this is possibly one of the greatest Batman stories of all time and deserves to remember as such. The book is uncomfortable at times because of how real and believable it can be… And then the wheels begin to fall off the wagon.

Starlin deals with serious themes such as poverty, people using religion or social causes for their own gain, and vigilantism. The story concerns the takeover of Gotham City by a possibly supernatural, messianic leader, Deacon Blackfire who gathers his followers from the dispossessed, homeless and criminal elements of the city. But we see the GCPD fail, the National Guard fail, and Batman fail, to defeat simplistic tactics by homeless people with guns and knives. Jason’s first real moments with Batman are snapping him out of his hallucinations, and then he’s used to help spurn him into fighting, and staying in Gotham, and generally pushing him all the way up until Bruce has to face Blackfire on his own. Batman must stop the army of the homeless recruited by the mysterious Deacon Blackfire in this new edition of a classic title illustrated by master horror artist Bernie Wrightson, co-creator of the SWAMP THING.

A Death in the Family • A Lonely Place of Dying • Arkham Reborn • Bane of the Demon • Battle for the Cowl • Batman and Robin Must Die • Batman and Son • Batman R. Although the idea of PTSD is touched on, a criticism could be levelled that the restoration of the hero is perhaps a little too pat, but we’ve been left in no doubt that Batman was brought to his knees and had just about given up. A state of emergency is declared and the city is told to evacuate while the National Guard moves in to ease the situation.

Here he developed his ideas of God, death, and infinity, free of the restrictions of mainstream comics publishers' self-censorship arm, the Comics Code Authority. Faux Affably Evil: As sadistic and cruel as Blackfire is, he's superficially charismatic enough to make his cult members think he's the Messiah.

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