Batman: The Cult
Cover of Batman: The Cult #1. Art by Bernie Wrightson.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
Format Mini-series
Genre Superhero
Publication date August - November 1988
Number of issues 4
Creative team
Writer(s) Jim Starlin
Artist(s) Bernie Wrightson
Letterer(s) John Costanza
Colorist(s) Bill Wray
Editor(s) Denny O'Neil
Dan Raspler
Collected editions
Batman: The Cult ISBN 0-930289-85-4

Batman: The Cult is a four-issue comic book mini-series. It was published by DC Comics in their prestige format books and released in 1988. It was written by Jim Starlin, illustrated by Bernie Wrightson, colored by Bill Wray and edited by Denny O'Neil. The concept of an underground army was used in The Dark Knight Rises film, with the villain Bane as the leader instead of Deacon Blackfire.


The story follows the machinations of Deacon Blackfire and his band of homeless followers who have kidnapped Batman before the events of this story. Following a lengthy period of captivity Batman slowly succumbs to brainwashing. Batman is eventually freed from the cult but takes a long time to recover from his treatment at their hands. The story also delves into other territory. Gotham City politicians are assassinated by Blackfire's party of followers. An attempt on Commissioner Gordon's life is tried by Blackfire's group, leaving the commissioner in a hospital. Beyond Gotham authorities to protect the city, the National Guard is called in, then the Military and Martial Law is declared on Gotham. The series also features the second Robin, Jason Todd.


IGN Comics ranked Batman: The Cult #6 on a list of the 25 greatest Batman graphic novels, saying that "the story is told with callous brutality that makes it all the more powerful."[1]

Collected editions

It was later collected in 1991 as a trade paperback graphic novel (ISBN 0-930289-85-4). This collected volume went to four printings. A new edition was released in 2009. [2]


  1. The 25 Greatest Batman Graphic Novels, Hilary Goldstein, IGN, June 13, 2005
  2. "DCU | Graphic Novels". 2010-04-21. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 


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