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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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. I think there could have been a better outcome, and I’d almost be willing to bet that the team probably considered having Batman save the woman…but then you’d have to figure out what to do with her afterwards since they go directly into the sewer.

How We Got Here: The first issue opens with Batman already held captive by Blackfire, with flashbacks showing how he was taken prisoner. That said, I have endless respect for artists who can draw so many panels per page, even if many were just talking heads. The Slings and Arrows Graphic Novel Guide doesn't care where you've been, where you're going or where you're located.Josh: Matina mentioned Robin earlier, so I want to make sure we give him the credit he’s due, especially since this is Jason Todd.

Casper: You know, Jason’s portrayal here actually really strikes me, because it’s a well-known fact that Starlin hates Robin. But those are just the hardcore unable to accept the truth -- Batman murdered a man while under the influence of a cult, incapable of controlling his actions or trusting his own senses. So paramount is this story that its details—despotic state, underground army, lynchings, blown bridges—partly inspired Nolan’s third Batman film. He also wrote The Cult, a story about Gotham under siege from an evil religious leader who manages to “break” Batman.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. 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. It is so weird and over the top that any Batman or comic fan in general should take a look at this strange piece of Batman history at least once. It was written by Jim Starlin, illustrated by Bernie Wrightson, colored by Bill Wray and edited by Dennis O'Neil.

The debt owed to Frank Miller becomes particularly obvious when the comic flashes back to Bruce’s origin. Here in 2019, where truth is a mutable, highly personal concept rather than an absolute, decidedly less so.

Recently, a string of murders plagues Gotham city that catch Batman and Commissioner Gordon’s attention.

Break the Badass: A wounded Bruce is captured by the titular cult led by Deacon Blackfire, who drugged and brainwashed Bruce into joining their group and it's implied that many of the other members were the same way, given they scattered once a freed and recovered Bruce and Jason defeat Blackfire and don't remember what they did. I often have trouble getting into the ultra-dark books, and I'm glad the pendulum has swung a little further away from that. Aspects of The Cult can be seen in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, a story about an urban uprising from the sewers and Batman’s attempts to rebuild himself to save Gotham.The monster truck Batmobile that appears late in the story is similar to one in Miller’s story and the two both explore darker themes that portray a more violent and gritty Gotham. Due to Batman's absence, Bane takes control of Gotham by destroying the bridges and using debris to barricade the tunnels to trap the citizens inside and, similar to Blackfire's actions, Bane encourages the citizens to overthrow the wealthy, leading to violence in the streets. Most of what’s done in this story is done better in other stories, save maybe the compelling and legitimately unsettling brainwashing of Batman.

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