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Batman: The Cult #1 (of 4)

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But other than that its still a solid read and makes for an interesting Batman story of him dealig with mysticism and mad men who break him and take over the city which requires him to save Gotham.

Unlike Batman : Prey, which I think is a masterclass on how to use the media to enhance a story, The Cult has talking media heads tell half of its story. You know that you’re about to get a thrill, when Jim Starlin is writing and even more if it’s something for DC, and even more and more if it’s about Batman.La cosa arranca ya a los bifes: en uno de los sempiternos enfrentamientos de Batman con El Joker, el encapotado se harta y lo mata. Honestly, it feels quite derivative of that story; not only due to the over-reliance on news reports as a crutch, but also because of the imagery of the final battle. Finally, this Batman seems to have no problem with blowing up bad guys with missiles mounted on the Batmobile/monster truck. Dark and disturbing, this mini-series brought the character and his world to a place that hadn’t really been done before.

The story follows the machinations of Deacon Blackfire and his band of homeless followers, who have kidnapped Batman before the events of this story. Grant Morrison did the same thing in RIP and I think that's part of what makes these two books great. Villainous Breakdown: After the above No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, a battered Blackfire pitifully pleads for Batman to stop beating him.A little later, he watches as someone else is torn apart by a crowd, this time stopping Robin from helping. So, I’m curious, what were your thoughts on the core plot of Deacon Blackfire manipulating the vulnerable so that he can take control of the city? For the last few years, I’ve been trying to make my way through IGN’s 25 Greatest Batman graphic novels list. He is in the clutches of Deacon Blackfire, a charismatic religious leader who has assembled an army from the homeless of Gotham.

Unknown • Musketeer • Nightrunner • Nightwing • Onyx • Oracle • Orphan • Orpheus • Outsiders • Red Robin • Renee Montoya • Robin • Sarah Essen • Sasha Bordeaux • Signal • Silver St. What follows is a violent and horrific display of how all aspects of Gotham’s society were torn apart by the cult of Deacon Blackfire.Rat-Face then attempts to murder an African American police officer but is instead knocked out by Batman. 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. I just have to admit that the level of carnage was not just unsettling to me, but worse so, unengaging. Michael : I can’t say Batman: The Cult is a bad book, but I don’t think it’s the type of story for me. So much so, that he was kind of eager to kill him off in A Death in the Family, already convinced that readers would vote for Jason’s death.

They didn’t stay because they believed in Blackfire or because Blackfire recruited them, I think they stayed because they felt that Blackfire wasn’t a threat to them directly, and because Gotham is their home. One of the moments I enjoyed most with Batman after he’s escaped is how it takes Robin being overwhelmed for him to jump back into action, and even after he’s won he’s exhausted. Deacon Blackfire, a charismatic shaman with roots as old as Gotham City itself, has amassed the city's homeless into an army, one he seemingly uses to fight crime. I feel like no one ever talks about it, but the art and story are amazing, and it’s one of the better stories featuring Jason Todd pre death, I adore this book. Gone were the days of Batman and Robin chasing The Joker over a giant piano, replaced by full panels of brutal violence and a general feelings of hopelessness for the citizens of Gotham.

Even though I know Batman will get back up, the creative team manages to make this more thrilling and exciting than most other stories. Starlin’s run on Batman seemed to pick up where Miller left off, by presenting a hardboiled Batman, but The Cult is more overt about its influences. C. Is Serious Business: Batman's defeatist attitude claiming there's no way to stop Blackfire is enough to leave both Robin and Alfred visibly disturbed. He has a tank, he has a gun that shoots tranquilizer darts, he leaves people behind for dead, and by the end it felt less and less like a Batman book I want to read.

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