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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?

For the las...more
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...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...more
En esta miniserie la premisa es muy interesante. He disfrutado al ver como Starlin, con un guión que tampoco llega a ser excelente, revienta a Batman. Literalmente, lo rompe. No hace uso de una invasión al terreno de lo increíble o comete el error de crear una historia tan fantástica como absurda. En Gotham no es necesario. Gotham ya es fantástica y absurda a la vez.

No. Su historia no es surrealista.

Es perfectamente creíble. Alguien ha secuestrado al mejor detective de Gotham y ha mancillado y...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.
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
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
This is a collection that reminded me just how much Batman has changed during the years.
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...more
Dima Yakovenko
Комикс, с которым у меня с самого начала не сложились дружеские отношения, но после примирения все переросло в искреннее восхищение. Это мини-серия из четырех выпусков увеличенного объема. Первый я читал очень долго, а когда закончил, полностью потерял интерес к серии по причине того, что уж больно она скучна (судя по первому номеру). Примерно с неделю даже не притрагивался к продолжению, но когда сел за второй выпуск, вдруг обнаружил, что серия-то очень и очень хороша, просто слишком долго разг...more
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....more
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...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!
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
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.
The more...more
Aug 18, 2010 Sab rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Oliver Hodson
A bit too much blood for mine, but a satisfying big starlin bat opera. Great art by berni wrightson, really adding to the dramatic effect of the writing.
(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
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
Deshawn Vasquez
An endless pool of despair and depravity that almost makes Miller look tame.
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
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.
Ryan Scicluna
This is a very poor attempt of copying the Dark Knight Returns. It Fails in all aspects. The Story is dull and dragged. The characters are all wrong. Batman is depicted as a cry baby who is easly manipulted and lets people get killed all the time which is so out of character. The main villan is a priest who became immortal by bathing in the blood of gotham's citizens and everyone in the book seems to be a complete incompetent. This is a book to be avoided.
J.M. Hushour
Great one to read while couch-ridden with the flu! Batman gets kidnapped, drugged, and indoctrinated by Deacon Blackfire, leader of a strangely familiar religious cult who wants to use the torch and sword to "cleanse" Gotham City. Written in response to the rise of the Moral Majority and the Tipper Gore bullshit in the late 1980s. Easily applicable to pretty much any to-the-right (or left, for that matter!) bobbly head on television.
Definitely graphic (blood, violence, and bloody violence). Really dark, but really well done.

Though obviously he comes back strong, Batman does spend a lot of this arc very mentally weak. It's so unlike him, and definitely an angle on Batman that isn't often a viable subject. For that reason alone, it's unique and worth reading, but it's also a good story. Read it, and form your own opinion.
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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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