Deacon Blackfire

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Deacon Blackfire
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Batman: The Cult #1 (August, 1988)
Created by Jim Starlin (writer), Bernie Wrightson (artist)
In-story information
Full name Deacon Joseph Blackfire
Team affiliations The Underworlders
Black Lantern Corps
Notable aliases Shaman Blackfire, The Holy One
Abilities Extended lifespan

Deacon Blackfire is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe, and an enemy of Batman. He first appeared in Batman: The Cult #1 (1988).

Fictional character biography[edit]

Deacon Blackfire is the main antagonist in the four-issue miniseries, Batman: The Cult. Blackfire is a conman and cult leader who may be over 100 years old.[1] He forms an army in the sewers beneath Gotham City, largely composed of the homeless. Blackfire uses this army to begin a violent war on crime, which escalates into him taking over the entire city, resulting in it being isolated from the rest of the country. Blackfire captures and brainwashes Batman, temporarily making the Caped Crusader a member of Blackfire's cult. Batman eventually breaks his conditioning, but its aftereffects make it difficult for him to capture Blackfire. After a brutal search through the sewers, Batman confronts Blackfire, who demands that Batman kill him, making him a martyr. Batman refuses, and instead savagely beats Blackfire in front of his army. Blackfire's army turns on him and kills him. [2]

Blackest Night[edit]

As part of the Blackest Night event, Blackfire's corpse is reanimated by a black power ring and recruited to the Black Lantern Corps in Blackest Night: Batman #1 (October 2009). [3] [4]

New 52[edit]

As part of the New 52 event, Blackfire's back from the death, and is scheduled to appear in Batman Eternal #29; so far, nothing is known about his new status quo, or if this incarnation had been dead prior to Blackest Night.


  1. ^ Batman: The Cult #3 (October 1988)
  2. ^ Batman: The Cult #4
  3. ^ Blackest Night: Batman #1
  4. ^ Blackest Night: Batman #2