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Batman: The Cult (Batman)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  2,517 ratings  ·  89 reviews
Batman es el mejor detective del mundo y como tal está preparado para hacer frente a casi cualquier situación. Pero en este libro el "casi" es lo más importante. ¿Puede un detective enfrentarse a las fuerzas de las retorcidas ideas de una secta? Buena pregunta de difícil respuesta. En este libro Batman se encuentra con el reto más aterrador de su carrera, un reto que sólo ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published 2005 by Planeta DeAgostini (first published 1988)
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Sep 11, 2013 Brandon rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of The Dark Knight Rises
A mysterious figure by the name of Deacon Blackfire has a plan for Gotham City. Gathering the homeless and the distressed, Blackfire amasses an army to obliterate crime from the streets of Gotham. However, what good is a group of vigilantes if The Batman is still patrolling the streets? Blackfire captures The Dark Knight and by using a method of brainwashing, convinces The Caped Crusader that he is truly Gotham’s savoir. Are Blackfire’s intentions pure or does he have a hidden agenda?

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Everyone has their own reasons for reading super-hero comics. Most nerds love super-heroes because of their super-human strength, can fly or have pimp green rings. Everyone knows that nerds read Batman because he gets the job done without having a bunch of awesome powers. Fanboys boast about his mad preparation skills, his Bat-gadgets and all the training he received from masters in various martial arts. He always beats his enemies...that changes in "The Cult". The Dark Knight faces an enemy tha ...more
This is a four issue mini, published in 1988. For historical context, it's one year after Year One, one year before Jason Todd gets voted to death, and the same year as The Killing Joke. So it is dark, to say the least. Batman gets kidnapped and brainwashed by a murderous cult, which then goes on to take over Gotham City. Nearly all of the violence happens on panel, so there's tons of blood.

For what it is, and what it sets out to do, it's very well done. The writing has held up surprisingly wel
The Cult is a well-told Batman story, that, despite being 20+ years old was rather refreshing in this reader's eyes because it harkens back to a time when Batman was still a vulnerable human being, learning the ropes of superheroing, and not the goliath able to overcome all odds he is often painted as in today's stories. What also makes The Cult a cool yarn is its unique place in the Batman mythos. While the results of this story don't glaringly point to a single instance in the Bat's canon, jun ...more
Sam Quixote

A seemingly immortal charismatic con-man called Deacon Blackfire comes to Gotham and begins recruiting the city's homeless as members of his cult of personality, brainwashing them somehow into doing his bidding. There become so many that they overwhelm the city's police forces - and even Batman.

My problems with this book are many: Batman gets captured by the brainwashed homeless. Ok, so apparently homeless people become highly effective fighters once brainwashed. Batman gets caught in th
David Monroe
When this series came out in 1988 I was newly married, finishing college and working two jobs. I had made a half-hearted decision to stop buying comics. When I read this Jim Starlin series, I hated it. It was the catalyst for me to stop buying comics.

Last week I found this in my Library. I thought I'd re-read it. Wow. How 22 years changes things. I get it. Remember, this was before A Killing Joke. This was during the time of A Dark Knight, but DK was an alt-version. I didn't like the dark place
David Leslie
I really love this story.A very dark '80s Batman tale(was there any other after DKR?)but this is one of the darkest.Batman is broken down more than I've ever read(and I've read alot of Bats books)thanks to a 'supernatural brainwashing deluded priest' called 'Deacon.This is the best pre-lazaris pit Jason Todd as Robin again that I'vd read.He's arguably the real hero of the book.Bernie Wrightson was the perfect artist since he's one of the elite horror artists,as the story is truly horrific at poi ...more
Beau Johnston
I found the drugging and brainwashing sequences rather disturbing.

If you fancy a trip into a dark and disturbing story from Batman's past, this story should keep you entertained.
Justyn Rampa
This is one of the most appropriately disturbing Batman comics I have ever read. Very disturbing. Very powerful. It is an exceptionally well written Batman tale penned by Jim Starlin who also wrote "A Death in the Family".

In his introduction notes, Jim Starlin addresses the fight against comics that resulted in the Comics Code and similar first amendment struggles that comics face throughout the decade. All of this was in the back of his mind while writing "The Cult". At the forefront of "The C
Adam Bender
Batman is broken and brainwashed by a religious zealot in this blood-spattered tale from 1991. It's rare to see Batman portrayed in such a weakened state, and it makes for an engaging read. I read this after giving up on the more recent "Batman R.I.P." by Grant Morrison. They're similar in that they both tell the story of a villain breaking Batman's mind. However, "Cult" author Starlin doesn't attempt to break the reader's mind as Morrison tries.

Be warned that there is quite a bit of gore in "Th
This was odd, but I think I liked it. The concept was interesting: Batman gets captured and brainwashed by a cult. I was interested to read this in part because it includes Jason Todd as Robin. While it was predominantly just Batman, it was interesting to see some of the things that seperate Jason from Dick, Tim or Stephanie. Jason doesn't feel like Batman's sidekick, but rather an equal. He takes the lead sometimes and is more tough with Batman than the others. That's particularly important wit ...more
Eric Mikols
I had never heard of this story until it was lent to me. It's pretty gruesome throughout and has one heavy 80's vibe. Batman is put through painful moments in this book and the lack of the comic code worked in it's favor, or at least most of the time. The biggest issue I had with this book is that it's heavily influenced by Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns". The content, the violence, the mood, it's all reminiscent of Miller's book. Even the Batmobile gets a Miller take in this.
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(3.5) Certainly a different take on the Batman mythos. Really enjoyed parts of it, including Batman being mentally broken (was well done) and Jason Todd doing something decent as Robin. Gotham-as-80s-NYC was good too, this almost felt like a disaster movie more than a Batman tale. I think the weakest part was Deacon Blackfire himself. His character was thinly drawn and his motives, while well explained, didn't earn their moments. I'm giving it a tentative 4 stars, might have to review that at so ...more
This is a collection that reminded me just how much Batman has changed during the years.
Jim Starlin and Bernie Wrightson unite to send Batman against religious fervor. In The Cult, Batman must contend with an underground zealotry that is converting the homeless of Gotham into an army. Investigating a string of murders and a rash of disappearances, the Dark Knight runs afoul of the cult leader known as Deacon Blackfire. With stories of his prolonged existence that stretch back to the times of European settlers, Blackfire has converted or killed any who have crossed his path - and su ...more
Reading this book with the more recent (and superior) Batman RIP storyline in mind, one can view it as somewhat of a precursor to Morrison's story. Batman's spirit is broken here after being held captive, drugged, and brainwashed by Deacon Blackfire, whose motivations for doing so become increasingly oblique by book 4. Batman would surely have to review his defenses against such an attacker after being driven to a completely helpless, sniveling mess. One whose sense of purpose has become impaire ...more
In über 70 Jahren hat Batman viele Wandlungen erfahren und die heutigen Comics bieten eine große Menge unterschiedlicher Zeichenstile von fast klassisch bis sehr modern. Als ich auf The Cult stieß, war ich begeistert zu lesen, dass der Großmeister der b/w-Horrorgeschichten aus den 60igern Bernie Wrightson diese Graphic Novel gezeichnet hat und habe den Band sofort bestellt.
Zum Inhalt will ich nicht viel sagen, es handelt sich um eine durchaus komplexe Handlung, die den Namen Graphic Novel verdie
Amber Ditullio
Oct 21, 2011 Amber Ditullio rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of darker superhero stories
Shelves: graphic-novel
When a strange cult rises within the ranks of the homeless and hopeless, Gotham becomes (if possible) less safe than it was before. Particularly for those in the public life. Batman suspects that Decon Blackfire, the enigmatic leader of the cult, is up to more than just gaining followers, but will he be able to find out what Blackfire's real goal is? Or will he, too, fall under Blackfire's sway?

My Thoughts: While this isn't the darkest Batman that I've read, it is up there in terms of darkness.
L'histoire commence avec un Batman qui a été capturé par un preacher qui le torture, l'affame et le drogue. Celui-ci arrive à faire quelque chose qui n'était pas arrivé auparavant, il brise Batman. Ce preacher a un but. Il veut faire la conquête de Gotham à l'aide de son armée de sans-abris et Batman qu'il tient à sa main.

Ce que j'ai aimé de cette BD, c'est de voir pour une fois la vulnérabilité de Batman. Habituellement, c'est une force de la nature mais cette fois-ci, il est complètement brisé
Probably one of the least talked about graphic novel of Batman yet with a huge critical acclaim,it is indeed one of the finer creations of Batman,many argue about the Joker to be his arch-enemy,Bane who broke his back but it was Blackfire who really broke Batman,psychologically and physically,exposed himself to something Batman never subscribed to i.e. lack of logic and yet Blackfire convinces him to believe an impossible,drawing out his weakness making him lose confidence himself,to me Blackfir ...more
Matthew Konkel
This is a re-read from the days of '88 when this book first came out. But the book is pretty timeless. And aside from the Jason Todd Robin it could have been published recently and fit right in to the current mainstream. Before Bane there was Deacon Blackfire and he was the first to break The Batman. Batman's own pride becomes an enemy. The writing is sharp, engaging, and darker than Joe Chill's heart. The art is amazingly visceral and contains some the most disturbing images ever seen in a Batm ...more
If memory serves me correctly, these comics came out at a time when stories of cult memberships and "deprogramming" methods were the subject of inordinate media attention. In this book, Starlin tells a story of how Batman is abducted by criminals, who take him under the city to be "programmed" (aka converted) by a cult leader with seemingly supernatural qualities. The story of Deacon Blackfire, the cult leader, suggests that he is immortal, but in the end he is dismembered by his own followers. ...more
power corrupts; and absolute power corrupts absolutely... so when a man with a history stretching back to the 1600s unites the poor and in Gotham to fight crime it all seems so good... until the source of power, human blood, is uncovered. We're never really told who (what?) the Deacon really is, just that in this case the Angle of light is really satan in disguise. Artwork is good, particularly the mind blending scenes when what is seen is cut with what is perceived.
Rory Wilding
Despite its numerous attempts at trying to capture elements from Frank Miller's seminal work The Dark Knight Returns, whilst setting in the main continuity during its publication in 1988, Jim Starlin's The Cult never reaches that level of greatness, considering the unpleasant brutality that Batman is driven towards.

However, this story presents another interesting battle for Batman, not only physically but psychologically as the antagonist deacon Blackfire converts our hero to a member of a sadis
This book started off pretty strong, but I lost interest about half way in. There was wayyy too much exposition using static television shots; with talking heads telling the reader about the situation in Gotham.

The art is some of the best I've seen in Batman, just behind Frank Miller and Mazzuchelli in my opinion. Although it did seem rushed at times. For example, all the talking heads on tv were copy/pasted images over multiple comic panels.
B. Jay
I didn't love this series. Starlin admits in the graphic novel forward that he borrowed heavily from the recent (in '88) trend of darker storytelling, and it shows as much of Cult's shock value lacks depth in the context of riding Miller and Moore's heels. The story feels rushed in parts and slow in others. The actual chronology of events is uneven, leading you to believe that even with Robin's help Batman spends days wandering the sewers unable to find a pathway to the surface, while his enemie ...more
Craig Williams
Excellent Batman story. You can definitely see how much this book influenced The Dark Knight Rises. On the otherhand this book is very much influenced by the work of Frank Miller. It's a noteworthy accomplishment when a writer manages to create a good Batman story without using a villain from his rogues gallery though!
Right from the point you start with 'The Cult', you know you're reading a very different Bat. A bat away from the cave, a Bat with none of his gadgets, a Bat that's shorn of all his skills - a Bat utterly helpless - a fish out of water. In hindsight, it seems the writer (Jim Starlin) started trying to answer the fundamental question "what if Batman was helpless"? The result is a brilliant page turner! An absolutely unputdownable smorgasbord of adept graphic macabre storytelling about a Batman tr ...more
Although it has it's flaws this is a unique Batman story where he is temporarily broken and brainwashed and saved by a reckless but fiercely loyal Jason Todd. Really this story is Jason Todd's finest hour, he is a difficult character to like but in this story he's a true hero.
Rob Boley
The Cult is one of my favorite Batman storylines from the 80's. It came out right around the time that the Michael Keaton Batman movie was released. The art by Bernie Wrightson is stylish without sacrificing detail and clarity. The story by Starlin showcases what makes Batman special: his intelligence and perseverance. A lot of folks will say that Batman isn't really a superhero because he doesn't have a super power. This story proves otherwise, showing how Batman has almost superhuman will. The ...more
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James P. "Jim" Starlin is an American comic book writer and artist. With a career dating back to the early 1970s, he is best known for "cosmic" tales and space opera; for revamping the Marvel Comics characters Captain Marvel and Adam Warlock; and for creating or co-creating the Marvel characters Thanos and Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu. Death and suicide are recurring themes in Starlin's work: Pers ...more
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