You may have thought that Batman could never be broken, or would never use guns. They both happen in Batman: the Cult. A four comic series that will shock you, this is a story that will change forever the way you think of Batman.
It is unusual to see Batman broken the way we’ve seen him broke in Knightfall.. However, it did happen during another concurrence. A cult captures Batman and brainwashes him by starving him, then feeding him hallucinogenic drugs. The cult then proceeds to overtake Gotham, forcing out the police, national guard, and half the city… and Batman.
The story is powerful and entertaining. But Batman does not feel like Batman in this comic. Batman: the Cult does not focus on his detective skills like in other stories. In addition, he uses guns in his battle to retake Gotham. Is this the first time we’ve seen Batman holding a rifle? No, of course not. We have seen him using one in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. But in that case, it was years later, as an old man.
If you like your comics violent, this is right up your alley. Many people are brutally murdered in Batman: the Cult and the story is not shy to show all the gory details. Batman’s hallucinations are just as brutal, fantasizing about axing the Joker to death. The ending will surprise you as well. Any collector of graphic novels would be proud to have this on their shelf.
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