Jim Starlin is in full dark and gritty Frank Miller mode in the reissue of this classic Bat tale. The artwork by Swamp Thing co-creator Bernie Wrightson accompanies the tone perfectly.

The titular cult refers to the hordes of Gotham’s homeless massing in the sewers under the city to do the bidding of the mysterious demigod Deacon Blackfire. At night, Blackfire sends his army out to fight crime.

It seems all of Gotham is enthralled by the charismatic figure. But there’s something sinister about him and Batman may have met his match.