Episode 43 – Starlin’s Batman Part 5: The Cult Part 1

Welcome to the forty-third episode of The Overlooked Dark Knight. The is a non-index index show where the hosts, Andrew Leyland and Michael Bailey, look at Batman comics that rarely, if ever, get talked about.  Back in episode 39 they started a series covering Jim Starlin’s run of Batman and they are going to continue with that until they get through all of his issues, up to and including Batman: The Cult.

Speaking of Batman: The Cult

This time out Andy and Mike discuss the first two issues of the Prestige Format series Batman: The Cult.  Because of the subject matter, this episode is different from other episodes the guys have done.  The themes and events of this story resonated with Andy and Mike in a way they never have before given current events.  As such, topics that the guys would normally stay away from are dealt with head on.

This is a long winded way of saying there is about twenty or so minutes of heavy political talk at the beginning of this episode.


After getting some things off their chests, Andy and Mike talk about the first two issues of The Cult.  They discuss the art by Bernie Wrightson and they talk about the way Jim Starlin crafted the story.  They also go into how certain events of the story have a weird kind of “now” feeling despite being published thirty years ago, how Robin is pretty dang awesome in this story, and how Andy and Mike both remember the trade paperback of this series being available in 1989 even though it wasn’t put out until 1991.

Below are the covers and select pages of the comics discussed in this episode.

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Next time: Andy and Mike’s coverage of the Jim Starlin run continues with the final two issues of Batman: The Cult!

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